Entertainment Production Design

Students currently in 8th-11th grades may apply for High School Arts Instruction.

The Entertainment Production Design Department is created for students who wish to become theatrical designers and stage technicians. Students learn by doing, through hands-on instruction in stage lighting, sound design, costuming, make-up, hair, set construction and stage management. Entertainment Production & Design students provide resources and support to NOCCA student productions in all the performance arts.

Include with your completed application:

    • A resume or a list of your training and experiences in production and design, performance, and any backstage or theatre crew work.
    • A one to two-page essay describing your interests in production and design and why you would like to be a part of NOCCA’s Entertainment Production Design Department.
    • Digitally upload 10 samples of your art work, which could include set design sketches, set models, fashion designs, theatrical paperwork, or make-up/hair designs.  Potential students do not need to be visual artists. Some examples are photography, pottery, sewing, and painting. Your art projects may use different mediums and might not be related directly to theatre design. 
    • Digitally upload an additional 5 samples of a practice design of set and/or costumes for a generally recognized play, musical, ballet or opera. This can also include any production photos of completed theatrical design work.

Make sure all examples are labeled and be prepared to discuss your work during the interview process. We strongly recommend that you submit an example of a practice design of set and/or costumes for a generally recognized play, musical, ballet or opera.

At the audition:
Be prepared to discuss your design work that you submitted with your application.

In addition to individual department requirements, all applicants will:

    • Upload to the application a 1-2 minute video of the applicant answering the question, “Why do I want to train at NOCCA?”
    • Upload to the application a copy of the most recent report card. Applicants must have at least a 2.0 GPA.
    • Be prepared with the email of an adult who is not related to you to complete your recommendation. Your recommender will receive an email from Acceptd with a link to fill out a recommendation form online.


Photo of Anna Donnell Anna Donnell Costume Design Instructor

Anna Donnell is a Costume Designer happy to call New Orleans home.  She came to the world of costume design through her performance career, as a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf, The Academy at Black Box Acting, and the BFA Acting Studio at The University of Mississippi, where she also worked for the department costume shop and gained her technical knowledge of costume construction. …

Photo of Philip Wingerter Philip Wingerter Department Chair: Technical Director
Photo of Dan Zimmer Dan Zimmer Design
(504) 940-2871

Mr. Zimmer received his formal training in design and technical direction from New York’s Studio and Forum of Stage Design.  He has worked on productions for the New Orleans Ballet, Delta Festival Ballet, Le Petit, Rivertown Repertory Theatre, and the Contemporary Art Center.

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