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Stage management and technical theatre

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What is Stage Management and Technical Theatre?

This three-year honours degree, offered for the first time in 2017 replaces the existing two-year Professional Diploma in Stage Management and Technical Theatre which has been offered by The Lir Academy since 2012. This new degree course will continue to offer practice based training to students who are interested in a career in professional theatre, TV and film. It has been enhanced to provide increased opportunities in specialist areas within stage management and technical theatre (e.g. sound, lighting and construction), increased professional placements and a major research project relevant to a student’s choice of specialism. Classes on production management, design (set, lighting, costume and sound) and managing your own freelance business will also be introduced during the final year.

Stage management and technical theatre: The course for you?

Students who undertake this course will need to have keen interest in stage management, lighting, sound, construction, prop making, costume, set design or any specialism associated with working behind the scenes in theatre, tv or film. This is an intensive course requiring a commitment on average of 35 hours per week, 38 weeks per year.

Stage management and technical theatre @ Trinity

The course is specifically designed to train technical staff for the theatre and related professions. Through a series of skills-based courses in stagecraft and construction, lighting and sound, properties and propping, stage/production/technical management, film and television, health and safety, technical drawing, make-up and scenic art, the course seeks to equip students with the skills necessary to realise a theatre production. Classes in theatre history, set and costume design will complement the skills-based courses in their analysis of historical periods, styles, forms, conventions and practices. All teaching will be provided by dedicated and experienced theatre technicians and stage managers and will reflect best practice in professional theatre.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

Stage manager, assistant stage manager, lighting operator, sound operator, costume supervisor, scenic and prop maker in local, national and international theatres.

Stage management and theatre technician jobs with theatre companies touring nationally and internationally.

Technical jobs with companies that support the theatre, tv and film industries such as PSI and Avcom.

Your degree and what you’ll study


Year one - Introduction

Year one is designed to introduce students to practice based training in all technical departments including lighting, sound, prop making, scenic art, costume, set construction and stage management. Core skills based classes in theatre skills, theatre technologies and theatre studies will be complemented by practice based learning on in-house productions.

Year two - Application

Year two will see students apply the skills learned from their first year to a series of theatre and film productions, directed and designed by professional practitioners. Each student will have the opportunity to become a head of department and work alongside their peers to deliver a full production.

Year Three - Advanced

In year three students will undertake work placements with prominent theatre companies, festivals and industry related companies in order to further develop their chosen area of specialism. Research projects will be assigned according to the preferred career choice of each individual student. These projects can be theoretical or practical in nature, for example designing the sound, making the scenic art or making props for a theatre production.  Students will be encouraged to keep a journal of reflective practices throughout their final year.

The practical training during the degree course will be complemented with a range of classes including theatre history, principles of stage management and principles of theatre technology. Led by dedicated and experienced theatre technicians and stage managers these classes will reflect best practices in professional theatre.



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What our graduates say

Aidan Doheny, stage management and technical theatre, 2015

“Training at The Lir Academy is a hands-on experience involving learning and perfecting skills in stage management, lighting, sound, set construction, prop making and sourcing, wardrobe and scenic art. I chose to specialise in stage management and was responsible for stage managing two inhouse productions as well as being assistant stage manager with Druid Theatre company for six weeks during my second year at The Lir. I am currently employed with The Abbey Theatre and have been working consistently since I left the academy in July 2015. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in working behind the scenes in theatre.”

What our current students say

Sara Gannon, stage management and technical theatre, 2016

“I am a final year student at The Lir Academy having trained in stage management and technical theatre. The training I have received has been rigorous, hands on, hard work and very fulfilling. I have stage managed two in-house productions and have worked on placement with Druid Theatre company in Galway and feel well equipped to work in a professional environment when I leave The Lir in July.”

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Restricted entry

This is a restricted entry course. Applications must be submitted by 1 February 2018.

This course is taught by The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity. It is not part of the CAO application system. Application forms can be completed online on The Lir Academy website:

Entry is by interview. Applicants should prepare a portfolio highlighting their theatre, festival, concert or other relevant experience to date. The final date for receipt of applications is 1 February 2018. Interviews will be held between February and April 2018.