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Steel Working and Welding Workshop

  • Children's Theatre Company 2400 3rd Avenue South Minneapolis, MN, 55404 United States (map)

Children’s Theatre Company Scene Shop
Saturday July 7th 8:30am - 5pm; 30 minute lunch provided at 12:30pm
This is a one day workshop

Register here!

Scenic Carpenter Kristin Larsen
Scenic Carpenter Molly Diers

Working with steel is quickly becoming virtually a prerequisite for employment at most scene shops around the country. The techniques of this incredibly versatile and useful skill also transfer easily to industries and activities besides technical theatre, and its applications are widespread indeed.

Guided by our highly experienced instructors, who pack a solid 4 decades of practical experience between them, in all manner of shops, including commercial shops, large regional theatres and small out-of-your-garage operations, this extremely practical and hands-on workshop will teach you:

  • How to prepare for welding, including laying out a work area and jigging out a project.

  • Different types of steel by gauge and shape, and what that means for a welding project.

  • Practical experience in working with the most common types of steel in theatrical and film applications, including but not limited to 16ga and 18ga box steel and schedule 40 pipe.

  • How to set up a welder.

  • Basic welder troubleshooting and maintenance.

  • The basics of making a strong weld.

  • How to assess a weld that’s already been laid down.

And it will give you plenty of practice time with these experienced instructors right there to give immediate feedback!

Please note that we will NOT be covering the cutting of steel!

This workshop does not assume any prior knowledge of steelworking. However, given the fact that steelworking is easy to learn but impossible to improve without real-world practice time, this workshop is also tremendously useful for those who have some basic knowledge but wish to hone their skills. Our experienced instructors will provide instruction, suggestions and technique rooted in years of actual practice.

All work will be done with gas wire-feed MIG welders. All materials, tools and safety equipment will be provided.

Please dress safely and appropriately for this kind of work: wear closed-toed shoes, long hair should be tied up. Your clothes will likely get dirty. You will be wearing a full-face welding hood and a heavy leather or canvas jacket or sleeves, and heavy gauntlets, at any time you are welding (which is most of the time). All the aforementioned safety wear will be provided.

Price: $100

Normally a $300 cost, we are able to offer this at a $200 reduction or 66% savings thanks to generous funding from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council via the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment and the generous support of the Children’s Theatre Company.

Scholarships exist! If you need a scholarship, please contact us at

In general, our scholarships offer 50% off in exchange for coming an hour early and staying an hour late to help set up and clean up.

That said, it is important to us that people are able to afford our workshops. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any concerns or questions.