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Backstage Academy Announces New FdA Course Leader
Backstage Academy has recruited Johnny Goodwin for the position of Course Leader on the Foundation Degree in Live Events Production.
Johnny joined the Wakefield backstage skills training centre at the start of April where he is now overseeing the 16-month course and its current 52 pupils. He began his career in live events production in 1992 after completing his Physics doctorate at Manchester University. He has been a core member of creative teams making indoor and outdoor theatre, dance, opening ceremonies and large-scale spectacles, and specialises in work designed for a large audience.
As a production manager he has delivered a diverse range of festivals and has an extensive knowledge of the infrastructure and operational planning required for large-scale, unique and unusual events. Johnny also has a portfolio of work as a lighting designer and has animated many iconic buildings and bridges with light, music, performance, fireworks and special effects.
His career has taken him across the world to places like Singapore, Mexico and Pakistan, but he also has a current role-call of clients across the UK, from Brighton to Edinburgh. He enjoys the variety of working on a wide spectrum of live events, alongside training the next generation of production professionals.
Johnny said: “I was attracted by the intensity and ambition of Backstage Academy’s course, like a backstage bootcamp where good people can get a real leg up into an exciting career. I would say that most people forge a career in the industry by first of all volunteering, then making themselves useful, then making themselves indispensable.”
He said the format of the FdA fast tracks that traditional route by giving the students creative and technical know how, plus real world experience and contacts. Johnny continued: “What is ground-breaking is that the course is delivered by a roll call of industry professionals with current real world experience to convey. It is important to me that the roll allows me to continue my professional practice, keeping things fresh and relevant.
“I plan to help develop a course renowned as a springboard for future generations into the live events industry and ensure Backstage Academy is seen as a recruitment ground for quality graduates.”
23rd May 2013
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