Stage Management

The course is perfect for those with little or no theatrical experience, but also caters for those with some production experience, be it amateur or professional.

In the past students have taken the course for a variety of reasons – they are interested in theatre but lack experience or because they are considering full-time training.

After the course is over participants generally find they have a much clearer idea of what they want and have a better understanding of what demands exist within this profession. Past summer school students have come from all walks of life including young professionals, amateur practitioners, lawyers, doctors, bricklayers, plumbers, postmen, students and teachers.

Course Details

Course details

Monday 25th July to Friday 29th July 2022

Taught by Mark Shayle

Applications are welcome from those aged 18+.

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Who is this course for?

This one week course is equally suited to those with some Stage Management experience, wishing to improve or extend their skills, as well as to those with limited experience, wishing to explore the work of the Stage Management Team and the production process. The programme will prove invaluable to those wishing to take their first steps into the profession or for those applying to related courses, as well as those keen to improve stage management in their individual amateur societies.

The course aims to enable each student to gain an understanding of the procedures and practice of the professional theatrical world in a fun and engaging way.

What you will learn

The course will include sessions covering:

  •  Roles and responsibilities
  •  Production planning and scheduling
  •  Interpreting drawings and ‘Marking Out’
  •  Organisation – paperwork and forms
  •  Prompt Copy and cueing techniques
  •  Resource management/running the ‘Tech’

The course is delivered in a light hearted but informative style and requires a lot of sharing and input from the participants to get the most out of the week. The majority of the course is taught in the classroom with plenty of practical examples and exercises.


£550 Early Bird Discount

£600 Regular Price

Course Timetable

Monday 25 July 2022

09.45               Meet in the Rose Café

10.00 – 17.00  Classes (with 1 hour lunch break)

The following days will usually run from 10.00 – 17.00 with a one-hour lunch break. You will be given more details at the induction meeting, but you should expect to be in college for at least 30 hours. At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate of attendance.

What you will need to bring

  • An A4 pad for making notes in class
  • A ring binder
  • Pens
  • 30cm plastic ruler
  • A good selection of pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Rubber

Course Director

Mark Shayle is a graduate of the Central School of Speech and Drama. He has worked extensively in the theatre and corporate sectors for many years as a freelance Stage, Company, Production & General Manager.  He is a former Course Director of the LAMDA Stage Management and Technical Theatre training. He combines freelancing with Stage Management lecturing, supervision and seminar work, and is a regular member of the Rose Bruford College team.


The Café in the College will be open for you to purchase snacks and refreshments during the day.

International Students

Applicants who have English as a second language should be able to understand and communicate effectively in English.

If you require a visa to enter the UK it is your responsibility to make these arrangements.

Further Information

If you need any further information or have any questions about the course, please contact us at [email protected]

Rose Bruford College

Founded in 1950, Rose Bruford College is one of the UK’s leading conservatoire drama schools in the University sector.  The College has pioneered degrees in all aspects of professional theatre training and has an international reputation as a centre of excellence.

A high proportion of graduates make successful careers in the live performance industries, including working in theatre, concerts, festivals, fashion shows and corporate events. The College’s Honorary Fellows include the international sound designer Steve Brown, the lighting designer for the Olympics 2012 Patrick Woodroffe, and ex-National Theatre production manager Jason Barnes. More information about our notable alumni can be found on our website.

Rose Bruford College is set in 18th century landscaped parkland with excellent facilities. Just 25 minutes from London’s West End, it is the perfect environment in which to spend time this summer extending your theatre skills. The summer school programme is offered to enable students from around the world to enjoy and experience the outstanding facilities and reputation of Rose Bruford College. It provides an excellent preparation for students intending to apply for courses at Rose Bruford College and other UK educational institutions, or those who wish to build on previous experience or are interested in discovering how a theatre professional prepares.

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