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Tech Theatre Resources

The Theatre Curriculum Framework identifies 5 principles for theatre education- Acting, Producing/Directing, Designing, Writing and Dramaturgy. Technical theatre education is found embedded within Designing and Producing. This Technical Theatre fast filter offers a sampling of resources as a way to more easily find technical theatre curriculum and learning housed on the EdTA Learning Center. 

For more in-depth resources on design, visit the Designing Resources page. For more in-depth resources on stage management, please visit the Producing Resources page.

Looking for a curriculum to teach tech theatre? Enjoy this Tech Theatre curriculum!

Also, be sure to check out the "Behind the Scenes" Curriculum. "Behind the Scenes" is a detailed technical theatre curriculum focused on design, published in August of 2022 and downloadable for educators everywhere. The work continues with a planned pilot in rural schools in Fall of 2022. Bookmark the page and check back often for refinements.


Search through model lesson plans for grades K-12 created by educators for EdTA as a part of the 2020 EdTA Lesson Plan Project.

  • Trimble SketchUp Basics
    High School Advanced lesson by Jason Robert LeClair to teach students the basic principles and capabilities of the application, Trimble SketchUp. In this lesson, students use this platform to visualize in a 3D computer aided drafting program their designs for a work of scenic design.
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  • Designing for a Moment in Time: Where Dramaturgy and Design Meet
    High School Advanced lesson by Joselyn Ludtke. In this dramaturgy and scene design lesson, students learn to conduct design research through a Historical Lens. By applying period architectural details to their design sketches, students add specificity to scenic design.
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Professional Development

Enjoy these Model Cornerstone Assessments

Enjoy several free Model Cornerstone Assessment Units below. Learn more about Model Cornerstone Assessments.

  • HS-I Proficient MCA: Costume Design
    Students will create a costume design for a character in a drama or theatre work by analyzing the work, identifying and researching a design concept, constructing a mood board, sketching renderings and estimating a budget. Authors: Theatre Educator Jessica Shaw with Shirlee Idzakovich, NYC Costumer
  • HS-I Proficient MCA: Lighting Design
    Students will explore how lighting design can create an impact and communicate the story of a piece of instrumental music. Students select a 90 second piece of music and conceptualize and actualize a design incorporating the use of light, shadow, color and pattern. Authors: Theatre Educator Joanna Fellows-Chilcoat with Professional Lighting Designer Cheryl J. Williams