Current Courses

Spring 2022: We’re talking to providers about more training coming soon. In the meantime don’t forget that SMA members qualify for ABTT courses at members rates and also BECTU training at affiliate rates. You should also be able to qualify for a reduced rate for RC-Annie training too, e.g. theatrical handguns online. (contact SMA if you need any assistance getting our rates for these courses). This week we introduce a new two day online training course in Mental Health First Aid from ABTT – SMA members get ABTT members rates for this course.
First Aid Physical and Mental Health First Aid courses
-enhancing your CV and employability
First Aid for Mental Health Level 3 – Paddy McBrant  BOOKING DIRECT NOW
This course is excellent value and designed for SMA members
Date: Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th April 2022
Time: 0930 – 1730
Venue: Southwark Playhouse London SE1 6BD
First Aid for Mental Health Level 3 (Ofqual regulated)This course is designed to give a view of several mental health conditions, their causes, symptoms and treatments. It also provides the learner with an overview of general mental health, how to manage mental health in the workplace and a mental health action plan.Cost: £120 (including VAT) per person. BOOK NOW
What’s included: Teaching, written materials, e-certificate of achievement / attendance(Please note that Lunch is not included)
Mental Health Training for your team– The First Aid TeamCarrying out a risk assessment for both physical and mental First Aid is a requirement for all employers and here at the First Aid Team, we are offering Mental Health First Aid courses that can be taken online, or in class, and cover all relevant aspects of Mental Health First Aid in the Workplace. The First Aid Team offer a 2 day flexible course with an SMA discount
For more details on how to get your team involved, please visit  or contact First Aid Team directly on 0333 123 1160
Physical first aid courses also available SMA Discounts apply to these courses Upskill in 2022
ABTT are now offering Mental Health First Aid TrainingMember’s price £150+VAT Booking NOW!
7th – 8th April | 10:00am – 5:00pm (also May 12th & 13th).
This is an online course which will be run by Mig Burgess and Kirsty Pickles. To apply please send through your booking form (which can be found below) to, you will then be sent a link to register. All bookings must be made before the 30th March 2022.
What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. MHFA England training won’t teach you to be a therapist, but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis. Adult MHFA England courses are for everyone aged 16 upwards. Every MHFA England course is delivered by a quality assured Instructor Member who has attended our Instructor Training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health, and is trained to keep people safe and supported while they learn.What will I learn?
Learning takes place through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions. What you learn will depend on the length of course you attend: Two Day – Mental Health First Aiders.
A practical skills and awareness course designed to give you:
– A deeper understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect people’s wellbeing, including your own;
− Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues;
− Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress;
− Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening;
− Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to appropriate support.
How will attending an MHFA England course help?
Research and evaluation shows that taking part in an MHFA England course:
− Raises awareness and mental health literacy
− Reduces stigma around mental ill health
− Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
− Promotes early intervention which enables recovery.
Mental Health First Aid starts with you.
+Book on to this course here!

Andrew’ Killian’s excellent and popular courses will be back soon by popular request!

SMA Cueing to Music Levels 1 & 2 back later in the year!!

Our live face 2 face training sessions will continue with these popular courses when things are a little less busy

Non-Members price per course is now 140 £4per course. Members price is a big discount



If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask the SMA office


Level 2 To enable a potential DSM or Showcaller with basic musical knowledge and understanding, to cue from complex and problematic music scores with  confidence.
Monday 8th November 2021 at The Deptford Lounge (The Albany) Deptford, 9 Giffin St, London SE8 4RJ

For further information about the course details click here

SMA Member Rate   £110   (also ABTT Members) (SMA Members Pay What you Can Afford)
Non Member Rate    £150 NOW JUST £120
Discount for booking both courses:    5%
Training Support (availability limited)  £35  SMA Members Only Contact SMA to request


 PAY WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD is available for these courses!   Contact SMA HQ NOW with a sensible offer of an amount that you can afford for either Level 1 or Level 2 and we will consider any reasonable offer!  (members only)

COVID precautions will be in place and information sent to all attendees before the event

Further information on Level 2 courses:

Cueing to Music One Day Course LEVEL 2

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

09.30 Welcome. Housekeeping. Course Overview.                          

10.05                 Session 1 Qing at a Standard

11.30                  Coffee/Tea break

11.45                 Session 2 Qing at speed                                

12.45                Session 3  Simulating a demanding opera company music test in                            

real time


13.00.               Lunch              

13.30                 Session 4   Where’s the Beat?                                                                                    Cueing from unusual and/or irregular rhythms

14.30                  Session 5      Impossible Music                                 

15.30                  Coffee                        /Tea break

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

15.45                   Session 7 The Battle of                                 Borodino .    

16.30                    Finish                      


Level 1 

To enable a potential DSM or Showcaller, one without musical knowledge, to Q from musical scores and thus feel confident enough to  undertake such work with opera, musical and ballet companies. 

For further information about the course details when the next available dates are annouced for 2022

click here         
FULLY BOOKED Monday 1st November 2021 The Deptford Lounge (The Albany) Deptford,  9 Giffin St, London SE8 4RJ


Kate Salberg Udemy Online Corporate Showcalling Course

Corporate Showcalling for theatre stage management at the best current price on Udemy:

This course includes:

  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 36 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of completion

Kate Salberg
I worked in Repertory and West End for many years before corporate work,.Showcalled Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Tour & Les Mis and Phantom 25th Anniversary Concerts.
Recent work includes Fifa ESports Finals, Google Cloud European workshops, Genentech meeting San Diego,  Ford Go Further Amsterdam and Pharma meetings.

Looked technically and cue perfect to me …you made complication look simple. Mark Britton.  Director Creating Sunshine Jan 2020

To Book: Contact Kate Salberg direct:

M:   Web:   07771 667652
FB Showcaller Training Business Page


Introduction to Payroll

Facilitated by Martin Hope, Hamilton Company Manager.

For questions or to book, email


Foundations of Company Management

Facilitated by Martin Hope, Hamilton Company Manager

For questions or to book, email

“The course was so, so helpful and really helped
me understand the inner-workings of the role.”

“Thank you for two awesome sessions on the
wizardry of Company Managing.”

“Both sessions were really informative and useful.”


NEW! The following courses will be offered shortly

Touring for Stage Management

A thorough insight into life on the road!

A comprehensive overview of UK & International touring. Covering areas such as digs, travel, fit ups & get outs, working with local crews, pre planning & touring paperwork.


Led by Jo Hinton & Martin Hope – Twenty years combined touring experience on shows such as Wicked, 9 to 5 & Spamalot.


For questions or to book, email


Cueing to Music Level 2 ONLINE took place on Tues 24 Nov 2020

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

It was 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

We received some great feedback and expect that future courses will run others in 2021.

Informative SMA Brunch sessions on ZOOM!
Brunches on hold for now
We look forward to more in 2021!

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.
Please look for further details in the emailed Agenda and on SMA social Media


10% DISCOUNT CODE available for SMA Members on all Rc-Annie courses


FOR: Open to all, performers to film makers
WHAT: Preparing for firearms in your production from production to the shoot. Paperwork, procedures and policies.


FOR: Open to all, performers to film makers
WHAT: All the practical knowhow and requirements of working with firearms


FOR: Stage Management, Technicians and students
WHAT: Establishing rehearsal room etiquette, look at UK law and learn which weaponry  is most commonly used in theatre, how to identify it, how to get them and deal with them. 


FOR: Stage Management, Technicians, Theatre makers and performers 
WHAT: How to work safely both physically and legally with all types of theatrical handguns including paperwork and protocols.


FOR: Stage Management, Technicians, Theatre makers and performers 
WHAT: All the practical considerations including H&S, anatomy of the gun and firing issues. 

 Full details and to Book visit:


Kate Salberg Showcalling

Online Course

Kate is running  her courses online at the moment


With Kate Salberg

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

Link will be provided when you contact me

You need the latest version of Zoom downloaded.

11 am            30 minute introduction to the differences, similarities and transferable skills between theatre and corporate showcalling. Virtual showcalling and the likely future

11.30             Q & A

Maximum 20 attendees per session to allow for proper conversation. 




For theatre stage management

An Insight into Corporate Showcalling with discussion and practical work.

Session 1      11.00 – 13.15

  • Roles & Responsibilities of a Showcaller
  • Why showcallers often have a theatre background. Transferable skills.
  • Working with Screens and Cameras, creating presets.
  • Explanation of how all Technical Departments work and what they expect from you
  • Working with the Producer and issues of client management
  • Virtual Showcalling. How this is changing the showcaller role
  • Session 2      13.45 – 16.00
  • Marking up a showbook using a script
  • I then call that small show for you to give a taste of how it feels to actually do the job

Kate Salberg

I worked in Repertory and West End for many years before corporate work,.

Showcalled Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Tour & Les Mis and Phantom 25th Anniversary Concerts.

Recent work includes Fifa ESports Finals, Google Cloud European workshops, Genentech meeting San Diego,  Ford Go Further Amsterdam and Pharma meetings.

Looked technically and cue perfect to me …you made complication look simple. Mark Britton.  Director Creating Sunshine Jan 2020

To Book: Contact Kate Salberg direct:

M:   Web:   07771 667652

FB Showcaller Training Business Page

 Udemy Course:

 are the most popular provider of health and safety qualifications in the UK. Developed by employers to deliver the skills required in real life.

First Aid Training Information British Red Cross’ online resource

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

Orchestral Stage Management with LSO

Subject to Covid19 restrictions on hold until Summer 2021- To register interest see below
More info (PDF)

ABTT Pyrotechnics Safety Awareness Course (One day CPD Course)

Generally run once a year at the ABTT Summer School at Warwick Arts Centre, usually around  July or August each year. Click here for further information 

To Register your interest for future SMA Courses and associated Training 

Please  complete the Survey on Survey Monkey with your specific course interest 

Due to a technical hitch, if you have completed the survey  between 19th November and 14th December 2020 then we would ask if you could please complete again as we cannot access the results  submitted within that period. Many Thanks

Please contact the SMA Office with any question (s) you may have about Training.

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.