Stage Management and Technical Theatre, BA*

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3 years full-time, October 2021 start


Institution code: C35; Course code: W491


Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Theatre Practice

About the course

  • Intensive training in stage management and theatre technology
  • Career preparation for backstage work in theatre, with extensive transferable skills for the live events industry
  • Collaborate with teams of designers, makers, performers, technicians, engineers and artists
  • Discover the theories, processes and practices that underpin contemporary performance and production arts

As a Stage Management and Technical Theatre student, you will learn hands-on skills and techniques that will prepare you for a career in theatre production; whether you are aspiring to become a multi-skilled theatre maker, or build specialist abilities such as rigging, prop sourcing, technical drawing or show-calling. Building on core knowledge of stage management, stage technologies, lighting, and sound, the flexible course structure then enables you to tailor your learning experiences to suit your ambitions.

Throughout the course, you will expand your contextual and critical understanding of performance making, through examining and challenging ideas, theories and issues within the contemporary society and creative industries.

In the final year, you have opportunity to undertake placements to further build your network of contacts, as well as exploring and understanding up-to-the-minute challenges, projects and developments in the sector.

You will be encouraged to make strong connections within the industry, which will expand your learning and support your transition from education to full-time employment. Throughout the course you will engage with professional networks and our alumni community. This will help you focus your learning towards the areas of the entertainment industry that interest you. 

*Subject to confirmation.

Course Detail


Starting the course, you will begin expanding your knowledge of different job roles in professional theatre-making and how they relate to each other. This will include learning core technical theatre skills such as risk management, lighting, sound, construction, text analysis, technical drawings and prop sourcing. At different points in the year you will be working on projects with your immediate peers on the course and at other times with your wider year group of students across the BA Theatre Practice programme. This presents you with the opportunity to begin exploring and honing your communication skills with a diverse range of practitioners; experimenting with problem solving techniques in different situations to help you manage the professional challenges you will encounter.


Your second year will be designed as a bespoke year in consultation with your tutor. This enables you a more in depth exploration of the areas of theatre making you are interested in, alongside developing further technical skills: pyrotechnics and stage weaponry, for example. There are options to undertake positions on Central’s broad range of public productions and collaborative projects; in a role such as Assistant Stage Manager or Head of Stage. Alternatively, an in-depth specialist skill-building project could be undertaken in areas that include event rigging, digital technologies, and construction processes. 


The third year focuses on professional development and preparation for you to enter the industry. During the year, you will have opportunity to undertake a senior role on one of Central’s public productions. In this role you will work with a diverse team of fellow students and visiting professional practitioners. In addition, you will be able to undertake industry placements, in an area that compliments your interests and supports your personal goals and ambitions. Over the year, you will develop a career plan, setting out the next steps in your professional life, advised by leading industry figures, who will offer suggestions to support your chosen path into the industry.

Entry Requirements and Admissions

Minimum Entry Requirements

Our standard academic entry requirements range between 120 and 64 UCAS tariff points. You can see how many tariff points your qualifications would gain on the UCAS Tariff Calculator. International qualifications and others not covered within the UCAS tariff can also be accepted. Please email us if you need further clarification.

Please note that we make lower offers (including unconditional) to exceptional candidates and those who have alternative or prior experience to offer. All candidates invited to interview are asked to bring a portfolio. Interview and portfolio are key factors in determining which applicants are accepted on to the course.

Admission with Academic Credit

For information on alternative entry requirements please see

Application Details

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We particularly encourage applications from groups currently under-represented in higher education, such as students with disabilities and members of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups. Find out more information on Central’s commitment to equality and diversity.


Find out more about the interview process for this course.

International Interviews

Each year Central hosts a number of interviews outside of the UK, with a team of tutors from Central traveling to meet applicants. The international interviews are designed to replicate the London-based interview experience in every aspect (other than a tour of our site!). See our Event Finder for listings of upcoming interview locations and dates.

International Students

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Professional Focus

Graduates of BA Theatre Practice have progressed into a wide variety of professional careers in the creative industries; such as stage management at all scales of performance, technical and production management, pyrotechnics, technical drawing, automation engineering and producing.

Students have undertaken a variety of placements in many areas of the performing arts industry. London theatre companies include the National Theatre, English National Opera, the Young Vic, Hampstead Theatre, Kiln Theatre and Unicorn Theatre, as well as receiving houses such as Sadler’s Wells, Hackney Empire, the Pleasance Theatre and many West End theatres. Touring theatre companies include Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, English Touring Opera, Kneehigh Theatre, Ambassador theatre Group, dreamthinkspeak, Shunt, Goat and Monkey, Walk the Plank, The World Famous and Emergency Exit Arts.

Staff on the course

View profiles of the academic staff who teach on this course. Click on each staff member to find out more about them.

Peter Maccoy, BSc, PGCert, FHEA

Senior Lecturer, Theatre Production, Course Leader Stage Management

Paul Colwell, FHEA

Lecturer & Course Leader, Technical and Production Management

Lauren Patman

Associate Lecturer in Stage Management
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