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)



Designed to equip Theatre Stage Managers with the skills, vocabulary and information necessary to apply for and win well paid Orchestral stage management jobs

Course Leader LSO Senior Stage Manager Alan Goode.

Coming soon: October 24th 2018 at LSO St Lukes Concert Hall in London

SAVE THE DATE!​      Register interest now

Cueing to Music Level 1 and Level 2

Autumn Dates Announced!

Many a successful Opera Musical or Ballet DSM has had reason to thank the very popular and practical SMA Cueing to Music courses for their career progression;  these popular one day (each) courses are designed to take people with little or no musical knowledge through to calling shows at major opera house standard, and will give you confidence in running shows and in understanding and using the musical terms and language  required.

"Just opened my 3rd opera as DSM since I went on the @SMAssoc 'Score Reading to Music' course. Highly recommend it to all ASMs & DSMs"

Dates confirmed: Level 1 with be held Monday 15 and Level 2 will be held on  Monday 22 October 2018  
At The Albany Deptford London SE8 4AG


Rates per course

  • Standard Member Rate (and Affiliates' Members- BECTU, ABTT evidence required): £130.00
  • SMA Members  ONLY Early Bird Rate: (for each one day course) Pay before October 1  2018 for Level 1 and October 8  for Level 2:  £115
  •  Non-Members Rate:  £155


For all - 5% discount when booking both Level 1 and Level 2 together


Further information about each course and booking information can be found below


Cueing to Music One-Day Course Level 1   Course Leader Andrew Killian

Monday 15 October 2018 :  0930-1630

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. 

10.05 Session 1 The Building Blocks 

1.1 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 


Full course materials and certificates supplied.


Click here to download a Booking Form  for  CTM Level 1 Course

Please email your completed booking form  for CTM Level 1  



Cueing to Music One Day Course Level 2   Course Leader Andrew Killian

Monday 22 October 2018: Level 2. 0930-1630

The Albany Deptford London SE8 4AG

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 . 


Full course materials and certificates supplied.

Click Here to download a Booking form for CTM Level 2 Course

Please email your completed booking form  for CTM Level 2  




Click here to download a Booking Form  for  CTM Level 1 Course

Click Here to download a Booking form for CTM Level 2 Course

Please email your completed booking form  for CTM Level 1  to 

Please email your completed booking form  for CTM Level 2  to 

Please email your completed booking forms for both CTM Level 1 and Level 2  to 


When your booking form (s) have been received, your place will be reserved. We will email an invoice to you for payment  and when payment has been received your place will be confirmed  - Thank you very much 




Course Leader  Kate Salberg

An Insight into Corporate Showcalling with discussion and practical work.


Thursday 6th September 2018 BIRMINGHAM Venue TBC   Workshop Fee   £130.   10% SMA discount   

Friday 12th October 2018. At Deptford Albany- Special Course for Theatre Stage Managers

with special discount for Theatre Stage Management £99 per person (no further discounts apply).


Morning  Arrivals  10.15:    Session 10.30 – 13.00

·        Simlarities & differences between showcalling in theatre and corporate

·        Roles & Responsibilities of a Showcaller

·        Working with Screens and Cameras, creating presets.

·        Explanation of how all Technical Departments work and what they expect from you along with problems of Client Management

·        Discussion of approaches to the job and how best to fulfil it


Afternoon    13.45 – 16.30

·        Marking up a showbook

·        Working with a script and music

·        Practice calling a small show 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 starting corporate work, which I have been doing full time since the late nineties.

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

Recent work includes Ford Go Further involving 129 metre screens for Imagination, Google Cloud European workshops, Edinburgh TV Festival, , Andy Murray Live in conjunction with Eurosport, Pharma Conferences for Ashfield


Workshop Fee   £130.   10% SMA discount    

To Book please contact

M:   Web:

07771 667652        

“When putting on a spectacular show, it takes an extraordinarily calm and brilliant person to make it happen.  Kate makes impossible dreams possible.”  Sir Cameron Mackintosh

Please refer to the latest SMA Agenda Email


SMA are always taking expressions interest for  many  possible courses

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

                           AUTUMN:      Cueing to Music Level 1         

AUTUMN:        Cueing to Music Level 2     □

 BECTU COURSES BOOKING NOW:   Creative Industries Safety Passport

Emergency First Aid & refresher      □
Finance for freelancers      □
COMING IN OCTOBER : Orchestral Stage Management with LSO     □
                   Props Sourcing & Making      □
                          Corporate Showcalling with Kate Salberg        □
                        PLANNED FOR THE FUTURE        Theatre Showcalling Masterclass      □
                             Elements of Company Management     □
                                  Elements of Stage Management (SMs)     □

                                  Working with QLab      
                          ABTT COURSE BOOKIING NOW    Stage Pyrotechnics Course for SMs   
                             Mental Health First Aid       
Make 2018 the year to upskill, and widen your SM career horizons and prospects!



Please email the SMA Office and we will notify you when your preferred courses are taking place


Alternatively please click on this link and complete the Training Interest Survey

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  


‘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.’


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 " 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!). 



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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  Level One and Two courses were held in Spring 2018. 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
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:

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.


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!