The scenery for the Playshop Theatre productions is constructed by work study students employed in the scenic studio. Under the supervision and guidance of the technical director, students are trained in all aspects of scenery construction.
The Playshop Theatre’s scenic studio features a large carpentry area, metal fabrication area, and separate tool and paint storage areas. Overhead drop downs for electricity and compressed air help keep the floor clear and safe. Stationary tools include a saw-stop table saw, a panel saw, two sliding compound miter saws, and a band saw. The metal fabrication area houses a machinist’s drill press, two MIG welders, and a horizontal band saw.
The spacious scenic studio connects directly to the stage, allowing smooth transitions from construction to installation. The stage features a 20ft x 40ft proscenium, 36 line sets operated with a single-purchase counterweight system, and a trap section 20ft x 20ft down center.
The facilities’ roles as teaching spaces are evident throughout the building, and most notably in the control booth that has space for an entire class to gather around the equipment for hands-on learning.