The STA is one of the oldest societies at the University of Bristol Students’ Union (Bristol SU), we are a group of about 25-30 core members with a committee of around 10. Some of our members join from a background in technical theatre, but many join either from an acting / production background, or no history at all in theatre.

We provide the technical expertise to design, construct and run many shows in the Winston Theatre, the Pegg Theatre and beyond. We normally run 5 full size productions, at least 6 studio shows and a large danceshow every year, as well as running the Welcome Fair stage. We also support other events around the Union, in halls of residences and other student events around Bristol.

Many societies at Bristol, including MTB, Spotlights, Dramsoc and Pantosoc, rely on the STA for technical support and we’re always happy to help! Being a member of the STA is great fun and every helping hand is much appreciated.

Every active member gains many theatre-specific and transferrable skills, and we offer informal training in the following main areas:

  • Stage Management
  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Front of House
  • Theatre Safety

Almost all of this training is “on the job” training, where our more experienced members help teach in their areas of expertise.

Bristol SU also supplement our in house training with external training, including qualifications such as: First Aid at work,  PASMA, iPAF, as well as providing ladder training, manual handling training and fire marshalling courses.