Crew training course overview
As a professional performance venue, we need to provide a safe environment for all cast, crew, and audiences.
In order to ensure that backstage work meets venue protocols and industry best practices, we require people who undertake work in the roles of Venue Stage Manager, Fly Operator or Technician to attend regular crew training courses.
Courses are run after-work from 6 pm and are held onstage at The Nelson Theatre Royal with our venue Technical Manager. Participants receive a take-home resource and become venue-certified in the role they attended training for.
Courses are held twice annually, typically at the beginning and middle of the year.
Dates are released via our Technical Notes e-newsletter.
$20 per person per course
Book a place
Click here to book your place at one of our upcoming crew courses. Attendance is strictly limited.
Venue hirers who want to pay for their crew training from a future box-office should read this.
2019 Course dates
Induction course dates
Monday, 11th February – Venue Stage Manager Induction
Tuesday, 12th February – Fly Operator Induction
Wednesday, 13th February – Technician Induction
Refresher course dates
Monday, 18th February – Venue Stage Manager Refresher
Tuesday, 19th February – Fly Operator Refresher
Wednesday, 20th February – Technician Refresher
Refresher course dates
Tuesday, 4th June – Venue Stage Manager Refresher
Wednesday, 5th June – Fly Operator Refresher
Thursday, 6th June – Technician Refresher
Induction course dates
Tuesday, 9th July – Venue Stage Manager Induction
Wednesday 10th, July – Fly Operator Induction
Thursday 11th July – Technician Induction
Refresher extensions acknowledge the value of regular involvement. Eliagable crew can delay the need to attend their next refresher by an extra year.
For details and applications click here
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Who needs to attend training?
Anyone wishing to work in the roles of:
- Technician – Those who work with our technical systems. Lighting, Sound, Data etc.
- Venue Stage Managers – Those who hold responsibility for the facility during occupancy.
- Fly Tower Operators – Those who wish to operate our fly rigging system.
Who doesn’t need to?
- Anyone working in any other backstage capacity: cast, musician, stage-hand, props, caller, runner, hair & makeup, set builder, costume, media, door minder etc.
- Basic Board-operators. Go button operation of sound or lighting, providing a Venue Technician or other venue-certified crew member is on-site as to holding overarching responsibility of their respective system.
- House curtain operators for short-term hire when a Venue Technician provides training.
- Those working under the direct supervision of a Venue Technician.
- Industry Professionals.
Are there any age restrictions?
In order to be venue certified, attendants must meet the minimum age requirement at the time of training. A person of any age may attend a course as a learning experience.
- 13 Years – Technician
- 16 Years – Fly Tower Operator
- 18 Years – Venue Stage Manager
What does being venue-certified mean?
That person has completed a recent training course and is therefeore approved by the venue to undertake work in their area of training.
How do I become venue certified?
Simple! Complete an induction course and meet the minimum age requirement.
How regularly do I need to attend training to maintain my certification?
Every year unless you qualify for a refresher extension. You can attend a refresher course, or you can re-attend an induction. This keeps your mind sharp, and gives us confidence that you know what you’re doing.
What’s the difference between an induction and a refresher?
Inductions are for first-time attendees. They start at the beginning with the basics.
Refreshers are for returning crew and therefore omit the most basic information, choosing to re-enforce that which is most important while including some advanced techniques.
What is a refresher extension?
Refresher extensions acknowledge the value of regular involvement. Crew eligible can delay the need to attend their next refresher by a year.
How do I know whether I am eligible for a refresher extension?
Eligibility is determined by your level of involvement in the year since your most recent refresher course. Specific requirements are listed on the application page.
How do I apply for a refresher extension?
Fill out an application online.
Can I apply for a refresher extension after 1 year?
Yes, but the criteria and extension period remain. Circumstantially, you may be better off attending a refresher.
If you have any further questions about our crew training courses, email our Technical Manager