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Call out for Technical Stage Manager for 'WIZARD' — Contact, Manchester

Call out for Technical Stage Manager for 'WIZARD' — Contact, Manchester | Company Stage Manager |
Call out for Technical Stage Manager for 'WIZARD'

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Dominic Berry is auditioning for a national tour of his Contact sell-out hit ‘Wizard’, which takes place between March and May 2012.


Dominic Berry is a former agoraphobic who's gone from not being able to leave his own flat to becoming a multi-award-winning writer. Some of his achievements include:

- Winner of New York's famous Nuyorican Cafe Poetry Slam, Summer 2011.

- Winner of Manchester Literature Festival’s Superhero of Slam.

- Author of 'Tomorrow, I Will Go Dancing', poetry collection by Flapjack Press.

Acclaim for his work includes:

'Exuberant, lively, expressive, Dominic owns the stage.' Writers Connect

'Really very inspiring. I love the seriousness and the humour.' Benjamin Zephaniah

'An exceptional force in the poetry and spoken word scene.' John McGrath, Artistic Director, National Theatre Wales

He has now teamed up with director Martin ‘Visceral’ Stannage (Pen-ultimate's A Night on the Tiles), Producer Chris Jones and Mentor Ric Watts to share the funny, lyrical and deeply moving tale of 'Wizard'.


Wizard hasn't been outside his flat for months. He can see amazing magic in places most people can't- a ninja drag-queen scaling his shower, a menopausal midwife haunting his kettle. When Wizard shares this world with a friendly neighbour, three days of events will change both their lives forever.

An entertaining story that mixes new digital media (exciting music created especially for this show) with accessible, lyrical language, ‘Wizard’ will appeal to young people / hip-hop fans whilst also engaging audiences who enjoy Tolkien, Terry Pratchett or films like ‘Amelie’ or ‘Submarine’.

The show has a small, minimal set so has a very quick get-in that can easily be set up by us in just a few hours.


Dominic and the ‘Wizard’ team are looking for a Technical Stage Manager, who can:

    Rig and re-light LX Set sound levels Operate the show technically both LX on venue LX desk and sound and AV Share the van driving

Assist the Producer with:

Liaising with venues Get-ins and get-outs Rigging AV Set maintenance


w/c 12th March       

rehearsals at Contact, Manchester

w/c 26th March       

at Contact, show from Wednesday 28th – Saturday 31st

w/c 30th April          

in London’s The Cockpit Theatre, 1st and 2nd May in Pendle’s Pendle Leisure Trust, 3rd May

w/c 7th May 

in Oxford, 9th and 10th May

Wages will be set at ITC recommended rates, £400 a week plus touring allowance.

Due to the technically demanding nature of the work, we are employing performers prepared to play a part in realising the show on tour through get-ins and get-outs, working closely with the Producer who will take responsibility for set, props and costume.

Please send CV's to Chris Jones at

Deadline: Friday 10th February.

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RADA | Technical Theatre & Stage Management | Course Overview

RADA | Technical Theatre & Stage Management | Course Overview | Company Stage Manager |

Technical Theatre and Stage Management

Overview Entry Requirements Fees and Funding Applications



  The first year of this two year Foundation Degree incorporates a broad, practical training in the areas that contribute to a theatre production. In the second year students choose to specialise in an area that interests them. They can choose from stage management, lighting, construction, sound, property making or costume. The training is almost entirely vocational and practical, with a focus on a career in the industry.

  Rich and diverse in its scope and facilities, the course combines in-depth technical instruction with a clear insight into the necessary organisational, managerial and collective skills which also form the core of successful dramatic work.

  The training also teaches skills relevant to other areas of the entertainment industry – film, radio, television, conferences, events and other commercial ventures.
  From the outset, the training involves work on RADA productions as crew and/or operator. In their second year students take on senior roles such as Stage Manager, Production Electrician, Head of Construction, Wardrobe Supervisor or Property Maker on the Academy’s public productions. All students work alongside professional directors and designers. Second year roles are chosen by the student in consultation with teaching staff and the Course Director in order to facilitate a clear and well focused career pathway. Career guidance and professional development sessions are given throughout the course.

Open Day

If you are interested in finding out more about this course, please come to our technical careers open day. The next open day will take place on Friday 7 December 2012.  To reserve your place please send your contact phone number, the time you would like to attend, and whether you would like to bring a guest, to Joan Oliver
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    Stage management     Stage electrics/lighting design     Sound     Scenic art     Scenic construction     Property making and procurement     Costume     Set design     Production management     Stagecraft     A four to six week professional secondment to a theatre company, organisation or practitioner   Other Areas Covered Include:     First Aid (students receive a First Aid Certificate)     Health and safety in the workplace     Technical drawing     Music score reading     History of theatre     Company management     Television and film     Career development

  All of the production courses have their own dedictated facebook pages, visit the Keep In Touch section of the website for more details.


  View a full copy of our current PROSPECTUS.


  Read regular blogs from students on the Technical Theatre and Stage Management course and the new Sound Design for Theatre course as they write about their experience of the training at RADA.

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62-64 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6ED, RADA is a registered Charity, No.312819   •   Site Map

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Title of Post:              Technical ASM


Reports to:                 Technical Manager  


Bursary:                      £15,000 per annum pro rata (£7,500 actual)



Hours of work:           Full time/Part time


Placement Specification and eligibility criteria


The following are key areas of responsibility:




Helping mark-up the studio floor for rehearsals, operating rehearsal sound routine inspections and maintenance of technical equipment safety checks of rigging

maintenance of dance floors                                     


Pre - Tour


Liaison with Rehearsal      Director and Choreographers over music and recording of show tapes and rehearsal      copies. Liaison with musicians      over recording and performance of music, to be undertaken with the Tour      Manager. Hiring any additional      sound equipment for the tour in liaison with the Production Manager. To assist the Production      Manager and Stage Manager in any areas of pre-tour planning as and when      required.


Technical, Fit Ups and Get Outs


Loading and unloading tour trucks. To Assist the Production      Manager & Stage Manager with all elements of fit up, lighting rigs/      focus and get outs as required. To undertake      responsibility for all sound requirements whilst on tour. To assist with the laying      & maintenance of the company dance floor






Operation of sound or      lights for performances or working on stage to run scene changes To maintain stocks of      consumable items whilst on tour, in liaison with the Technical Manager. To assist the Technical      Manager in returning all equipment to the stores and checking all      equipment is still functional, also to carry out any repairs deemed      necessary before the next venue.




To provide technical and production support to all other company activities whilst on tour including education workshops and lecture demonstrations as required. There will also be the opportunity to lead on technical aspects of Youth Company or educational performances.


Person Specification (see also eligibility criteria above)


Minimum 2:1 degree or      equivalent in a dance or theatre related subject The ability to take      initiative and be a team player Have excellent communications      skills Computer literate




Full clean driving Licence Experience of similar role whether gained professionally, as a student or in a voluntary capacity A good understanding of sound and sound equipment.  Some knowledge of Production including      Lighting, Sound, Projection and Stage Management whether gained      professionally, as a student or in a voluntary capacity



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Jobs in theatre | Careers in theatre | Technical theatre jobs | Technical manager/director

Jobs in theatre | Careers in theatre | Technical theatre jobs | Technical manager/director | Company Stage Manager |

Technical manager/director  

The ABTT says:

This is the person in charge of the technical team in the theatre. The scenery and other electrical equipment (lights and sound) are operated by a staff of stage technicians who are under the immediate supervision of the technical manager. Some of the stage staff have permanent jobs, but others are employed on a casual basis, working each evening as show staff.


An example job description:

Technical manager (theatre)

The Technical Manager is responsible to the Production Manager and, as Head of the Stage Department manages a team comprising of the Technical Stage Manager, three Stage Technicians and casual stage crew. The Technical Stage Manager deputises for the Technical Manager and is primarily responsible for the technical requirements of the studio.

As Head of Department the responsibilities of the Technical Manager are:

to ensure the smooth running of the Stage Department including matters relating to staff welfare, holidays, working conditions etc to ensure departmental attendance at design and production meetings * to assess the feasibility and cost implication of designs, and in conjunction with the Production Manager and other departments find technical solutions to attend Head of Department meetings and report information back to the departmental team to administer the Health & Safety policy as it relates to the department. oversee stage technical services for in-house and visiting productions when required to advise and oversee as required technical services for outside hires of premises ensure that all lifting equipment used by the company complies with current regulations and is safe for its intended purpose oversee practical elements of each production, i.e. flying, hydraulics, winches etc, in conjunction with the Production Manager in conjunction with the Head of Props and Settings assist fabrication of specific practical elements for a production oversee the provision of stage technicians for each production and recruit casual crew as necessary organise the smooth running of the get ins and outs, planning appropriate staffing levels for the department, and ensuring that this is carried out in a safe manner; this should include making sure that adequate protection is in place to avoid damage to the fabric of the building during this period i.e. protective flooring should be in place, plastic covering of seats if required etc ensure the maintenance of the set during the run of each production, in association with the props and settings department; this should include minor repairs as necessary produce where necessary simple rehearsal elements such as tables or treads as required by in coming productions; this should be in conjunction with the relevant stage manager for that production work alongside the props and settings department on the fit ups and ensure that all “off-stage” areas are ready for the technical rehearsal manage rehearsal flooring or set and any changeovers during the run as required be responsible for the safe working practices of stage department staff and the safe use of equipment ensuring that codes of practice and current regulations are adhered to maintain awareness of current developments and to recommend change when appropriate ensure that members of the stage department are familiar with the latest equipment, techniques and working practices ensure good working relationships and co-operation with all departments of the theatre ensure that control is exercised over departmental running costs and stock budgets ensure that adequate stocks of consumables are held ensure the safe storage of any substances used by the department. ensure the safe and tidy storage of all working areas within the company maintain the general housekeeping and tidiness of the hall; this should be done in association with the Production and Theatre Managers. ensure the tidiness and organisation of the store manage the maintenance of theatre spaces and any other production facilities engaged by the company any other work as can be reasonably required for the smooth day to day running of theatre and its performance spaces

The Technical Manager is also responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the Mobile Theatre, which is currently in storage. In conjunction with the Production Manager be involved in the preparation, staffing and running of any ventures for which the Mobile Theatre is used. Part of the modernisation of our performance spaces has included the installation of automated flying equipment consisting of Stage Technologies ‘Nomad’ control systems running 125kg SWL moveable point hoists in both theatre spaces. In addition to this we have a second system designed by J D Automation which enables three-dimensional flying to be achieved. The management and maintenance of these systems is the responsibility of the Technical Manager as they form the bulk of the lifting equipment owned by the company. Accurate service records should be maintained at all times.


Essential qualities:

experience of computer systems and stage automation eperience of all types of theatre flying including personnel flying; in particular knowledge of the NOMAD flying system or similar would be an advantage substantial experience of technical theatre in a producing environment the ability to manage and communicate with staff at all levels supervisory and leadership skills; this should be demonstrated by showing experience of having run a department previously a practical knowledge of LOLER, PUWER and other relevant Health and Safety regulations demonstrable experience in the production and management of budgets good understanding of statutory regulations governing theatre such as THSAW and the Working Time Directive the ability to work well under pressure commitment to finding innovative and reliable solutions to the challenges of design and delivery of the company’s work

Non essential but desirable qualities:

electrical and mechanical engineering skills hydraulic and pneumatic engineering skills theatre set building skills (carpentry and metalwork) CAD skills skills in other areas useful within theatre such as fibre glassing, painting, technical drawing qualification in technical theatre from an accredited college or university other vocational qualification such as IRATA, PASMA, or CITB
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Stage Management - Practical Technical Theater DVD Series

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Guided Tour of Technical Theatre at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama

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