Gaining Experience in Theatre via Summer Schools

Technical Theatre Summer School

Monday 4 – Saturday 9 August 

All participants will receive an introduction to and orientation in the theatrical disciplines of lighting, sound and stage management over six days.  Working alongside theatre professionals you will gain hands-on experience through exploring each area both practically and theoretically.  You will then be able to put your skills into practice by choosing a specialism to work within on the Musical Theatre Masterclass performance at Norwich Playhouse.  This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to see how the dark side of theatre works, whether you want to polish your skills further or just gain an insight into technical theatre.  The course aims to accommodate and tailor the content to suit your level of experience, knowledge and interest.

Course Director: Nikk Turnham 
Nikk has been working in technical theatre for over 25 years. Formerly Technical Manager at the New Wolsey Theatre, she currently works in a freelance capacity as a Production Manager, Technical Theatre Consultant and teaches on two undergraduate university theatre courses. Current & recent credits include: SPILL 2012, Arts Admin: Pilot FestivalSPILL 2014A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lakeside Theatre, Outdoors).  Film: On Landguard Point (London 2012 Cultural Olympiad).  Nikk is never happier than when she is introducing people to the amazing possibilities of what can be achieved technically on a stage.

Course fee: £350
Accommodation and refreshments not included.  May include one or two evening sessions.  Takes place at The Garage and Norwich Playhouse.  Participants must be aged 17 or over.

Musical Theatre Masterclass

Monday 4 – Saturday 9 August 

Six full days of intensive training, working with a professional director, musical director and choreographer on scenes and songs – culminating in a performance at Norwich Playhouse in front of an invited audience.

This is vocational training for people with some prior experience of musical theatre, which will enable them to learn at a faster pace. Concentrating on process and development, it will nurture your versatility as an actor and singer and prepare you to take your next steps towards more extensive professional training, hone your existing skills more finely, or simply give you a deeper understanding and increased enjoyment of musical theatre.

Course Director: Tim Welton 
Tim studied Languages at Durham University before training at RADA. He subsequently acted for a number of years before concentrating on directing. He has been associate director on the West End and touring productions of Sleeping Beauty (Barbican Theatre and New York), Tintin (Playhouse Theatre) as well as Cabaret with Will Young (Lyric Theatre, Savoy Theatre and National Tour) and the award-winning London Road (National Theatre). More recently he was resident director for Bill Kenwright Limited working on, amongst others, the West End and touring productions of Blood BrothersEvitaDreamboats and Petticoats and The Pitmen Painters.

Course fee: £350
Accommodation and refreshments not included.  Will include one or two evening sessions.  Takes place at The Garage and Norwich Playhouse.  Participants must be aged 17 or over.

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