Technical Academy

Mon 11 – Fri 29 Mar 2024

A. close up shot of an audio mixing desk with many faders and buttons
Pete Woodhead

Will your next job be backstage?

Start your career at the Technical Academy. Fully funded training to discover working behind-the-scenes in theatres and concert venues. 

You might not know about careers in technical production. 

Would you like to find out?

This is hands-on production training for people with little to no experience or qualifications, supported by the technicians who do it for real.

If you’re 18+ and London-based, our three-week Technical Academy training programme is 100% for you. Everyone is welcome, and we especially want to hear from you if you identify as female or non-binary, Black, Asian or ethnically diverse. 

Find out about the range of work that happens backstage in creative venues – from building stages, rigging lights and setting up drum kits, to designing sound, lighting and audio visual effects. The Technical Academy is your chance to learn the basics, see how technicians work, and discover the need-to-knows for getting work in the industry.

What you will do at Technical Academy:

  • Get up close to technical production in some of London’s most iconic venues
  • Meet our technicians and see how they work – from building stages to rigging lights and unloading trucks
  • Learn about health and safety and how to work together as a team
  • Find out how to find work and start your career in the industry

Fully funded

We are offering a full grant to participants (it’s equal to the London living wage and we pay in instalments) so there’s no financial barrier to stop you from taking part. We will also give you lunch on training days and cover your travel costs (London travel zones 1 – 6) to the Southbank Centre and to our partner venues that you will visit on the programme. 

As a live event technician, some (but not all) of the tasks can be quite physical. Here are some of the things you may get involved in during the programme:

  • Manual handling: lifting, pushing and moving equipment, building staging and structures
  • Rigging and focusing lighting, sound and AV equipment
  • Operating lighting and sound desks
  • Setting up backline equipment such as microphones, pianos, drum kits, amplifiers and music stands
  • Hanging projection screens

The Southbank Centre provides:

  • All the tools you need for the course 
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – that’s boots, gloves, goggles, a hard hat and hi-vis jacket

Why we have launched the Technical Academy 

The Southbank Centre (and partner organisations involved in the academy) feel that people don’t know enough about the career opportunities in technical production. 

We want to show you what’s possible and help you get started.

And we want to encourage new people into the sector – especially those from under-represented communities.

Contact us

Please contact the Emerging Artists team if you have any questions.

Find out more

Want to find out more about the Technical Academy? Check out our FAQs if you have any questions.