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Five Careers you can Explore After Studying Theatre Production

Theatre Production is a course that is perfect for anyone who is interested in the stage management and the behind-the-scenes element of theatre. Whether you’re interested in set design, sound or even costume design, the course will allow you to explore different elements of live theatre and develop your skills for use in the performing arts industry.

The course is perfect for anyone who is passionate about theatre and performing arts but does not want to be on stage. The technical skills you will develop are a vital part of the running of a production.

Discover different types of careers that you can pursue when you study a Theatre Production course.

Stage Management

Do you enjoy organisation and communicating? Then you may enjoy a career in stage management. You would be involved in the day-to-day running of productions all the way from rehearsals to the day of the show. You would oversee communication between all the different teams, whether its lighting, sound, set and performance.

On our Theatre Production course, you will get the opportunity to experience a wide range of elements of theatre, giving you the base knowledge of the running of a theatre – a great first step into the world of stage management.

Set Designer

If you have an artistic flair, exploring the world of set design could be an ideal career for you. Set designers will create the settings for theatre and film productions and have a vital role to play. You will be involved from the beginning of the production planning process and creating visuals.

All the performances at College are supported by our Theatre Production students, and you will have lots of opportunities to help build and design the sets for all our productions. You will have the chance to liaise with our acting and dance students to bring a performance to life.

Wardrobe Supervisor

Working in a theatre’s wardrobe department you will be responsible for the maintenance and fitting of the costumes for performance. It could be that you are responsible for altering the costumes or helping performers change costumes between scenes. Having an eye for details and some experience in sewing and design is a huge plus for this role.

Our Theatre Production students have a dedicated workshop to learn the basics of costume design and alteration. This involves creating and preparing costumes for all of the shows that are put on at College.

Lighting Technician / Sound Technician

A lighting technician is responsible for preparing and operating the lighting for live productions. If you enjoy the thrill of the stage, but don’t want to perform, this is a great technical alternative. You would be rigging lights and using technical lighting systems and ensuring that all equipment is safe to use.

Much like a lighting, working in sound means that you will experience the show without putting yourself on stage. A sound technician will prepare audio elements for shows as well as ensure that the sound is great quality throughout the performance. From setting up microphones to running soundchecks, a sound technician will be involved from post-production all the way until the curtain comes down.

This career can be quite hard to get into if you do not have practical experience. However, studying Theatre Production and College means you will have access to industry standard equipment that you will learn to use professionally.


If you’re a confident person with a passion for theatre, you may consider a career as a producer. You will be involved from the very beginning, whether its looking after the finances of a production or setting production deadlines - you will be the person that makes the show happen.

Studying at College means you will have the opportunity to learn all the life skills you need to bring to this role. Alongside taking part in industry placements in your chosen career, you will develop the soft skills that are so important in this industry, such as budget management and effective communication.

Find out more about our Theatre Production course here