QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 83 - Page 8

Stage Managers of the future to be educated in festival city S COTLAND’S FESTIVAL CITY, with all its arts and cultural events, will be the location for a new postgraduate course which is set to attract the stage managers of the future. QMU and The Edinburgh Stage Management School have joined forces to offer a Masters of Arts (MA) in Stage Management*, which is the only postgraduate course of its kind in Scotland. Sarah Paulley, Lecturer in Scenography from QMU, explained: “The entertainment and live events industries are growing rapidly and the need for skilled Stage Managers has never been greater. Our rapidly changing domestic and international environment has resulted in a demand for high quality ambitious projects which have the capacity to engage and influence both local communities and global audiences. The work of stage managers has therefore become increasingly complex and technically challenging. “Live entertainment in the form of all kinds of large scale events can be beamed into everyone’s living rooms worldwide. In the same way, high quality plays or operas that once offered intimate entertainment to 10 QMYOU / New Courses small theatre audiences, can be streamed onto huge screens across capital cities: in our modern technological age, the capturing of live events online means demand for perfection in live presentation is constantly increasing. The role of the stage manager is central to achieving these demanding goals.” QMU’s partnership with The Edinburgh Stage Management School ensures this course offers students a high level of engagement with the working industry. Key professional practitioners will deliver master classes and practical workshops and will mentor students as they undertake professional practice projects. At the same time, studying this expanding discipline at Master’s level will ensure a high level of academic rigour. The course will balance blocks of intensive workshops in key technical production skills with classes and seminars in the theory and practice of the equally vital art and science of communication and people management. Students will also have the opportunity to put knowledge into practice by stage managing real productions both within QMU and the wider industry. George Tarbuck, Director of The Edinburgh Stage Management School, said: “In our sophisticated global marketplace, good stage managers are now highly sought after and career opportunities are excellent. Stage managers have to have outstanding organisational and people management skills. They sit at the centre of the planning and preproduction process and they are essentially the captain of the ship once the show starts. “Graduates from the Edinburgh Stage Management School have gone on to work in theatres, performing arts organisations and festivals, corporate events and ceremonies. We have an 98% employment rate and our graduates are working worldwide.” Further information on the MA Stage Management at QMU can be found at: http:// goo.gl/J0U0wy ❒ *Course subject to validation