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Stage Management and Technical Theatre

B.A. Honors Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8) ; 3 years full-time ; 16 places

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+353 1 896 2559


Course Fees

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What is the Bachelor in Stage Management and Technical Theatre degree?

This three year honors degree course offers 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 Capstone research project. 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 a keen interest in stage management, production management, lighting, sound, construction, prop making, costume or set design. This is an intensive course requiring a commitment on average of 35 hours per week, 38 weeks per year.

Stage management and technical theatre at Trinity

This degree course is specifically designed to train technical staff for the theatre, TV and film industries. Through a series of skills based courses, placements and professional development programmes the course aims to equip students with the necessary skills to realise a professional theatre production. 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.

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.

Do you enjoy:

  • Working behind the scenes in a theatre, film or TV production?
  • The idea of freelancing on the national and international theatre circuits?

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.

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. Capstone research projects will be assigned according to the preferred career choice of each individual student. Further opportunities as head of department on shows and internal projects are offered in this year.

What our graduates say

Adam Moore-White

“I have been studying stage management and technical theatre at The Lir Academy for the past three years and am now coming towards the end of my training. The Lir is a fantastic environment to learn new and further develop pre-existing skills. The atmosphere is welcoming and supportive. I have always been fully encouraged to succeed and take brave steps in new directions that I might not have considered before. I came to the course with an interest in and some training in lighting and stage management and am leaving not just with a vast knowledge and skill set in those areas but also in sound, construction, scenic art and costume. Costume was a new subject for me in first year, but since then it’s become a big part of my university experience. I chose to specialise in costume for my dissertation and have taken the role of supervisor for four shows while training at The Lir Academy. Without the support and encouragement I received from the tutors I don’t think I would have explored the world of costume, a place where I now really feel at home. I would highly recommend anyone with an interest in working backstage in theatre to consider this course.”

What our current students say

Leanne Vaughey

“I’ve been involved in youth theatre all my life and couldn’t see myself going down any other path. I had been to see a show at The Lir Academy in the summer of 2015 and from that point I started the process to apply. I would definitely recommend the Bachelor in Stage Management and Technical Theatre degree because in addition to the technical skills I’ve learned on the course, I’ve grown so much as a person and have met people who I will be friends with and work with for the rest of my life.”

Course Details


B.A. Honors Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8)


3 years full-time

Number of Places


Admission Requirements

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This is a restricted entry course. Applications must be submitted by the beginning of February 2020 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 and everyone who applies will get an interview. Applicants should prepare a portfolio highlighting their theatre, festival, concert or other relevant experience to date. Interviews will be held between February and June 2020.

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Course Fees

Click here for a full list of undergraduate fees.

Get In Touch

Telephone Number

+353 1 896 2559