Performing Arts Technical Training Handbook

A ‘must’ for anyone considering a place on a technical theatre course, The Performing Arts Technical Training Handbook, is an incredible resource for the young person looking to see what lies between the present day and a future career in the theatre arts, and includes fully detailed and indexed entries describing courses on backstage crafts offered by over 100 universities and colleges across the UK.

Whilst many of those in the lower digits of ALD membership had little formal training to enter and develop in the profession, today there are a staggering number of courses, both academic and vocational, to better prepare the aspiring lighting designer, technician or stage manager for an entry position in the busy and competitive performance market. The book sets out to provide an exhaustive listing of courses to train and educate young people entering the theatre industry.

This carefully researched directory describes training courses offered at colleges and universities in the UK with listings for courses in set design, theatre sound, costume, make-up, theatre digital and multi-media arts, stage management, props, scene panting, scenic construction, stage electrics and lighting design. Training that provides continued professional development, as well as courses which have theatre design (including lighting) in a wider Drama or Theatre/Performing Arts Degree, are also included.

A completely new research project, with accompanying website - - the title also includes articles with advice for those considering a career ‘behind the scenes’, together with contact information and descriptions of the major organisations involved with industry training – plus details of companies offering training within their own premises.


The Handbook will be kept in print, with a major revision periodically.  The last print update was in 2013.

Entertainment Technology Press, in association with the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT)

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