Mountview produces over 20 in-house productions each year in our state-of-the-art theatres, giving Stage Management students a vast array of learning experiences.
Stage managers are the glue that holds a production together. Their many responsibilities include running communication across all creative and technical departments, acting as a right hand to the director, overseeing sets, props, lights, and sound, and calling all technical cues during performances.
Mountview is internationally recognised for the quality of its Musical Theatre training and produces at least 8 large-scale musicals in-house every year, providing Stage Management students with extensive experience of the musical format.
Mountview also offers a two-year Foundation degree (FdA) which provides fast-track training.
The BA (Hons) Top-Up is open to Mountview students currently studying on the FdA course, as well as non-Mountview graduates with relevant qualifications or experience.
Graduates of our vocational, hands-on stage management course have gone on to successful careers across theatre, film, television and events, and with a diverse range of shows and companies, including the National Theatre, Secret Cinema, Hamilton, Mamma Mia, Les Miserables, and the Olympics.
COURSE LEADER AND GUEST PRACTITIONERS
Our resident team of tutors for this course are supported by industry professionals who work alongside the students on productions. Previous guest tutors have included professionals from:
• The Globe
• The National Theatre
COURSE CONTENT AND DELIVERY
The BA (Hons) Top-Up course is a full-time one-year course with 30 contact hours per week over 36 weeks in each year. Teaching covers core skills in all areas of production arts and is delivered by experienced industry professionals.
Students take on practical show roles in Mountview’s in-house productions, with responsibilities including:
• Prompt books and show calling
• Creative research including period-specific work
• Working with theatrical effects
• Co-ordination and project management
• Cueing to music
• Prop making and sourcing
• Stage managing musicals, classics and new writing
Please note that work on in-house productions requires attendance in the evenings and/or weekends.
A strong emphasis is placed on learning through practice and there is continuous assessment across all the compulsory modules.
Students also undertake work placements with external organisations, allowing them to develop a network of professional contacts and gain valuable experience. Previous placement destinations have included Moulin Rouge! The Musical, The Globe, Wiltons Music Hall, National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Cabaret and the Barbican.
Students are given integral roles on both Mountview productions and professional placements.
These provides excellent opportunities to showcase skills, gain important industry contacts and develop personal networks, all of which are key to your career progression.