Resources for Stage Management and Technical Theatre Students

Lir Academy tutors have developed a list of resources for stage management and technical theatre students, categorised by areas (stage management, lighting, props, etc). This list will be updated as new resources become available.

Training for Stage Management and Technical Theatre Students



ETC Courses

Learn Stage Lighting Design Articles

ETC Reading Material

Colour Mixing with LEDs


Networking fundamentals

Eos Family Level 2 - Enhanced

Lightwright 6 free licence

Vectorworks basic training

Live Design Online - hosts regular webinars

Online 'live' programming with Lighting Designer Ken Billington using recordings of his plotting sessions on Me and My Girl


Light Talk with the Lumen Brothers

Learn Hog 4 Consoles

ETC Study Hall Webinars

Eos Family Level 3+ 4: Intermediate and Proficient

Live Design Online Webinars

Stage Management:

Shows to watch / Companies to follow

Schaubuehne, Berlin

National Theatre, UK

National Theatre, Scotland

Abbey Theatre, Ireland

Muenchner Kammerspiele, Germany

Lippy by Dead Centre (password:context)

Online Forums / Groups

Isolation Webinar

Free Programme: Technology for Stage Managers

5 Books for Stage Managers to Read While Stuck at Home

Working in Stage Management Teams (9th April)

General Stage Management Resources

From Stage to Screen. Making National Theatre Live


50 Years of National Theatre

Medea’s Dress: Making Blood

A Day in the Life of a Dresser

The Importance of the Costume Bible

Costume Buying

Breaking Down a Costume

Making of DWTS: Backstage with Costume Supervisor Howard Sussman

Working in Theatre: Wardrobe Supervisor

Production Management

A day in the life of a production manager byRuth Sternberg, Production Manager at the Public Theatre in New York

A day in the life of a production manager withEvelyn Chia, PM at Esplanade Theatre Singapore

Theater Production Manager: Difference Between Production Manager and Stage Manager -Linda Cooper

Kate Coltun, Assistant Production Manager for the Mark Taper Forum, talks about working in production management

Katrina Gilroy PM at the National in London, describes the theatre production process and how and why the role of production manager has changed.

Go behind the scenes at The Barking Gecko Theatre Company to find out what it's like to be a Production Manager.

Communication Skills








Industry Mags:






Aux B


Coisceim Live


Paper Mache Clay Recipe

Paper Mache Carnival Mask Project


Stagehand Primer

Theatre Crafts - Entertainment Technology and History

The Red Barn - Behind the Scenes Changes

Creating and 18th Century Mechanical Theatre

Flying Bars Demonstration