The ABTT School Theatre Support Group (STSG) is an established network of professional Theatre Technicians and Managers working in UK schools and colleges. We offer a community of support in this specialist field. Our members are responsible for many professionally-equipped theatres, studios and other performance venues across the country, as well as training and facilitating the next generation of theatre practitioners.
We are a membership organisation with the main focus on technical production, venue management and backstage education. The majority of our members work in secondary schools, but we welcome members from all sectors of education, with any type of facilities (whether that be theatre, school hall, drama studio or classroom).
We hold an annual weekend conference and occasional training courses. Members are also encouraged to share information, ask questions and contact other schools.
STSG is affiliated with the Association of British Theatre Technicians .
Our annual conference takes place every February or May at a member school.
The Saturday event consists of a busy day of workshops, seminars and networking, followed by a semi-formal dinner. Several industry suppliers attend with a small exhibition of products and services. Networking with other delegates and sponsors is always an important part of the day. Workshops are a mix of technical and non-technical subjects, covering practical topics and the latest trends. Delegate places are subsidised by our generous sponsors, with accommodation included.
The STSG Performance Support Award is an extra-curricular learning programme for young people who want to be involved backstage outside of the classroom, and to encourage an active interest in the production industry.
It has been developed by STSG members in response to demands for a low-cost non-academic course, which can be tailored to suit the needs of technicians and tutors responsible for running after-school clubs or tech crews, and for pupils getting their first taste of backstage theatre.
STSG is open to all backstage theatre professionals working in education; primarily Theatre, Drama or Performing Arts Technicians, Designers, Managers and Teachers working in UK schools or colleges. Eligible ABTT members receive free STSG membership.
We have over 100 members from a wide range of independent schools, state schools and other institutions around the country, with all manner of facilities from professional theatres to drama classrooms; allowing us to share ideas and problems specific to school theatres, as well as keeping in contact with those working in a similar situation.