Stratford East is pleased to be running a Young Technicians Course with Backstage Niche. The programme is a brand new, FREE, introductory training course on Technical Theatre and backstage roles. The sessions will offer local 16–21 year olds the opportunity to work with industry professionals.
The programme is designed for local young people from underrepresented backgrounds*, with little to no experience of Technical Theatre. The course will include hands-on workshops in lighting, sound, set design and stage management. No experience necessary.
WHAT? Stratford East's Young Technicians Course for 16-21-year-olds
WHEN? A 10-week course on Tuesday evenings, 6.30pm-8.30pm from Nov 2021 - Feb 2022
WHERE? Stratford Youth Zone (formerly Stratford Circus), Theatre Square, London E15 1BX
HOW MUCH? FREE
Tue 02 Nov, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Tue 09 Nov, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Tue 16 Nov, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Tue 23 Nov, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Tue 30 Nov, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Tue 11 Jan, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Tue 18 Jan, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Tue 25 Jan, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Tue 01 Feb, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Tue 08 Feb, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Sat 12 Feb, 10am-5pm
Backstage Niche is a community of freelancers from diverse cultural backgrounds who work in technical and backstage theatre. Our aim is to encourage the involvement of young people into these production art roles as well as supporting professionals currently working in the industry who are from the Global majority. This includes mentorships, panel talks, workshops and a database where companies and theatre establishments can build their creative teams that reflect the society we live in.
*Young Technicians has been designed specifically for young people from East London aged 16-21 that are underrepresented in the arts. The course aims to address the imbalances and underrepresentation of technical artists from Black, Asian, Global Majority and working-class backgrounds, as well as female artists, disabled artists and those from areas of low arts engagement. We believe it’s crucial to create opportunities for young people to engage with artists that culturally and socially represent them.
Funded by Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund, supported by Westfield Stratford City and Foundation for Future London.