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The 2022-23 Theatrical Skills Workshop Season is currently postponed. If you have any questions or if you'd be interested in hosting a workshop, please call (312) 332-5611.

Started in 2008, the Theatrical Skills Workshops presented by Grand Stage are intended to educate the participants through exposure to new and changing equipment, to introduce and reinforce best practices and to promote industry networking and camaraderie. 

Workshops feature hands-on exercises, ongoing Q&A sessions, educational resources and health and safety advice. All participants are welcome, including students, educators, theatre staff and stagehands. Our workshops are instructed by experienced presenters who are eager to educate the next generation of theatre professionals. Certificates of completion are available for all participants after each workshop. 

With the exception of Introduction to Theatrical Makeup and Advanced Theatrical Makeup, all of our workshops are being held at the Grand Stage offices, located at 3418 N Knox Avenue in Chicago, IL.

Participant safety is our highest priority. Workshops will have a limited capacity to allow for proper social distancing, and masks will be required for all in-person events.


Our mission is to provide workshops that are affordable and valuable to the theatre community. The cost of each workshop is listed within the workshop description. 

We believe education should be available to all. If you are interested in group discounts or scholarships, please contact us.


If you have any questions, please call (312) 332-5611. 

Previous Workshops

Basics of LED Lighting

Learn about LED fixtures as a tool for lighting and how they compare with traditional fixtures on skin, costumes and scenery.

Presenter: Matt Winstead, General Manager, Grand Stage

Cost: $20 (Educational: $15)

Wire, Rope or Chain: Which To Use and Why 

 Learn the best solutions for rigging conundrums with a veteran specialist. This workshop includes hands-on lessons in tying knots and explanations of rigging mathematics. 

 Presenter: Ted Jones, ETCP Certified Rigger, Grand Stage 

 Cost: $25 (Educational: $20)

ETC Eos Console Training Level 1: Essentials

Learn to set up and navigate the console, working with cues, groups and submasters.  

Presenter: Spencer Lyons, Field Project Coordinator, ETC 

Cost: $25 (Educational: $20)

Electricity 101: Basics for the Stage Technician

Safety First! Learn how to work with electricity and the connectors, cables, wires and plugs. Understand basic electrical math and tools, and learn how to deal with lamps for theatrical fixtures. 

Presenter: Tom Craner, Field Service Manager, Grand Stage

Cost: $20 (Educational: $15)

Introduction to Theatrical Makeup (ONLINE WORKSHOP)

Learn to apply makeup for stage performances, including the effect of lighting on makeup.

Presenter: Corrie Marlowe, Makeup Artist

Cost (includes cost of required materials): $40 (Educational: $35)

Advanced Theatrical Makeup (ONLINE WORKSHOP)

Transform yourself into any character with lessons in aging, bruising, burns, cuts and scrapes.

Presenter: Corrie Marlowe, Makeup Artist

Cost (includes cost of required materials): $65 (Educational: $60)

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