Theatre and Drama 161:

Backstage Lab I

with GW Rodriguez or Robert Wagner
About this Course

In Backstage Lab I, students participate in weekly labs and specified performance assignments. Through these elements, you will learn and master the backstage experience. The participation is with actual University Theatre productions. Lab choices include:

  • Scenery and costume construction
  • Lighting
  • Sound

There are two sections of this course. One will be instructed by GW Rodriguez and the other by Robert Wagner.

Theatre and Drama 161: Backstage Lab I Times



Theatre and Drama 161: Backstage Lab I Dates
May 15 –
June 11
Theatre and Drama 161: Backstage Lab I Credits
Theatre and Drama 161: Backstage Lab I Questions


Meet Your Professors

GW Rodriguez

GW Rodriguez

Lighting and Sound Studio Supervisor

GW joined the Department in the July of 2014 and teaches two classes: one in the fundamentals of stage lighting, and the other in sound design and production. He also serves as the Lighting and Sound Studio Supervisor where he manages all things lighting and sound related for University Theatre Productions and Operations.

Starting his love for theatre in high school, GW has gone on to work all over the country at places such as: South Coast Repertory, Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts (PCPA), Utah Shakespeare Festival, Huntington Theatre Company, Olney Theatre Center, and many others.

Although GW is a very adept lighting technician and designer, his focus is in sound design and composition for the theatre, film, studio, and video games. His love for sound design and engineering has drove him to learn complex sound systems like LCS, programming creative sound software such as Max/MSP, and even diving into computer programming learning 7 different languages (C, C++, Objective-C, etc.).

GW holds a B.A. in technical theatre from the University of California San Bernardino, and a M.F.A. in sound design at Boston University. (source)

Robert Wagner

Robert Wagner

Scene Studio Supervisor (Assistant Faculty Associate)

Rob joined the Department in Fall 2012. He teaches classes to students and serves as the Scene Studio Supervisor for University Theatre Productions and Operations.

He brought with him over 20 years professional experience in technical theatre. Since beginning his career path running lights a show in junior high school over 30 years ago, he has yet to find found a reason to stop. Rob has experience as a master carpenter, master electrician, scenic charge, welder, scenic designer, lighting designer, sound designer, props carpenter, a host of run crew positions, and for the last twelve years, technical director.

Professionally, Rob has worked for Hoffend and Sons Rigging, Pheasant Run Dinner Theatre, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Austin Lyric Opera, ACME Production Services, The Milwaukee Ballet, The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Waukesha Civic Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, as well as the Skylight Opera Theatre for ten years.

Rob holds an Associates Degree in Theatre Technology from College of Du Page, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Scene Design from Northern Illinois University, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Technical Direction from the University of Texas/Austin. (source)

Look for THEATRE 161 in your

course guide or student center.