22 February 2012 at 2.23pm | Comment on this article
The Royal Opera House and China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) are to collaborate on a new professional skills training programme for stage managers.
The course has been designed for 15 production staff from both the NCPA and other major Chinese theatres who are looking to expand the skills of their staff. It covers the management of complex stage productions from the rehearsal room to the stage as well as management of touring productions.
At the announcement of the collaboration, Royal Opera House Chief Executive Tony Hall commented “Through joint projects such as this, the UK and China continue to show their commitment to nurturing the arts and creative industries that underpin them.”
The establishment of the course reflects the international focus of the Royal Opera House which, as well as its education work, has a history of touring internationally, digital initiatives and cinema screenings to widen access to its work.
The first course will take place in Beijing, beginning this month. This will be followed by a second in London in April. Further modules of specialist skills and training will be developed under the joint partnership.