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University of York Technical Theatre Society

Becoming a Member

We welcome new members whether you have done tech before or are completely new to lighting and sound. If you haven't done tech before, our training sessions will cover all the skills you need to know, which you can then grow by shadowing on our shows. For experienced members, there are opportunities to help out with the training programme and take on a management role for the events.

Membership costs 6 Pounds and can purchased online. You can join online by following this link to YUSU.org. Membership is necessary to be able to use our equipment, take part in the training sessions and get involved in shows.

Once you have paid membership, please join our members Facebook Group. This is where we will notify you about upcoming training sessions and opportunities to get involved in our events.

Our Training Programme

Our training sessions are held each week on Wednesday afternoon during term time, except during freshers week and exams. Venues and exact times will be announced on the members Facebook group.

All members are required complete a short health and safety training brief before using our equipment, taking part in further training sessions or getting involved in shows. This session is provided at the start of the year then on an on-demand basis. This session will focus on the essentials you need to know in order to safely use our equipment, such as rigging and electrical safety.

The main training programme will follow on from the safety training to give you an in-depth insight to lighting and sound, and will teach you how to design, program and run a show, as well as understanding how teh technical systems in a theatre work and troubleshooting skills.

For lighting, the focus will be on the ETC Eos lighting control software, which is widely used in many theatres, however many other control boards work in a similar way so your skills can be easily transferred. We also cover the use of modern LED based and Moving Head lights, and how to integrate these into a show.

With sound, you will learn to use an analogue mixing desk as these are the simplest to learn. The transition from analogue to digital following that is straightforward. We will cover both live sound mixing for concerts and musicals, as well as recorded music and sound effects playback in theatre.

We will advertise before each session what will be covered so you can just come to whichever sessions suit you.

Running a show

Opportunities to get involved in shows will be advertised in the members Facebook group. All shows will have a management role which will involve organising the show and leading the design process, and shadowing roles involving assisting with the design process, programming and running the show. For members who are new to tech, we recommend shadowing shows to begin with to apply your skills learned from the training programme.

Production roles for a show include technical manager, lighting designer, lighting desk programmer, lighting operator, lighting rigger, sound designer, sound operator and live sound engineer. Often people may take on several roles. An experienced committee member will always be on hand to help out.