Young Technicians

Young Technicians

We are excited to announce our Young Technicians Course is returning for a second year. We are thrilled to be working with Sylvia Darkwa-Ohemeng and Constance Oak from Backstage Niche to deliver the course in 2022-23.

The FREE introductory training course offers local 16–21-year-olds the opportunity to develop practical skills in stage management, lighting and sound with industry professionals.  

Participants who completed the course last year went on to undertake work experience on our Young Company mainstage production of Painkiller, working in lighting, stage management and design. 

We will prioritise applications from young people in East London* that are currently underrepresented in the industry. The course aims to address the imbalance and underrepresentation of backstage professionals from Black, Asian, Global Majority and working-class backgrounds, as well as those who identify as female, non-binary, Deaf or disabled, and those from areas of low arts engagement. We believe it’s crucial to create opportunities for young people to engage with artists that culturally and socially represent them. 

If this sounds like you and you’re keen to gain an insight into everything that happens backstage, then please apply by Mon 24 Oct 2022, 12pm. No experience necessary.  

WHAT? Stratford East's Young Technicians Course
WHO? Young people aged 16-21
WHEN? A 10-week course on Thursday evenings, 6.30pm-8.30pm from Nov 2022 - Feb 2023
WHERE? Stratford Youth Zone (formerly Stratford Circus), Theatre Square, London E15 1BX 

Course Dates:

Thu 17 Nov, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Thu 24 Nov, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Thu 01 Dec, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Thu 08 Dec, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Thu 15 Dec, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Fri 16 Dec, 7pm - 11pm (trip to see Stratford East's Cinderella)

Thu 12 Jan, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Thu 19 Jan, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Thu 26 Jan, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Thu 02 Feb, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Thu 09 Feb, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Thu 16 Feb, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Sat 18 Feb, 10am-5pm


You can download our Application Pack here.

To apply please complete this application form. Apply by Mon 24 Oct, 12pm. 

Click here to view the full application form before completing your application. 


Backstage Niche is a community of freelancers from diverse cultural backgrounds who work in technical and backstage theatre. Our aim is to encourage the involvement of young people into these production art roles as well as supporting professionals currently working in the industry who are from the Global majority. This includes mentorships, panel talks, workshops and a database where companies and theatre establishments can build their creative teams that reflect the society we live in. 

*Young Technicians has been designed specifically for young people from East London (Newham, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Greenwich, Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham, Havering) aged 16-21 that are underrepresented in the arts. 
The course aims to address the imbalances and underrepresentation of technical artists from Black, Asian, Global Majority and working-class backgrounds, as well as female artists, disabled artists and those from areas of low arts engagement. We believe it’s crucial to create opportunities for young people to engage with artists that culturally and socially represent them.



Funded by Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund, supported by Westfield Stratford City and Foundation for Future London. 

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