Sam graduated in the summer of 2014 from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he trained in Production and Technical Management. Since graduating Sam continued his work in the entertainment industry concentrating on stage carpentry work for UK television broadcasters Channel 4 and Channel 5. Working mainly on location around the UK he was responsible for building high quality scenic elements for numerous programs. His practical skillset also gained him production management experience including at The Yard theatre.
Other experience includes scenic carpentry work at the Victoria and Albert Museum, a role as Lighting Technician at The Barbican Arts Centre and other technical jobs on multiple events around London and the South. For four years Sam undertook work at the prestigious Marlborough College, running their summer season of events, lectures and concerts which received well known artists in their own field.
What's the greatest lesson you've learnt as a Theatre Consultant?
I have discovered that buildings are spaces designed to complement the artistic work created within them, and the fact they are not all consigned to a single formula makes our creative design process more interesting and rewarding. I respect architects that keep or create building originality, my greatest learning experience is that we, as consultants, should supplement the architects vision by bring inventive solutions to the table to ensure the practicality and functionality of a venue is provided.
What first sparked your love of theatre or performing arts?
My love of theatre was attending a performance at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury, the idea of watching a theatre production in a venue with so much character was what really ignited my enjoyment of the performing arts. My most memorable moment in my career was right at the beginning, when I managed my first production, the sense of achievement and fulfilment of producing a successful show in a venue with its own unique challenges was what makes this memory so special.
What qualities should a 'great performance space' have?
They should have USP's. Unique selling points are what makes venues interesting to spaces be around.
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