Backstage Academy recruiting for staff

B-A MASTER LOGO (COLOUR) HIGH RESBackstage Academy is looking to recruit teaching, admin and industry staff ahead of the new term commencing in October 2014. The academy, based at the LS-Live rehearsal studios in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, deliver industry-based training in lighting, sound, staging, live visuals, networks, show control and event planning

Backstage Academy’s courses are validated by the University of Bolton. It runs an FdA in live events production, a BA (Hons) top-up year and, new for 2014, a BA (Hons) in visual production. The academy focuses on employability, practical experience and industry-relevant skills.

Director of courses Robin Watkinson: ‘We are looking to add stage engineering, automation, stage management, film and TV location management, and sports events management to our portfolio of validated courses.

‘We are currently seeking applications from: industry professionals interested in delivering lectures, seminars or masterclasses in their field of expertise; experienced teachers with experience of lecturing and supporting students studying at HE4 or above; and admin staff to support our growing education portfolio.’

The academy has part and full-time positions available, as well as opportunities to run masterclasses. If you are interested in a position at Backstage Academy, submit your CV to

Backstage Academy launches new live events top-up degree course

FdA student Alex White as stage hand for Village Green festival main stage

Backstage Academy’s new course focuses on event management

Backstage Academy is launching a new live events production top-up degree this September, equipping students with better knowledge of the processes involved in events production. The year-long course focuses on the management of festivals, venues and other large-scale events.

Director of courses Robin Watkinson says of the new course’s content: ‘The modules reinforce the programme’s vocational nature and are designed to teach students to design, develop and deploy management strategies over key areas within the live events sector for a successful event management career.’

The course has been structured so that students are able to work within the sector while studying. Areas covered in the course include budgeting, creating creative proposals, legal and document requirements and many other areas.

To find out more, visit