Getting Experience

So you are interested in working backstage?

so what do you do and where do you go?

These are questions that all techs asked themselves in the beginning.

School can be a good starting place if the school has a strong performing arts focus. So if you are not school aged or your school is not strong in the performing arts, there are amateur theatre companies around. Most of the amateur theatre companies out there that are willing to have new people join them. You just have to find the one that suits you. Do you like musicals or plays. Various companies specialise in certain forms of theatre. Plus there are a variety of jobs backstage. So you have quite a large choice of roles.

A few examples are:

  • Lighting
  • Audio
  • Set Construction
  • Props
  • Stage management

You need to be willing to start at the bottom and learn. Some of the people have been doing their jobs for many years and will not take kindly to someone telling them how to do their job. The more experience you gain the more responsibility you will be given.

all this experience that you get could lead to bigger and better things. You may want to work professionally in the industry. Well the experience you gain at school of with a theatre company will stand you in good stead.

The are Technical Theatre courses available, mainly at TAFE, and these are a great breeding ground for techies and also a great place to network.

So if you are interested in backstage go for it. You will enjoy what it has to offer.

below are links to some companies around Adelaide.

Hill Musical Company
Noarlunga Theatre Company
Galleon Theatre Group
Gilbert & Sullivan Society
The Adelaide Repertory Theatre
Therry Dramatic Society

This is a small portion of the Amateur companies around Adelaide.

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One thought on “Getting Experience

  1. Hi Stephen,

    Great blog. I just came across it from your link on your Facebook profile. It’s great to see someone promoting backstage work in theatre at last. I look forward to reading your future entries and will link to your blog from my own.

    Keep up the good work and useful information.

    Rod Lewis
    My blog: http://www.neuRODic.blogspot.com

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