children's theatre of elgin / fox valley theatre company
CTE/FVTC presents a tech class for everyone who loves being involved in theatre. Whether you consider yourself an actor, director, stage manager, or technician, this class will give you tools, knowledge, vocabulary, and experience to make your future theatrical experiences more rewarding. From lighting design, to sound systems, to costumes and make up, and everything in between, this will be an overview of what and how things work behind the scenes. After completion, with instructor approval, participants will be eligible to take part in backstage operations of future CTE/FVTC shows.
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. via Zoom, November 2nd-December 16th
(Some socially distanced hands-on learning may take place, with less than 10 participants at a time, at local theater venues)
Fee: $150 ($115 for additional registrants from the same family)
Payment plans and scholarships available.
Ages 12-18
Meet Your Instructor:
Smooch Medina (Theatrical Designer/Project Manager) is a Jeff Award Nominated theatrical designer from the Chicago area. As the Technical Specialist at Hemmens Cultural Center with the City of Elgin, Smooch has led efforts to upgrade the facility’s technical elements, ensuring each production is professionally and artistically executed. He also is heavily involved in Elgin’s special event programs such as iFest, Movies in the Park, and Nightmare on Chicago Street, which has drawn crowds of over 18,000 people. As the Head of Lighting and Projection Design and Technology with Midwest Event Solutions, Smooch has been involved with and produced thousands of shows, from educational theatre and dance recitals, to music festivals and global tours. As a prominent designer in Chicago theatre, he has had the privilege of working with companies such as The Joffrey Ballet, The Irish Theatre Company, Halcyon Theatre, Hinsdale Dance Company, First Folio, Legere, Paramount Theatre, Shattered Globe, Red Clay Dance, Fox Valley Theatre Company, and many more. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Children’s Theatre of Elgin/Fox Valley Theatre Company.
Smooch holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatrical Design from Columbia College Chicago, as well as ETCP Certifications in Arena Rigging, Theatrical Rigging, and Entertainment Power Distribution. To see examples of his work, please visit 

Thank you to Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin for sponsoring this project!