Fri 8 Nov 3pm – 6pm
Stage 3


What is a Theatre Director? How do you train to be a Lighting Designer? How do you advertise a show? Who decides on the aesthetics of a set?

Careers Day is an introduction to roles within theatre where you can meet industry professionals and ask questions about their background and what their job entails.

Surgeries can be one-to-one or in small groups (maximum 4 people per surgery).

Who will be there?

Colin Holman, Company Manager - Northern Stage

Colin’s role involves the recruitment of the stage management team for each show, then supervising and working with the team from the first day of rehearsals through to the final performance.

This includes working with the Director to arrange rehearsal schedules, ensuring time sheets are submitted to the Finance Dept, providing contractual information and managing any well-being or health issues, ensuring cover is provided for any injury or illness during the run of the show.

Colin works with a wide range of people, from visiting theatre companies, to in-house productions, and is a friendly face to see around the building.

Chris Durant, Production Manager - Northern Stage

Chris’s role as Production Manager at Northern Stage has two main components. He acts as Production Manager for most of Northern Stage’s produced work. This involves coordinating and planning all the various production departments so that they have all the information that is needed, and that the show arrives on stage safely, on time, on budget and hopefully realising the vision of the creative team. The other side of the job involves being responsible for the Technical Dept of the theatre and the production infrastructure.

His previous jobs include Technical Manager at Live Theatre, and Head of Technical Operations at Sage Gateshead.

He has worked extensively in a Freelance capacity as a Site Manager, Production Manager, AV Technician, Sound Engineer, Sound Designer, Lighting Designer and Theatre Consultant, at all scales of events across the country.

Chris has also been Lecturer in Technical & Theatre Production for Newcastle College and Tyne Metropolitan College (formerly North Tyneside College).

Annie McCourt, Associate Producer - Northern Stage

Annie works in the Artistic Planning Team. The team are responsible for all the Producing, Programming and Talent Development at Northern Stage. Her role covers a variety of different tasks which include liaising with visiting companies to create a dynamic and diverse season of work; producing in-house productions; and alongside our Associate Director, Mark Calvert, looking after our NORTH talent development work.

Annie’s previous experience includes working at Curve in Leicester where she started as an usher and then progressed up through the organisation to her final position as the Artistic Executive Assistant. She has a degree in Dance and Drama from De Montfort University in Leicester.

Matt Runham, Senior Producer - Northern Stage

"As Senior Producer I get to lead the brilliant team who oversee the programming of work across all three of our stages.  This means creating a mix of work for different interests; telling stories that are relevant, exciting and that are produced with the highest quality.   I’m also lucky enough to contribute to the choice of what we make in-house or co-produce with other venues.  As a Producer I get to work alongside almost everyone at Northern Stage on a daily basis in a collaborative and stimulating working environment."

Phil Hoffman, Theatre Director - Theatre Royal

Phil has worked extensively as a Director, Actor and Theatre Practitioner for the last 25 years. At present he is the Artistic Director of the professional actor training programme Project A, at Newcastle Theatre Royal. Work as an actor includes Northern Stage, Live Theatre, Traverse Theatre and Foolsyard Theatre touring both nationally and internationally as well as working in Film, TV and Radio. As a Director he has worked on numerous productions at Live Theatre and Newcastle Theatre Royal, as well as working extensively with a wide range of community groups to produce theatre and film, with performances and screenings of this work taking place as far afield as Sweden and South Africa.

Sam Vivash, Head of Lighting - Northern Stage

Sam works with the director, choreographer, set designer, costume designer, and sound designer to create the lighting, atmosphere, and time of day for the production in response to the text, while keeping in mind issues of visibility, safety, and cost.

Sam has worked on ‘Christmas Carol’, ‘Where Do We Belong’, ‘A Song of Love for Ella Grey’ and was an Associate on ‘James and the Giant Peach’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

As Head of Lighting Sam’s job is to coordinate with the Lighting Designers to achieve their goals and designs on Productions. As well as other members of the lighting teams coming into the building to make incoming shows open on time and looking as they should.

Susan Mulholland, Deputy Director of Participation - Northern Stage

Susan manages a variety of strands of work for children, young people and formal education establishments across the region. These include a residency project for Gateshead College, NT Connections, RSC Associate Schools programme and our Work Experience weeks. The key skills needed are communication skills, creative problem solving, budgeting, organisation and planning, collaborating with colleagues and lots of enthusiasm!

Susan is also a playwright specialising in work for young children. She did a degree in English Literature at Leeds University before starting at Northern Stage.

Holly Gallagher, Theatre Maker

Holly Gallagher is a Theatre Maker, Director, Facilitator, and Programme Coordinator. Holly is passionate about working with young people, and is interested in making work for theatre that speaks about the world we live in today and sparks an audience's imagination. Holly has an MA with Distinction in Theatre and Performance from Northumbria University, and a First Class (Hons) BA in Performance from Northumbria University, and has showcased and performed her work across England and Scotland with her solo shows Before (the line is lost) and Tensile Strength (or How to Survive at Your Wit’s End).

As a freelancer Holly works as a facilitator for Northern Stage and Live Theatre, and as a Stage Manager for Hartlepool Waterfront Festival. Holly also works at ARC Stockton Arts Centre as the Young People's Programme Coordinator. As a Theatre Maker Holly is an Associate Artist at ARC Stockton, was a recipient of the Third Angel Mentorship Scheme 2017 and has since worked for Third Angel as an Associate Artist on The Desire Paths. As a director Holly has received a JMK Assistant Director Bursary in 2018 at Northern Stage, and as a director/co-founder for Sticky Theatre Company has received a CARP residency with Barnsley Civic Theatre and a North East Artist Development Network Bursary. Alongside her facilitation and programming work, she is currently completing her Autumn tour of Tensile Strength, and working as a director on two pieces of new writing: My Mate Ren by Tamsin Daisy Rees and Last Seen Bensham Road by Sam Neale.


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