Backstage Academy and STS confirm partnership
Tuesday, 4 February 2020
diamond-stageThe Diamond Stage at Backstage Academy’s Graduate Showcase
UK - After enjoying an informal relationship with Backstage Academy stretching back many years, Manchester-based STS Touring Productions has now put the relationship on a formal basis.
The Academy’s industry partnerships director, Miles Marsden, confirms that the rental company has been supplying a vast range of equipment, including Litedeck staging, PA, lighting and backline as required, virtually since the Academy set out its stall a decade ago. “But my relationship with [director] Pete Dutton goes back to the late ‘80s,” he adds. “They are an established supplier and we are delighted that they have now signed a partnership agreement.
“This provides them with the potential to give masterclasses, which we would welcome, leading to work experience and employment opportunities. In fact a lot of our industry partners are looking at career potential.”
Marsden says that STS have recently provided valuable assistance for some really challenging and high profile projects, notably Litedeck staging for the current Lightwaves 2019 student showcase at Salford’s Media City, as well as the backline for two major stages at the Academy’s Graduation Showcase, held at their Production Park facility outside Wakefield, back in May.
Pete Dutton says: “I understand that new blood must be trained in the industry and hopefully we will see the benefits in the future if the graduates make the grade and placement will then take them further into the industry."
(Jim Evans)

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