Dates and times

Saturday 29 February 10am - 5pm
Sunday 1 March 10am- 5pm


The PumpHouse Theatre


Additional fees

Two Day Workshop $40.00

How to get tickets

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This is an introductory 2-day workshop for those interested in learning Lighting and Sound in theatre, but could be applied to professional work, including film and setting up music concerts etc. It will consist of a mixture of theory and hands-on experience.

It will provide the solid basics of theatre tech, which can then be then expanded upon by helping in amateur theatre, school etc.

Course Overview


  • The different types of lights, and what they’re used for (including LED and moving lights, strobes, UVs and smoke machines)
  • Introduction to a Mac 250 moving light (thanks to Kenderdine Electrical for lending this to us)
  • Lighting dimmers
  • Patching dimmer channels- physical plugs and soft patching
  • Controlling dimmers- DMX, lighting boards and introduction to Light Factory a lighting cue program
  • Basic lighting rig design
  • The different types of cables and plugs.
  • Speakers- main speakers, sub-woofers and monitors, (passive and active)
  • Playing sound effects from a CD player or laptop (with Winamp or a cue program)
  • Sound mixing board
  • Cross-Over amp for sub-woofer
  • Microphones (hand-held and wireless)

Hands-On work:

  • Rigging lights (including LEDs)
  • Gelling lights to get different colours
  • Focussing lights on stage
  • Putting light levels up and down, and programming in a scene with a lighting board
  • Plugging in speakers
  • Running, securing and coiling cables
  • Playing sound samples from a Laptop, and setting levels on a sound mixer
  • House, Safety, Emergency and Backstage Lights, Extractor Fans/Air Conditioning, Heaters, Backstage Audio Monitors
  • RTs (Walkie-Talkies), and Pumphouse comms system

Other theory:

  • General safety- overview of WorkSafe rules
  • Rigging from the catwalk in a harness- overview of WorkSafe courses
  • Working outside- The Pumphouse Amphitheatre
  • Fault finding and fixing
  • Teamwork
  • Pyrotechnics- getting a licence etc
  • Getting involved in amateur theatre in Auckland
  • Stage Management
  • Makeup and Hair
  • Costumes
  • Set and Props
  • Theatre and Production Committees
  • Location of different Theatre Groups, and Theatres