This course is suitable for anyone who wants to develop the skills of a Stage Manager for a conference or music stage.
You may already have some experience of stage managing but want to consolidate and improve your skills, or a company may want to grow in-house expertise as a way of supporting and expanding their business – if so this course is for you.
The role of the Stage Manager is often underestimated or even left off the staffing list and given to a member of staff with little experience. But a good Stage Manager is worth so much when it comes to the audience experience who expect slick junctions between speakers or acts. Clients and producers also want to feel confident that a stage will run to time, with the technical side of things rehearsed and managed and their guests looked after properly. That’s where the Stage Manager is invaluable.
This course will enable you to learn best practice in preparing for and managing event stages such as a conference or music stage. Theatre stage management uses very similar skills and many of the best event stage managers come from a theatre background, but this course is specifically designed for people wanting to manage event or music stages.
Experience of working on events such as conferences or entertainment shows; preferably with some experience of getting people on and off stage, artist liaison or PR/Marketing. But this is not essential.
Bring examples of events you’ve attended as a member of the production team or audience – what went well, what left you wanting something better?
Jo Daykin is a highly experienced Event Producer and Stage Manager.
She began her professional life as a primary school teacher in Inner London before moving into advisory posts and teacher education at the University of Greenwich.
From there she joined the BBC as a Radio Producer/Director, then moved into Live Events TV and Live Events Production. She project managed events such as the BBC’s ‘Proms in the Park’ at venues around the country and produced and directed the BBC’s Audio and Music Festival for its own staff.
Since leaving the BBC Jo has produced many shows and events at iconic venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and Trafalgar Square: from glittering dance shows to thought provoking art installations. She often works internationally on corporate live events and conferences for high profile agencies and clients.
She has stage managed many shows; from Christmas Light Switch On shows in Oxford and Regent Street to guest speakers in huge venues at conferences.
This training can take place at your venue, studio or workplace. Alternatively, we can arrange a suitable space from our network of venues.