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Guildhall School and Stage Technologies launch new 5-day CPD course: Automation for the Entertainment Industry

UK - The Guildhall School and Stage Technologies have joined together to deliver a five-day Automation CPD Training course: Automation for the Entertainment Industry in one of the newest, fully-automated theatres in the UK - the Guildhall School’s new building Milton Court.

The training is delivered by practicing automation specialists from Stage Technologies and the Guildhall School and comprises a mixture of hands-on practice and theory. The Automation for the Entertainment Industry course is suitable for those pursuing a career in automation as well as technical theatre graduates and professionals in other backstage industries, such as lighting and sound, who are looking to increase their skills and knowledge.

The course aims to provide students with a thorough introduction to automation and eChameleon software: from control basics and theory through to grid work and complex moves, and two dimensional and three dimensional rigging and flying.

The training takes place on site at the Guildhall School’s recently launched building Milton Court, in state-of-the-art seminar suites and Milton Court Theatre - a fully-automated theatre containing 33 flybars, 6 point hoists; 9 integrated chain hoists; storage bars and an orchestra pit lift. Milton Court also has three Nomad desks and an Acrobat GB6.

Automation is used in theatre, musicals, opera, pop music tours, corporate product launches, cruise ships, and even schools and universities. Live performance, film, and TV creative teams require increasingly sophisticated technical solutions to turn their creative ideas to reality. The demand for skilled automation programmers and operators is higher than ever. There is also increasing need for other industry professionals, working alongside the technology, to have a good understanding of its uses and functionality.

Mark Ager, CEO of Stage Technologies commented: “The market for automation is rapidly expanding and there is a shortage of skilled technicians, and operators to fill the demanding roles created. I’m pleased to see the Guildhall’s extensive new facility being put to such good use, in helping to train the technicians of the future. It’s an ideal venue to gain a real insight into the world of automation with a wide range of different types of equipment.”

The course runs from Monday August 18 until Friday August 22, 2014, 10am to 5pm with a fee of £550. Applicants will require basic IT skills, and should ensure they have sufficient English language skills.

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama is provided by the City of London Corporation.

7th July 2014

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