What is a School Theatre Technician?
Theatres, or performance spaces in one form or another, have long been part of many schools; recognising the importance of performing arts for developing pupils' confidence, communication and team-work. Some spaces are used solely for the teaching of drama; others for a wide range of school events and performances.
School theatres range from intimate studio venues to large professional auditoria. There are schools with traditional theatres, to those with state-of-the-art new buildings. There are school halls held together on the smallest budget, to theatres operating commercially which host visiting professional shows open to the local public.
The theatre is often at the heart of the whole school; bringing together pupils, teachers, parents and external visitors as a meeting place and shared amenity; showcasing the school to the wider community, as well as providing facilities for the presentation and teaching of drama and performing arts.
The School Theatre Technician is a hard-working theatre professional who is responsible for managing and maintaining a working theatre within the demanding environment of a school; often single-handedly designing, coordinating, building and running several productions a year (including set, lighting, sound, props, costume and box office); as well as supporting the drama teaching department, managing external lettings, organising meetings, fixing broken equipment and ensuring everything is safe. All with endless enthusiasm and energy, whilst supporting and encouraging upcoming young technicians, designers and performers.