Design and Tech Track

Design and Tech is a hands-on experience! From scenic design and stage management, to lighting and sound design, to costumes and props, this program is geared toward students with lots of creativity and imagination!

Design and Tech students will design and create elements for the final performances of Musical Theatre.

Director

Michael Kraczek

Michael Kraczek, Assistant Professor
BA, Brigham Young University, 1999
MFA, Yale School of Drama, 2010

Growing up in Northern California, he was active in theater from a young age. After attending Ricks College, he completed a BA in theater education at Brigham Young University and taught high school theater in Utah and Nevada.

He earned an MFA in technical design and production at the Yale School of Drama, where among other credits, he was the technical director for the world premiere of The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl. While on the East Coast, he also worked on the Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors and the first national tours of Thoroughly Modern Millie and Hairspray, as well as other commercial projects.

Michael also has professional experience as a theater consultant and a lighting designer. Theater consulting projects include the Harlem Stage Gatehouse (New York, NY), Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center (Midland, PA), Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center (Greensburg, PA), C. L. Hoover Opera House (Junction City, KS), and 20 other performance venues.

As a lighting designer for BYU-Idaho he designed lights for more than 100 music, dance, theater and broadcast performances. He worked with artists and presenters including Collin Raye, David Archuleta, and a number of LDS General Authorities. He participated actively on the design team for the 15,000-seat BYU-Idaho Center Auditorium and provided the original lighting design.

In 2012 Michael returned to Brigham Young University to teach design and technology classes in the Theatre Arts Studies program and mentor student designers. He currently serves on the board of the Utah Theater Association and is a member of United States Institute of Theater Technology (USITT). His most recent lighting designs include TMA productions of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and The Theatre Engine Project at Michigan State University.

Auditions

To be determined.

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