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Prop & Set Spectacle on a Dime and in a Dungeon, A PD workshop from CETA

California Educational Theatre Association

Prop & Set Spectacle on a Dime and in a Dungeon, A PD...

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Ticket Type Price Fee Quantity
Set/Prop Workshop CETA Member
This ticket admits one current CETA Member. If membership is not current, you will be charged full ticket price, unless you also purchase a Membership.
$100.00 $0.00
CETA Membership (if not a current 2017-18 member)
Become a member or renew your membership for the upcoming academic year.
$100.00 $0.00
Set/Prop Workshop Non-CETA Member
Non-CETA members are welcome to attend our ongoing Professional Development Workshops
$150.00 $0.00

Event Details







Don't Scale Down Your Vision! 
Prop & Set Spectacle on a Dime and in a Dungeon


A Professional Development Workshop from


No grid? No wings? No curtain? No problem. This hands-on workshop explores tips and tricks to staging your play in educational spaces, on educational budgets.

 John Burton has spent the past 18 years crafting dynamic scenic and storytelling elements that are manageable for teachers to make and students to use.  From casters to clothing racks, fun foam to foam core, adhesives to airline cable, We'll learn about simple materials and methods that yield complex results. Don't let limitations of budget, space or technical experience put a limit on your vision or creativity.  


Rescheduled, TBD




Loyola Marymount University

Foley Building, Room 110

1 LMU Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90045


Wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes.



On your own at any of the nearby eateries-driving distance, or bring a bag lunch.


Campus Map Link:

Park where you see the "D" on the map - Life Science Building.

Free on the weekend.

Summer parking information link:


John Burton is a visual artist and theatre designer, specializing in creating spectacles …on a dime…in unusual spaces…often utilizing combinations of unexpected and repurposed materials.

John also likes sculpting and fabricating small theatrical things, such as ½” hand-cut shadow puppet pieces; wire mobiles made of recycled shirt hangers; and “spirit people,” effigies crafted of found objects and sacred remnants of an actor’s actual wardrobe. John’s puppet portfolio includes shadow, rod, hand, and Bunraku-style.

From his 4000 sq.ft. studio, Pop Goes the Easel, John perpetually turns out scenic, prop, puppet and shadow design. He is Prop Master for Loyola Marymount University, and runs The Studio Lab at Walgrove Elementary, a STEAM-based maker lab where he teaches 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. He is the resident designer for Turning Point School and an associate designer for The Actors’ Gang, Ghost Road Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Rogue Artists Ensemble, Orphean Circus, and Son of Semele Theatre.

He has contributed design work to over 100 shows in Los Angeles over the past 18 years.

Upper division units are available from CSUEB for an additional cost.


Course Title: Prop and Set Spectacle on a Dime and in a Dungeon. Saturday, August 20, 2017:  Instructor: Gai Jones, ____Quarter 1.5 quarter units: Fee: $165.00. Students will categorize the subject matter presented as to the NCAS and/or 21st Century Skills and complete an Online Reflective Journal which will be due August 30, 2017 (CETA PDI).


If the teacher wishes to sign up and pay for these units, I need to have them email me by August 26 for the registration form and course work.>.


Units from CA State University, East Bay
(no out of state tuition)
The units for the THEA classes are considered upper division units. The units are not "graduate" level.  Courses numbered 7000-7799 are usually applicable toward educational credits at CSUEB, State clear credential, salary increments and some state supplementary authorizations.  The Theater courses that Gai Jones teaches award units of “academic credit”, as opposed to CEUs, which are non-academic units and referred to as “Continuing Education Units”. CSU East Bay strongly advise students to check with your individual districts, as this decision will be up to the districts, and not CSUEB’s decision.

For complete information on CETA or to renew your membership, visit

Register here(case sensitive):


Deadline to register is Rescheduled, TBD

Have questions about Prop & Set Spectacle on a Dime and in a Dungeon, A PD workshop from CETA? Contact California Educational Theatre Association


Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive
Foley Building, Room 110
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Prop & Set Spectacle on a Dime and in a Dungeon, A PD workshop from CETA
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