The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Make-up & Wigs

Melanie Bouvet

Mel has worked in Wigs and Make-Up for over 16 years for the Royal Opera House main stage, Linbury Theatre and co-productions at The Globe and Roundhouse. Starting out as a technician and moving through team-leadership into supervision in 2007. She has worked on a variety of new production for the Royal Ballet such as Frankenstein (2016), Alice in Wonderland (2013), Metamorphosis (Linbury 2012), Hansel & Gretel (Linbury 2014), Winter’s Tale(2014); and for the Royal Opera including Boris Godunov (2016), Morgen und Abend (2015), Andre Chenier (French Revolution, Opera) and recently on Orpheus (Globe Theatre).
She is currently working on pre-production for several shows next season including The Nose, Der Rosenkavalier, Die Meistersinger on main stage and Les Enfants terribles (Barbican).

Pam Humpage

Head of Wigs, Hair and Make-Up at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Wardrobe

Megan Cassidy

Megan Cassidy is Wardrobe Manager at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. She first realised her passion for the theatre during a second-year internship at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in the course of her fashion degree. After a period working in costume for various television shows and theatrical productions in Ireland, Megan moved to London in 2006, where she was hired by Disney Theatrical as Wardrobe Deputy on The Lion King musical. In 2008, Megan began her career at the Globe as a Wardrobe Assistant, and was promoted to Wardrobe Manager in 2012. During this time, she worked on over 50 productions, including the Original Practices stagings of Richard III and the Olivier and Tony award-winning Twelfth Night, which she had the pleasure of taking to Broadway in 2014 for a highly-acclaimed run. Megan has also worked on productions for the English National Opera and the Young Vic over the years. In 2014 she won a Technical Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement in Wardrobe for her work at the Globe.

Carry On Costumes

Based in the New Forest, Carry on Costumes is a family business that has been designing and manufacturing theatrical costumes for over 30 years. Sue and her team have been working with Michael Rose since 2007 and during that time have designed and created costumes for Cinderella, Aladdin and Peter Pan as well as creating and supervising costumes for Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Santa Claus Monkee Business and Elf the musical. The team are also delighted to be working with Michael Rose again this year on Big the musical.
Since 1980 they have been designing and producing costumes for P & O Cruises and their costumes can be seen on Arcadia, Oceana, Oriana, Aurora, Azura, Ventura and Britannia.  This Christmas their costumes can be seen on the Cunard fleet; Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary and Queen Victoria.
The team love Christmas and each year provide costumes for pantomimes and Christmas musicals across the country as well as providing burlesque and cabaret costumes internationally.
Musicals include: My Fair Lady, Pageant, Copacabana, Jesus Christ Superstar, Gypsy, Bugsy Malone, Mack & Mabel, Oklahoma!, Happy as a Sandbag, Guys and Dolls, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Wizard of Oz, West Side Story and many more
theatre and cabaret productions.
Television includes: Big Fat Quiz, Bear Grylls Celebrity Mission Survive, Stepping Out, Take Me Out and Surprise Surprise.
Their client portfolio also includes Sky TV, Openwide International, Butlins and Cambridge Arts Theatre Productions.

Ellen McQuaid

Ellen McQuaid is one of the young rising stars in theatre costume in London. In her burgeoning career she has rapidly gone from strength to strength and is now Acting Head of Wardrobe at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith where she is responsible for the wardrobe team and costumes for the theatre’s demanding and exciting show schedule.

Graduating from The Arts University Bournemouth with a degree in Costume with Production Design in 2013, Ellen’s enthusiasm and determination for her craft led to some fantastic experiences in Television, as technical support on the Great British Sewing Bee, and in live performance at the 2012 Olympics.

Deciding the London theatre scene was where she wanted to be, she was snapped up by the Lyric theatre in 2013, first as a dresser, and then quickly climbed the ladder to Deputy Head of Costume where she has worked on an array of challenging and exciting productions. From the Olivier nominated Bugsy Malone with a cast of 36, to the scandalous Tipping the Velvet, and 3 sell-out pantos in between. In January, Ellen stepped into the Wardrobe Supervisor role for the hard hitting Simon Stevens’ play, Herons (directed by Sean Holmes and designed by Hyemi Shin), and is now Acting Head of Wardrobe, heading up a team of five. Dedicated, unflappable and highly skilled, Ellen is praised by all who work with her and has made a huge impact in her young career.

The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Set Construction

Piers Ross & Danny Hayter (All Scene)

Founded by Danny Hayter and Piers Ross in 2000, All Scene All Props provides scenery and props to theatre and related arts. We now have an enviable reputation within the industry for the quality and execution of the projects that we have worked on.

Experienced in delivering a full range of services related to this sector, we take projects from conception, through rehearsal until opening night and beyond. Our client list includes both large and medium scale West End producers, opera houses, regional venues and a range of other clients.

With a skilled and experienced workforce that can provide a wide variety of construction techniques and scenic art to cater for all types of project, our 25,000 sq ft workshop houses all areas of production under one roof, including individual areas for Carpentry, Engineering, Scenic art, and a full scale space to pre-build all projects before they leave the workshop.

All aspects of the work we undertake passes though our production offices where projects are run by an individual project manager, drawings are detailed in CAD as required and final paint and finish samples are provided before anything enters the workshop.

Peter Frankish

Peter Frankish studied at Lincoln College of Art & Design from 1986-1988.  He then went on to work for the theatre production company attached to the theatre Royal, Lincoln.  There, he spent six years learning all aspects of scenic painting from the leading designer and painter Alan Miller Bumford.

Since then, he has produced work for the theatre, and commercial premises, including restaurants, public houses and leisure centres, as well as various private commissions.

Blue (EU) Limited was established in 2002 to provide painting and design services to the entertainment industry.  As seen on TV and in theatres in the UK and abroad. The Company has been contracted to Qdos Entertainment (Pantomimes) Ltd since its inception, to design, produce and re-furbish scenery.

The ‘d&b audiotechnik’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound

Lewis Rose

Lewis began his career at the Brighton Theatre Royal. He has since moved on to mix such shows as Les Miserables, We Will Rock You And Warhorse. Since touring the production in 2015, Lewis will shortly commence mixing The Bodyguard Musical starring the mighty Beverley Knight at the Dominion theatre in London. An avid music fan, Lewis can normally be found wondering the corridors listening to his favourite tunes shortly before a performance. Forever embracing that mixing is an emotion rather than a science he is both humbled and honoured to be nominated for this award.

Simon Hendry

Simon studied physics at Edinburgh University before moving to London as a Sound Designer in 2009. Recent Design or Associate Design credits include Puccini’s Tosca (Pensare Opera), 4.48 Psychosis (Royal Opera House, Hammersmith Lyric), “Priesner conducts Kieslowski” (Shanghai Symphony Hall), Carmen (Royal Opera House), The Sunken Garden (English National Opera, Lyon Opera), Recording of the 2015/16 Old Vic Season (Master Builder, The Lorax, Future Conditional, The Caretaker), Orfeo (Royal Opera House, Round House).

Simon is currently the resident Sound Designer for the London Contemporary Orchestra and is an Associate Designer with Sound Intermedia (London Sinfonietta, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, United Visual Artists). He constantly seeks to find new ways of using emerging technologies to compliment sound design and has worked on multiple design prototypes for Gareth Owen Sound.

Simon is a professional member of the Association of Sound Designers.

The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Props

Gary Hardy Brown (The Twins FX)

Gary oversees all the projects. He has a vast amount of experience in prop building and has one of the largest collections of original movie and TV props from around the world! The Twins FX are the leading company operating in the field of theatrical visual special effects, illusions and animatronics. We devise, design, build and make the wow happen! The Twins FX make the impossible possible for theatre productions, film and television worldwide 

Anthony Barnett

Biog to follow.

Paul Brown

Paul has lead the team of highly skilled crafts people in the props department at Glyndebourne Opera House for the last 12 years. Having previously been Head of Props at both Nottingham Playhouse and Bristol Old Vic. He trained at Nottingham Trent University before becoming a props maker at The Royal Exchange in Manchester and the New Vic in Newcastle-under-Lyme. He also produces props for many other opera, theatre and west end companies. “We aim to produce imaginative high quality work in a stimulating and creative environment and have a good time doing it!”

The ‘PRG’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Production Management

Mark Sherwood

A 30 year career in Stage, Technical, and Production Management

Between 1985 and 1995 I mainly freelanced as a Stage, Company and Production Manager on National and European Tours including Billy Liar, Breezeblock Park, Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show, The Hobbit and Song at Twilight. This period also included positions of Resident Technical Manager at The Crewe Lyceum Theatre; Installation Technical Manager for Madam Tussauds & The Guinness Book of Records in Kolmarden, Sweden; Technical Manager for Morag Veljkovics’ Miami Production Company, and many other varied challenges.

In 1996 I Joined Seabourn in San Francisco overseeing shows on their fleet, moving to Cunard Miami in 2000. I covered Stage Management, Dry-dock installations and Production Management on their new shows whilst returning to the UK every Christmas to Production Manage Pantomimes for John Farrow

From 2005 to the present day, I’ve headed the Production Department at Qdos Entertainment Ltd. Responsibilities include our Pantomime Seasons of 24+ productions a year, a set hire division, nine of our own Theatres, year round UK tours and 27 shows across the fleets of Cunard and Celebrity in an ever expanding cruise portfolio. I also continue to freelance Production Manage – most recently on Michael Harrisons’ I Dreamed a Dream

Gary Beestone

Gary Beestone is a production manager for theatre and for a range of outdoor spectacles and events. Recent Theatre includes; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre), Oresteia (Traflagar Studios), Bend It Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre) and Shakespeare in Love (Noel Coward Theatre). Recent events include managing the entertainment for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the Great North Run One Million Opening Ceremony.

Gordon Isaace

Andy George

For his commitment and delivery of quality, immersive and site specific theatre.  Andy brings a clarity to his work enabling emerging and established producers to create successful and engaging works. His ethical and considered methods ensure that the connection between the creative and technical teams is one that promotes growth and development whilst maintaining an emphasis on excellence. Currently in previews for Goosebumps Live! Andy has worked on many of the most renowned and pioneering productions in the site specific and immersive world including Vault Festival 2016, Olivier Award nominated Alice’s Adventures Underground, You Me Bum Bum Train and Secret Cinema. Committed to raising the standards of work and safe practice he uses his breadth of knowledge and skill to ensure found spaces are able to be utilised for art and theatre. Despite this strong connection to immersive and site specific Andy also maintains positions in touring and Festival management where his knowledge and drive for realising creative briefs enables productions to be more inventive and daring in their build and delivery. Sustainability and development within the industry is also something we that work with him admire and respect. His work with universities such as London Metropolitan’s At Boiling Point festival and Vault Festival’s Festival Assistant program gives students and young people (but also those older  or looking for a change in industry) the hands-on experience, guidance and advice that is so necessary when trying to break into the world of technical theatre.

The ‘PLASA Show’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Automation

Paul Hardy-Brown

Paul is the Creative Director of The Twins FX. Paul is a big Dr Who Fan and owns some original Dr Who props including several Daleks, so when the BBC approached thetwinsfx to work on DR Who Live, Paul was in his element!  Twins FX, are the leading company operating in the field of theatrical visual special effects, illusions and animatronics. We devise, design, build and make the wow happen! The Twins FX make the impossible possible for theatre productions, film and television worldwide

Stage Technologies for Body Guard

Biography to follow.

Miki Jablkowska

Biography to follow.

The ‘Triple E’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Flys & Rigging

Darren Williamson

Biography to follow.

Danny Boyle

I started working theatre in 1983. My first job was lamp checking for Opera North, this was followed by dressing the male chorus of O.N. for a season.

I then moved to stage work at the Grand Theatre, Leeds. Around 1986 I worked several tours for Scottish Opera. This was followed by two years touring with Northern Ballet as run by Christopher Gable. My position was deputy/touring Flyman. The skills I leaned with the above company’s & constant work at the Grand Theatre stood me in good stead when I applied for a position at the National Theatre on London’s South Bank (1991) I stayed there for 11 years doing world tours (Sam Mendes Othello) and several European festivals plus several national tours under the National umbrella.

I left to return to Leeds, working for YTV & eventually returning to Leeds Grand in 2004. I took on the position of Flyman. A steep learning curve ensued as I learned/taught myself how to operate the newly installed Waagner Biro Computer Controlled Flying System (The only one of it’s kind in the UK). I’ve been there ever since. Discovering new ways to achieve what is needed to make a show work, weather for touring productions or in production seasons for Opera North, Northern Ballet, Shrek & The Girls (the Calendar Girls musical).

The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Company Management

Gemma Tonge

Gemma Tonge is currently Company Manager at The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company working on the company’s inaugural season – a one year, 6 production residency at The Garrick Theatre, London.
Prior to this Gemma Tonge was Deputy Production Manager at the National Theatre, for numerous productions across the 4 venues as well as off-site projects.Gemma Tonge has 8 years of international touring experience and was one of the core members of the Sadler’s Wells Production and Touring department.
Gemma Tonge is a highly motivated, confident, experienced and dynamic Company Manager and Stage Manager with a 14 year background in opera, dance, theatre and event stage management, from mid to large scale, including National Theatre, Manchester International Festival, Scottish Opera, Sadler’s Wells, Royal Opera House (ROH2), New Adventures, Opera North, Edinburgh International Festival. Events stage management includes IDEX 2013, Mayor of London presents, TEDxGuardian, Latitude Festival, Edinburgh Hogmanay.
Gemma Tonge has been nominated and won several awards. Winner of the Stage Management Association 2014 Individual Stage Manager Award. Shortlisted for the 2010 Stage Management Associations Stage Manager of the Year award. Gemma is delighted to be nominated for this years Technical Theatre Awards 2016.

Anthony Field

Bernard Davies

Bernard has worked with many of the UK’s leading opera companies including GFO, ROH, ENO, GPO, Opera North, OHP, Birmingham Opera Company, Aldeburgh Festival, BYO and Opera Circus; internationally he has worked with The Australian Opera. In 1991 he became Head of Planning and Company Manager for the internationally-renowned Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Operas.  Over the next 18 years, he was instrumental in streamlining the planning and rehearsal processes of both the Festival and Touring Operas.  He also overhauled the day-to-day running of rehearsals and artists’ welfare, earning Glyndebourne’s Company Office an international reputation for efficiency and hospitality. Bernard was influential in the planning, execution and company management of two of Glyndebourne’s most successful overseas tours: to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, and to the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris.

After many successful years of dedicated service to Glyndebourne, in 2009 he embarked on a freelance career. He has subsequently undertaken consultancy work for Glyndebourne and, since 2010, has been the London Company Manager for GPO.  He was Acting Company Manager for ENO during the early months of 2012. During the summer of the same year, he was invited to be the Company Manager for Birmingham Opera Company’s critically-acclaimed world premiere of Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht, which was part of the London 2012 Festival and winner of the Best Opera at the RPO Awards 2012.

Since 2012 Bernard has been a Member of the Board of Directors for choreographer Ben Wright’s dance performance company bgroup.

During the 2016 Grange Park Opera Season, he was appointed Executive Director on Jo Davies’ new production of Don Carlo, as well as being Company Manager. He is also very much involved in the planning of 2017 Season for the move to the new opera house known as “The Theatre in the Woods” for Grange Park Opera.

The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education

Stuart French

Stuart began his Technical career at the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne. He has also worked with the English National Ballet and the Royal Opera Company before spending 8 years with Glyndebourne Festival Opera Company.

Stuart progressed into Technical Stage and Production Management on large scale Musical Theatre touring throughout the UK and Europe with musicals such as Pickwick, Great Expectations, Summer Holiday, Grease, and Oh What a Night!

Stuart spent three years as a Production Manager / Lecturer at North West Kent College’s Miskin Theatre before joining the BRIT School as Director of Technical Arts in 2011 and continues to maintain professional links touring shows like Rock around the clock and the recent Production of Taboo the Musical.

Rachel Candler

Rachel Candler graduated from Rose Bruford College with a BA (Hons) in Stage Management, and later returned to complete the MA Theatre Practices degree programme. She started her career at The Pleasance Theatre, for the Edinburgh Festival. A passion for small-scale theatre led to work with companies including:- Theatre Venture, Face Front, and Red Ladder.  After working at The Chelsea Centre, Opera Holland Park and The Mercury Theatre, Colchester, she joined the Stage Management team at The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. She also worked at Manchester’s Contact Theatre, The Octagon, Bolton, Nottingham Playhouse and The New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme.  After five years being based in Manchester Rachel took a DSM post at Salisbury Playhouse. Rachel has run the Stage Management programme since 2009, she is also the project director of the College’s annual symposium a week-long festival of panels, in conversations, installations and performances. Rachel has also worked for Clean Break Theatre Company, running An Introduction to Backstage Course. Even though Rachel has decided to move on education and theatre will always play a big part of her life.

Tim Paver

I am honored and proud to have been nominated for this award. I have a passion for technical theatre and take great pleasure in seeing my students grow in skill and confidence. To me this is education, preparing the next generation of technical experts.

Currently leading and delivering on BTEC Diploma in Production Arts (Technical)at Darlington Collage

The ‘J&C Joel‘ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Artistry

Pete Frankish

Peter Frankish studied at Lincoln College of Art & Design from 1986-1988.  He then went on to work for the theatre production company attached to the theatre Royal, Lincoln.  There, he spent six years learning all aspects of scenic painting from the leading designer and painter Alan Miller Bumford.

Since then, he has produced work for the theatre, and commercial premises, including restaurants, public houses and leisure centres, as well as various private commissions.

Blue (EU) Limited was established in 2002 to provide painting and design services to the entertainment industry.  As seen on TV and in theatres in the UK and abroad. The Company has been contracted to Qdos Entertainment (Pantomimes) Ltd since its inception, to design, produce and re-furbish scenery.

Jamie Bishop (The Twins FX)

Jamie has been with The Twins FX for 3 years, having come from the BBC’s Art department working on such shows as Crimson Field and Atlantis. He enjoys a single malt and loves a comic book. The Twins FX are the leading company operating in the field of theatrical visual special effects, illusions and animatronics. We devise, design, build and make the wow happen! The Twins FX make the impossible possible for theatre productions, film and television worldwide

The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Media Server Programming

Salvador Bettencourt Avila

Salvador is a freelance Media Server Programmer and Production Engineer. He works in theatre, television, fashion and live music. Previous theatre credits as a programmer, engineer or operator include: Privacy (The Donmar), From Morning to Midnight, The Light Princess, NT 50th Live on BBC2 (National Theatre); Bodyguard (Aldwych Theatre); Macbeth (Broadway & National Theatre Scotland); Singing in the Rain (Chichester Festival Theatre); Street Scene, Seven Angels, Into the Little Hill, The Lion’s Face (The Opera Group); Orpheus & Eurodice (National Youth Theatre); The Fat Girl Gets A Haircut (Roundhouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, ENRON (Headlong); Water (Filter, Salisbury Playhouse & Tricycle); Elevator(Firehouse Productions); Counted? (Look Left Look Right, Roundhouse); No Idea(Improbable); Camille O’Sulivan (Apollo Theatre); Seize the Day (Tricycle Theatre);Chris Dugdale: Magic and Mind Reading(Riverside Studios); Summer Seasons 2007, 2008, 2009 (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Gillian Tan

Gillian is a freelance visual engineer and creative technologist – tongue twister job titles but essentially a video programmer, systems engineer, and technical problem solver within the live events and performing arts industry.

Credits as a Programmer/Operator/Engineer include:  4.48 Psychosis (Lyric Hammersmith / Royal Opera House), Clocks 1888: The Greener (CAST-Doncaster & Hackney Empire), I Believe In Unicorns (Vaudeville Theatre, Hong Kong & Singapore Tour), Behind The Light (Theatre Royal), The Brain Project (Theatre Rites), Beasty Baby (Theatre Rites / Polka Theatre), Alice’s Adventures Underground (Emma Brünjes, Productions & Les Enfants Terribles), Error 404 (Polka Theatre), Usagi Yojimbo (Southwark Playhouse), Back to the Future (Secret Cinema)

Her interests are in exploring the use of projection and video in the entertainment industry through the development of new technologies, as well as challenging the boundaries of audience experiences in live events and theatre.

She is incredibly honored to be nominated alongside incredibly talented practitioners and would like to thank Lucy Ockenden, Nina Dunn and Tim Bird for their endless unwavering encouragement and support throughout her career.

The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting

Joshua Carr

Current and future credits include: WONDERMAN (Gagglebabble, National Theatre of Wales & Wales Millennium Centre); EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE (Sheffield Theatres).

Recent credits include: HENRY V (Regent’s Park Theatre); RAZ (West End); SONGS FOR THE END OF THE WORLD (Vault Festival); HANGMEN (Royal Court & West End); DINNER WITH FRIENDS (Park Theatre); ALBERT HERRING (RCM); THE DISSIDENTS (Tricycle Theatre); THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE & BRITAIN’S BEST RECRUITING SERGEANT (Unicorn Theatre); THE WASP, IN THE VALE OF HEALTH (Hampstead Theatre); THE REALNESS (Big House Theatre Company); EXIT THE KING (Theatre Royal Bath); BREEDERS (St James Theatre); HOLES (Arcola Theatre); THE SAINTS and THE BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT IN THE WORLD (Nuffield); LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT: BLACK (Assembly Edinburgh, Soho Theatre, Homotopia Festival, Liverpool & UK Tour); YELLOW FACE (National Theatre, Park Theatre); ALL MY SONS, THE MISER (Watermill Theatre), SOME GIRL I USED TO KNOW (West Yorkshire Playhouse and UK Tour), UNSCORCHED, THE NORTHERNERS (Finborough); AMYGDALA (The Print Room); AS YOU LIKE IT (Luxembourg & UK Tour), THE LOVE GIRL AND THE INNOCENT, PORT AUTHORITY (Southwark Playhouse); JEKYLL & HYDE (Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh & Southwark Playhouse), HOUSE OF CARDS at Kensington Palace (Coney); PRESIDENT AND THE PAKISTANI (Waterloo East); MANSFIELD PARK (UK Tour), STAGE FRIGHT (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds); ONE HOUR ONLY (Old Vic New Voices); MUDLARKS (High Tide Festival); DICK WHITTINGTON (Stafford Gatehouse); HIS TEETH (Only Connect – Nominated of Offie Award for Best Lighting Design); LOVE OF A NIGHTINGALE, THREEPENNY OPERA, ANTIGONE, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (fourth Monkey); THE SONG OF DEBORAH  (The Lowry); THE SHAPE OF THINGS (Soho Gallery); CINDERELLA (Young Actors Theatre) BREATHING CORPSES  (Curving Road/Theatre Delicatessen); BILLY ELLIOT (Young Actors Theatre).

As Associate Lighting Designer: ROUNDABOUT SEASON: ONE DAY WHEN WE WERE YOUNG, LUNGS, THE SOUND OF HEAVY RAIN (Paines Plough & Sheffield Theatres), THE MADDENING RAIN (Brits off Broadway).

As Assistant Lighting Designer: PLAYING THE GAMES (Criterion), XERXES (Royal Northern College of Music), ROSE (Pleasance), LAKE BOAT & PRARIE DU CHIEN (Arcola), LIDLESS (Trafalgar Studios), DITCH (The Old Vic Tunnels).

Peter Kramer

Pete has worked extensively throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and The U.S.A. where his work has encompassed Production Manager & Lighting Designer on numerous and varied productions from residencies to West End and Large Touring productions.
Previous Productions have been, All the Fun of the Fair (West end & UK Tours) The Ten Tenors (USA and German tour), Sophia National Ballet (UK Tour), Last Night a DJ (UK Tour), Hot Flush (UK Tour), GoGoGo Live for nickelodeon (UK Tour), Simply Ballroom (UK Tour, Singapore& Las Vegas), Sangre (Riverside Studios), Boogie nights (UK Tours), various Pantomimes for Qdos Entertainment.
Pete spent over 10 years traveling the world Production Managing numerous productions of Spirit of the Dance including: Israel, New Zealand & Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Asia & the USA. Resident shows in many US States including the Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City and The Golden Nugget and Aladdin in Las Vegas.
Other notable projects include The Genius of Ray Charles (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Le Grande Cirque (Sydney Opera House), Eric Clapton’s New Year’s Eve concerts, Pete also is involved in large number of corporate events & product launches and is a Director at Storm Ltd.
Pete is currently on the Dirty Dancing UK Tour.

Damian Ridge

Has been working in the theatre industry for30 years after being part of the YTS scheme. Studying theatre electrics at Paddington college. Started his career at the Mayfair Theatre where he worked on a play and small conferences. Wanting to broaden his horizons and challenge himself further pushed on to work in musical theatre. Started to work at the Apollo Victoria theatre with stints at The Dominion and the Royal Opera House. Eventually came back to work on Starlight Express and worked up to become Chief Electrician by the age of 24. After finishing at the Apollo after Bombay Dreams. Took up a new media of projection and ran projection depts on “Woman in White” and “Sinatra” Now back again at the Apollo with “Wicked”

Mitchell Reeve

Mitchell’s theatre credits include: ‘From Stage to Screen’ (UK Tour), ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ (The New Theatre), ‘Peter Pan’ (The Quad), ‘I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road (Jermyn Street Theatre)

Alex Wardle

Alex is a theatre consultant and lighting designer for Charcoalblue.  His lighting design work has been seen around the UK and in Australia, China, Lebanon, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Syria and the USA.  He studied German and Electronics at Keele University, then Theatre Arts at the Freie Universität Berlin and at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London.  He was Production Manager for Kneehigh Theatre from 2000 – 2005 and a theatre consultant for Arup from 2005 – 2011.

Lighting designs include UK tours of “Flare Path”,  “Birdsong”, “My Perfect Mind” (Told by an Idiot), “Sons Without Fathers” and “Uncle Vanya” for Helena Kaut-Howson (Belgrade Coventry & Arcola),  “Tell Them That I Am Young and Beautiful”, “The Cradle will Rock” and “Innocence” (Arcola).  Lighting designs for Kneehigh include “Rapunzel” in London and New York, “Tristan & Yseult” outdoors at Restormel Castle and at the National Theatre, “The Wooden Frock”, “The Red Shoes”, “The Riot”. Alex’s work on “Birdsong” was shortlisted for the 2013 Technical Theatre Awards. “Uncle Vanya” was shortlisted for Best Lighting Design, 2012 Off West End Theatre Awards. “The Cradle will Rock” was nominated for Best Lighting Design, 2011 Off West End Theatre Awards.

The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Stage Crew

Alan Morley

Works at the Old Vic Theatre, London

Tom Mount

Over the past 13 years, Tom has worked as a freelance technician for a wide range of Theatre, Events and corporate companies including his role as full time Theatre Technician at the Towngate Theatre in Basildon.

The Towngate is a regional receiving house with a flexible 550 seat proscenium arch theatre and a 180 seat studio space, as well as its busy programme of received shows it also welcomes several community hirers and produces its own critically acclaimed Pantomimes, for which Tom is the co-lighting designer and production manager.

Last year Tom was promoted to the role of Technical Manager and has already implemented many substantial improvements to the backstage areas, including the refurbishment of dressing rooms, green room, overseen the installation of a new show relay, comms and cuelight system by Stage Electrics as well as implementing an intense programme of equipment replacement including a new Yamaha QL5 sound desk and RJ Followspots.

Tom prides himself on ensuring that all of the technical team at the theatre provide a welcoming atmosphere to all visitors, without any requests ever being a problem. Working in theatre is not just a job, you need to live and breathe it. You never know if this could be a first or last visit for a company and we are all in this together, so let’s make this a great experience regardless

The ‘ETC’ Receiving Venue of the Year Award

Wales Millennium Centre

Wales Millennium Centre is Wales’ home for the arts situated in Cardiff Bay.  One of the UK’s top cultural attractions and home to eight resident partners, this iconic Welsh landmark showcases musicals, opera, ballet, circus and contemporary dance.  Her Majesty the Queen opened the Wales Millennium Centre on November 28, 2004.  The Centre’s founding mission is to bring the best of the world to Wales and to showcase the best of Wales to the world.  Annually, the Centre receives over 1.5 million visitors making it Wales’ number one visitor attraction.  Up to 1000 jobs are sustained on the 7.5 acre site which has a 1900 seat lyric theatre, 250 seat studio theatre, dance house, 350 seat recital hall and state of the art recording facility – BBC Hoddinott Hall. Lord Lloyd Webber has described Wales Millennium Centre as the best theatre built in the world in the last 50 years.  The Centre is also home to eight other cultural organisations including Welsh National Opera, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Literature Wales, as well as inclusive arts organisation Hijinx Theatre and the Touch Trust.  Committed to inclusivity in the arts, the Centre focuses on increasing participation in artistic experiences and ensuring both Welsh and international culture is more accessible.  Its ambitious Creative Learning and Community Engagement programme presents a plethora of opportunities to those who might not otherwise have engaged in creativity, extending horizons and changing lives across Wales and beyond.  Whilst the beautiful exterior of the building and breath taking performance spaces capture the attention of many a tourist to the Bay, the backstage facilities, exceptionally skilled technical crew and incredible team who support all of the Centre activities also continue to impress visiting companies.  We take every effort to ensure we offer the very warmest of Welsh welcomes to cast and crews from across the world.  The Centre is continually commended for its enviable access, vast facilities, quality technical equipment and provision of useful pre-visit information. No rider goes unnoticed and we pride ourselves on the positive feedback received from companies when they conclude their time with us. 

Milton Keynes Theatre

In the heart of Milton Keynes is the global leader in live theatre, 50 weeks of programming last year attracted in excess of 400,000 people to enjoy over 400 performances including Glyndebourne Opera, English National Ballet, large scale musicals and the best of touring drama. Our annual pantomime sold 80,000 tickets over 65 performances and 21,000 people travelled to MKT to see The Bodyguard over just 10 days in April.

Theatre Royal, Nottingham

With over 200,000 visitors every year, the Theatre Royal Nottingham is one of the UK’s most successful touring venues, leading the way for arts and entertainment in the East Midlands region.  The diverse programme of events offers the very best touring drama, opera, ballet and contemporary dance alongside blockbuster West End musicals, comedy and pantomime.  With a wide range of workshops and projects involving the local community, free foyer performances, backstage tours, plus a bustling café bar and restaurant, there really is something for everyone.  Visit to find out more.

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

We are the biggest theatre on the south coast with over 2,300 seats in our auditorium – we are an independent Trust with the aim to bring a diverse range of shows to Southampton. We present a mixture of spectacular touring musicals – many direct from the West End – to dance, opera, drama, ballet and comedy.

Our building is 85 years old, and we consistently reinvest into the theatre, make improvements to the facilities. We have recently extended and refurbished the foyer area so that our customers enter with a smile on their faces as they know they are in for a great time.

Our artistic vision looks to provide a wide ranging and eclectic programme of events, collaborate with producers for new shows and inspire young people to engage with the arts.

The ‘GDS’ Award for Venue Sustainability

Alex McCarthur – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Alex’s work and efforts to get Mayflower Theatre to 2 stars from Julie’s Bicycle has been well earned. He has worked hard to get meter readings, ensure we are recycling the right materials and getting staff on board with all recycling initiatives. Before Alex decided to head the green team the theaters recycling was near on nil.

Arcola Theatre

In our two theatre spaces, Arcola presents major artists alongside cutting-edge work from some of the most exciting emerging companies. Arcola has been a launch pad for artists including Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Alecky Blythe (who had their first plays produced here), Lyndsey Turner, Lucy Kirkwood and Joe Sims. World-renowned directors including Max Stafford-Clark and Dominic Dromgoole have premiered work at Arcola, as have playwrights Bonnie Greer, Frank McGuinness and Sam Shepard. Actors including Linda Bassett, Clare Higgins, Greg Hicks, Geraldine James, Gemma Jones, Kathyrn Hunter, David Bamber and Toby Jones have all appeared on our stages.

Last year Arcola was nominated for 9 Off West End awards – more than any other London theatre.

The Hire Company Team of the Year Award

White Light

White Light is the complete production solution specialist operating in a range of markets such as events, theatre, concert touring , festivals, broadcast and themed attractions. This year alone, the company has provided its services on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Aladdin, ITV Sport’s EURO 2016 coverage and EXHIBITIONISM at Saatchi Gallery.
Since its formation in 1971, the company has forged a reputation of supplying solutions for projects of all sizes across the UK, Europe and worldwide. As a result, it has attracted many of the world’s leading manufacturers to choose WL as their exclusive distributor, such as CORE Lighting, Look Solutions and Wireless Solution. The company is also an appointed dealer for the very latest audio products including EM Acoustics, Full Fat Audio, Sennheiser and Yamaha Commercial Audio, along with being an elite rental partner for Shure.
Offering hires, sales, events, installation, technical service and training, WL prides itself on its industry knowledge, personal service and high technical standards – all of which have earned the company the complete trust of professionals across the entertainment spectrum during its 45 years in the industry.

Bristol Costume Services

Pirate Crew

Pirate Crew is a provider of technical crew, production staff and production management for theatrical events and tours around the UK and International.
Our simple aim is to continuously connect our clients with the most relevant personnel based on skills and attitude.

Pirate Crew strive to provide the best customer service and technical solutions possible.

‘The Stage’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Stage Management

Jack Conway

Stage Manager- Trained at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance.

I was part of the stage management team for the Shrek the musical UK and Ireland tour 2014-2016 and am now honored and privileged to be part of  the stage management team as ASM/book cover for The Blue Man Group World Tour which received  it’s world tour premier at The Marina Bay Sands Theatre, Singapore on 31st March 2016.

Jen Raith

Jen trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formally the RSAMD) and has since worked on many shows internationally, Broadway, and in the west end, including Chicago the musical, Shrek the musical, Let it Be, Yes Prime Minister and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Stephen Cowin

Stephen trained in Stage Management and Technical Theatre at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After graduating, Stephen joined Glyndebourne Opera as an Assistant Stage Manager. He became the Senior Stage Manager in 1999.

Robert Clayton

Robert has been working in the theatre business for 16 years.
He started as a casual Stage Technician at the Mayflower Theatre and he has worked as Production Stage Manager for P&O Cruises Sailing on board Oriana for nearly five Years.

2016 marks his 10th Pantomime Season as Technical Assistant Stage Manager with QDOS Pantomimes. Spending his first Season at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, then two seasons at The New Theatre, Cardiff and this year will be his 7th Season working at The Theatre Royal in Newcastle.

Other Productions credits were Roberts has been part of the Stage Management team include:
South Pacific & Seven Brides for Seven Brothers UK Tours and deputising on the recent tour of The Producers.
Robert works closely with the Mayflower Theatre Youth Projects. He’s credits for the Youth Project included: Bugsy Malone, Honk, Camp Rock, Music Hall, Oliver & Pirates of Penzance.

The Award for outstanding Achievement in Follow Spotting

Linford Hudson

50 years on the Lighting Department at the London Palladium. Done more Royal Variety performances than the Queen. Mentored countless people in the Industry. Had a centre page spread in The Independant written about him. Legendary in his own lifetime. Absolutely the best Follow spot Operator of his time, mentoring and commanding the best teams. RVPs, Spectaculars, Musicals, TV Shows, Comedy Stand Up, Music Gigs and Film, he has done the lot, and not just to a standard, but to his standard and that has been second to none. We should all aspire to that. “If you have been through Linford Hudson, you are good enough for me”! I have heard people say that. That is the respect and admiration this man has in the industry.
His dedication, devotion, professionalism and pride in his artform has been exemplary for over fifty years now. I almost forgot to mention that he is also an Olympian, justifiably being Spot 1 for the Ceremonies in 2012. This is the unsung hero moment. He deserves this. It would be easy to commend him for Followspotting alone, but LDs have come to rely on him through the years and trust him implicitely, to relieve the pressure, to be one less thing to worry about, to allow concentration on the Lighting without worry about the Followspots. He should receive the Oustanding Achievement Award because his Outstanding Contribution has allowed and encouraged others to achieve also..

The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Stage Door Keeping

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London

The Stage Door at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane or TRDL is manned and womaned by 4 people.There’s Becky who is the early shift, we start at 7am and does 48 hours a week.She’s been on the door for 10 years but was crew for many years before that.The late shift is mainly me, Jill Hudson but now taking it a bit easy and only do 4 shifts a week….after 30 years I deserve that!! My other shifts and holidays are covered by Flick and Warren who both work FOH. Speaking for myself I really do love my job and have met an amazing bunch of people in my time and I’m delighted that 42nd St, which was my first show, is coming back next year so retirement plans are on hold!!!

New Victoria Theatre, Woking

The New Victoria Theatre Woking Stage Door team are like a family – a very tight knit group of people, each bringing their own distinct ways and personalities to the team.
The secret that brings this interesting, loyal, hard working team together is their mutual love of the job. From uniting people with their lost false teeth, decorating the Stage Door at Christmas to welcoming the panto season, to trying to find the owner of a false leg!! (True story!)
Each and every one of them go out their way to help people including the visiting company, delivery men, crew and their colleagues – nothing seems too much trouble and the atmosphere is always a fun and happy one!
They have great rapport with the many company managers, cast and crew that have visited the venue year after year.
Many of the team have worked at Stage Door for a good number of years, with Stage Door Supervisor Cheryl the longest at 21 years! Cheryl is the artist amongst the team, frequently producing wonderful works of art including annual detailed sketches of the panto. Simon is a fantastic people person and will go out of his way to help people as is Sally who is an incredible asset and a wonderful singer. Peter is the organiser and a delightful dancer,
whilst Mary writes hilarious comedy scripts often drawing upon the mad side of life at Stage Door!
The wonderful casuals Charly, Cress, Emma and Vicky are the actresses in the team and Georgie has re-joined after being one of the first people to work here when the theatre opened and has been here for 18 years.
Each of the team have a vast knowledge and a great love of the New Victoria Theatre and The Ambassadors as a whole and are truly honoured and extremely proud to have been nominated for this prestigious award.

Theatre Royal, Plymouth

The Theatre Royal Plymouth is proud to see the work of its hard working Stage Door team recognised by this nomination. The team is made up of a core of 6 people, with a total of 35 years of service between them. The range of work presented and produced at Theatre Royal Plymouth since opening in 1982 is extensive. Major touring drama and musical productions along with leading opera and dance companies mingle with our own work to use our three auditoria for the theatergoers of the South West. Our Stage Door team are adept at welcoming a wide variety of people on a daily basis and they are always willing to help with any requests from artists and staff alike, adapting their manner for the different personalities. They are friendly, conscientious, resourceful and knowledgeable about all aspects of the Theatre and the local area. We couldn’t be happier for them as they go above and beyond their job role and are frequently praised by a diverse range of visiting companies using the Theatre.