Where Are Our Stage Management and Technical Theatre Grads?
Now that we have re-opened the applications for the Bachelor in Stage Management and Technical Theatre 2019, we thought we'd have a look at how our previous students are doing
Although a young degree, the Bachelor in Stage Management and Technical Theatre is already producing stage managers, scenic artists, costume and set designers that are taking different making their mark in their industry.
Emma Russell, who graduated from the Bachelor in Stage Management and Technical Theatre 2018 is currently working as a Theatre Technician at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. How did her studies at The Lir Academy prepare her for this role? "Having the opportunity to work in all areas of technical theatre means that we have an understanding of every department, which helps with being able to work alongside different people, departments and to communicate properly. Getting to work alongside some of the best professional theatre-makers in the country, we learnt first hand how to act, how to work and how to do the best job we could in the most efficient way."
Emma Coen (Bachelor in Stage Management and Technical Theatre 2017) toured the country as a Stage Manager on acclaimed shows like Asking for It and Rapids. Her next big project is Watt, opening this April at Project Arts Centre.
Beatrise Leikuca, a 2016 graduate went to China as part of the costume crew of Riverdance.
Gordon Bell (Bachelor in Stage Management and Technical Theatre 2015) took the opera route, working as Stage Manager on several shows during the Wexford Festival Opera and, most recently, on the Opera Briefs at The Abbey Theatre.
From the same year, Fodhla O'Brien and John Gunning are working in Ireland and abroad. Fodhla is the Stage Manager of the European premiere of Little Miss Sunshine, at the Arcola Theatre in London and will be Deputy Stage Manager on tour. John Gunning has worked as a Lighting Designer on shows like Iphigenia in Splott at Project Arts Centre, We Can't Have Monkeys in the House at The New Theatre, Jericho at the VAULT Festival London, and most recently he has given a series of talks on lighting design, part of the Canaletto project in collaboration with Rough Magic at the National Gallery of Ireland.
Graduates Evie McGuinness, Aidan Doheny and Lisa Marie Barry have been working at The Gate Theatre on The Children and Beginning. Evie will also be working on In Our Veins, on the Peacock Stage at the Abbey Theatre.
We are delighted for our graduates, who are making a name for themselves in the industry! If you want to follow in their footsteps you can find more about the Bachelor in Stage Management and Technical Theatre here.