Crew training course overview
As a professional performance venue, we have a duty to provide a safe environment for all of our 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
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Click here to book your place at one of our upcoming crew courses.
Venue hirers who want to pay for their crew training from a future box-office should first read this.
2019 Course dates
Induction course dates
Tuesday, 9th July – Venue Stage Manager Induction
Wednesday 10th, July – Fly Operator Induction
Thursday 11th July – Technician Induction
Refresher course dates
Monday, 12th August – Venue Stage Manager Refresher
Tuesday, 13th August – Fly Operator Refresher
Wednesday, 14th August – Technician Refresher
Refresher extensions acknowledge the value of regular involvement.
If elagible, 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 venues technical systems. Lighting, Sound, Data etc.
- Venue Stage Managers – Those who hold responsibility for the facility during an 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. Specifically, go button pushers of sound or lighting when either a Venue Technician or other suitably certified crew member is on-site as to holding overarching responsibility of their respective system.
- House curtain operators for short-term hires when a Venue Technician provides training.
- Those working under the direct supervision of a member of Venue Staff.
- 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 therefore 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 simply attend a refresher course, or you can re-attend an induction.
This keeps you on-pointe and lets us know you still know what you need to.
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 while choosing to re-enforce that which is most important. Where possible we cover more 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