Current Courses

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"The Orchestral Stage Management Day at the Barbican was amazing. I have always wanted to develop my knowledge of the orchestral side of the industry both personally and as a Stage Manager. I learnt so much working with the LSO staff and at the end of just one day I am confident that I could set up a full concert orchestra for any classical piece. How great is that? We also were able to look in on rehearsals as well . A day full of wonder and knowledge. I can’t recommend this course enough. Hard work but a huge new string to my bow!" (Course attendee in 2015)


TRAINING IN 2017:  AUTUMN COURSES

Cueing to Music, levels 1 and 2 

with Andrew Killian 

- The dates are 

Level 1 - Monday 2nd October  

Level 2 - Tuesday 10th  October. 

Both courses are very practical and hands on and build a lot of confidence

Level 1: Monday 2nd October 2017
Venue: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford. SE8 4AG.
Times: 0945-1630  (Venue open from 0910)
Members only - Early Bird £120 (pay before 31-08-17)
Members Standard £130 Non-Members £150

Level 2: Tuesday 10th October 2017
Venue: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford. SE8 4AG.
Times: 0945-1630  (Venue open from 0910)
Members only - Early Bird £120 (pay before 19-09-17)
Members Standard £130 Multi Booking Discount 5%  Non-members £150
Bookings by the 26th September, please

BOOK EITHER OR BOTH OF THESE COURSES

For your information :- 

Level 1 requires no real musical experience or knowledge. 

Level 1: Course Aim                         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.

Course Objectives                  

1.         To examine the basic elements of musical notation and the function of piano reductions in relation to the rehearsal process.

2.         To understand how singers, as opposed to actors, impact on the role of a DSM/Showcaller

3.         To undertake Qing exercises numerous and    complex enough to instil confidence.

4.         To simulate a music test at opera company level

09.30               Welcome. Housekeeping. Course Overview.

  1. Session 1         The Building Blocks  Music, Sound and Pitch

            1.2       Notation

            1.3       Rhythm

.          1.4       First Cueing Test

11.30               Coffee

11.45               Session 2         Wider still and wider…

            2.1       The Orchestra

            2.2       Dynamics

            2.3       Tempi

12.45               Session 3         Second Cueing Test

13.00               Lunch

1330                Session 4         ‘I See a Voice’… adding the singer to the picture

15.00               Session 5         Major Challenges

1545                Session 6         Simulated opera company music test in real time

16.00               Session 7         Summary

                        Finish

BOOK EITHER OR BOTH OF THESE COURSES

Level 1: Monday 2nd October 2017
Venue: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford. SE8 4AG.
Times: 0945-1630  (Venue open from 0910)
Members only - Early Bird £120 (pay before 31-08-17)
Members Standard £130 Non-Members £150

Level 2: Tuesday 10th October 2017
Venue: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford. SE8 4AG.
Times: 0945-1630  (Venue open from 0910)
Members only - Early Bird £120 (pay before 19-09-17)
Members Standard £130 Multi Booking Discount 5%  Non-members £150
Bookings by the 26th September, please

For your information :- 

Level 2 is  for those who can read music or have some musical experience.  

LEVEL2:  Course Aim:                        To enable a  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.

Session 1         Qing at a Standard

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 .   

16.00               Finish

 

Both courses are very practical and hands on and build a lot of confidence

Level 1: Monday 2nd October 2017
Venue: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford. SE8 4AG.
Times: 0945-1630  (Venue open from 0910)
Members only - Early Bird £120 (pay before 31-08-17)
Members Standard £130 Non-Members £150

Level 2: Tuesday 10th October 2017
Venue: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford. SE8 4AG.
Times: 0945-1630  (Venue open from 0910)
Members only - Early Bird £120 (pay before 19-09-17)
Members Standard £130 Multi Booking Discount 5%  Non-members £150
Bookings by the 26th September, please

BOOK EITHER OR BOTH OF THESE COURSES

 


 

Elements of Company Management London

with Andrew Killian 

Tuesday 24th October 2017

Start time: 9.30 End Time : 16.30

and will be held at 

Equity, Guild House, Upper St Martin's Lane, London WC2H 9EG

 

This one-day course is aimed at stage managers who aspire to move up to company management; It builds upon established stage management skills and identifies five key areas which impact on the company manager daily.

These areas are:-

  • Expectations of a Producer
  • Press and Publicity
  • Expectation of a Receiving House
  • Keeping the Books - the Production Accountant
  • Employment Relations

 

The course concludes with a panel of practicing company managers; They will review the day's content using their own hands-on experience to answer your questions and help you with advice.  

Tuesday 24th October 2017 9.45-16.30
Location: - EQUITY, Guild House, Upper St Martin's Lane, London WC2H 9EG
Members Early Bird only £128.00 ( for bookings/payment made before 16 Sept )
Members Fee  £135.00  Bookings made after 16th  and by 3rd October please.

BOOK THIS COURSE

 


RC Annie

How to work safely with RIF's and Blank Firing Handguns in Theatre.

 

This workshop explores the practical elements of having to deal with 'gun shaped things' in the Theatre from sourcing to storing, operation, staging and all the paperwork procedures. 

Rc-Annie developed the UK’s premier Theatrical Gun Handing course and are proud to have had a positive influence on the industry and how we approach the best working practices in Theatre.  Read Full details Here      and Here   

BOOK WITH RC-Annie     (click YES to 'concession qualified')     


  

SMA are always taking expressions interest for  many  possible courses

(Where you aren't able to attend the current upcoming course detailed above):

                            Cueing to Music Level 1     □
Cueing to Music Level 2     □
Emergency First Aid & refresher      □

Finance for freelancers      □
Orchestral Stage Management with LSO     □
Props Sourcing & Making      □
                          Corporate Showcalling with Kate Salberg        □
                                Theatre Showcalling Masterclass      □
                             Elements of Company Management     □
                                  Elements of Stage Management (SMs)     □
                                  Working with QLab      
                             Stage Pyrotechnics Course for SMs   
                       Use our easy survey link to tell us your preferences
Make 2017 the year you upskill, and widen your SM career horizons and prospects!

Our very effective and practical Cueing to Music  courses are always popular, enjoyable and sometimes career- changing!       

   5% discount for booking two courses or more, including all SMA courses, or groups on any SMA course  

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‘I went on the SMA’s Score Reading Level 1 and Level 2 course in May 2014. A year later, I was offered a job as an Assistant Stage Manager at Glyndebourne Opera House. The course was an incredibly valuable experience and is clearly highly recognised.

I wouldn’t be where I am now without the SMA’s opportunities.’

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Supporting Excellence in Performance

 All SMA Courses finish by 4.30 PM to allow for evening show calls.    

 Earlier times or one to one courses can sometimes be arranged

SMA Members say "..training discounts helped me to improve my skills and move on to better paid work"

(Don't forget you can also get SMA discounts on courses from BECTU, ABTT and others. If in doubt, ask!). 

 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

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If you would like to develop your career by pursuing an SMA training course but are prevented from doing so by financial hardship please contact The Theatrical Guild to discuss eligibility for financial assistance. Tel: 020 7240 6062 or contact SMA HQ


  • Cueing to Music - We run this course, at two levels, at least once a year, and when there is demand we are able to run it a second time. The next Level One and Two courses are due to run in Late Summer 2017. When there is no course date indicated on this page, please do still express an interest as we will always attempt to organise it when there is sufficient demand. Contact us
  • Organise your finances/ assertiveness/ negotiating contracts - The majority of stage managers are self employed and dealing with the financial side of working for yourself can seem daunting. If there is enough interest, we'd like to take some of the stress away with a course which addresses all of the common, and maybe some not so common, queries and pitfalls, whilst also giving you the confidence to negotiate your contracts, something that we stage managers don't have agents to do for us! Interested? Contact us

Learn a new skill

Learn how to find courses in British Sign Language  . Courses are available from:

Frank Barnes School
Jubilee Waterside Centre, 105 Camley Street, London, N1C 4PF
Remark!
18 Leather Lane, London, EC1N 7SU
Hackney Community College
Shoreditch Campus, Falkirk Street, Hackney, London, N1 6HQ
 
Alternatively, you may search for other accredited courses through the Signature website following this link: http://www.signature.org.uk/where-can-i-learn
 

How Safe is Your Theatre?
Run by respected trainer Geoff Joyce, get together with colleagues and book this course at your theatre or register interest with the SMA and with enough interest we’ll consider running one in-house.  SMA Members receive discounted rates
This course examines the health and safety regulations that specifically relate to theatre staff, stage managers, technicians, workshops and front of house staff.
Read the full course details here -  including contact details for more information.

Manual Handling Training.  Out of date training in manual handling results in strains and muscle damage due to twisting and pushing or straining- we are aware of a number of cases where members lost many days and even months of work as a result of these injuries last year. Geoff Joyce offers a complete course in all areas of manual handling, and SMA Members receive discounted rates.  Contact the SMA for more details, or consider booking a course for all of your backstage crew - especially if the risk assessment involves lifting or manoevering heavy furniture, pushing trucks or heavy and tricky scenery moves.


HM Revenue and Customs: Free short courses on tax issues
'Like many I thought I would struggle with the financial aspect of freelancing, but there's a lot of information out there. I pretty much had my hand held through my first tax return, courtesy of HM Revenues and Customs'.
They run free, short courses (an afternoon) in most areas, it's pretty easy to get, but do check it covers stage managers and UTR as well.


>OTHER COURSES AVAILABLE:

NEW for SMA Members:
BECTU:  SMA has negotiated special rates (close to BECTU Members rates) for SMA Members. Contact SMA first whenever you see a BECTU course of interest.
ISMSMA has also negotiated similar with The Incorporated Society of Musicians 

>ALSO always check these for the latest news on training WITH SMA DISCOUNTS:

ABTT: Association of British Theatre Technicians - a year round programme of industry leading technical training
RC-Annie: For all your violent needs
Stage Electrics: too many training courses to list, including Portable Appliance Testing, Introduction to Sound, LEDs etc.
UK THEATRE (TMA/SOLT) : similarly - many, many relevant courses
ITC: Independent Theatre Council - An extensive and excellent year round programme of very relevant courses
PLASA: PLASA have a huge database with lots of training from outside the theatre sector - nonetheless relevant - particularly if you are interested in technical aspects.
 
Contact SMA if you see any interesting training- we may have a special rate or be able to negotiate one!