Current Courses

Informative SMA Brunch sessions are back on ZOOM!
NEW! 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.
The  SMA ZOOM Brunch meetings are free lunchtime events (Wednesday 1245-1415) which address key issues for SMs in planning for return to work

SMA ZOOM Meeting:  Barriers to production 
What are the barriers to making a post lockdown theatre show or indoor event commercially and creatively successful?  We identify some of the obstacles and draw on the experience of members and international SMs to be creative in overcoming them:  29th July 1245 ZOOM 

SMA ZOOM Meeting:  ‘Hands not Wands’: Stage Management Duties 
With all of the new requirements on companies due to COVID-19 how do stage management respond; how much will we be expected to take on?  What resources and training will we need to be ready for the challenges?
Bring and share your own experiences or fears: 5th August 1245 ZOOM.     Register for Zoom Meeting here

19th August  1245 -1415 Zoom SMA Zoom Meeting #3    Rehearsals and the issues around reblocking/ reworking  an existing show versus planning a new show
Production in the new environment.   Who should be in charge of COVID-19 ? COVID officer or facilitator?  
Register for Brunch #3 here

26th August  1245 – 1415 Zoom SMA Zoom Meeting #4

Kate Salberg Showcalling Q&A

Time: Aug 6, 2020 11:00 AM London

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Meeting ID: 865 7208 4062

Passcode: 519158



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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 Theatrical Handguns 

Online – How To Prepare for Intimate & Violent Moments
Online course for Stage Management, Technicians and performers
24/08/20 7pm to 9pm

An online live streamed 2.5/3hr course
Establishing protocols for close physical work and sensitive scenes
Rehearsal room ettiequte 
Performance approaches and procedures
Promoting safe spaces for creative work
Aftercare and ongoing practices 
Ending with a Q&A opportunity 

Lap top to receive the live streaming course and something to takes notes on. 

We equip you with the necessary knowledge to prepare for violent and intimate moments in your production and how to support these elements. Enabling informed choices to safeguard the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of all involved. We include decision making on what you may wish to take as your responsibility or whether or not to employ a fight or intimacy director.

SMA DISCOUNT CODE for this course: ONLINE2

£72  (including 20% discount for SMA members)

More info and to Book  : direct with Rc-Annie:

20% Discount available for SMA Members for each course

Orchestral Stage Management with LSO

Dates expected in Autumn 2020 – 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.