ABTT Theatre Show 2013
The STSG will be at this year's ABTT Theatre Show at Stand 15 in the Blue Hall (Market Place). The stand will be manned by a committee member all day (except lunchtime), so come say hello.
We will also be having our usual members' lunchtime meet-up on both days of the show. Meet at Stand 15, 12 noon. We'll head out of the show for a pub lunch.
12th-13th June, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London.
Conference 2013... has now taken place
Our most recent conference successfully took place on Saturday 16th February 2013 at Hampton School in London.
Details of our 2014 conference are now on the Conference page. Early-bird booking is available for members.
Save the date: Saturday 22nd February 2014.
Membership renewals were due in January.
Payments can be made either personally or by your school, and either by BACS / online banking (preferred) or by cheque. The STSG's bank details are on the invoice, which can be downloaded from the Members Area. Please ensure that some form of remittance advice or acknowledgement is sent to the Group Administrator (by email is fine), otherwise it can be difficult to match up your payment!
You can track if your payment has been received by checking on the members section of our website, which will show your membership status as either 'Pending' or 'Paid'.
We use the annual subs as a way to keep our database up-to-date, so please make your payment as soon as possible. If you'd prefer to be removed from our database, please let us know so we don't keep sending you reminders.
Newsletter... or lack of it...
Due to a continued lack of voluntary contributions(!) and rising costs of printing, we have decided to discontinue our printed newsletter. We will continue to keep in touch with all members via email and our online forum (as well as this website). Membership renewals will also continue to be sent in the post, to ensure that we connect with all members at least annually (in case emails are getting lost).
Members can also continue to use the 'Group Email' function in the Members Area to send mailshots to all other members, or search the database to contact individual members if required.
Feedback from our members suggests that the newsletter was an added bonus, but not an integral part of membership (which has always been primarily about the network). We may still resurrect the newsletter on an occasional basis in the future for specific reasons, or if we get a rush of articles!
Past newsletters can be found in the Members Area.
Stage Management Association
We are pleased to announce a partnership with the Stage Management Association (SMA), giving £5 off Associate E-membership for STSG members.
A lot of us are not only technicians, but also stage managers. The SMA speaks up on behalf of stage managers, taking stage management issues to other bodies and organisations within the industry and beyond, to find appropriate solutions.
The SMA provides training, information resources, a quarterly magazine, a weekly e-diary each Friday, and advice and helpline, mentoring and career development. Other benefits include 25% off Stage Jobs Pro premium membership, plus backstage visits and socials.
They also produce a range of useful paper props on CD (such as old photographs, passports, packaging, etc), and a free careers guide for students. Finally, the SMA is able to offer a much wider range of training than we could ever hope to offer, including training courses with the ABTT and other organisations. For more information about the SMA, please see their website.
The E-Associate is a new pilot membership so not yet available on their website. To apply, please download the special application form from the Members Area or contact the SMA office directly.
We are pleased to report that last year's conference was a great success. It took place on Saturday 18th February 2012 at Rugby School. More details can be found on our Conference page.
Press: LSi Online
Trinity School visit, 2011
The meeting was held at Trinity School in Croydon on Friday 25th February 2011. As well as a tour of the venue and a free lunch for members at a nearby pub, the primary aim of the meeting was to discuss our idea of developing some kind of 'reward scheme' to assess and credit students working backstage at an extra-curricular level.
Our guests were Robert West (Education Manager for the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural Skills) and Susan Elkin (Education journalist, including for 'The Stage' & former teacher) - both pictured front-left. An interesting debate was had, and there were several ideas to take forward.
Susan Elkin's report from our discussion forum can be read on The Stage website.
Theatres Trust Conference: Designing School Theatres
Back in April 2010, the Theatres Trust held their annual conference with the topic of 'Designing School Theatres'. There was much discussion about the criteria which make a good school theatre, but it was also very clear that there are a lot of schools with new facilities which don't come up to the expected standard. The aim of the conference was to provide a framework from which common flaws can be avoided, such as not providing sufficient backstage space, or failing to consider conflicting users such as school lessons and external bookings, or simply providing a building which is merely functional and not a creative or inspiring place.
The conference report can be found on the Theatres Trust website, along with a collection of other resources for architects and schools. Towards the end of the report is a list of the specific design criteria which emerged from the conference.
The STSG would like to thank the Theatres Trust, and in particular Mhora Samuel, for allowing us to be part of the conference.