Mentorship program pulls back curtain on theatre job

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre’s technical manager Fay Cakebread (back left) and lighting technician Karen Kennedy with In The Pines assistant stage manager Margaux Terek, set designer Olivia Zanchetta, lighting designer Alexander Ramsay, production manager Monica Hart and stage manager Steph Bone (front left).

A YOUNG, aspiring stage manager is in the spotlight after embarking on an intensive mentorship program at the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre.

Allendale East resident Margaux Terek received a Regional Arts Fund Quick Response Grant through Country Arts SA for a mentorship to be delivered during the final stages of Gener8 Theatre’s In The Pines production.

In The Pines is a compelling production that combines live theatre with virtual reality and will premiere this Thursday, with the season continuing into Saturday.

Ms Terek is being mentored by In The Pines stage manager and former Mount Gambier resident Steph Bone, set designer Olivia Zanchetta and production manager Monica Hart.

She will also work with Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre technical manager Fay Cakebread and lighting technician Karen Kennedy to bring the premiere performance to the stage.

“In her role as assistant stage manager, Margaux will be provided with practical examples of the tasks required during the exciting production week process and will have the important role of handling props backstage during all performances,” Ms Hart said.

“Margaux is doing a fantastic job, she shows great attention to detail and has an obvious passion for the theatre.

“She will make a great stage manager if she decides theatre production is the career for her.”

Ms Hart said there were several career pathways for men and women in theatre.

“It’s about providing opportunities for young people to become more informed about careers in theatre production and design,” she said.

“With this production of In The Pines, we are in a very unique position that the production team is mostly women, but there are a range of exciting roles in production and design for both men and women.”

Ms Hart said many people began their careers as a direct result of being mentored by someone with the enthusiasm to share their skills.

She encouraged young people interested in pursuing a career in theatre to contact her or Steph to discuss opportunities.

“An exciting career in theatre production and design could be for you,” she said.