Act as the Technical Director on fully produced shows.

[and professional shows]

Boston University’s technical production programs provide students with the opportunity to develop skills in multiple areas. Courses in welding, AutoCAD, rigging, and production are combined with design, art, and management classes to create well-rounded and insightful technicians.

Ranked nationally as a top theatre technology program:

#9 best technical theatre/theatre design and technology colleges in the u.s. (2022

#61 top technical theatre/theatre design and technology bachelors degree programs (2022 college Raptor)

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Under the leadership of Joel Brandwine, technical production and scenic technology students at BU lead large crews, draft and engineer scenery, work alongside professional technicians and designers, and become members of an exclusive and supportive theatrical community.

Graduates of BU’s technical productions programs obtain high-level jobs in all facets of theatre, from large commercial shops, regional theaters, universities, and on Broadway. Our alums are working in the field as scenic carpenters, technical directors, riggers, touring staff, technical designers, project managers, draftsperson, production managers, producers, technical supervisors, shop managers, and technical sales.

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Meet BU’s Technical Production Program Head

Aside from training future technical production experts at BU, Joel Brandwine has been a technical director, production carpenter, automation technician, and rigger for over 20 years. His Broadway credits include Jersey Boys, American Idiot, Legally Blond, Catch Me if You Can, Cinderella, American Psycho, 9 to 5, and Evita.

In CFA’s Faculty Feature series, Brandwine talks about BU’s technical production programs, the facilities available for students, job outcomes, and what he looks for in an applicant.

“I think drive, passion, and the ability to work well in a group of people. A lone wolf does not fly at Boston University. They actually need to be a person who is open to other people’s ideas and is more than willing to listen and learn. We are looking for people where curiosity is their driving force. We want deep thinkers, not just doers.”

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