The Theatre Royal Nelson offers after-work courses to become venue-certified as a Venue Stage Manager, Fly Operator or Technician allowing you to participate as a crew member for productions.
Inductions are 3-hours and are your introduction to each of the disciplines. Refreshers are 1.5-hours and keep you sharp while introducing new techniques each year.
Minimum ages apply to become venue certified and therefore undertake work in our theatre, however a person of any age can participate as a learning experience. Scroll down for more information about the options.
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Venue Stage Manager
Venue Stage Managers are responsible for backstage. They are the key-holder for the theatre on behalf of the hiring production company and are responsible for backstage health and safety, building security; backstage fire warden and conduit of communication between the venue staff and the show's cast and crew.
As a professional performance venue, we have a responsibility to maintain a safe working environment for our cast, crew, and audience. As the Venue Stage Manager, you are responsible on our behalf to ensure these standards are being maintained.
Minimum Age for Venue Certification: 18
The Theatre Royal is the only venue in Nelson & Tasman with a counterweight fly-tower rigging system.
Everything above our stage is suspended on this system including lighting electrics, drapery, screens, scenery and other technical equipment. This system also allows us to lower and lift scenic objects live during a production.
As a professional performance venue, we have a responsibility to maintain a safe working environment for our cast, crew, and audience. Used incorrectly the fly tower is our most hazardous pieces of equipment, so its operation is by certified personnel only.
During this course with our Venue Technical Manager onstage, we will go in-depth on the Fly-Tower System. We’ll look at its mechanics, uses, and limitations. Attendants will be trained on its correct and safe use, as well as how to identify potentially hazardous conditions.
Trained fly operators are venue-certified to operate the fly-tower for shows as well as work with our venue staff during pack-ins & outs.
Minimum Age for Venue Certification: 15
Held onstage by our own Technical Manager, we dissect our Lighting, Sound, and Data systems; introduce you to the range of lighting fixtures and identify correct practices for their safe use. Participants receive a take-home resource and are venue-certified to work as a technician backstage for the next 12 months.
Minimum Age for Venue Certification: 13
Our Duty of Care
As a professional performance venue, we have a responsibility to maintain a safe working environment for our cast, crew, and audience. Our Crew Training Initiative is an annual certification scheme that introduces and maintains local crew members knowledge and skills to ensure backstage activities are carried out to in-house protocols and industry safe working practices.
People working as Stage Managers, Fly Operators or Technicians are required to maintain their training with annual attendance in order to continue working in the building