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Thread in SMT forum looking for ways to justify a performing arts technician

Discussion in 'Drama and performing arts' started by bigbrother, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. Wondered if anyone had read the thread on SMT about the need for a technician. How many people are affected by this issue? If a Drama/PA department has a lot of technical equipment that needs looking after and operating during productions is a specialist technician necessary.

    I wonder how I am to operate all of my equipment and direct the students all at the same time. I have always been very lucky with people volunteering their time and assistance but Art departments don't rely on volunteers do they?
  2. corblimeyguvnor

    corblimeyguvnor New commenter

    We finally got a Theatre Technician in December and it has made an ENORMOUS (mind blowing) amount of difference to my workload, the kids attitude, the professionalism of our shows, the tidyness of the facilities - just everything really.
    Things which used to take me ages - putting everything away after a play, rigging lights, ordering gels etc are just done now. He is CONSTANTLY working - 8am-6pm and I wonder how we ever managed without him.
    My line of persuasion was along the lines of "Art, Music, Science, DT, IT, PE all have technicians..." and I also kept a time sheet of everything I did in an average week and highlighted all the things a Technician could be doing and then I emphasised all the other things I could be doing to improve the Department in that time. In the end it worked out that I was spending at least half of my frees and at laest one weekend per month doing Technician duties.
    I also tried to show all of the things the TEchnician could do to enhance wider school life - setting up sound for assemblies, parents' evenings etc. Advising Art students on lighting, training up a Tech team to help on shows, running a club (Technical Theatre Club), teaching some elements of the GCSE cours (Use of Lighting, Use of Sound), enabling us to have Performance Support candidates.
    There is an excellent web-site about School Drama Technicians - I got the job description from there. I can't remember the address but I googled "School Theatre Technician" - it was something like the Association of Drama Technicians.

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