Stage Management: From theatre to the Olympics - POPA
Sam Hunter & Julia Whittle

Stage Management: From theatre to the Olympics

Introduction

Sam Hunter and Julia Whittle have been involved in some of the most spectacular international live events and prestigious theatrical productions to have taken place in the last 25 years. Together in Control Rooms, they’ve run the largest shows on the planet. 

In this unique series of modules, Sam and Julia will share their expertise, skill sets and work ethic with you as you learn about all aspects of Stage Management across the spectrum of the entertainment industry, from theatre, fashion, ballet and opera, to corporate events, rock n’ roll and Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies. 

Everything you need to know about how to prepare and rehearse a show in a rehearsal room, from the first reading to the final run through. 

Going inside the theatre and detailing all the aspects and challenges of the onstage Technical, Dress Rehearsals, Previews and the Opening Night. Once your show has opened, the work continues and we look at what you need to do to keep it in good shape. 

We talk about the skills you’ll need to be a successful Show Caller across all walks of the entertainment industry, including theatre, opera, ballet, corporate events, the fashion industry and even rock n’roll. We also look at how to keep your show going when things go wrong and help you understand how to plan your contingencies. 

Drawing on our experience as the PSM and Show Caller on the Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Athens, Torino, Beijing, Vancouver, London and Sochi, this is a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of some of the biggest shows on the planet.


Recipients

  • Directors
  • Producers
  • Production students
  • Company managers
  • Tour managers
  • Stage managers
  • Musical directors
  • Set designers
  • Choreographers
  • Technical people
  • Composers
  • Actors and actresses
  • Singers
  • Dancers
  • Costume designers
  • Journalists, art critics and related areas
  • People from disciplines linked to the theatre industry and performing and visual arts
  • People interested in arts who want to discover how the different disciplines come together to make the magic of a show happen on stage

Program

Module 1

Preparing a Show in a Rehearsal Room (weeks 1 – 6).
This is a step by step journey charting everything you need to know about how to prepare and rehearse a show in a rehearsal room, from the first reading to the final run through.

Module 2

From Technical Rehearsals to the 1st Night and Beyond.
This takes you inside the theatre and details all the aspects and challenges of the onstage Technical, Dress Rehearsals, Previews and 1st Night. Once your show has opened, the work continues and we look at what you need to do to keep it in good shape.

Module 3

Show Calling and Contingencies.
We talk about the skills you’ll need to be a successful Show Caller across all walks of the entertainment industry, including theatre, opera, ballet, corporate events, the fashion industry and even rock n’roll. We also look at how to keep your show going when things go wrong and help you understand how to plan your contingencies.

Module 4

The Olympic Experience part one: How to Start and Useful Tools.
Drawing on our experience as the PSM and Show Caller on the Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Athens, Torino, Beijing, Vancouver, London and Sochi, this is a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of some of the biggest shows on the planet.

Module 5

The Olympic Experience part two: Show Calling, Scheduling and Teamwork.
We continue our Olympic adventure with a detailed look at the how to Show Call and schedule Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and talk you through the importance of team work within a huge array of different departments.


Sam Hunter & Julia Whittle

Sam Hunter and Julia Whittle, partners at Orange Jackets, have been in charge as Production Stage Manager and show caller of the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics, Vancouver 2010, Beijing 2008, Torino 2006 and Athens 2004, among others big international events. On stage, Sam coordinated the staging of Harry Potter and the Cursed Legacy in London, New York, Melbourne and Hamburg, The Lord of the rings, The Miserables, Cats and Miss Saigon, among others. Julia worked as a show caller on the Spice Girls tour and also works in opera, theatre, fashion, film premieres and lectures. They have given master classes at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in the United Kingdom, at the Guildhall Conservatory and at Columbia University in New York, among other study centers.
PAYMENT OPTIONS
  • Audio: English
  • Subtitles: No
  • Duration: 6h 18min of original material
  • Program: 5 modules
  • Price US$: 70
  • Price AR$: 6500