Stage management and technical theatre production
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Please note, Mon and Fri's are 18.30 - 21.30. The Sunday sessions are 10.30 -16.30 and attendance at these is dependant on what role you are assigned in the crew. Please see the full list of course dates and times below.
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DRA141 City Lit Theatre Company course outline on our website.
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Course Code: DRA145
Duration: 12 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. You will then have the opportunity to apply your skills practically, as you work ‘in role’ as part of the technical team supporting the CL Theatre company’s production of ROAD by Jim Cartwright.
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.You may also have the opportunity to engage creatively with the production, by way of set and wardrobe design. As part of the 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). You will gain invaluable experience during production week, experiencing the intensity and buzz of technical preparations for the live shows.
The core class times are Mon and Fri's 18.30 - 21.30 for the first two weeks of the course (14, 18, 21, 25 Feb). Then Monday's only for 4 weeks (28 Feb, 7, 14, 21 Mar). There will also be additional Sunday and Friday sessions during this period, for some students who will need to attend Theatre co rehearsals as part of their role within the crew.
Production week: all technical students are required from Sun 3 to Sat 9 April. You will be needed all day for the 'Get in' on Sun and each evening from 18.00 - 22.00 Mon to Wed for Tech & Dress and from 18.30 for performances Thurs/Fri. Sat 9 April is from 13.30 onwards to cover the Matinee/ eve performance & the 'Get out'.
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 (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
If you have any additional queries please email the Drama Department
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 a live 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 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.
Lucy Ellis is a professional production manager with over twenty years’ experience in the theatre and performing arts industry. Lucy has an extensive background in stage management all over the country and currently works for Bird College Conservatoire for Dance and Musical Theatre as a Stage Manager and Music Teacher. As part of Bird College, Lucy has led the Stage Management Team at the Royal Festival Hall (Southbank) for the over six years and has worked as Assistant Stage Manager at the Gateway to Music events at Fairfield Halls (Croydon) and more recently, Theatre Royal Drury Lane (London). Lucy has worked at City Lit as Stage Management and Technical Theatre Tutor / Production Manager since 2017 and also manages London Stage Managers agency for theatre creatives across London.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.