Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Design Technology for Stage & Screen

Pre-College design technology for stage & screen

Program Dates: June 20 - July 19, 2020
Grades: Rising 10th - Rising 12th
Application Fee: $35.00
Boarding Tuition: $6,075.00
Day Program Tuition: $3,995.00

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The Pre-College Design Technology for Stage & Screen program will enhance your abstract thinking, problem-solving and visual communication skills while helping you develop the necessary tools to exhibit and present your stage and screen design work. As the scenic, lighting, and costume designer, you will learn to read and analyze a script; sketch, draft and build scale models; create a light plot; and swatch and render costume designs. Taught by experienced faculty and professional designers who share their own processes and provide experience in all aspects of design technology, this program will expand your portfolio and your understanding of what you will be doing in college and beyond. 

As a student in the The Design Technology for Stage & Screen program, you will:

  • Analyze a script and translate its ideas into visual images
  • Build your knowledge of the principles, functions, and elements of scenic, lighting, costume, mask and makeup design
  • Learn programs theater and set designers use, such as SketchUp, and Vectorworks
  • Exhibit, present, and discuss your designs
  • Create a portfolio for college interviews and applications


Brynna Bloomfield is an artist, designer and teacher. She is in her 17th year of at Emerson College, where she teaches rendering, history of architecture and décor, design, and mask making. As a theater designer, Brynna has worked with the Lyric Stage Company, SpeakEasy Stage, the Nora, Shakespeare and Company, Company One, and others. At Emerson, she developed and ran a successful pre-college stage design program for eleven years. She is now excited to be working with aspiring designers at Walnut Hill. As an artist, Brynna draws cartoons and portraits, including a project on Instagram, where she surreptitiously draws portraits of strangers which she presents to her subjects before running away, @INoticeYou. Ms. Bloomfield received a BFA in fine arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and an MFA in theater design from Brandeis University. She is a member of IATSE USA Local 829. 

Janie E. Howland is a scenic designer and professor. She has designed scenery for over 250 productions and received 4 IRNE awards and 4 Elliot Norton awards for best scenic design. She received her MFA from Brandeis University in Scene Design and Painting and is a member of USA Local 829. Recently her work was included in an art exhibition, Consenses conceived by Sally Taylor, at Mass MOCA, Wellesley College, Davis Square and Martha’s Vineyard. She has taught design, drafting and computer rendering for the past 12 years at Wellesley College, Emerson College, Northeastern University and Framingham State College. Theatre credits include: Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Odyssey Opera, Interact Theatre (PA), Weston Playhouse(VT), New Jersey Shakespeare Festival(NJ), New Rep, Speakeasy Stage Company, Actor’s Shakespeare Project,  Central Square Theatre, Nora Theatre Company, Boston Conservatory of Music, Barter Theatre(WV), Huntington Theatre Studio 210, North Shore Music Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, Boston Children’s Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Company One, and A.R.T. Institute. In 1996 she was a co-founder of CYCO Scenic design and production company, a design/build company that created scenery for the Macy’s Christmas windows, Domain Furniture stores, Motorola trade shows and other theatres and trade shows.

Taylor Ness is a lighting designer and technician based in the Boston Area. He currently works primarily at the Huntington Theatre Company as the Calderwood Pavilion House Electrician. Taylor also installs and operates a large portion of the video systems on-stage at the Huntington. He recently engineered the projections for the broadway-bound production Man in the Ring.  Taylor also teaches the Master Electrician course at Emerson College. Taylor has had the pleasure of lighting many different types of live events in Boston, in a variety of venues ranging from church basements to Fenway Park. He graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Theatrical Design & Technology with a concentration in Lighting Design.

Martin Mendelsberg (guest instructor) is a graphic designer, typographer and design educator. He has exhibited internationally in Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, China, Israel and in the United States. The designer's work is represented in permanent collections at The Museum of New Zealand, Victoria University School of Architecture, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Yale University: Haas Arts Special Collections, The Florida Holocaust Museum, The Mizel Museum, Greeley Holocaust Observance Committee and The Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles. As a consultant and designer based in Denver, Colorado, Mr. Mendelsberg engages with specialists who collaborate with businesses, educational institutions and government clients facilitating brand and visual identity management.



Each candidate for the The Design Technology for Stage & Screen Program must submit the online application and the following documents:

  • Student Statement of Purpose: In one or two pages, please describe what you hope to achieve during the Pre-College Program
  • Essay: In one or two pages, discuss the following: a theatrical production, film or visual artwork that you believe has most influenced or inspired you and your design work.
  • Teacher Recommendation: Please submit at least one recommendation, completed by a teacher who knows your work. If possible, the teacher should know your work in the field to which you are applying.
  • Resume of your theatrical, visual art, or design experience.
  • Creative Portfolio: photos of your work, show paperwork, or other items that highlight your skills and accomplishments.

All required documents can be uploaded directly to your online account once your application has been completed.