The MFA Technical Production program at Florida State University provides students with skills necessary to succeed as a technical manager.
Students gain essential skills and knowledge of technical theatre through academic and practical experience. A wide array of courses provides many paths towards specialized interests such as production management or stage machinery design. Courses include training of computer aided drafting, structural analysis, physics of stage machinery, electronics, mechanical design, technical and production management, show control, safety, and more.
Through production work students have many opportunities to serve in leadership roles such as Assistant Technical Director, Technical Director, or in production management. Here they hone their skills in communication, scheduling, material and labor budgeting, and project supervision. They also are able to master such areas as welding, carpentry, hydraulics, pneumatics, electronics, technical design, and computer applications with hands-on experience. Each MFA technical production student will be assigned multiple production roles focused to the individual’s career aspirations while at FSU.
The faculty and staff use the courses and production work to create professional managers for high profile jobs. Those who have gone through the program began careers in areas like technical direction, production management, arts management, theater consultation, and design of show control and stage automation.
In addition to applying to the program, students must also apply to Florida State University.
Robert H. Coleman
Director, MFA Technical Production
239 Fine Arts Building
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1160