Program Information

Employment and training outlook in the greater Tulsa area:

Tulsa Community College’s Stage Production Technology Program actively markets to and recruits individuals from local high schools to begin their training locally, as well as provide personnel already in the industry an opportunity to continue their education or for seasoned professional who want to begin a new career.

The Stage Production Technology Program is a two year technical theatre intensive curriculum of study. Towards the end of the student’s second year, the student is required to apply for an internship opportunity that will allow the student exposure to “real world” issues, challenges and industry standards.

Employment opportunities may exist for graduates and certificate holders of the program with-in the following organizations in Tulsa’s entertainment industry: Brady Theatre, Cox Communications, KJRH, KTUL, KOKI, KOTV, KTFO, KOED, OETA, TCC VanTrease PACE, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera, International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE): Stagehands and Wardrobe, Theatre Tulsa, American Theatre Company, Mabee Center, Reynolds Center, Tulsa Expo and Fairgrounds, Tulsa Scenic, Union High School Multi-purpose Center and PAC, Owasso High School PAC, Bartlesville High School PAC, Bartlesville Community Center, future Tulsa Arena as well as regional entertainment industries.

Additional employment opportunities will become available in the performing arts centers now in development in Broken Arrow, Northeastern State University. Employment opportunities may also exist in Tulsa’s academic world at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma State University as well as regional opportunities.

A student graduating from the program may also find continuing education opportunities at one of the many baccalaureate degree granting institutions such as University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma State University, University of Oklahoma, Northeastern State University (Tahlequah), as well as many others.

Many of the Tulsa performance groups have representatives on the Advisory Committee for the program who are actively involved in development and support of the program’s curriculum.

Job Titles for which graduates may qualify:
Scenic Carpenter/Welder, Scene Shop Foreman, Technical Director, Theatrical Electrician, Light Board Operator, Master Electrician, Sound Board Operator, Sound Technician, Follow-spot Operator, Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, Props Master/Mistress, Wardrobe Assistant, First Hand, Stitcher, Cutter/Draper, Craftsperson, Rigger, Draftsmen, CAD Operator, Stage Hand.

Entry level salary range for graduates of the program:
Certificate Option: Local union entry level scale: starting at $8.00 per hour to $17.50 per hour. This will vary widely depending upon whether the employment is professional, academic or community based.

Associate Degree: Location and venue of the employment will affect the salary.

Stage Production Technology

Program Objectives

  1. Respond to an increased need of skilled technicians in entry level positions in the local entertainment market.
  2. Offer opportunities for career advancement through continued education for technicians in the local entertainment market.
  3. Provide a strong program with substantial transferability to four-year institutions of higher education for those area high school graduates that are interested in majoring in theatre.

Competency requirements for graduates of the Stage Production Technology Program


  1. Employ knowledge acquired from the general education core to be a well-rounded employee.
  2. Communicate visually through drafting, rendering, and model building skills.
  3. Produce computer-aided drawings.
  4. Relate the relevance of the theatre as a social force and a reflection of the human condition.
  5. Construct, paint, and handle scenery.
  6. Apply, as a technician, an understanding of design techniques in theatrical conditions.
  7. Handle, manipulate lighting equipment.
  8. Control and arrange intelligent lighting systems.
  9. Use and maintain sound equipment.
  10. Record and edit sound effects.
  11. Wire a stage for sound.
  12. Apply and understanding of costume techniques-proper measuring skills, various construction techniques, fabric savvy, costume cutting skills, and fabric manipulation.
  13. Operate counter-weight fly systems, hemp fly systems, and simple rigging.
  14. Exhibit on the job compliance to: OSHA, ESTA, IATSE, and USITT safety standards and regulations.
  15. Manage people, exhibiting good interpersonal skills according to theatre decorum throughout the rehearsal and performance process.
  16. Adapt to chosen occupational objectives the practical training and experience received through internship in a qualifying occupation setting.
  17. Apply make-up with knowledge of its principles and techniques.


  1. Perform the duties of a shop foreman in a costume department.
  2. Cut and drape a variety of materials.
  3. Draw and cut patterns of all styles and from all eras.
  4. Manipulation of many different materials included but not limited to, leather, fabric, foam, felts, dyes, adhesives, etc.
  5. Build a costume from scratch, from a designer’s sketch.
  6. Understand the environmental and safety impact of working costume shop.


  1. Operate a variety of power tools.
  2. Build any kind of scenery from drawings.
  3. Utilize excellent drafting skills.
  4. Work with a multitude of materials.
  5. Work for a scenic shop.
  6. Be Safe.
  7. Effectively communicate.


  1. Hang, focus and maintain lighting instruments.
  2. Read and understand a light plot.
  3. Recognize circuitry load and electrical formulas.
  4. Work as a master electrician for a lighting designer.
  5. Do tie-ins to three (3) phase power.
  6. Maintain electrical components, including but not limited to, cables, intelligent lighting fixtures, static fixtures, hazers, foggers, etc.


  1. Hang theatrical scenery, lighting equipment, sound equipment, trusses, and soft goods.
  2. Operate and maintain counterweight systems.
  3. Operate and maintain hemp house systems.
  4. Understand and manipulate chain motors.
  5. Be able to be an up rigger. (If physically able)
  6. Be able to be a down rigger.
  7. Know and apply all applicable knots.
  8. Understand the uses for all of the rigging hardware and how to check for safety.


  1. Set up a working sound system.
  2. Run any brand of sound board for sound reinforcement at any type of venue.
  3. Apply proper microphone techniques for different types of performances.
  4. Recording


  1. Assist the director as requested.
  2. Maintain rehearsal schedules, call times, and special events.
  3. Contact and supervise crew.
  4. Make sure that the crews are prepared and ready to go.
  5. Make sure that the set and stage areas are clean, safe, and that props and furniture are set.
  6. Read and tape out ground plans for rehearsal.
  7. Communicate effectively with everyone working on the production.
  8. Work effectively in any venue.
  9. Understand and apply Actor’s Equity, IATSE, SAG, USA, and AGMA Rules when necessary.
  10. In touring situations, assess and determine the best way to deal with situations and peculiarities of different types and styles of performance venues.
  11. Ability to follow music.
  12. Ability to call a show..
  13. Ability to work with available staff.