Technical Theatre: Lighting, Sound and Stage - Level 2
This route to employment has been designed to provide you with a work-based entry route for a career in technical theatre and the performing arts.
The programme has been divided into three pathways, focusing on lighting, sound and stagecraft. The lighting pathway will enable you to gain the skills needed to work in a range of roles including Assistant Lighting Electrician and Console Operator. The sound pathway will open the opportunity to work as a Sound Technician, and the stage pathway can lead to jobs such as Stage Technician or Assistant Flyman.
This course will provide a work-based entry route into technical theatre and performing arts. It will equip you with the vital skills needed to work behind the scenes. Skills will be developed in aspects of lighting, sound and stage.
Though there are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, you are encouraged to have an interest in working in a backstage role and be able to work effectively in a team.
You should also be aware that you would be expected to work shifts, handle heavy equipment and work in cramped conditions – often at height.
Assistant Lighting Electrician
Under the supervision of the Lighting Maintenance Technician, an Assistant Lighting Electrician is responsible for installing and maintaining lighting equipment for live performances.
Working with the Lighting and Sound Designers, a Console Operator is responsible for programming and operating the audio and lighting consoles during a live performance.
In addition to carrying out some of the duties of an Assistant Lighting Technician, a Followspot Operator will operate the followspot during live performances. This involves working at height.
Lighting Maintenance Technician/Manager
A Lighting Maintenance Technician is responsible for the construction and maintenance of lighting within a venue. They will also take on responsibilities for managing the Lighting Maintenance Team.
Assistant Sound Technician
Working under the supervision of the Sound Designer, an Assistant Sound Technician assists in carrying out maintenance on sound equipment and helps with any pre-show checks.
A Stage Technician assists with setting up the stage for a live performance. They are responsible for setting up, dismantling and operating equipment safely.
Working with the Head Flyman, the Assistant Flyman is responsible for preparing and operating the flying and lifting equipment for live performances.
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