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4300 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson Arizona 85718
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School Hours: 8:35am-3:25pm
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School Code: 030476

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Catalina Foothills High School

Career and Technical Education Courses

Technical Theatre

Program Description

The Technical Theatre instructional program is designed to prepare students for employment or advanced postsecondary coursework in the performing arts and entertainment industries, with an emphasis on technical and project management applications in theatrical productions. A student completing this program will possess essential technical knowledge and skills associated with production planning, crew and stage management, technical direction and theatre safety, computer assisted drafting, scenery and property construction, costuming and makeup design, theatrical rigging, stage lighting, sound design and audio engineering and special theatrical effects.

Student Organization

Technical Theatre students are encouraged to join this CTSO

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Course Sequence (2 to 3 Years)

Theatre Fundamentals

Grade 9|10|11|12

Theatre Fundamentals introduces students to a variety of technical theatrical elements.



Intermediate Theatre Productions

Grade 10|11|12

Theatrical Productions focuses on the creation of scenery, lighting and sound for the theatre from design concept to construction and implementation.



Advanced Theatre Productions 1

Grade 11|12

Advanced Theatre Production allows students to explore theatre with an in-depth, hands-on approach. Students are assigned production roles and jobs and continue their design work by applying their skills to actual performances.


Advanced Theatre Productions 2

Grade 12

Advanced Theatre Production allows students to explore theatre with an in-depth, hands-on approach. Students are responsible for the design elements of student directed shows.  All theatrical design jobs will be assigned and all shows will be produced, built, and run by the students.

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College Options

University of Arizona

Arizona State University has 5 Theatre Degrees to choose from.

Best Theater Colleges Princeton Review

Employment Outlook:


    Major Employers:

    • Movie and TV production companies
    • Performing arts companies

    Costume and Wardrobe Specialists

      Major Employers:

      • Performing arts companies
      • Casinos
      • Amusement parks

      Producers and Directors

        Major Employers:

    • Movie and TV production companies
    • Radio and TV broadcasting companies
    • Theatrical production companies

Alumni Stories

Phillip Toussaint ‘05

Phillip Toussaint was on a path to studying computer engineering when he took his first Theatre Arts course at Catalina Foothills High School. "I was required to take an art credit. I found out I could do 'technical theater' and not do anything arty," he said.

Through working with Norm Testa, Phillip was awakened to the thrill of technical theatre arts. When he attended the UA, he chose theater arts as his minor and began looking for courses that combined this new fascination with his computer engineering skills. Phillip ended up taking three cycles of advanced motion control.

Through his studies, Phillip helped design moving stage scenery. Then he worked with a group that used robots to act out the movements of performers on stage. Finally, he helped design the production of "New Genesis," a performance that brought together student-designed system of moving lights and scenery with a jazz ensemble from the UA's Music School.

Working in Las Vegas, Phillip designs sophisticated productions as an automation engineer for Stage Technologies. His specialties include PLC programming, software development and entertainment motion control.

Phillip Toussaint today

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