Current Courses

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"The Orchestral Stage Management Day at the Barbican was amazing. I have always wanted to develop my knowledge of the orchestral side of the industry both personally and as a Stage Manager. I learnt so much working with the LSO staff and at the end of just one day I am confident that I could set up a full concert orchestra for any classical piece. How great is that? We also were able to look in on rehearsals as well . A day full of wonder and knowledge. I can’t recommend this course enough. Hard work but a huge new string to my bow!" (Course attendee in 2015)


Elements of Company Management London

with Andrew Killian 

  Tuesday 13th February 2018 

Guild House

Upper St Martin's Lane,

London WC2H 9EG


This one-day course is aimed at stage managers, who aspire to move up to company management; 

It builds upon established stage management skills and identifies five key areas which impact on the company manager daily.

These areas are:-

  • Expectations of a Producer
  • Press and Publicity
  • Expectation of a Receiving House
  • Keeping the Books - the Production Accountant
  • Employment Relations


Becoming a Company Manager or CSM can feel like a big leap, requiring a change of emphasis and approach as well as new skills, but many people have taken the step and established strong and senior careers as company managers. Our practical course is designed to teach those new skills and give YOU the confidence to apply them and to become a company leader. There is no entry requirement other than stage management experience and a desire to learn new skills and develop your career.
Don't be the person to decide you are not ready for this role and then watch younger and less experienced colleagues win the plumb jobs!  Our very established course attracts great feedback and positive results: you will examine key elements of the C(S)M role: finance and budgets, press and promotion, representing the Producer, managing the company, HR, contracts, practical leadership, all led by industry experts from SOLT and from leading theatre companies (who recognise the value of this course to their work) . The full day will conclude with a panel of experienced CMs to answer your questions and give practical advice and tips and hints on how to apply what you have learned.  Packed with information and guidance from colleagues with whom you will work as a CM, the course will enable ASMs DSMs and SMs to move up into the more senior roles with confidence and secure knowledge.   


The course concludes with a panel of practicing company managers; They will review the day's content using their own hands-on experience to answer your questions and help you with invaluable advice and insights.  

 Course Content

09.15   Registration, coffee, introductions

09.45   Course Overview, Housekeeping                                           Course Leader

09.50   Press and Publicity                                                                 Publicist

10.30   Managing for a Producer                                                        Producer

11.25   Coffee

11.40   Expectation of a Receiving House                                         Manager of a Presenting Theatre

12.30   Lunch


14.20   Employment Relations                                                           Industrial Officer

                                                                                                            SOLT and TMA                                                                                                                                   


1540     Company Management Panel                                                3 or 4 Company Managers

16.20   Summary                                                                                Course Director

16.30   Finish



SMA Members Early Bird price now only £125.00

(for bookings/payments made and received in advance before 23rd January 2018 )

SMA and Equity Members Price only  £130.00 

Non Members  £150.00 






RC Annie

How to work safely with RIF's and Blank Firing Handguns in Theatre.


This workshop explores the practical elements of having to deal with 'gun shaped things' in the Theatre from sourcing to storing, operation, staging and all the paperwork procedures. 

Rc-Annie developed the UK’s premier Theatrical Gun Handing course and are proud to have had a positive influence on the industry and how we approach the best working practices in Theatre.  Read Full details Here      and Here   

BOOK WITH RC-Annie     (click YES to 'concession qualified')     


SMA are always taking expressions interest for  many  possible courses

(Where you aren't able to attend the current upcoming course detailed above):

                            Cueing to Music Level 1     □
Cueing to Music Level 2     □
Emergency First Aid & refresher      □

Finance for freelancers      □
Orchestral Stage Management with LSO     □
Props Sourcing & Making      □
                          Corporate Showcalling with Kate Salberg        □
                                Theatre Showcalling Masterclass      □
                             Elements of Company Management     □
                                  Elements of Stage Management (SMs)     □
                                  Working with QLab      
                             Stage Pyrotechnics Course for SMs   
                       Use our easy survey link to tell us your preferences
Make 2018 the year to upskill, and widen your SM career horizons and prospects!

Our very effective and practical Cueing to Music  courses are always popular, enjoyable and sometimes career- changing!       

   5% discount for booking two courses or more, including all SMA courses, or groups on any SMA course  


‘I went on the SMA’s Score Reading Level 1 and Level 2 course in May 2014. A year later, I was offered a job as an Assistant Stage Manager at Glyndebourne Opera House. The course was an incredibly valuable experience and is clearly highly recognised.

I wouldn’t be where I am now without the SMA’s opportunities.’


Supporting Excellence in Performance

 All SMA Courses finish by 4.30 PM to allow for evening show calls.    

 Earlier times or one to one courses can sometimes be arranged

SMA Members say " discounts helped me to improve my skills and move on to better paid work"

(Don't forget you can also get SMA discounts on courses from BECTU, ABTT and others. If in doubt, ask!). 



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If you would like to develop your career by pursuing an SMA training course but are prevented from doing so by financial hardship please contact The Theatrical Guild to discuss eligibility for financial assistance. Tel: 020 7240 6062 or contact SMA HQ

  • Cueing to Music - We run this course, at two levels, at least once a year, and when there is demand we are able to run it a second time. The  Level One and Two courses were held in Autumn 2017. When there is no course date indicated on this page, please do still express an interest as we will always attempt to organise it when there is sufficient demand. Contact us
  • Organise your finances/ assertiveness/ negotiating contracts - The majority of stage managers are self employed and dealing with the financial side of working for yourself can seem daunting. If there is enough interest, we'd like to take some of the stress away with a course which addresses all of the common, and maybe some not so common, queries and pitfalls, whilst also giving you the confidence to negotiate your contracts, something that we stage managers don't have agents to do for us! Interested? Contact us

Learn a new skill

Learn how to find courses in British Sign Language  . Courses are available from:

Frank Barnes School
Jubilee Waterside Centre, 105 Camley Street, London, N1C 4PF
18 Leather Lane, London, EC1N 7SU
Hackney Community College
Shoreditch Campus, Falkirk Street, Hackney, London, N1 6HQ
Alternatively, you may search for other accredited courses through the Signature website following this link:

How Safe is Your Theatre?
Run by respected trainer Geoff Joyce, get together with colleagues and book this course at your theatre or register interest with the SMA and with enough interest we’ll consider running one in-house.  SMA Members receive discounted rates
This course examines the health and safety regulations that specifically relate to theatre staff, stage managers, technicians, workshops and front of house staff.
Read the full course details here -  including contact details for more information.

Manual Handling Training.  Out of date training in manual handling results in strains and muscle damage due to twisting and pushing or straining- we are aware of a number of cases where members lost many days and even months of work as a result of these injuries last year. Geoff Joyce offers a complete course in all areas of manual handling, and SMA Members receive discounted rates.  Contact the SMA for more details, or consider booking a course for all of your backstage crew - especially if the risk assessment involves lifting or manoevering heavy furniture, pushing trucks or heavy and tricky scenery moves.

HM Revenue and Customs: Free short courses on tax issues
'Like many I thought I would struggle with the financial aspect of freelancing, but there's a lot of information out there. I pretty much had my hand held through my first tax return, courtesy of HM Revenues and Customs'.
They run free, short courses (an afternoon) in most areas, it's pretty easy to get, but do check it covers stage managers and UTR as well.


NEW for SMA Members:
BECTU:  SMA has negotiated special rates (close to BECTU Members rates) for SMA Members. Contact SMA first whenever you see a BECTU course of interest.
ISMSMA has also negotiated similar with The Incorporated Society of Musicians 

>ALSO always check these for the latest news on training WITH SMA DISCOUNTS:

ABTT: Association of British Theatre Technicians - a year round programme of industry leading technical training
RC-Annie: For all your violent needs
Stage Electrics: too many training courses to list, including Portable Appliance Testing, Introduction to Sound, LEDs etc.
UK THEATRE (TMA/SOLT) : similarly - many, many relevant courses
ITC: Independent Theatre Council - An extensive and excellent year round programme of very relevant courses
PLASA: PLASA have a huge database with lots of training from outside the theatre sector - nonetheless relevant - particularly if you are interested in technical aspects.
Contact SMA if you see any interesting training- we may have a special rate or be able to negotiate one!