Dr. Eric Levin, an associate professor of theater arts, supervises Southern Oregon University’s Master of Theatre Studies in Production and Design Program. The candidates, high school teachers from all over the world, converge on SOU for two weeks each summer to pursue a degree while developing their skills in technical theater. Levin and I chatted in his office on the SOU campus one summer afternoon.
EH: Tell me about the production and design program.
EL: It’s a year-round program that meets during the summer. High school theater teachers learn how to design and build plays. Most high school drama teachers need more education in production and design. Some come in with very little theater experience outside of their own programs.