Introductory Backstage Crew Training Course

Introductory Backstage Crew Training Course

The Crewclass Introductory Backstage Crew Training Course is an exciting and entertaining info-packed day covering all the things you need to know, as you begin your professional career in stagecraft. This course is designed to act as a “primer” that will give any newcomer to the industry both competence and confidence on their first day.

This one day pay-to-attend training programme is levelled at two markets:-

  1. Individuals who aspire to join the stage crewing profession.
  2. Existing crew companies and theatres that require their own new recruits to be trained to a basic level of competence, and wish to outsource this requirement.

Location: The Arcola Theatre, London E8

Price: £100 per person

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Introductory Backstage Crew Training Course

The Crewclass Introductory Backstage Crew Training Course is an exciting and entertaining info-packed day covering all the things you need to know, as you begin your professional career in stagecraft. This course is designed to act as a “primer” that will give any newcomer to the industry both competence and confidence on their first day.

Supported by the biggest companies in crewing and production, this course not only provides training, but a genuine potential leg-up into the industry. This one day pay-to-attend training programme is levelled at two markets:-

  1. Individuals who aspire to join the stage crewing profession.
  2. Existing crew companies and theatres that require their own new recruits to be trained to a basic level of competence, and wish to outsource this requirement.

Is the Crewclass Introductory Course for you even if you’re a graduate? Well, it won’t do any harm, that’s for sure. Attending the day may well re-affirm things you thought to be true, and open your eyes to areas that may have slipped under your radar.

After discussing the “Universal Truth’s” of crewing, handy tools & safety equipment, the presentation follows the pattern of a typical production “load-in” day, and covers each department as the crew would encounter them:-

  • Power – 3 phase & single phase. Cable recognition. Safe practice
  • Rigging –  How to assist qualified riggers. Product recognition. Theatre & event rigging. Ladders, towers, & MEWPS
  • Lighting – Different lanterns for different uses. Control & DMX. Intelligent lights & LED fixtures
  • Sound – Small & large PA systems. Onstage equipment. Concert & theatre sound design & management
  • Staging – Temporary stage systems for events. Set & stage in theatre. Theatre & concert stage management
  • Video – Projection & relay in corporate events, concert, & theatre. Pixel & LED walls. Design & hardware

The course is a full day from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm with a lunch break in between. The day concludes with a discussion about career options, strategies, crewing agencies, useful websites, and advice on how to make your next move in the industry. We finish up with a drink in the theatre bar and informal chat with invited backstage production professionals, and finally wrap things up about 7:30 pm.

Location: The Arcola Theatre, London E8

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Course Date

2nd July 2016 (10:00 am)

Reviews

  1. :

    Stage Jobs Pro Competition winner Rachel Aldington on Crewclass I attended crewclass with a completely open mind, having been out of theatre for a while and desperate to get back in but with no real idea of where to start. My previous experience had been mainly Front of House, with only brief forays backstage to help out with whatever was needed. However, I soon decided that this was where my passion lay. I became familiar with get ins, fit ups and get outs, crewing during performances, and the odd bit of followspot but no specific knowledge and more significantly, no one with the time to teach me. When eventually I was asked to step in last minute as a Stage Manager, I definitely found my technical knowhow somewhat lacking! So for me, and where I’m at right now, Crewclass was a perfect opportunity - and it’s not often that those come along - so I owe a huge thank you to both Stage Jobs Pro and Simon for making this happen. What can I tell you about Crewclass?...well, since I filled almost an entire notepad with my scribblings, it is hard to condense all that I learnt, but amongst many other things we covered the basics of sound, lighting, an introduction to crewing - what to expect and possible career opportunities - various training courses, useful websites (who to avoid and who to look up) and heaps of technical jargon that I’m still trying to get my head around! We finished up with drinks in the bar, shared stories and had intended to look around the auditorium which unfortunately couldn’t be arranged as rehearsals were underway. As a complete newbie to the more technical side of things, it was a lot to take in, but Simon’s infectious enthusiasm, combined with a wicked sense of humour, made for a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Having originally thought I would be one of the older attendees, what was significant to me was the diversity in age and experience of the group. Not only was it was encouraging to see, but the varied backgrounds and everyone’s willingness to get involved really helped my own understanding. Crewclass is definitely pioneering the way for those wanting to make a career change or expand their knowledge within their own chosen field of the entertainment industry, as well as for those that are just starting out. Simon is an inspiring teacher with a real passion for what he does. He fills a room from the moment he walks in, and is dedicated to helping others on their own unique journey by sharing his skills and experiences. I had a thoroughly entertaining and enlightening day, met some great folk, and now have the confidence to take my new found knowledge and apply it. This course is absolutely perfect for anyone wishing to get a brief overview of what goes on behind the scenes of any staged event - whether it be a small scale hotel conference, a theatre performance or music festival, and if that sounds like an endorsement, well I guess it is!

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