Bachelor in Stage Management and Technical Theatre

Three year practice based degree in stage management and technical theatre

Overview


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Bachelor in Stage Management and Technical Theatre Degree
This three-year honours degree, offered for the first time in 2017 will replace the existing two-year Professional Diploma in Stage Management and Technical Theatre which has been offered by The Lir Academy since 2012.
This new degree course will continue to offer practice based training to students who are interested in a career in professional theatre, TV and film. It has been enhanced to provide increased opportunities in specialist areas within stage management and technical theatre (e.g. sound, lighting and construction), increased professional placements and a major research project relevant to a student’s choice of specialism. Classes on production management, design (set, lighting, costume and sound) and managing your own freelance business will also be introduced during the final year.

Year one - Introduction
Year one is designed to introduce students to practice based training in all technical departments including lighting, sound, prop making, scenic art, costume, set construction and stage management. Core skills based classes in theatre skills, theatre technologies and theatre studies will be complemented by practice based learning on in-house productions. 

Year two - Application
Year two will see students apply the skills learned from their first year to a series of theatre and film productions, directed and designed by professional practitioners. Each student will have the opportunity to become a head of department and work alongside their peers to deliver a full production.

Year Three - Advanced
In year three students will undertake work placements with prominent theatre companies, festivals and industry related companies in order to further develop their chosen area of specialism. Research projects will be assigned according to the preferred career choice of each individual student. These projects can be theoretical or practical in nature, for example designing the sound, making the scenic art or making props for a theatre production.  Students will be encouraged to keep a journal of reflective practices throughout their final year.

The practical training during the degree course will be complemented with a range of classes including theatre history, principles of stage management and principles of theatre technology. Led by dedicated and experienced theatre technicians and stage managers these classes will reflect best practices in professional theatre.


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Application Requirements

Please note: The Bachelor in Stage Management and Technical Theatre Degree is not part of the CAO point’s race. Students are expected to have achieved the minimum matriculation requirements for Trinity College Dublin courses, however, exceptions may be made based on the demonstration of exception natural talent at auditions and interviews. Further information on the matriculation requirements can be found by clicking this link:

MATRICULATION REQUIREMENTS FOR TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN

Year One

First year involves students working on The Lir productions as crew, as well as hands on training and class work. This is designed to give a broad grounding in theatre skills. Through skills-based training, the course will provide students with the proficiency to take a head of department role in a theatre production in their second year.
The Stage Management & Technical Theatre Year one course includes

• Stage management
• Stage electrics
• Scenic construction
• Sound
• Scenic art
• Property making and procurement
• Costume
• Theatre History
• Set design
• Stagecraft
• Career development

OTHER AREAS COVERED:

• First Aid (students receive a First Aid Certificate)
• Health and safety in the workplace
• CAD drawing
• Music score reading
• Production & Technical management
• Television and film

Year Two

The aim of the second year of the course is to enable students to apply skills acquired in their first year to a series of theatre productions, directed and designed by professional theatre practitioners. Students will work on five productions throughout the year in a variety of roles.  Two of these roles will be from the stage management options, one from technical options and the other two will be chosen in consultation with the Technical Director. In consultation with the course convenor students will also undertake a 4 to 6 week placement with a professional theatre, organisation,  theatre company or practitioner.

Stage Management in Production
Students will be assigned in the role of Stage Manager, Deputy Stage manager, Assistant Stage Manager or Film role in one of the final year productions of the Bachelor in Acting degree. The production will enable students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the first year of the course in a professional environment.

Production electrician
Working closely with a professional lighting designer students will be required to realise a lighting design practically in the studio theatre.

Sound design Coordinator
Working closely with the professional director of one of the final year Bachelor in Acting productions, students will be responsible for researching, collaborating on, and recording a sound design for the theatre.

Assistant Production Manager & Technical stage manager
Students who opt for this option will work with the production manager on the management of an entire production process for one of the final year Bachelor in Acting productions.

Prop Maker/Supervisor
Working closely with the Technical Manager, Stage Manager and Deputy Stage Manager, students will be responsible for designing and making props to a professional standard for use in one of the final year Bachelor in Acting productions.

Costume supervisor
Students will work closely with the professional Costume designer and will be responsible for the oversight of the costume department of a final year academy production.

Scenic Construction Roles
Working alongside the set designer students will realise the construction and fit up of a theatre set on one of the final year Bachelor in Acting productions.

Scenic Artist
Working alongside the set designer students will realise the scenic art of a theatre set on one of the final year Bachelor in Acting productions.

Film/TV
Students will work in a technical capacity in the production of a short film. The process will replicate the working environment of film or television recording.

Specialised Roles
Based around the productions being hosted several other roles may become available to students

Year Three

In year three students will undertake work placements with prominent theatre companies, festivals and industry related companies in order to further develop their chosen area of specialism. Research projects will be assigned according to the preferred career choice of each individual student. These projects can be theoretical or practical in nature, for example designing the sound, making the scenic art or making props for a theatre production.  Students will be encouraged to keep a journal of reflective practices throughout their final year.

The practical training during the degree course will be complemented with a range of classes including theatre history, principles of stage management and principles of theatre technology. Led by dedicated and experienced theatre technicians and stage managers these classes will reflect best practices in professional theatre.
 

Fees

Students admitted to The Lir Academy will also be admitted to Trinity College Dublin and therefore the fees policy of TCD will apply, as follows:


1. Free Fees
Tuition fees for EU students who have not previously studied at degree level are paid by the Irish Exchequer. The student pays a Student Contribution fee; €3,000, a Sports Centre Levy; €120 and a USI levy; €8 (2017) per year.
If a student is awarded a Local Authority grant, the Student Services Fee will be paid by Local Authority. The Sports Centre and USI Levy must be paid by ALL students.
Criteria for determining eligibility for free fees can be found here


2. EU Fees
If an EU student is not eligible for free fees, the total cost is €9,678 (2016/2017) per year.

A breakdown of undergraduate EU fees can be found here


3. Non-EU Fees
If you do not satisfy the criteria for Free Fees or EU Fees then you must pay non-EU Fees; €19,823 (in 2016/17) per year regardless of nationality or citizenship. Students classified for fee purposes as non-EU will not be permitted to change their fee status following admission.

A breakdown of undergraduate non-EU fees can be found here

Annual Review of Tuition fees and other charges by Trinity College Dublin

Please note, tuition fees and other charges are subject to annual review by Trinity College Dublin which may result in a fee increase each year. All students (Undergraduate and Postgraduate, EU & Non EU) on courses/programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that tuition fees and other charges (Commencement/graduation fee, Sports Centre Charge and USI levy) may be subject to increase annually. The annual revision is approved by Trinity’s Committee and College Board and typically increase by approximately 3% per annum or more in any given year.


The undergraduate EU rate of tuition and student contribution is set by the Department of Education and Skills.

The Teachers


Barry Conway

Barry Conway,
Director of Technical Training

Barry Conway began his career with the first Dublin Fringe Festival in 1995 which led to him working for both Arena Lighting and the Electric Light Company. Since 2003 Barry has held the position of Production & Lighting Department Manager of Avcom Ltd. Barry has worked consistently as a freelance Chief Electrician on numerous theatre productions in Irish theatre. Barry has also acted as Senior Technician for many of Ireland’s leading festivals and events including Galway Arts Festival, Belfast Festival at Queen’s, the Dublin Theatre Festival as well as a long career with the Dublin Fringe Festival in culminating in being its production manager in 2003. Barry has also led many teaching and training initiatives at Avcom and elsewhere. Barry is also a founding member of the Association of Irish Stage Technicians.

barry.conway@thelir.ie

Danny Persse

Danny Persse,
Construction Manager and Technical Stage Manager

After a brief spell at Adelaide University in 1985 studying a BA with Drama, Danny settled in to the staging department of the Adelaide Festival Centre in South Australia. In 1993 he spent a year in the West End before coming to Ireland and working as a staging technician number of Dublin stages and production companies. Danny was Senior Technician at The Helix for 10 years before arriving at The Lir where he is now Workshop and Technical Stage Manager with a teaching role. He is completing a BA in Education and Training in May 2013 and has served on the board of the Association of Irish Stage Technicians (AIST) for several years.

danny.persse@thelir.ie

Maree Kearns

Maree Kearns,
Auto CAD and Design Tutor

Design credits include the acclaimed Pageant for CoisCéim Dance Theatre, The Factory Girls for The Millennium Forum in Derry, Zoe’s Play at The Ark in Dublin, Romeo and Juliet for Second Age Theatre Company, These Halcyon Days, a Landmark/Tall Tales co-production and Anglo the Musical at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. Previous designs include: Macbeth, Dancing at Lughnasa & Hamlet for Second Age, The Goddess of Liberty (Guna Nua Theatre Company)  Moment (Tall Tales Theatre Company) Plasticine (CorcaDorca Theatre Company) As You Are/ Faun for CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Happy like a Fool (Red Kettle Theatre Company), Splendour (RAW/Project Arts Centre), 84 Charing Cross Road and Over & Out (Lane Productions).

Craig Starkie

Craig Starkie,
Props and Scenic Art

Craig Starkie has been working in the area of scenic art for theatre film and television for the last ten years and having graduated from both model making and animation in IADT in 2007 Craig expanded from cosmetic finishes to structural fabrication of props. Craig has constructed models and props for many theatre, t.v. and film productions most recently the award winning ‘Irish Folk Furniture’, (Best animation in the Sundance Film Festival) and the puppet construction for Anglo the Musical.
Craig is currently teaching Scenic Art and Prop Construction in The Lir.

Ivan Birthistle

Ivan Birthistle,
Sound

Ivan has been working as a composer and sound designer in theatre for over fifteen years and has worked with most major theatre companies in the country.
He is the Head of the Sound Dept. at The Lir Academy and is the Resident Sound Designer and Composer. He also runs courses for the Fringe Festival and the AIST.

He has a background in live music having played in many bands and released many records over the last 25 years.

Kate Ferris

Kate Ferris,
Stage Management

Kate completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Technical Production and Stage Management) at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Since graduating, she has worked as a Production, Stage and Event Manager with Australian companies and festivals including C!RCA, Queensland Theatre Company, LaBoite Theatre Company, Brisbane Festival, Malthouse Theatre Company and David Atkins Enterprises (15th Asian Games, Doha, Qatar).

Since re-locating to Ireland Kate has worked as Company Stage Manager with The National Theatre of Scotland, The Gate Theatre, Opera Ireland, Pan Pan Theatre Company, Fishamble Theatre Company and The Corn Exchange.

Catherine Fay

Catherine Fay,
Head of Costume

During 2014 Catherine designed Neither Either for Liz Roche Dance Company, Our Few and Evil Days and Aristocrats for The Abbey Theatre, Breaking Dad for Lane Productions, Tundra for Emma Martin Dance and Ice Child for Barnstorm. Previously she designed The Threepenny Opera for The Gate Theatre, Carmen for Opera Theatre Company, Quietly by Owen McCafferty at the Peacock Theatre, Edinburgh Festival (winner of Fringe First) and Romeo and Juliet for Corcadorca. She has designed The Government Inspector, Macbeth, The Playboy of the Western World, Saved, Doubt, Doldrum Bay, Henry IV Part I (for which she received an Irish Times/ESB nomination), On Such As We and Chair (Operating Theatre) for The Abbey Theatre. Catherine is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design.