We are pleased to offer Ottawa Little Theatre’s Training, Education, Competency and Health and Safety Program (or OLTtechs for short). The program is designed to ensure that we can provide and track the training needed by volunteers to operate safely and effectively on our productions. Workshops are free but you register by clicking on the session that interests you and “buying” a free ticket through the box office. The OLTtechs may cover such areas as Stage Safety, Stage Crew, Sound Crew, LX Crew, Wardrobe Crew, Fly Crew/Rigging, Power Tools, Make-up, and Rehearsal Management. Upcoming scheduled Workshops are listed below.

In each area the courses scale up in levels from operators to department heads and designers. The idea is to keep things simple, a brief session followed by a simple demonstration. We would encourage all volunteers, novices and experts alike, to attend training sessions as this is as much about introducing new standardised practices at the OLT as it is about subject specific training. Having said this we have no interest in making anyone sit through hours of talks about things they already know so those who have prior training and/or significant experience can just complete the demonstration element. All level one courses are free, no longer than 90 minutes (usually less than 60 minutes) and are usually scheduled at the beginning of a crew call to make it as easy as possible for volunteers to attend. Whenever possible we will match courses with the needs of a specific production (i.e. Fly 1 with a production that has a lot of flying) but courses are open to all OLT volunteers who are interested.



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Sound Workshop – MAR 5

Sound 1:  This training will focus on sound operation using computer based playback.  How to operate sound for one of our shows and more importantly how to trouble shoot if things go wrong.  No prior [...]

Flys / Stagecraft Workshop – APR 9

Flys 1:  This training will cover the safe operation of the both the fly system and pin rail system. Stagecraft 1:  An introduction to backstage including core skills such as manual handling, spiking, coiling, knots, [...]