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Technical theater and stage design sit at the crossroads of art and engineering and are uniquely suited to provide a creative experience and outlet to students. These fields use cutting-edge technologies to create artistic works using advanced digital processes and creative engineering solutions, and can be a springboard into meaningful experiences across a number of disciplines.

The Department of Theater and Dance has developed the Immersive Design Experience (IDX), an intensive, hands-on technical theater/design program for high school students in Hampton Roads and neighboring cities.

This studio-based program will allow students to "get their hands dirty" in the creative process. At IDX, students learn the processes behind the studio experience that connect the sciences, humanities, visual and performing arts. In an annually rotating curriculum covering topics such as computer-aided drafting, 3-D modeling, digital photo manipulation, and digital and traditional rendering techniques, participants will:

  • Work through engineering solutions to artistic endeavors
  • Analyze dramatic literature in its relation to visually creating and designing for the stage
  • Use artistic rendering skills to design theatrical experiences

The three-day program is led by Christopher Newport faculty and runs June 20-22, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch included), in the Ferguson Center for the Arts. Apply today! Space is limited. The application deadline is May 11.

For more information, contact Dr. David Shuhy at


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