Technical Theatre Symposium – 11 March, Stirling

Tech Theatre Symp11 March, 10.15am to 5pm 

For the third year running the Scottish Drama Training Network will be bringing together the Technical Theatre sector in Scotland.  This is a key opportunity for people who work backstage to meet with practice-based drama teachers and theatre educators and to take part in discussions, keynote talks and networking. For full information about the day please visit the SDTN website. To register for the Symposium click here Places are limited so register as soon as possible. The day will include: Industry Interviews: this is a chance to hear from leading stage managers who graduated from two of our network institutions – Queen Margaret University and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  They have been in the industry for 10 years and will talk about how their training has shaped their work, where they are now and where they see themselves in 10 years time. Education and Industry Spotlights: this is a 5 minute opportunity for education and industry to share.  Contributors include:

  • Julie Ellen, Artistic Director – Macrobert Art Centre
  • Morven Pringle, Head of Section of Performing Arts  – West College Scotland
  • David Smout, Lecturer & Production Manager (Technical Theatre) – Dundee and Angus College
  • Emma Beatt, Training and Professional Development Manager – Federation of Scottish Theatre
  • Joshua Ford, YTAS Young Arts Leaders/EdTech
  • Anya Glinski, Lecturer Costume Construction – Edinburgh College
  • Janet Westwater, Principle Teacher of Guidance – Bearsden Academy
  • Dianne Quinn, Curriculum Head  Creative Industries – Ayrshire College
  • Brian Gunnee, Senior Technician – Aberdeen Art Centre
  • George MacKenney, Operations Manager – Aberdeen Arts Centre

Panel Discussion: We are pleased to announce our panel chair this year is Judith Doherty, Chief Executive, Producer and Co-Artistic Director for Grid Iron Theatre Company.

Hear education and industry leaders in theatre set, costume and lighting design discuss the topics of the day. Following this discussion there will be a chance for you to have your say with Breakout Sessions hosted by the panel members.

Starter topics for discussion are:

  • ‘What are the barriers to design students accessing work placement?’
  • ‘Where do the designers go after graduation?’

If you would like to suggest a discussion topic please email Abigail on

The Panel includes:

  • Sarah Paulley, Senior Lecturer Costume & Construction – Queen Margaret University
  • Rachel Young, Course Leader Costume Construction – South Essex College
  • Janise Hart, Theatre Set and Costume Designer, Scenehouse, Edinburgh
  • Christoph Wagner, Representative from the Association of Lighting Designers
  • Philip Pinsky, Composer and Sound Designer
  • Simon Wilkinson, Lighting Designer

The Venue

The Symposium will be held at the Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling University and is easily accessible by car and public transport.  A coach will be provided from Stirling Train Station, departing from the station at 10.15am and departing from the Macrobert at 5.15pm for the journey home.  Please book your place on the coach via the registration form.

If you have any queries about the day please email our Technical Theatre Skills Officer, Abigail on

We look forward to seeing you there!

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