Stage Management

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is one of the UK’s leading drama school. The College was ranked as the top institution in the UK for drama training by the Guardian University Guide twice in the last three years, and the BA (Hons) Stage Management & Technical Theatre course received a satisfaction score of 95% in the 2017 National Student Survey.

Stage Management training at RWCMD covers core technical skills, video, sound and lighting design, and the full range of stage management skills from creating call sheets and rehearsal reports to the financial planning and scheduling of international tours.

In 2016, 100% of all graduates were in employment six months after graduating. Graduates can be found working in a wide range of backstage roles in the live performance and events industries across the UK and worldwide.

With tuition and supervision from an established team of experienced industry practitioners, students collaborate closely with cast, designers and professional directors under conditions that closely mirror the wider industry.

The College’s performance programme offers opportunities for students to gain significant practical experience in a range of technical and production roles across drama, opera, musical theatre, orchestral concerts, major events and festivals events. Students assume the roles of The Stage/Production Management, Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Chief Technicians, Deputy Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager and Technicians on each of these productions/events. The College is also a hosting venue for visiting companies, performances and events, which can lead to further opportunities for students to build their portfolios and expand their professional networks.


External professional placements are a feature of the training, and students have recently worked with companies including The National Theatre, National Theatre Wales, Cirque du Soleil, The Almeida, Donmar Warehouse, Royal Court, Globe, Autograph, Glastonbury Festival and Boardmasters Festival to name a few. Stage Managers and Technicians can also gain hands-on experience running Venue 13, the College’s professional venue at the Edinburgh Fringe. In recent years students have also been heavily involved major international events including Prague Quadrennial and Rio Olympics 2016.

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The state-of-the-art, industry-standard equipment at RWCMD includes Grand MA and ETC lighting desks, Robe, Martin and Vari-lite intelligent lighting, GDS Stage Management Systems, Yamaha, Behringer/Midas and Roland digital sound desks, d&b, Axis and Martin speaker systems. There is also a vast range of industry-related software available at the College including AutoCAD, WYSIWYG, QLab and Isadora, catalyst and D3 video servers. The Richard Burton Theatre, Bute Theatre and Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall are equipped with Hemp and single purchase counterweight flying systems as well as Nomad computerised flying systems.