Theatre & Event Technology programmes at Kendal College enable students to enter the live events industry, which presents fantastic and numerous employment opportunities; the chance to travel the world, to be at the forefront of a creative Industry responsible for iconic events such as the opening of the London Olympic Games, Glastonbury and West End Shows and to support the many local organisations that need the specific skills set of a production specialist.
Our Theatre & Event Technology department has an outstanding record of students progressing to leading training organisations from LIPA, Royal Central, LAMDA, Guildhall, for example.
Many students have also directly entered the workforce to paid employment locally at The Brewery Arts Centre; The Old Laundry Theatre; Kendal Town Hall and Leisure Centre, The Platform (Morecambe), The Grand and The Dukes in Lancaster, Kendal Calling Festival, Kendal Mountain Festival, The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, and Internationally for Autograph who supply PA systems in London’s West End theatres; Disney, Adlib Sound and Lighting (Liverpool); and touring with Ellie Goulding, Jack Whitehall and Ed Sheeran as a small sample!
This course is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge & experience they need to develop successful and long-lasting careers in events, theatre, and live music. Students are given a grounding in the four core disciplines: stage management, scenic construction, lighting & sound through classes in production management, lighting (including design), rigging, sound (studio and live), set design, scenic construction & health & safety.
Practical experience is at the forefront of the training with students supporting all the internal performance events from Scare at Halloween to full-scale musicals, theatre productions and music events.
I’ve always had a love for theatre, the escapism and storytelling it brings and the way that the lighting, set and sound transports you into the moment. We are treated as young professionals, our creativity and ideas are valued. We experience all the different specialisms to get an insight into the industry. We’ve had lots of opportunities to visit theatres and network with professionals in the industry through workshops and talks. I’m looking at universities in London to study theatre technology and stage management.Hattie Pilling, Theatre & Event Technology Level 3
The many years of relationships built up by the theatre arts tutors result in students getting involved in a wide range of external professional events such as the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, Kendal Mountain Festival and partnering with venues and organisations like The Brewery Arts Centre and The Old Laundry Theatre.
The department utilises dedicated performance spaces, The Box and the new Wildman Street Studios – both of which boast top of the range technical facilities and industry-standard equipment specially designed to host theatre and events. Our passionate industry trained tutors have a wealth of professional experience and strong industry links.
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Meet your tutor
Glen Hamner, Theatre & Event Technology Tutor
I studied Musical Theatre at Buckinghamshire New University after studying Performing Arts here at Kendal College. I worked in a wide variety of different styles of performance and production during my time in London and founded my own theatre company directing primarily musical theatre productions. Studying at college enables you to meet like-minded people, develop your skills in an environment that celebrates creativity, and form friendships that will continue with you and give you vital connections in the industry. Don’t be afraid to embrace new experiences, you never know where they may lead!
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Alistair Nicholson, Theatre & Event Technology Tutor
Having studied at Kendal College myself, I understand the importance of gaining the wealth of knowledge and experience to prepare you for working in the industry or university. Kendal College played a part in developing my skills ready me for university and working in the industry. After university, I decided to take the fantastic opportunity to work in London. I freelanced as a Lighting and Theatre Technician at the following venues & companies: Sadler’s Wells, Royal Court London, The Place, Royal Opera House. My responsibilities varied from rigging, focusing and programming lights, operating lighting and sound for various performances, maintaining equipment and managing casual staff. After working in London for 18 months, I moved back to the North West and worked at; Royal Exchange Manchester, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and Lite Alternative. Before joining Kendal College, I was working full time at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.
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Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)
This 1 year course introduces you to all aspects of production for live performance and provides opportunities for progression to study at a higher level. The course covers aspects of lighting, sound and set construction through providing all technical and production support for professional events, including the annual college musical at the Brewery, music gigs at Bootleggers and a number of local festivals e.g. Comic Arts Festival, Kendal Mountain Festival and Moonfest. Students gain additional experience through a work placement at the Brewery Arts Centre. This is a very practical and hands on course, using a range of the latest technology and equipment. You will work in a state-of-the-art theatre (The Box), which has industry standard facilities.
Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)
The course covers the technical aspects of production and the management of live performance, including set design, stage management and sound & light engineering. Students provide technical and production support for professional events, including the annual college musical at the Brewery, music gigs at Bootleggers and a number of local festivals e.g. Comic Arts Festival, Kendal Mountain Festival and Moonfest. Students gain additional experience through a work placement at the Brewery Arts Centre. This course is excellent for those who wish to work in the entertainment industry but do not want to perform. You will develop strong teamwork skills as you work with students from this course and other subjects.