Stage management: an introduction to technical theatre
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)
This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: DRA146
Duration: 7 sessions (over 7 weeks)
What is the course about?
This is an immersive and practical course. Under the guidance of an experienced course tutor, you will focus on developing the key skills in the core area of stage management and then have the opportunity to apply these skills practically, working ‘in role’ as part of the technical team supporting the CL Theatre company’s next production – Red Flag, Blue Beard. The initial course emphasis will be on learning the skills needed to succeed in stage management with a focus on the roles of ASM (Assistant Stage Manager) and DSM (Deputy Stage Manager) and you will also gain insight into the key considerations of lighting and sound. As part of the ‘Blue Beard’ technical crew, you will be mentored and supported by your tutor, to utilise and develop your skills as you engage with the director and acting students in the Theatre Company. The play is being produced for performance on site in the John Lyons Theatre in front of a fee paying audience(Covid conditions permitting) and is also to be broadcast via an online platform . You may also have the opportunity to engage creatively with the production, by way of input into use of space/set and wardrobe design. You will gain invaluable experience during production week, experiencing the intensity and buzz of technical preparations for the live shows.
Depending on your role, you may need to attend some of the Sunday rehearsals which take place in our main Keeley street building and are scheduled from 11.00 -16.00 from the 20 June.
Production week is outside of course hours and is scheduled from Sunday 18 July to 24 July when you will be needed each evening for Tech & Dress rehearsals and performances (Th/Fri &1 Sat 22 -24 July).
Please see the the following link to
DRA142 City Lit Theatre Company course outline on our website for further information about the production.
This course will be delivered online and onsite, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.
What will we cover?
• Being part of the team. What do we do? What kind of person are you?
• Examine the roles of ASM, DSM and SM.
• The start of rehearsals
• Use of technical resources during live performances including online shows (QLAB, Multiplay, Audacity and ETC Nomad)
• Creating the prompt copy
• Rehearsals and Performance roles
• Show Calling
• Dress rehearsals
• Finishing up.
Please note that acting classes by their very nature can involve exercises and the exploration of material that some students may find challenging.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Provide an overview of the principles and practices of stage management .
• Engage in the production process, identify personnel involved and use appropriate terminology
• Manage/source props/ mark up a prop table
• Break down a script technically and Identify lighting and sound needs
• Use stage directions
• Use a sound system to cue a show
• Liaise with crew/director and actors in the appropriate manner
• Give actors their 'calls’
• Fully support a show.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior experience is necessary, although the course is ideal for those wanting to develop existing skills by working practically on an online show.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Your tutor will use a range of methods including group, individual and pair work.
There is no formal assessment on this course. Feedback will be provided by the tutor in the discussion activities
At the end of the course you will be asked to provide an evaluation of your experience in order to inform the development of the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No. The reading list will be available online during the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can enrol onto the next Technical Theatre and Stage Management course to broaden your experience working on a different production. You may also want to consider a course in directing.