13 Days of SM: Day 5


Today we meet Yool Lee. Her Graduation Project was about the theatre of South Korea, particularly the work of 16th Century poet, writer, dancer, calligrapher and musician Hwang Jinyi.

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Yool has completed a work placement this year with Birmingham Repertory Theatre and is currently the DSM for our Opera Makers production. She Stage Managed our opera “Dialogues des Carmelites” earlier this year, so her production photo is from this piece (📸Clive Barda)

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13 Days of SM: Day 4

Today’s Stage Manager is Anna Lavender, who is currently working in the Design Realisation department as Construction Manager. Anna’s interest is within Stage Management and for Graduate Exhibition she put together a cafe environment in the bar which was based on work she did for our production “Balm in Gilead”.

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The Coca Cola bottles on the table were for show only, not for drinking, Anna put them back together for the exhibition, as they had been reused since last academic year so they needed new caps and labels. A particularly nice touch for the cafe was Anna’s CV written out on the menu board!


Anna has completed two work placements this year, one with Punchdrunk on “Small Wonders” and the other on “Cave” for London Sinfonietta. She has also completed a research project on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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13 Days of SM: Day 3

Sissel Josefine is today’s Stage Manager. Sissel’s interest is in Stage Management, she is currently preparing for her work placement which will be at the Scandinavian American Theatre Company in New York. She is also currently working at the Orange Tree Theatre as DSM for their Director’s Festival.


For her Graduation Exhibit, Sissel showed the floor from “Paradise Lost” which she was the Scenic Art Co-ordinator for, the billboard behind is from “Balm in Gilead”. The show photograph below shows the floor in action during a performance of “Paradise Lost” (📸Clive Barda).

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13 Days of SM: Day 2

Day 2 of the 13 Days of Stage Management is Ben Cook. Ben’s interests are in Stage Management, particularly the role of the Company Manager. He is also a trained Audio Describer and his Graduation Project this year was to audio describe our production of “The Cherry Orchard” in the Milton Court Theatre.

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Ben made these golden telephones during an ASM allocation is his second year and used them to great effect on his tongue in cheek Graduate Exhibition stand.

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Ben was the SMA Student Award winner at this years SMA Award ceremony and has undertaken a placement this year with Opera Glass Works. He is just coming to the end of his allocation as DSM for our Opera Double Bill of Hindesmith’s “The Long Christmas Dinner” and Berkeley’s “A Dinner Engagement”.

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13 Days of SM: Day 1

Sam A 3To kick start the 13 Days of Stage Management feature, here is Stage Management student Sam Agnew.

Sam’s interest lies in Production Management and she is currently PM on our Opera Makers production. She has done 2 work placements this year, one in the Production Department at INCA Productions and one with Imagination.

Her production photo below (📸Clive Barda) is from “The Memory of Water” which she Stage Managed earlier this academic year.

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Her graduate exhibition was one of the rooms from @sanzita_escape, which she Production Managed as a graduate project earlier in the year, alongside Alix Nicholson.

Our Graduating Class


The Graduate Exhibition last week has made everyone feel like the end is in sight for this academic year (despite still having a musical and Opera Maker’s production to open!)

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be introducing you to our third year Stage Management students over on Instagram in a feature called The 13 Days of Stage Management. We will be reposting the features on each student here at the end of the day that it ran on Instagram.

National Stage Management Awards 2018

Earlier this week we had a stand at the ABTT trade show at Alexandra Palace. Staff and students had a lovely time promoting the school, catching up with familiar faces and looking at all the stands and offerings from companies.

For us in the Stage Management department, the highlight of the ABTT was the National Stage Management Awards on Wednesday. The awards this year were in three categories – Individual Stage Manager, Stage Management team and Student Stage Manager. One of our third year students, Ben, was nominated for the Student award.

The category included seven nominees from various drama schools around the UK – with three highly commended awards and one winner. We were very pleased when Andy Rowley, SMA Executive Director, announced that Ben was the winner!

Ben has worked very hard during his time at Guildhall, not only on Stage Management and related skills but also on audio description and access to theatre for those with disabilities. He is currently the DSM on our Opera Double Bill production.

Further information on the SMA and the awards can be found on their website and a piece about the awards was published on The Stage newspaper’s website. Congratulations to Ben and to all the other nominees and winners at the event.

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Open Day

Today was our Open Day for the Production Arts department – visitors were invited to a range of talks and sessions hosted by staff from each of the Technical Theatre Arts pathways, as well as looking around the Graduation Exhibition, taking tours of the school buildings and halls of residence and attending the Production Demonstration at lunch time on the Silk Street stage. This was planned and run by the team behind the Opera Double Bill and was a demonstration of how the production is cued. You can see the demonstration below.

Thanks so much to all our students who ran the displays, led tours and were around to answer questions and thank you to our visitors for joining us.

Graduation Exhibition 2018


This years Graduation Exhibition opened on Tuesday evening to VIP’s and invited guests. The Exhibition is a chance for all of our third year students to show off the work they’ve been doing over their time with us at Guildhall and is for all of the students on the Technical Theatre Arts and Video Design for Live Performance programmes.

The Exhibition was also open on Wednesday and on Thursday as part of our TTA Open Day – lots of people have been to see the work on show over the three days. Big thanks to the first year Theatre Technology and Stage Management students for helping to set everything up and to Tom from Design Realisation, who designs and manages the project every year.

Here are some highlights from the event…

Well done to all of the third years for setting up such lovely displays!