Teacher Spotlight: Rachel Cort

Registration is now open for our 2022/2023 Junior Classes! We reached out to Stars of Stagecraft teacher Rachel Cort to find out more about her and what students will learn in this class! 

What will students walk away from this class knowing?

A basic knowledge of how to make a stage lighting system work as well as common principles of lighting design.

What’s your favorite thing about working with Parkway Playhouse?

Parkway Playhouse is such a fun and interesting space to work in!

What should students expect to do in this class?  

How to hang, focus, and circuit different types of lighting instruments, what they are used for, how to do basic light board programming, how to use lights for different purposes, how to create a light plot and paperwork, and how to do basic wiring for stage practicals.

Tell us about yourself!

I have been working as an electrician and designer since the 1990s (yikes). I love being backstage, I love watching something come to life from nothing with every production. I also really enjoy working with teenagers, especially since I have two of my own!

If you have a student who is interested in backstage action, Stars of Stagecraft is the class for them! Students will learn the design and construction process for lighting, sound, costumes, and sets, and help create and build these technical elements for our Junior productions! Students will also serve as running crew for the performances, and will learn sound and light board operations! Find out more and register here: https://parkwayplayhouse.com/education/parkway-playhouse-junior/ 


Published by


Parkway Playhouse, located in the Appalachian town of Burnsville, NC, is a haven of theatre talent. While people come to the mountains to get away, Parkway Playhouse is a natural gathering place to connect. Likewise, we are an extension of traditional mountain talents: singing, dancing, and, foremost, storytelling. By giving rise to energetic new voices and through a wide variety of plays and musicals, we invite our audience into experiences that are thought-provoking, adventurous, and entertaining. Together we reimagine the world in every live performance, creating dynamic conversations that last far beyond the curtain call. This blog is will feature stories, helpful information, insight and features about the performances.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s