LBC | Live Production

Live Production

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)


Behind-the-scenes work that brings the stage to life.

Study Live Production at LBC

Bringing Performances to Life 

Are you a behind-the-scenes kind of person? If operating cameras, lights, sound and staging is what excites you, learn how to make it your career. 

Studying live production at LBC and gives creative Christians the chance to become an integral part of the performing arts world. Through this major, you'll get a hands-on learning experience with state-of-the-art audio, video and lighting technology used in live events and studio production. Plus, there so many chances for students to use their newly acquired skills right on our campus! 

Come and learn the ins and outs of what it takes to produce performances, both big and small. 

Why Study Live Production at LBC? 

  • Get hands on experience in producing on-campus events, Lancaster-area churches and other local businesses.
  • Learn from experienced professionals who have helped to produce events for big names like David Crowder, Jeremy Camp, Jars of Clay, Brandon Heath and more.
  • Interact with state-of-the-art equipment. 
  • Learn to work and collaboratively and thrive alongside other creatives through our program's integration into the Worship & Performing Arts department.
  • Earn your degree from an accredited Bible college in PA.

"Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans." - Proverbs 16:3 

A Closer Look: Live Production

LBC | Music Performance

Hands-On Experience 

Students in the Worship & Performing Arts department get the chance to showcase their musical skills through recitals, concerts and by leading worship during chapel. 

Meet The Faculty

Ryan Shenk

Coordinator of Worship Arts & Live Production

"Nothing is truly learned until it is put into action." — Ryan Shenk

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Dr. Paul Thorlakson

Chair of Worship & Performing Arts Department

"Nothing brings me more joy than to witness God's multiplication of a student's natural gifts into a supernatural force for His kingdom" — Dr. Thorlakson

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Dr. Robert Bigley

Director of Choral Activities

"My students inspire me every day. I hope to do the same for them." — Dr. Bigley

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Mr. David Felty

Program Director: Musical Theatre

"The theatre needs more actors that can be salt and light in an industry that desperately needs their influence." — Mr. Felty

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Dr. Krystal "Folkestad" Grant

Program Director: Music Performance - Composition

"My goal as a teacher is to cultivate musicians and listeners who build community and reckon with brokenness." — Dr. "Folkestad" Grant

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Mrs. Rachel Sidebothom

Music Education Program Director, Associate Chair of WPA

"Changing lives through quality music instruction." — Mrs. Sidebothom

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Dr. Timothy Sidebothom

Program Director: Music Performance - Instrumental, Vocal

"It is my privilege to teach inquisitive, college students about music and the life God has given them." — Dr. Sidebothom

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Careers and Jobs in Live Production

  • Production Manager
  • Stagehand
  • Technical Director
  • Church Technology Pastor
  • Audio Engineer
  • Lighting Engineer
  • Live Production Supervisor

Sample Course Outline

PRO 120 - Live Sound I

This course introduces the student to a biblically-based and theoretically-effective use of live sound reinforcement based on broad technical knowledge within the context of professional ministry. The fundamentals of sound, acoustics and live audio production, with particular focus on ministry applications, are taught with a hands-on approach. Instruction includes experience in analog and digital hardware and related software.

WPA 102 - Introduction to Worship Arts

A foundational understanding of a biblical theology of worship is introduced. Additionally, an overview of the art of worship from early Christian times through the current post-modern trends is included. Practical implications for worship situations in today’s church are drawn from both the biblical and historical context.

PRO 220 - Live Sound II

This course introduces the student to a biblically-based and theoretically-effective use of live sound reinforcement based on broad technical knowledge within the context of professional ministry. The fundamentals of sound, acoustics and live audio production, with particular focus on ministry applications, are taught with a hands-on approach. Instruction includes experience in analog and digital hardware and related software.

THR 310 - Staging and Illumination

An introduction to the art of staging and illumination: the course will teach the fundamentals of stage lighting, including the history of lighting, illumination, lighting equipment, projection principles, color, elementary electricity, and light controls (digital and analog). Basic stage design will then be taught and related to the concepts of proper illumination.

HIS 224 - History of Christian Song

An investigation of the origin and development of sacred song from its beginnings to the present, with special reference to the relation of sacred Christian song to historical, sociological and theological trends, and the biblical principles and historical trends inherent in the use of sacred song in personal and corporate worship. Sacred song in Western civilization will be the central focus, though not to the exclusion of other world music movements and influences.

PRO 305 - Live Video

This course covers video fundamentals including analog and digital technology, video signal analysis, HDTV, and evolution of the technology. Students will learn digital camera operation, basic shooting and lighting techniques, and basic editing and exporting. An introduction to video editing by working with audio, transitions, titling, and motion graphics in their productions is included.

THR 210 - Stage Management

This course introduces the student to the principles and practice of stage management, with particular emphasis on the role and responsibilities of a professional technical director. Dialogue on the impact of a biblical worldview to the technical arts is inherent in the course. In addition, discussion of leadership principles, resources for character development, and discussion of administrative process are included. The course includes exposure to technical directors serving/working in the professional world of ministry and/or public venues.

PRO 336 - Video Editing

This course will focus on video post-production including the basics of editing, compositing and motion graphics. Concepts and techniques of non-linear editing, compositing layers of computer generated imagery and live action video, special effects, camera movements and cinematic points of view be addressed. The development of portfolio materials will demonstrate the student’s ability to design and communicate effective messages.

THR 420 - Stage Technologies

This course introduces the student to technologies required for effective staging of live events, from hardware to software applications, building on the equipment discussed and learned in the Staging and Illumination course. A good portion of the course is spent observing and researching common practice in live production venues, permanent and touring.

PRO 430 - Acoustics

A scientific study of sound and its behavior as it relates to the live production environment. Additional application to the recording environment is included. Basic acoustic principles and practice are discussed and observed in public and private venues.

WOR 402 - Administrative Process in Worship Arts

TThis course is an in-depth investigation, with practical application, of the administrative process involved in a worship arts ministry. Basic areas covered will include the supervision and management of people and resources, vision-building, leadership development/staffing, planning of worship events, budgeting, and administering the use of electronic media/technology in worship.

PRO 221 - Media Technician

This course is an applied study working in the Technical Department. A student will receive hands-on training in stage lighting, media/projection, and sound reinforcement. Experience will follow a typical employment model, working under a boss and alongside a Tech Crew. (NOTE: The student’s Program Director/Coordinator, or delegate, will be denoted as the “LBC Internship Supervisor.”)

Steps for Admission into this Major

1. Apply to LBC by completing our online application.
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2. Audition for acceptance into this major

Every student who applies to any major in the Worship & Performing Arts department must audition for acceptance into the major of their interest and must also be accepted as a student to Lancaster Bible College.

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