The scene shop (111 Kantner Hall) is located on the first floor of Kantner Hall with access to the Elizabeth Baker Theater through a large roll-up door on stage right. The shop includes a shared office for the MFA Technical Direction students. The wood shop area is equipped with the tools one would expect in a functional professional training oriented scene shop, with some stationary tool duplication to allow for simultaneous project work. The shop is also plumbed throughout with pneumatic stations for tooling and stage automation purposes.
The welding and metal fabrication shop is equipped for Oxy-Fuel processes, stick welding, MIG welding, and plasma cutting. Various abrasive, dry-cut and portable band saws are also available for cutting stick metals. In addition to the main scene shop, the School of Theater maintains a small scene shop in the Forum Theater located in the RTV Building next door to Kantner Hall. In this shop we maintain some stationary tools, and a complement of hand tools that augment the tool inventory of the Kantner Hall Scene Shop.
The scene shop also services classes in Stage Craft, Welding for the Theater, and Stage Rigging, providing a working lab for class activities and projects. The shop and equipment inventory also supports the stage automation needs of the main-stage productions. Recent automation projects have included the use of PLC control for pneumatic actuated cylinders to accomplish effects ranging from opening and closing trap doors to lifting large deck units during production, to pushing large scenic walls from vertical to horizontal. We also have the capability to drive large and small turntables and deck wagons. We have an inventory of shop manufactured friction drive units as well as access to off the shelf automation equipment such as the Creative Connor line of deck winches and control units.
The paint shop is located in the second work area of the scene shop, right off of back stage in Kantner Hall. Working closely with the designers, scenic artists are responsible for painted finishes that vary from realistic wood finishes to surreal explosions. A variety of techniques as well as materials are taught in the paint shop.
Contact Professor Daniel Denhart for more information about working in the shop or a degree in Production Design and Technology.