Tool Slides

Hand Tools

Power Tools

Here are some hand tools and power tools that you'll encounter in stagecraft.

Tool Safety Videos

Here are some pretty thorough safety videos made by the Power Tool Institute. They are a little long, but they've got great information.

Just as a reminder that these tools can be dangerous, a Yale University student was killed a few years ago when her hair was caught in a lathe.

Table Saw
Miter Saw
Circular Saw

Stagecraft students need to watch these videos before they use tools in class. Scene shop employees need to watch them once each year.

Royalty Free Sounds

There are lots of resources out there for free sounds and music. Below are a few that students have found helpful. Some require you to set up an account in order to download their files.

Sound Effects:

  • You can specify settings 44.1K, 16-bit. Once you find a sound you like, you'll need to "right click" (control+click on a mac) on the link and select "Download Linked File As..." in order to save it to your show folder.
  • You will need to register for an account.


  • has a wide variety of free underscore and instrumental music. They also have songs with words, which are mostly not helpful. In order to weed those out, go to the Browse Catalog link at the top and select Freeplay Music from the left. You might also find it helpful to search by style or feeling or tempo. You will need to set up an account in order to download.
If you're designing for an on-campus production, check with me and I can also give you access to our sound effects library.

QLab 3 WalkThrough Tutorial

Here is a step-by-step walk through of the basic audio functions of QLab 3.

To complete this tutorial, you'll need these content files.

Rigging Slides

Here are some slides for rigging equipment.

Scenic Joints, Tapes, Fasteners, and Hardware

Here are some slides of scenic joints, tapes, fasteners, and hardware that we frequently use in the theatre.

Types of Scenery and Moving Scenery

Here you can download our class slides for Types of Scenery
Many scenic materials are also in these slides.

These are the slides we used in class that cover Handling Scenery.

Theatre Spaces, Shops, and Safety

Here are some stagecraft slides for types of theatre spaces, shops, and safety equipment.