2018 Stage Management graduates secure their first professional jobs

Published on:
4th July 2018

The Class of 2018 graduating from the Stage Management courses at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School have already started to secure their first professional roles.

Katherine Coles will join Bristol Old Vic as an Assistant Stage Manager on A Christmas Carol, opening on November 18th.

Maria Morgan spent her placement at the Royal Shakespeare Company in the Props Department and has now been offered a role as Props Assistant, working on their productions in Stratford and across the country.

Rachel Stinton has been recruited by The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick as an Assistant Stage Manager on their production of New and Better You, playing from the 26th June – 14th July. She previously completed a placement as an ASM on Rasheeda Speaking in Trafalgar Studios 2.

Holly Tilt will join the team at Curve Theatre, Leicester for their Christmas musical, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas as an Assistant Stage Manager, opening on Tuesday 6th December.

Archie Macleod is heading to the Welsh National Opera to work as an Assistant Stage Manager on War and Peace and Centerola, both opening in September at the Wales Millennium Centre.

Ryan Searle will be Lighting & Video No. 3 on Motown The Musical UK & Ireland Tour..

Robert Turton will be working as a Lighting Technician at the Assembly Rooms at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Commenting on their success, Ruth Sidery, Stage Management Tutor, said:

“Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is renowned in the industry for producing exceptional people to work backstage across all areas of theatre and film, and this year’s graduates are no different.

“We’re thrilled that these graduates have all landed on their feet and secured their first professional jobs in the industry. I can’t wait to see where their careers take them and where the rest of the Class of 2018 will be heading.

“The staff at the school work hard to prepare our graduates for employment and this is reflected in our fantastic graduate employment rate.”

We’ll keep this post up to date with more news as it comes in.

Applications are still open for 2018 entry to our BA (Hons) and FdA Production Arts courses for Stage & Screen, encompassing Stage Management, Lighting, Sound, Scenic Crafts, Film & TV. Find out more about how to apply, fees and funding here.

I’m constantly delighted by the talent, commitment and drive of our students. Their curiosity and joy in the work gives us all energy and keeps me on my toes! My goal is to ensure that their voices serve their acting - both in theatre and recorded media. They need to be able to project, learn accents, respond to a wide variety of texts and have a voice that is healthy and be able to sustain long tours and tough filming schedules. This involves them working extremely hard – but having fun as well. When the new students see the final year students in production for the first time I know they’ll come into class the next day fully understanding the high standard they’re working to achieve. Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice