Technical Theatre


Technical Theatre combines the fields of visual art, technology, industrial arts, design, architecture and theatre in order to develop skills, knowledge, friendships and enduring understandings that will benefit students for the rest of their lives. Tech Theatre is a collaborative practice in which several teams work in concert with one another to elicit an emotional and intellectual connection between artists and members of the audience. Students involved in Tech Theatre experience real world, inter-disciplinary problems solved under the guidance of a professional in the field. Learning is delivered, executed and assessed using visible, audible, tangible, tactile, intellectual and even emotional standards and artifacts.

Early Learning

  • Imagination and creativity are enhanced through dramatic play throughout the day in a variety of subject areas. Classroom teachers work with professional theatre artists to create opportunities for students to develop understanding and empathy around a variety of subjects. Examples of past class performances include fairytale theatre, living biographies, ocean exploratory, and poetry slams.
  • Students enjoy performances by professional, visiting theatre artists and attend field trips to see performances at the Alliance Theater and Center for Puppetry Arts throughout the school year.

Middle Learning

  • Grades 7/8: Students are introduced to technical theatre through a term-long elective course. “Theatre Tech Magic” is taught in the Theatre Shop where students learn through hands-on projects. In addition to learning and having experience with a variety of tools, students are introduced to the world of props, scenes, sound and light that bring a theatrical production to life.

Upper Learning

  • Students in grades 9 – 12 may elect to take a variety of technical theatre classes that earn credit in Fine Arts and develop skills in technical theatre, stagecraft, CAD (computer assisted design), drafting, business management, and sound and lighting design and production. Technical Theatre electives include Introduction to Technical Theatre, Stagecraft, and CAD.
  • For those students who love theatre but would rather not be in the spotlight, The Galloway Theatre Ensemble Tech Crew is a “no-cut”, energetic, fun and supportive group of students who enjoy working together to bring each production to life. The ensemble is open to any student who completes the introductory class. The ensemble presents three productions throughout the school year including a fall play, winter play and spring musical. Theatre Tech Crew may sign up to participate in one production or all three. Though rehearsals are scheduled after school (periods 8 and 9) students receive credit towards graduation in Fine Arts.
  • Upper Learning students (11th and 12th graders) who excel in theatre tech are provided countless opportunities to further their understanding and practice of theatre tech as Theatre Tech Interns. In the past these students have designed sets for ML productions, created and executed lighting designs for dance performances, and created and executed sound designs for musical productions.

Faculty Biographies

Megan Cramer, ML & UL Theatre

Megan Cramer is The Galloway School's Upper Learning theater teacher. Born and raised in Atlanta, and a proud graduate of Henry W. Grady High School, she spent the past 15 years living, working and making theater in New York City, most notably as the Associate Artistic Director of The 52nd Street Project. Ms. Cramer was also the Middle School drama teacher at Avenues: The World School in Manhattan, where she produced and directed bilingual theatrical productions, and guided the entire 6th grade class through writing and staging an original musical adaptation of "The Phantom Tollbooth."

In 2008, she founded an annual playwriting program at Grady High – the Grady Playmakers Workshop-- an intensive curriculum for high school students that culminates in a staged reading of their work, featuring professional Atlanta actors. She has been involved in numerous artistic and theatrical ventures including providing guidance and support to beginning non-profit theatre organizations, touring teen Shakespeare productions to Marfa, Texas and Banff, Canada, and traveling to Madagascar with Zara Aina to make an original play with Malagasy children. Ms. Cramer received a B.A. degree in theater from Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC). Before delving into the world of teaching and directing, she performed as an actor in Atlanta with Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Horizon Theater Company, and the Alliance Theater Company; and in New York City with Prospect Theater Company and Blessed Unrest.

More information may be found at her website.

Elissa Marele, ML & UL Theatre

Elissa Marele is thrilled to be a part of the Arts Faculty at The Galloway School. She has been a drama teacher for sixteen years and has loved every minute of it! She received a BA in Theatre Education from The University of South Florida and an MS in Interdisciplinary Arts from Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Marele has directed over 50 full length and one act musicals and plays in Georgia and in Florida.

Several of her productions have been named Region Champions or Runner Up Champions through the GHSA One Act Play Competition. Ms. Marele is proud of Galloway's production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare was chosen to perform at the Georgia Thespian Conference. While teaching in Florida, Ms. Marele was honored to have brought five one acts to the Florida State Thespian Festival. Her students have been nominated for and won numerous awards including South Florida Cappie Awards and Shuler Hensley Awards.

Ms. Marele has been a Resident Director with The Callback Company, an adjudicator at the 2013 Florida State Thespian Festival, and served as Chairperson of the South Florida Cappies Program from 2005—2007. Ms. Marele is proud to say she has students studying and working in theatre in New York, Chicago, Washington, North Carolina, Florida, & Georgia.

Bob Upton, ML & UL Theatre Tech

Mr. Upton is very excited to work with the great educators at The Galloway School as the Technical Theatre Teacher. Bob has 21 years experience teaching theatre as a Set Designer, Technical Director and Director and was a working technical theatre professional for many years prior to teaching. Bob is a native Georgian and attended Jacksonville State University where he received a BA degree in Theatre. Bob has worked in southeastern regional theatres including the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Alliance Theatre as Master Carpenter and the Georgia Shakespeare Festival as the Technical Director.

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