180e - scenic
Training begins with online ladder, electrical and shop safety classes. Next will be specific training by staff in all power and hand tools in the scene shop. In addition, training will involve theatrical systems such as the flyrail, orchestra pit, and automated scene shop door, along with ariel lifts, and fall arrest/restraint training. As this shop involves physical labor, training will also include the proper ways to lift, use of mechanical advantages, and other personal safety measures.
Working side by side with staff, you’ll learn standard scenic building techniques for platforms and flats, furniture repair and maintenance, scenic painting and prop making for the upcoming productions. Shop maintenance will also be included.
For those wishing to delve deeper into scenic construction, arrangements can be made for working in welding, pneumatics and detailed painting techniques.
Practical experience working on scenery and properties for Theatre & Dance department productions. Study and execution of basic scenery and prop engineering, construction, painting, rigging. Study of techniques, materials, tools, and equipment use. Skill development, professional etiquette. Safety training requirement.
Meet the Staff
asst. technical director
Myke Kunkel started his professional career as a performance technician at the age of 16. By the age of 23 Myke got his first Technical Director position with the Sacramento Ballet. Myke also is a lighting and scenic designer, who has worked with the B Street Theater, as well as the Sacramento Theater Company, and California Music Theater.
Office: Wright Hall 122 (1st Floor)
Catherine F Kunkel, Scene Technician (Scene Shop Foreman): An alumnus of the UC Davis Theatre and Dance program, Catherine has worked in Sacramento area theaters for over a decade, working as a mic dresser at Music Circus, carpenter/scenic designer at B Street Theater, carpenter at UC Davis (two separate times), Technical Director and scenic/lighting designer for St Francis High School, and has finally settled as the Scene Shop Foreman at the UC Davis since 2019. She also has supplementary experience in painting and costuming.
Office: Wright Hall 130 (1st Floor - Scene Shop)