UW-Madison Classes

University of Wisconsin - Madison Department of Theater and Drama's
Technical Theater for Performing Arts Teachers Summer Institute

Specially designed for K-12 teachers of music, theater, dance, art, PAC managers, parents, and others who find themselves needing to design, supervise, or teach technical theater skills. Others who may benefit include those who use technical theater skills for live events, houses of worship, community theaters, technical theater professionals, and college students. All material is presented online, asynchronously, with optional in-person opportunities as may be identified.

Summer 2024 classes will be announced soon!
(planning audio, rigging, and props)

Registration will open soon! Classes run June - Aug online, asychronous.
Take for 1, 2, or 3 credits. Tuition will depend on residency status, number of credits and type of student status. Recommended book list will be sent the week before class starts, books are around $75 for each class.
2 or 3 credit participants will need access to a camera suitable to record short videos demonstrating their skills.


First, establish “Special Student Status” - great info here: https://acsss.wisc.edu/returning-adults/

Complete the free applicaton here (takes 20 minutes or so): https://acsss.wisc.edu/apply/

You’ll most likely be “UNDS” University Special Non-degree Student

Tuiton rates can be found here: https://bursar.wisc.edu/tuition-and-fees/

Classes are available for 1, 2 or 3 credits.

1 credit is similar to audit - you get to see/read everything but no assignments/assessments are due

2 credits includes assignments/assessments and individualized feedback

3 credits includes an additional independent activity that is determined between the student and professor. In the past these have included design, research, aritstic creation, and similar activities.

Questions about course content? Email rossclausen at wisc dot edu.
Questions about how to enroll? Email Robin dot Fisher at wisc dot edu

Department of Theatre and Drama – School of Education
6173 Vilas Communication Hall
University of Wisconsin-Madison
821 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin
608/263-2329 FAX: 608/263-2463

Summer 2023's offerings were:
Lighting (Course #619 Lec 003)
Covers terms, color use, fixture selection, photometrics, control boards, programming tips and spot light use, among other topics. 
Theater Safety (Course #619 Lec 001)
NEW class! Covers common and uncommon safety issues in theaters and event spaces. Historical events to learn from. Physical and emotional safety in the space including fire codes, building codes, life safety codes, OSHA and schools, chemical usage/storage, crowd management, weather and events and much more!
Managing the School Theater (Course #619 Lec 002)
NEW class! What you need to know to manage a successful educational theater program. Creating theater classes and assessing achievement. Selecting shows right for your students' needs, obtaining rights, casting, funding, producing, working with booster clubs, getting admins to understand, renting your space, where to get supplies, and many others.

Summer 2022’s offerings were:
Class 619 (LEC 001) Scenic Construction & Painting - covers terms, standards, codes, color theory, equipment, assembly techniques, tool usage, and safety procedures for building and painting common scenic elements
and (LEC 002)  Rigging - covers terms, standards, codes, knots, equipment, techniques, and safety procedures for a variety of common rigging needs including counterweight line set operation and maintenance.

Sumer 2021's offerings were Class 619