I have been fortunate to have been supported and mentored by some excellent technicians over the years. In my turn I now mentor aspiring technicians who are keen to develop or progress their career in technical theatre. This can range from one-to-one tutorials about specific items of equipment to assisting me with particular projects. I aim to offer support and encouragement wherever this may be required, from developing practical skills to CV writing and interview techniques.
If you are interested in mentoring opportunities, please contact Louise to discuss how I might be able to encourage your career development.
“I began working in technical theatre while volunteering for Northern Stage at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012. I immediately discovered a passion for all things backstage and quickly found a mentor in Louise Gregory, who was the Deputy Chief LX at the time. Louise explained things clearly and was a natural teacher, passionate about the job and happy to take the time to teach.
Since leaving Northern Stage, Louise has helped me develop knowledge and contacts within the industry and I have gone from strength to strength. Within weeks of finishing my time as a volunteer I was employed and trained as a casual member of staff at Northern Stage, then the Theatre Royal, the Sage Gateshead and many other venues as well as beginning a strong freelance career as both a technician and stage manager. None of this would have been possible without the guidance of Louise, who taught me the basics of theatre lighting and sound and helped me improve my confidence in working as a solo technician on small scale touring shows.
Louise has given me the chance to work in various spaces and has helped me understand how to adapt the needs of a performance to a specific space, working anywhere from church halls to community centres, using calculations to ensure the power usage is venue appropriate and all equipment is within health and safety regulations. As well as this, Louise has taught me the basics of lighting design and programming a number of different lighting desks and allowed me the chance to put all of this knowledge into action.”
Josie Simm, Freelance Theatre Technician and Stage Manager