The business of show business

Whether doing sound or lighting for a new band, a church production, or new venue, individuals interested in working in the music/entertainment industry have a wonderful opportunity to learn comprehensive production skills when Northeast State presents a weeklong workshop with award-winning professionals in the field.

Workshop instructors include members of the award-winning lighting and artistic design team that created the Oedipus Rex production of Northeast State Theater.

The Sound, Lighting, and Production Workshop focuses on the aspects of basic sound, applied lighting design (artistic and technical), and production management. The five-day workshop meets July 23 – 27 at the College’s performing arts center at the main campus in Blountville, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.  Course instructors are industry professionals in the lighting, entertainment and management fields.  The workshop schedule is:

Day 1: Basic Sound – Participants learn the aspects of live sound set up, stage level sound setup and sound mixing and effects. Participants will work with live sound and in the theater sound booth.

Day 2: Applied Lighting Design – Participants learn the technical details of lighting systems to capture the right effect and the use of lighting as an artistic effect.

Day 3: Promotion – Participants learn how to tailor lighting and sound effects for different venues. An outdoor setting, a large indoor theater, or a church stage require specific lighting and sound effects.  Additionally, participants learn how to promote performances.

Day 4: Management – Behind the stage curtain, entertainment professionals work on venue management and legal details for performances. This day covers venue management and details such as writing and fulfilling contacts with performers, insurance demands, and agreements with booking agents.

Lighting and sound pull together live entertainment performances at any venue.

Day 5: Practicum – A Capstone Event:  Participants experience working in the production and set-up for singer/songwriter Trey Hensley’s evening concert on July 27 at the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts Theater on the main campus.

Course fee is $525 which includes all study materials. Priority registration date is July 16.  For more information, contact Cindy Tauscher at or 423.354.2570.

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