Dates and times

Saturday 24th Feb to Sunday 25th Feb 2018
10:00 am to 5:00 pm


The PumpHouse Theatre


Adults $40.00
High School Students $10.00

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This is an introductory workshop for those interested in learning Lighting and Sound in amateur 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. Also later in the year, we will be running some Intermediate courses on Sound Editing and using Light Factory, and also advanced courses on Lighting and Sound design.

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 the lighting cue program Light Factory
  • 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 sound cue programs Multiplay and Qlab
  • Sound mixing boards (analogue and digital)
  • Cross-Over amp for sub-woofer
  • Microphones – hand-held, wireless, headset mics

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


Sat 24th February:
10:00 am-12:00 pm Theory
12:00 pm-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm-4:00 pm Theory
4:00 pm-5:00 pm Hands-On

Sunday 25th February:
10:00 am-12:00 pm Hands-On
12:00 pm-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm-5:00 pm Hands-On

Anton Reinauer – Tech Manager of ShoreSide Theatre and Peninsula Players (now closed down)- has been doing tech in theatre for 12 years- and has extensive lighting and sound design experience. Won ACTT award for Best Sound Design in Auckland Amateur Theatre 2012 for `Closer’, has two ACTT nominations for Best Lighting Design, and play `Appointment with Death’ that he did the lighting and sound design for, won ACTT Best Overall Production 2014.

Mark Pummell – Has been involved in theatre (both performance and technical theatre) from the age of 8.
Studied music practice at college, and has a degree in Music Technology. His work experience is in TV, Theatre and Film.

Julia Rutherford – Julia has a strong technical theatre background and a passion for theatre. She moved from the stage to tech when she was 15. After high school she moved to Australia and studied Design for Theatre and Television specialising in Lighting and Set Design. After graduating, she decided to move back home to Auckland and branched out into sound and management. She met Anton while working at Shoreside’s popular Summer show Shakespeare in the Park, which she has designed 3 times as well as tech managing the final year. She currently spends her days as Rental Coordinator at Kenderdine Electrical/Professional Lighting Services, a professional theatre, TV and film lighting tech, as well as tech and production managing The Acting Collective.

Duncan Milne – Has been involved with lighting and sound design and operation for more than 30 years. He has lit and operated more than 20 plays for Titirangi Theatre and other local theatres, and used to run the sound desk for 80s haircut band Katango. He’s the lighting designer for the Pop-Up Globe, and currently working as a freelance lighting designer.


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