Why Study Scenic Design?

    You are passionate about theatre. You are creative, talented, and enjoy collaborating with others. In the Scenic Design Concentration you will learn to think critically and create designs that support productions that address the current issues in our society. You will be actively engaged in our productions learning the practical skills needed to execute your ideas.

    Why Study Scenic Design at MMC?

    You will receive strong conservatory training in a robust theatre program while getting a well-rounded college experience. You will develop a pre-professional design process that integrates disciplines from across the College. Experience everything New York City offers as the center of the entertainment industry. You will learn from faculty members who are working professional designers. Our design and technology course sequence builds a thorough design process incorporating technical skills, theatre history, and practical experience. Our inclusive and diverse student body have opportunities to study with New York theatre professionals, design mainstage productions, establish professional contacts, participate in a one-on-one mentorship, and obtain internships with some of New York’s major theatre designers, theatres, television studios, and film companies. Get ready for a career in the entertainment industry or for graduate school applications by preparing a professional portfolio.

    What You Will Learn

    • You’ll become fluent in the art of visual storytelling by developing your drawing and painting skills.
    • You’ll learn digital software to create designs that can be shared with directors and other members of the production team.
    • You’ll have the opportunity to design the sets for productions in our Theresa Lang Theatre. Through coursework and experiential participation in mounted production opportunities, you will learn visual and dramatic analysis, conceptualization, and research skills needed to plan designs and effectively present them to directors and other production team members.


    Program Highlights

    Experience working as an intern in New York theatre, film and television. Design and Technology students have worked at Saturday Night Live art department, New York Public Theatre shops, The Lighting Syndicate, David Korins Studio and other professional designers.
    Paola Robles-Vasquez '20, Mariah Wiese '19, and Jennifer Iris Rivera '20 showcasing their costume...
    All design students take a senior seminar course where they get to collaborate on large projects and develop digital portfolios to present to potential employers or graduate school applications — giving them the edge on post-graduation career development.
    Professor Ray Recht with students in the rendering studio
    All Theatre Arts courses have small class sizes in order to foster personal relationships and connections between the faculty and students. As a result, students are supported throughout their four years of study.

    Careers and Outcomes

    Marymount Manhattan College theatre alumni are working on Broadway, off-Broadway, in television, in film, at regional theaters, and everywhere in between. Many of our students also go on to graduate schools across the country and the world.


    • Saturday Night Live
    • Atlantic Theater Company
    • Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center
    • Millbrook Playhouse
    • The Broadway League
    • The York Theatre Company
    • Harbor Pictures, and many more!

    Careers and Graduate studies

    • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
    • Saturday Night Live
    • New York Public Theatre
    • Santa Fe Opera
    • Julliard School
    • Yale University Drama School
    • Carnegie Mellon University Drama School
    • NYU Tisch School of the Arts

    The Theresa Lang Theatre

    No matter your major or concentration, Theatre Arts students have the opportunity to learn, design, work, and perform in the College’s 250-seat theatre. From our intimate J. William Bordeau Box Theatre to the Great Hall, MMC has a range of performance spaces serving the Theatre Arts program.

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