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Skills for Emerging and Ongoing Careers

Studio School of Design is committed to helping the entertainment design industry in three key areas: 1) life-long learning within a professional working environment, 2) curriculum and professional development opportunities for educators, and 3) programs in design for young people.

Everything we do is intended to increase access to, and competency in, the profession to widest possible population of participants.

Photo: Alabama Dance Theater “Kakegoe” Choreography by Sara Sandford; Costume Design by Sarah McQueen; Lighting Design by faculty member Craig Stelzenmuller; Photograph by Richard Calmes

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Guided and Taught by Working Professionals

Studio School of Design‘s advisors and faculty are amazingly talented and active at the forefront of the profession.

Studio School of Design is built on a spirit of community and a very high level of competencies.

Photo: “Billy Elliot” Scenic Design by Campbell Baird and Robert Andrew Kovach; Costume Design by Dustin Cross; Lighting Design by faculty member Craig Stelzenmuller. Pictured: Sam Faulkner Photo by Curtis Brown. Production at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, North Carolina Theater.

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Photo: The Flying Dutchman at the Atlanta Opera, Scenery and Costume Design by Jacob Climer, Projection Design by S. Katy Tucker, Lighting by faculty member Amith Chandrashaker, Pictured (above): Melody Moore & Wayne Tigges, Photograph by Jeff Rothman

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    Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion

    For now and for the future.

    Celebrating all the vibrantly different life experiences by encouraging belonging. Studio School of Design is dedicated to diversifying our professional community and enlivening future worlds of storytelling, design, and entertainment within the performing arts and beyond.

    Photo: The Band’s Visit, Lighting by advisor Tyler Micoleau

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    Diverse, Professional Designers are leading the way.

    Photo: Swan Lake, New York CIty Ballet, David H. Koch Theater; Scenic Design by Per Kirkeby; Costume Design by Per Kirkeby and Barbara Matera; Lighting by advisor Mark Stanley; Photo by Paul Kolnick

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    Studio School of Design has been founded to increase our collective knowledge and to diversify access to the lighting design field across the places where we work. We seek to provide equitable and inclusive low-cost classes both online and in-person to a wide ranging pool of talented and motivated students.

    Studio School of Design is incorporated in New York State as a non-profit 501c3 organization. Donations to the school are fully tax deductible. Programs are taught by a diverse, top-level professional, practicing faculty in Lighting Design.

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