Crew Training Courses

Build your skills and get involved behind the scenes.
The Theatre Royal's Crew Training courses allow members of our community to gain hands-on experience as technicians and fly operators.

Courses are run twice annually with induction and refresher options for each discipline. Induction courses are for first-timers, while refreshers are for our recurring crew. All sessions are delivered on stage and after work by our Venue Technical Manager.

Attendees receive a take-home resource pack. Completing a short online test allows them to actively participate for the following 12-months.

Minimum ages for achievement apply, though a person of any age may attend as a learning experience.

$20 per person, per course
Students at a backstage Crew workshop

Upcoming Course Dates

Refresher courses for returning attendants:
  • Wednesday 1 June - Technician
  • Thursday 2 June - Fly Operator
Induction courses for first-time attendants:
  • Wednesday 8 June - Fly Operator
  • Thursday 9 June - Technician

Frequently asked questions

  • Members of our community who wish to work with our venue's Lighting System (Technician), or operate our fly rigging system (Fly Tower Operators)
  • Anyone whose work falls outside of the roles of technician or fly-tower operator. For example, Cast, musician, stage-hand, props, caller, runner, hair & makeup, set builder, costume, media, door minder. So, pretty much everyone else.
  • Lighting or sound operators where another suitably certified crew member provides guidance and undertakes all other role/system-related responsibilities.
  • House curtain operators for short-term hires when a Venue Technician provides one-on-one training.
  • Industry Professionals.
Attendants must meet the minimum age requirement at their time of training.
  • 13 Years - Technician
  • 16 Years - Fly Tower Operator
A person of any age may attend a course as a learning experience.
That a member of our community may undertake work for which they were trained, for the following 12-months.
Simple! Just attend one of our courses, meet the minimum age requirement (at the time of training), and pass a short online test.
Often shortened to VT, a Venue Technician is member of the venue's technical staff.
Still have questions? 
Are you a high-school student with a passion for technical production and backstage theatre-craft?
The VenueTech Secondary Schools Internship is run in conjunction with Theatre Royal Whakatū and offers real-world industry experience in Nelson's leading performance venues, including our very own.
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