This Roundhouse digital workshop is open to any person aged 18-25

Want to know more about backstage theatre? Join Backstage Niche in an informative and interactive online workshop. Learn how to cue a show, enter the world of video and be introduced to the backstage roles and how they complement each other in a theatre production.
This workshop will be led by Stage Manager Sylvia Darkwa-Ohemeng and Audio Visual Designer Akhila Krishnan.

Backstage Niche showcases freelancers from ethnically diverse backgrounds and highlights their work in technical/backstage theatre. Backstage Niche also provides workshops for the younger generation as well as informative panel talks exploring possible pathways and career prospects within the industry.

Sylvia is a stage management alumna from Rose Bruford, a member of the National Youth Theatre Board of Trustees and the founder/director of Backstage Niche. Sylvia has worked on productions such as, Halfbreed Soho Theatre: India Tour, Nine Night (Dorfman), Pericles (Olivier) National Theatre, Barbershop Chronicles USA and Canada Tour, Richard II The Globe Theatre: Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, My White Best Friend and other stories The Bunker Theatre and Royal Court via live Zoom, Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner Royal Court Upstairs Theatre, Fairview Young Vic, Rockets and Blue Lights Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre, Live Newspaper: Edition 2, Royal Court and the production manager for TWENTY TWENTY at the Young Vic.

Akhila Krishnan is an Audio Visual Designer and a member of the Backstage Niche Freelancers Network. Akhila is a multi disciplinary designer and creative director. She graduated from the Royal College of Art and the National Institute of Design. She was also an exchange student at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. During her time at 59 Productions, she was a core part of the Tony and Olivier Award winning design team that worked on the musical An American in Paris. She was also Senior Designer on Grenfell: Our Home, Channel 4’s first VR documentary, that won awards at the Sheffield and Raindance Film Festival. Recent work includes Knife of Dawn at the Royal Opera House, Oliver Twist with Leeds Playhouse/Ramps on the Moon and POD at Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

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