Production and Design

Faculty of Humanities: Department of Dramatic Arts

Production and Design

From stage management to theatre design, and everything in between.

As well as receiving an introduction to the foundations of all areas of study in the program, students in this Concentration develop a fundamental understanding of, and ability to apply, approaches to design and technology that facilitate theatre creation and devising. Skills and awareness developed include conceptual responses to dramatic text and creative process; the applications of emerging/innovative technologies through history and into the near future; visual and spatial cultural history and application; and psychologies of space/physical relationships in space. Students are introduced to the theory and practice of management of the performing arts, as well as encouraged to pursue the development of personal ‘auteurship’, or creative voice, in the context of collaborative theatre making.

For current and previous productions at Brock University see the Events page links in the left column of this page.

practical, hands-on experience!


SHAW Student Internship Program

Every year Brock's emerging artists have an opportunity to intern with one of Canada's most renowned theatre organizations, the Shaw Festival, for a six-week intensive learning experience. Early in the new year an application is offered to students who successfully complete DART 4P92 "Voice and Text of Bernard Shaw" as part of their final year of study. One deserving student is invited to polish their studies at DART by interning with professionals at the top of their game as they create productions for the Shaw Festival season.


Brock graduate Jacqueline Costa was the first DART Intern at the Shaw Festival in 2011. Jacqueline graduated with a BA (First Class Honors) in Brock University's Theatre Stream with strong interests in both production and performance. While a student her success in theatre creative research and production was seen in the Brock main-stage performances like Charles Mee's Big Love (2010) and Sharon Pollock's Blood Relations (2010) and in her work as Departmental Technical Production Assistant and Research and Production Assistant to faculty. 

While at Shaw Jacqueline worked together with Lighting Design Director Kevin Lamotte and assisted with the development of his lighting designs for the 2011 performances of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Heartbreak House, where she also had the privilege of meeting directors Eda Holmes and Christopher Newton. Jacqueline attended various dress-tech rehearsals, show previews, read-throughs and clean-up calls. Jacqueline remarks that "it was interesting seeing lighting levels, lighting hangs, load in's and changeovers for the shows on such a grand scale at the Shaw Festival."

During the remaining weeks, Jacqueline worked with Design Director William Schmuck, where she was able to preview other shows from the 2011 season such as Drama at Inish - A Comedy and My Fair Lady. She also witnessed the build of lighting level sets for Alan Brodie's Admirable Crichton and Louise Guinard's On The Rocks. In addition, Jacqueline toured to other Shaw facilities including the properties, scenic painting and carpentry shops and met with designers Sue Lepage, Charolette Dean and Christina Poddubiuk. Jacqueline comments, "in terms of being introduced to interesting members of the professional design/theatre community, this internship succeeded."

Read about recent participants in the Shaw Internship on the News Page.

Department graduates worked in various aspects of technical theatre production at the Shaw Festival Theatre during the 2012 season.  Anrita Petraroia (DART '07) returned to the Festival, having helped out on a couple projects in Technical Direction in the previous season. Chris Penney (DART '08) secured a regular season's call in the audio department. Sadie Isaak (DART '10) was  trained to succeed as the Cobbler in the  Production Wardrobe and joined the Wardrobe Running staff later in the season.  They joined other graduates such as Nick Carney (DART '11, now working with Sheraton Events ) who have successfully found professional employment after their studies at DART.





Who? Tyler Sainsbury, graduated April 2002
Concentration? Production and Design
Since graduating? Became a founding member of Suitcase in Point Theatre; worked as Scenic Arts Assistant at the Shaw Festival for three years and Assistant Designer at the Shaw Festival for four years; worked with a number of Canadian designers including Christina Poddubiuk, Sue Lepage, William Schmuck, Peter Hartwell, Ken MacDonald, Michael Levine; worked with Theatre Beyond Words and Carousel Players; collaborated with Calgary-based company Ghost River; attended One Yellow Rabbit summer intensive and the North American Cultural Laboratory; completed the Artist in the Community/Bachelor of Education at Queen's University.

If you're interested in the Production and Design Concentration, Tyler says that you most likely…

  • Are open to the collaborative theatre process.
  • Want to develop personal skills and ideas that help drive the creative process.
  • Want to develop an in-depth understanding of the production process - from tech, stage design, to wardrobe - and the skills necessary for a theatre professional.
  • Want to learn how to explore a script and develop design concepts that you can communicate effectively.
  • Want a solid foundation that is marketable.