Current Courses

Dates TBC Monday 23/Tues 24 Nov 2020

Cueing to Music Level 2 ONLINE

SMA and our course leader Andrew Killian have decided to run a pilot course online for Cueing to Music Level 2

This is not an experiment, but will be a new initiative for SMA.  Andrew has been teaching similar content to drama school groups via Zoom/Teams etc for nearly a year now, and the results have been very successful

The course will include the same online content as the physical course and the learning outcomes will be the same.

The course will take place over two 3 hour sessions which are planned for Mon 23/ Tues 24 November . (exact times TBC)

SMA will provide course materials for attendees (this is a pack of music scores and papers which will be sent by post) and a certificate of completion plus ask for your feedback.

Because this is a Level 2 course attendees should ideally have completed the Level 1, or have a working knowledge of musical vocabulary and notation, etc.  and should be able to understand the principles of running a show on the book .  The course will still be very practical and a great way to brush up on cueing skills as well as learning new techniques working with more advanced musical scores

Fuller details of Cueing to Music L1 and L2 courses can be found below:

We anticipate the course being open to up to 5  attendees this time, and the cost will be no more than £80 (members who are experiencing financial difficulties should contact us if you are interested in the course but cant afford to pay right now). Non-members can apply

We hope that this is an opportunity to upskill and polish your CV and cueing credentials during lockdown and will excite you’ as it does us!

Initially would you please express interest in booking the course and confirm that you are free on the above dates by writing to SMA at this address under the heading CONFIRMED INTEREST CtM2

If you are interested in an online course but can’t make the above dates please write to us under the heading I am still interested on CtM2 online .

We expect that this first course will be successful and we will run others quite soon. WATCH THIS SPACE!

Cueing to Music Advanced Course LEVEL2  ONLINE

Course Aim                             To enable a potential DSM or Showcaller, one with basic musical knowledge and understanding, to cue from complex and problematic music scores with   confidence.

Course Objectives                   1.         To reinforce understanding of musical counting

and notation.

2.         To practice cueing from music with unusual time signatures.

3.         To simulate performance issues with a mixture of Musical Qs, visual Qs and clearances.

4.         To simulate a demanding music test at opera                                                           company level

Session A         Welcome. Housekeeping. Course Overview.

Session 1         Qing at a Standard


Session 2         Qing at speed

Session 3         Simulating a demanding opera company music test in

real time


SESSION B       Session 4         Where’s the Beat?

                                                Cueing from unusual and/or irregular rhythms

Session 5         Impossible Music


Session 6         Higher Stakes When you have to look away from the music…

Session 7         The Battle of Borodino .    



Managing COVID Safely Awareness Course Course Leader Phill Brown

COVID-19 compliance should be considered everyone’s responsibility within the workplace. This course has been developed to give delegates an understanding of COVID-19 health and safety responsibilities. It will help you control and monitor risk to improve H&S at work helping to manage this new workplace hazard.

Course includes

  • What is COVID-19?
  • H&S Legislation
  • Risk mitigation in the workplace
  • Creation & updating of risk assessments
  • Government guidance and industry best practice


The course facilitator is Phill Brown Head of Risk & Safety SOLT & UK Theatre.

Phill is a Chartered Fellow Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CFIOSH), Fellow of International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (FIIRSM) and a Registered Safety Practitioner (RSP)


  • SOLT & UK Theatre Members: £35+VAT
  • Industry Body Members (ABTT, ABO, ITC, FST, SMA, PMF): £35+VAT SMA Code COVIDSAFE
  • Non-Members: £70+VAT

If you are a SOLT, UK Theatre or Industry Body Member, please enter your promo code at the checkout to pay the right price for your ticket. If you have any queries please email

Please refer to our event terms and privacy policy for further details.

If you have any access requirements please email

Informative SMA Brunch sessions are back on ZOOM!
Brunches are back!   
Now is the time! 
Members have been asking when we can have our say and get involved with plans for returning to work.  These meetings are designed to come up with practical responses that we can circulate – contributing to informed arrangements and confidence about the post lockdown work environment.

Thursday 12th November 1300-1430:
Knowing your worth.  Join the SMA team and guests as we learn how to know our worth and communicate that when negotiating for work.
We know that we may face new temporary terms and conditions in the COVID-era, and we all want to get back to work again, but how can we make sure that we are getting a fair deal?  Working together as always with advice and tips from experienced SMs and international colleagues lets make sure that we are all skilled up to negotiate effectively and make sure our work is properly rewarded as well as rewarding!
SMA Zoom meeting Thursday 12 November 1300-1430
Register here :
You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 
When: Nov 12, 2020 13:00 London 
Register in advance for this meeting: 
After registering you will receive an email from with details to enter the meeting

Kate Salberg Showcalling

Online Course

Kate is running  her courses online at the moment

To Book: Contact Kate Salberg direct:
M:   Web:   07771 667652

NEW!  Coming soon: Udemy Course:



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SMA Training is aimed specifically at Stage Managers wishing to update or enhance their skills. Courses are open to both SMA Members and non-members.

SMA Professional and Graduate members automatically receive a discount on courses run directly by the SMA. Members may also apply for extra Training Support Vouchers.

All of the SMA-run courses lead to a certificate of achievement from the SMA, include course notes/materials and, if you are a Professional SMA Member, completion of many courses can be added to the TAP Card .

All SMA Courses and most others finish by 4.30pm to allow for evening show calls. Earlier times or one-to-one courses can sometimes be arranged.

Please register your interest in a course as soon as possible, to allow us to plan the logistics and confirm details as soon as possible.

Cueing to Music

Next dates: Cueing Music Course operate twice a year. In Spring 2020 we were able to run the CTM Level 1 which took place before the lockdown but sadly not CTM Level 2.  We plan to run this as soon as possible after the restrictions are lifted

Level 1: TBC at The Albany Deptford London SE8

Level 2: TBC at The  Albany Deptford London SE8

please see below to register your interest and to be advised on when they will next be taking place

Corporate Showcalling Workshop

with Kate Salberg

Online Showcaller and 90 minute taster sessions (chargeable).

Kate is a freelance showcaller with 25 years experience and a previous career in theatre stage and company management in repertory, west end, & musicals.

She tells us:
Go to  for the online showcalling course.  I am offering a discount to anyone who attended the webinars and there is already an offer on there for theatre stage management.

My own website for reference is and linked in is

Here are Kate’s other offerings during this time.  (These are not free sessions but SMA Training Support Vouchers may be available for unwaged Contact SMA for more details)

Online showcaller Training full session £75:  5 hours in depth session to include a separate one hour one to one follow up on marking up the script.  The process is explained during the online session, carried out after the session and the follow up arranged a few days later. Maximum 5 people per session. Email to book.


TO ENQUIRE/  BOOK Please Contact Kate Direct

FREE seminar

RC-Annie Workshops


DATE: 8th November 10am to 5pm

LOCATION: Planned for ALRA THEATRE, Royal Victoria Patriotic Buildings, Wandsworth London

SW18 3SX. Limited parking available.

FOR: Performers, Stage managers and Technicians 

WHAT: A Face to Face blank firing handguns workshop




R C Annie  are offering 1 hour long, one to one sessions in their socially distanced office! The  HQ office AT the Oval.

Rc-Annie, Unit 2a, The Business Centre, 11 Mowll Street, London, SW9 6BG. We have parking available on site.

Or, if you prefer, online!

These sessions are catered to your needs and offer practical professional advice 

DATE: at a date to suit you

FOR: Stage Managers, Technicians and performers

WHAT: Private specialist 121 session on guns, weaponry and paperwork

Orchestral Stage Management with LSO

Dates expected in Autumn 2020 ( subject to Covid19 restrictions) – To register interest see below
More info (PDF)

Pyrotechnics for SMs

No dates at present

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Other courses

This training is not run by the SMA, but is likely to be of great interest to our members. Where courses are not free, SMA members receive a discount.