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Technical Theatre

About SPARC’s Technical Theatre Programming

SPARC offers a myriad of technical theatre opportunities — from multi-week workshops and one-day master classes, to working hands on with our productions, both backstage and on the general production crew. Technical theatre programs are open to all students in 6th to 12th grades.

If you have a student in your life who is interested in technical theatre and would like to be on the email roster for production-specific opportunities, please email Amy Almond at aalmond@sparcrichmond.org.


Join the Animal Farm Puppet Team!

Deadline:  Sunday, January 16th

Do you know a 6th-12th grader who would be interested in shadow puppet design and assisting with rehearsals for Animal Farm? We’re looking for two students to be Puppet Leaders for the production. 


Tech Crew opportunities are different for every show as they are based on the needs of the script and the scale of the production. Opportunities range from being mostly behind the scenes during performances, to actually building, painting, and lighting a show. We delineate these opportunities as Backstage Crew and Production Crew. Occasionally crews will be a mixture of both roles.

Backstage Crew members attend the last couple weeks of rehearsals and all performances.  Members of this crew participate in roles such as light board operator, audio/ visual playback, sound board operator and stagehand.

Production Crew members work on a hands-on aspect of the creation process for this show.  This could include building scenery, hanging and focusing lights, setting up sound, building props, and making costume accessories.  Specific Production Crew roles changes with every show.


Technical Theatre Workshops are typically 3-4 weeks and focused on one aspect of technical theatre. Past classes have included Stage Lighting, Scenic Painting, Basic Carpentry, Costuming, and Prop-Making.

Unless specifically stated in the class description, most classes are open to students who have a range of experience.

Have a recommendation for a technical theatre class you want to see at SPARC? Email aalmond@sparcrichmond.org.


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