Meet the Course Director of BA Stage Management, Jacqui Findlay

Jacqui Findlay is the Course Director for our BA (Hons) Stage Management course. Find out about Jacqui's background and the top tips she recommends for students joining the School of Acting in September.

What did you study at University?

I graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Dance and Theatre Arts, but it was always the theatre arts area that I was more interested in. Initially, I thought I wanted to be a scenic designer but then quickly realised I could make a career out of making lists, planning schedules and organising people! So, the stage management module in my first year of university is where it all started to fall into place, and I haven’t looked back since.

What are your hobbies and interests?

Anything outdoors with friends, camping, climbing, snowboarding, going to the beach etc.

What is the philosophy of your course?

It's an in-depth, practical, hands-on learning experience, in a professional environment mirroring the industry. The course is covering all areas of Stage Management as well as some of the wider production roles. Graduates are equipped with a solid knowledge of backstage theatre and can take responsibility for their own work whilst managing a team. It’s certainly true that the more you put in the more you get out.

What is your favourite thing about working at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire?

With so much happening, it's a demanding and intense course which mirrors industry standards and produces proactive, creative individuals. No two days are the same, so it requires organisation, communication, flexibility and often problem solving – some key life skills! The production department has an opportunity to work with so many students across all courses so we really feel at the heart of RBC.

Why might students want to study your course?

We produce approximately 21 productions over the academic year and students are involved in those from the start of the year. Those productions take place in professional venues around the city so you are making contacts with industry professionals from very early on in your course.

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Can you tell us why you believe it's important to study a degree?

You get to hone your skills in a supportive environment and gain confidence to walk into the Stage Management team on some very high profile productions once you graduate.

Where will students mainly be based in their study time and what will their learning environment look like?

Unit 3b, our own specialist facilities comprising of wardrobe store & workroom, props & furniture store, workshops, offices and classroom.

How can students prepare for university now?

Get some sleep! Once you arrive it’s busy, busy, busy.

What can students look forward to most when starting their course in September?

Becoming part of the Stage Management family, we work hard but always look out for each other and have fun along the way!

Can you give us five top tips for students joining the School of Acting in September?

  • Engage with as many Fresher’s activities as possible, joining a society is a great way to make friends outside your course and give you a way of switching off at the end of a long day.
  • Join/follow our social media for the opportunity to meet current students
  • Come with an open mind and positive attitude to begin your learning experience.
  • Explore the city – Birmingham is a fantastic city for not only theatre but a whole host of other activities.
  • Come with an open mind and positive attitude to begin your learning experience.

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