The Scottish Drama Training Network is committed to the support and development of Technical Theatre in Scotland.

Technical Theatre

Abigail McMillan SDTNThe Scottish Drama Training Network is committed to supporting the training and development of Technical Theatre Skills. Our dedicated Technical Theatre Skills Officer, Abigail McMillan (pictured), oversees the Technical Theatre remit of SDTN and all of the activities listed below. For more information on technical theatre training, student workshops, events and Network staff CPD opportunities please contact or 0141 270 8377


Technical Theatre Symposium

Since creating the role of Technical Theatre Skills Officer in 2013 SDTN has been programming an Annual Technical Theatre Symposium and in March 2017 it was co-produced with Network partner Dundee and Angus College. The event draws a diverse audience from Education and Industry practitioners for a day of networking, talks, spotlights and presentations. At our most recent Symposium, 10 March 2017, SDTN programmed CPD sessions which were delivered by Industry professionals. Delegates chose from Set Design, Audio Visual, Qlab Lighting Design, Sound Design, Creative Carbon Scotland and Health & Safety and Risk Assessment.

Future Proofing
in partnership with the Federation of Scottish Theatre

Future Proofing is a partnership project which aims to offer a sustainable solution to the personnel shortages in Scotland within creative production, stage management and technical skills by inspiring a new generation at entry level onwards and supporting the continuing professional development of our experienced practitioners and educators.

The project is a new development created in partnership between The Scottish Drama Training Network (SDTN) and the Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST) and leads on from the current CPTS (Creative Production and Technical Skills) partnership programme which was launched in 2013.

The programme will include:

  • Production & Technical Forums
  • The Recent Graduate Bursary
  • A Training Fund
  • Graduate Induction Programme
  • School Promotions & Roadshows
  • Workplace Learning Programme

Find out more about the programme here.

Venue Tours and Placement Information Sessions

This opportunity is open to all technical and creative arts students studying in SDTN’s Network Institutions. The events are facilitated by SDTN and hosted in venues across Scotland. The event designed for students to tour a venue, meet and talk to technicians about their career pathways and receive information about upcoming placement opportunities within the venue. Previous tours have been held at Platform, Glasgow and Scottish Dance Theatre at Dundee Rep Theatre. There are future plans to hold an event at Eastwood Park Theatre, Glasgow.

SDTN supported Technical Theatre Work Placements

SDTN worked in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) to facilitate student placements as part of 306: The Dawn, the first of three productions from the project by NTS and Horsecross Arts. HND Technical Theatre students were selected from Perth College to take part.

In the summer of 2016 SDTN bid for delivery of training for four Technical Theatre Apprentices funded by British Council’s Backstage to the Future project, as part of the Rio Olympics. SDTN nominated four students from the Network: James Gaffney (HND Technical Theatre, Ayrshire College), Riona Gilliand (BA Production and Technology Management, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and Emma Corfield and Ben Davies-Coleman (HND Technical Theatre, Perth College) who travelled to Rio to take part in two cultural productions as part of the Rio Olympic Games. Speaking of her experience, Riona said:

“It was an excellent way to start off my professional career after graduating. It was also a great opportunity to make new contacts and friends!”

ABTT Bronze Award

SDTN has funded a student/graduate place on the ABTT Bronze Award five day course at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) for the past five years. This specialised course is designed and delivered by the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT), is recognised by industry and is an SCQF level 7. Towards the end of the year, SDTN runs a competition for each place for all students in the Network. Details of how to enter this competition will be advertised in November.





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