Drama and theatre technicians support the teaching of drama or theatre studies and oversee the running of any theatre area or drama studio. They may have a role in supporting school/college productions and extra-curricular events. The roles of drama/theatre technicians vary greatly between schools/colleges as these are usually based on the amount and range of equipment used. Some schools house full-scale theatrical setups while others may have a small drama studio.
The role generally includes some or all of the following
- Procurement of, setting up and maintaining a wide range of equipment
- Keeping up to date with current guidance to ensure a safe working environment
- Administrative tasks related to the role
- Organising stocks of equipment and consumables
- Training staff and students how to use theatre equipment
- Supporting school/college productions and extra-curricular groups
- Setting up and breaking down equipment for events
- Operating lighting/sound/stage equipment during productions
Training & CPD
Entry requirements vary between schools and LAs but generally at secondary level employers ask for at least GCSEs, or A-Levels or equivalent. Where technicians are expected to support students more directly and up to A-Level, employers may ask for higher qualifications in specific technology subjects.
ABTT provide training for professional theatre roles that may also apply to schools and college technicians.
The ABTT School Theatre Support Group offer a range of support, resources and training specifically for drama/theatre technicians working in education.
Courses and professional qualifications in working with sound or lighting are available through organisations such as LAMDA.
Specialist professional qualifications or experience in theatrical work, including lighting and sound design or stage management may be desirable but not essential for the role.