Current Courses

" guys are endlessly helpful and supportive. Thank you!"

"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)


with Kate Salberg

An Insight into Corporate Showcalling with discussion and practical work.

Friday 12th May 2017 The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG

Morning       10.30    Arrivals

10.45 – 13.00

  • Roles & Responsbilities of a Showcaller
  • Working with Screens and Cameras, creating presets.
  • Explanation of how all Technical Departments work and what they expect from you & problems of Client Management
  • Discussion of approaches to the job and how best to fulfil it

Afternoon    13.45 – 16.15

  • 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. Currently working on various Corporate events including Google and Pharma work.

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, Geneva Motorshow,  St James Place for Creating Sunshine, Pharma conferences for WRG, Touch & Itch.


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')     

  ABTT Summer School 2017


Safety Awareness Course

in association with ASP/Just FX.  Tutor: Lincoln Parkhouse of Just FX

Sunday 23 July 2017

9:30am – 5:00pm

Warwick Arts CentreUniversity of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry CV4 7AL

SMA Members (ABTT Members Rate: write SMAMemb17 on form ):  £100+VAT (£120.00)

Non Members £185+VAT

"A MUST for all Stage Managers!" -Theatre Health & Safety Rep

BOOK using the ABTT FORM

As part of ABTT’s summer training programme, we are once again running this very popular

Pyrotechnics Course to cover operational safety which includes hands-on demonstrations of

many pyrotechnic effects. The course is ideal for lighting professionals, stage managers, students, community

theatre technicians, indeed anyone in the entertainment industry who may need to work with

pyrotechnics. The course will provide delegates with an opportunity to update and familiarise

themselves with current and forthcoming UK/EU legislation. The course is also an ideal refresher for technicians who have to produce certificates of awareness, to keep themselves ‘In date’.

All participants will receive a comprehensive set of notes and subject to satisfactory completion of the course, each candidate will receive a certificate, signed by the tutor, and automatic enrolment with the Association of Stage Pyrotechnicians.

(Please note that smoke and noise will be generated during the day).

Topics covered include:

● Workshop presentation

● Live device demonstrations

● Videos

● Handouts

● An Observation exercise

● Delegates pressing buttons

● History

● Accidents

● Flame Proofing

● Maroons & Concussion

● Fragmentation Tanks (Bomb tanks)

● Flashpots

● Jets, Gerbs, Robotics, Comets, Mines

● Series/Parallel Wiring

● Testing

● Paperwork

● Law

● Storage

● Transport

● HSE Competent Authority Documents

● Risk Assessments

● Material Safety Data information

Tutor: Lincoln Parkhouse of Just FX

NB: All payments are non-refundable; please contact ABTT as soon as possible if you anticipate any problems in attending the course for which you have booked and we shall do our utmost to assist you in finding a suitable opportunity to participate in the training you desire.

SMA are currently taking expressions interest for  many  possible courses this year:

                            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  


‘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 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
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!