Mr Dave Atkinson HND, BA (Hons)

Lecturer in Scenic Construction

Dave Atkinson

Dave employs his Engineering background and Theatre experience to be able to advise and teach students over a multi-disciplinary skill base. These experiences are called upon expertly when delivering the Scenic Construction module, as well as Production Managing shows that the School of Performing Arts produce.

On a day-to-day basis I plan the productions, oversee Health & Safety, keep the budgets, advise on the making of items, be it set, props, scenic art, lighting, sound etc.

Dave’s career in theatre started early during his engineering studies. The work as a part time technician for Carmarthenshire Theatres continued in the evenings and weekends while working as a design draughtsman for an aircraft interior design company. At Carmarthenshire Theatres Dave worked as a receiving Stage Manager, projectionist and sound & lighting operator. Within the Engineering industry Dave has worked as a design draughtsman across a few sectors including Automotive, Steel Fabrication, Reverse Engineering and Aeronautical.

Since re-training within the Theatre industry Dave went on to work as a freelance set builder, technician & production manager and is the main contact for Headstrong Theatrical Services, a project within the University of Wales Trinity Saint David where professional industry work is sought after and graduates of the Theatre Design & Production degree are employed to carry out that work, which typically consists of set building, scenic art, costume and technical.

Teaching areas cover the complex stage in theatre design where realising an artistic creation becomes reality.

Modules taught -

Scenic Construction

Staging the Action

Stage Management (Health & Safety)

CAD (Computer Aided Draughting)

Recycling scenery through design and implementing science into the realisation of scenic elements.

Dave also works to promote Headstrong Theatrical Services on behalf of the School of performing Arts. Headstrong is a project within the School that operates similar to a business, where external professional companies employ the services of design, scenic building, costume, stage & production management etc. In turn, Headstrong then seeks to employ graduates (and give experience to current students) as it’s staff.

Customers include; Welsh National Opera, Theatr N’a N’Og, Spectacle Theatre, Arad Goch, Tin Shed Scenery, Theatr Genedlaethol, RCT Theatres, Hijinx Theatre, Mother Bear Theatre, West Ent.

Dave is currently working with National Theatre Wales for the Roald Dahl celebrations in September and set building for the Torch Theatre for their up coming shows 'Women in Black' and 'Sleeping Beauty'