Build and Paint Spaces

Options for constructing, painting, and assembling scenery vary depending on performance venue. The Yale School of Drama performance spaces used by the Yale Dramatic Association are the only undergraduate performance spaces equipped with designated build or paint spaces. In other cases, when approved, scenery may be constructed, painted, or assembled only in certain authorized work areas on campus. Owing to the logistics required to use these spaces and to transport scenery between them, students are encouraged to employ minimal, stylized scenic designs.

When scenery construction is permitted, it must:

  • Be built and installed so as to ensure safety of the cast, crew, and audience;
  • Be pre-approved by Undergraduate Production, following submission of a suitable plan that details construction methods, labor skills available, and materials to be used. Resources and skills must be compatible with the scale of the planned work;
  • Occur only in an authorized work area with prior approval and appropriate supervision. Construction is prohibited in all other locations;
  • Occur with students wearing all appropriate personal protective equipment (e.g., hard hats, safety glasses, gloves) as required by the work; and
  • Be constructed in a safe and responsible manner.

The use of scenery in most college theaters is limited to hand props and furniture. Assembly may be done in the Off Broadway and Whitney Theaters and Dramat spaces. Painting may be done in the Whitney Theater, but not in the Off Broadway nor in any of the College Theaters.

Specific training and supervision is required for some tool use. UP offers a series of required workshops each year which are prerequisites for various types of production work. The unsupervised use of unapproved powered cutting tools is prohibited and is grounds for immediate termination of the production. The only power tools that are approved for unsupervised use are jig saws, hand-held drills, screw guns, and orbital sanders. Some of these tools require the EHS “buddy system.” See the UP ABC regulations for details. Complete information about the responsibilities of a Buddy may be found here.

Be sure to discuss your design ideas with your Undergraduate Production Advisor as early as possible in the planning process.

Build and Assembly Spaces

 

Dramat Shop

Space/Location: This moderate sized woodworking shop in the basement of the University Theater is equpped with both hand tools and bench power tools for working with wood.  The shop may also be used as a paint area.

Availability/Reservations/Policies: This shop is prioritized for use by the Dramat. Use of the shop by other groups, possible only when the Dramat is not in production, must be pre-approved by the Dramat and by Rorie Fitzsimons. The shop may be used as a paint space or as a build and assembly space. Specific training and supervision is required for operating power tools in the shop. Please discuss this option with your UP advisor first.

 

Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID)

Space/Location: The Center, located on the first floor of the Becton Engineering Center, features multiple spaces in one: a lecture area and meeting rooms for the exploration of new ideas, machine shops, a wet lab, and a studio for the creation of physical prototypes.

Availability/Reservations/Policies: CEID membership is a prerequisite for use of the spaces and shop. Specific training and supervision is required for operating some of the tools in the shop. Visit the CEID website for more information about CEID membership and the CEID Code of Conduct. CEID staff may exclude any activities that do not support the Center’s mission and values.

 

Berkeley Wood Shop

Space/Location: This woodworking shop is located in the basement of Berkeley College.

Availability/Reservations/Policies: The Berkeley Wood Shop is available to Berkeley students for small scale projects. The shop is usually staffed from 9a-4p on Saturdays during the school year. Please contact the Berkeley Head of College’s Office for more information.

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Paint Spaces

 

Dramat Shop

Space/Location: This moderate sized woodworking shop in the basement of the University Theater is equpped with both hand tools and bench power tools for working with wood. The shop may also be used as a paint area.

Availability/Reservations/Policies: This shop is prioritized for use by the Dramat. Use of the shop by other groups, possible only when the Dramat is not in production, must be pre-approved by the Dramat and by Rorie Fitzsimons. The shop may be used as a paint space or as a build and assembly space. Specific training and supervision is required for operating power tools in the shop. Please discuss this option with your UP advisor first.

 

Timothy Dwight Art Room

Space/Location: The Timothy Dwight Art Room is located in Timothy Dwight College.

Availability/Reservations/Policies: Timothy Dwight Art Room is a resource for students in Timothy Dwight. Please contact the Timothy Dwight Head of College’s Office for more information.

 

Silliman Art Studio

Space/Location: The Silliman Art Studio is located in the basement of Silliman College.

Availability/Reservations/Policies: The Silliman Art Studio is a resource for students in Silliman College.  Please contact the Silliman Head of College’s Office for more information.

 
 

Hopper Art Room

Space/Location: The Hopper Art Room is located in Hopper College.

Availability/Reservations/PoliciesThe Hopper Art Room is a resource for students in Hopper College.  Please contact the Hopper Head of College’s Office for more information.

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