Vectorworks Clipboard Project

Step 1. Create Floor and Cut

Step 2. Add Clip and Adjust Line Weight

Step 3. Add 3D Render Texture

Step 4. Create Viewports on Sheet Layer with Border and Title Block

Step 5. Add Dimensions and Drawing Labels

Step 6. Edit Title Block

Step 7. Change Sheet Layer Resolution

Step 8. Final Check for Missing Dimensions

Step 9. Bonus - Add Wow Factor Rivet

Avoiding Circuit Overload

When you're hanging lights you need to determine how many instruments you can put on a dimmer. To do this you need to use the power formula, W = V A, also known as the "West Virgina" formula.

To use this formula, you first need to determine the Amp rating of your circuit by looking on the circuit breakers on the dimmer pack (they are often 20A, but sometimes 15A). If you are using portable dimmers, you also need to know the Amp rating of the circuit breakers in the electrical panel and you need to know that nothing else is on that circuit. In addition to the dimmer/breaker, you also need to determine the Amp rating of all the cables and connectors you are using. You are limited by the component in the circuit with the lowest Amp rating. Take that lowest Amp rating and multiply it by the standard Voltage in the US, which is 120V. The outcome of that equation will tell you the maximum number of Watts you can put on the circuit.

For example, in Wood-Mar the dimmers are 20A. Since we know the standard Voltage is 120V, then we know we have 2400W available for each dimmer. 20A x 120V = 2400W

You'll then need to determine how many Watts are used by each lighting instrument, which should be listed on the lamp. Source Fours use 575W, PAR 64s use 1000W. So you could put four Source Fours on one circuit. Or you could put two Par 64s on one circuit.

Most of the time this is pretty straight forward, especially since most of the time we like to control only one light per dimmer. Where it gets tricky is in non-theatre spaces like a cafe, a community center, or a church. The hard part in those situations is identifying how many circuits you have available and what the Amp rating is for each of those circuits. Be careful! Multiple electrical receptacles in the room may all be on the same circuit, so you need to locate the electrical panel and find out which breakers or fuses operate which receptacles, and at how many Amps. In this kind of a touring situation, even though you may be using 20A theatre dimmers, you may be limited by the available circuits/Amps the dimmers are plugged into. For example, the portable dimmer packs in the Design Lab contain four dimmers in each pack which is plugged into one 20A circuit - so you must divide the available 2400W among the 4 dimmers. Each dimmer in the pack is capable of handling 1200W, but you can place no more than 2400W on the entire pack.

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.