Any Dream Will Do for Backstage Production Arts student

5th May 2022

A former Backstage Production Arts student from Stratford-upon-Avon College has landed her dream role as a Technical Swing for the UK and Ireland tour of hit musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat.

Amy Moore, from Kenilworth, studied at the College from 2016-2018. Keen to work in theatre, but not on the stage, she chose the Backstage Production Arts course which focuses on elements such as sound, lighting, and stage management. She comments: “I definitely wanted to be at the college. I am not good at exams, so the coursework and practical emphasis was so much better for me.”

Amy Moore

Amy enjoyed her time on the course; it pushed her to explore a whole range of Technical Theatre in realistic environments. In her second year she oversaw two shows as a Deputy Stage Manager simultaneously: “The stress and hard work was so worth it! I was so happy to get to experience so much!”

After her course was completed, Amy secured a place on the Stage Management course at the prestigious Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and graduated in 2021. Whilst studying, she worked as a casual technician at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham.

The Alexandra receives many national tours and Amy used that exposure as a networking and learning experience. She also joined multiple online forums to meet people in the industry: “Without networking as I did, I wouldn’t have got the work I did.”

This networking paid off as a job was posted on one of the forums Amy was a part of. After applying for a role as a Technical Swing, Amy got the job and started rehearsals in Manchester within a week.

As Technical Swing, Amy will travel with the show on tour and will cover a range of technical roles including Assistant Stage Manager and Automation.

Amy is so excited to get started: “I can’t believe it! I grew up listening to the Joseph soundtrack, so it is crazy to think I get to be a part of it.”

Backstage Production Arts lecturer, Helena Lowrence, is not surprised Amy has gone on to great things: “Amy always produced a high standard of work. She was a great member of any team and crew she was a part of and always worked so hard. It’s amazing to see her do so well.”

We look forward to seeing what Amy gets up to next. Go go go Amy!

Find out more about the College’s Performing & Production Arts courses: SUAC Onstage