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John Robinson

John Robinson


Year Role / Type Name of Production / Director Company / Venue
2017 - 2018 Centre Manager
Trinity Arts Centre
Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough
Trinity Arts Centre
2016 - 2017 Technician, Stage & Duty Manager
Drama, musicals, bands, children's theatre, comedy, lectures, etc
Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough
2016 Sound Designer and Sound/Lighting Operator
The Hobbit
Joe Sumsion
The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster
Williamson Park, Lancaster
2016 Sound
Hannah Jackson
Bedazzled Musical Theatre Company
2013 - 2016 Casual Sound Technician & Assistant Lighting Technician
Various - drama, musicals, folk music, bands, children's theatre, comedy, lectures etc
Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough
2015 Sound & Lighting Operator
Oliver Twist
Joe Sumsion
The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster
Williamson Park, Lancaster
2014 - 2015 Followspot Operator
Dick Whittington (Evolution Pantomimes) Swan Lake (Moscow City Ballet)
Sheffield Theatres
Lyceum, Sheffield
2014 Technical Stage Manager
Collector of Tears
Jackie Fielding
National Tour
2014 Sound & Lighting Operator
Hansel & Gretel
Joe Sumsion
The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster
Williamson Park, Lancaster
2014 Casual Technician
Mount Saint Mary's College production of 'West Side Story'
The Montgomery Theatre, Sheffield
2013 Company & Technical Stage Manager
Cissie and Ada: An Hysterical Rectomy
John-Jackson Almond
Cutting the Strings
National tour
2013 Sound Operator
Robin Hood
Joe Sumsion
The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster
Williamson Park, Lancaster
2013 Stage Manager
2.8 Hours Later
Sling Shot
Nottingham City Centre
2013 Assistant Producer
Local News Item
Winterton Community TV
Winterton, North Lincolnshire
2013 Assistant Lighting Technician & Lighting Operator
Worksop Light Operatic Society
The Regal Worksop (Soundwave Arts Centre)
2013 Projectionist
Rural Touring Cinema
Centre Screen West Lindsey
Glentworth Village Hall
2009 - 2012 Career break
Career break
Family health issues
2003 - 2008 Sound Engineer, stage manager, artist manager and publicist
Julie Ellison in Concert
Julie Ellison / Acoustyistics
126 date national tour
2007 Sound Engineer, stage manager, artist manager and publicist
Julie Ellison Borders Stores Tour in association with 'Acoustic' magazine
Julie Ellison / Acoustic magazine
14 date national tour
2003 - 2006 Sound Engineer, stage manager, artist manager and publicist
Julie Ellison's Pub Crawl tour
Julie Ellison / Acoustyistics
89 date national tour
2005 Sound Engineer, stage manager and publicist
Julie Ellison & Eddie Baird (Amazing Blondel) In Concert
Julie Ellison / Acoustyistics
Two concerts in Barnsley & Leeds
2005 Sound Engineer
The Mermaid
Julie Ellison / Andy Manson Guitars
Exeter Pheonix Arts Centre


  • Year
  • 2016
    QA Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work
  • 2016
    Fire Warden
    Lindum Fire Services
  • 2016
    Introduction to the Element
  • 2015
    Bronze Award
  • 2014
    Sessions on DMX/DALI, DMX/RDM, Lighting Design, Live Sound, and RF
    PLASA Focus Professional Development Programme
  • 2013
    DiGiCo SD Series
  • 2013
    Sessions by Jon Burton (FOH Sound Engineer for The Prodigy & Bombay Bicycle Club), Gareth Fry (soundscape designer for 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony) and Steve Jones (d&b audiotechnik)
    PLASA Focus Professional Development Programme
  • 2010
    “Mic to Master”, covering recording, production and mastering with George Shilling (Blur, Texas, Mike Oldfield, Boy George, James Brown) and Mandy Parnell Grammy & Tech award nominee (Björk, Badly Drawn Boy, Prodigy)
    Leeds Metropolitan University (in association with Prism Sound, Audient, ATC and DPA)
  • 2004
    Music production, recording and artist management. NOCN Level 3 Diploma
    Red Tape Studios, Sheffield
  • 1985
    PhD, thesis on human-computer interaction in safety related systems
    University of Bradford
  • 1981
    BSc Computer Science, 2:1 Hons
    Teesside Polytechnic

About me

I am a theatre manager with a broad range of business and technical experience, encompassing theatre, cinema, music, conference, and outdoor events.

Since 2003, I have successfully delivered on a variety of contracts, working as a company manager, tour manager, technical stage manager, sound engineer and theatre technician.

I have extensive touring experience, taking in a diverse range of venues including outdoor festivals and outdoor theatre, arts centres, village halls (including Arts Council Rural Touring scheme), pubs, and major provincial theatres.

I have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a successful track record of leading, and being an effective member of, technical teams in demanding environments.

Additional Skills

I have a full, clean driving licence, including Cat C1 and C1E (up to 7.5t and trailer) and Cat D1 and D1E (minibus and trailer).

I have many years experience driving light vans (up to LWB Transit) for personal use and professional use on national tours.

Industry Awards

ABTT Bronze Award


Available on request.

Additional Information

I am educated to post graduate degree level, and have a strong commitment to ongoing personal development.


Primary Job Title Theatre / Venue Manager
Secondary Job Title Sound Engineer
Job Titles Artistic Director, Audience Development Officer, AV Technician, Communications Officer, Company Manager, Company Stage Manager, Duty Manager, Engineer, Events Manager, Executive Producer, General Manager, Lighting Operator, Lighting Technician, Lighting, Followspot Operator, Marketing Manager, Operations Manager, Press & Marketing Officer, Producer, Production Manager, Programming Coordinator, Projectionist, Road Manager, Sound Engineer, Sound Operator, Sound Technician, Stage Manager, Technical Manager, Technical Stage Manager, Technician, Technician, Assistant, Tour Manager
Years in industry 6+ years
Company Experience Children's Theatre, Regional Theatre, Site Specific Theatre, UK Touring Theatre
Languages Spoken English
Organisation Membership ABTT
Experienced in Comedy, Community, Dance, Drama, Exhibitions, Festival, Fringe, Live Events, Musicals, New Writing, Outdoor Events, Pantomime
Interested in Cruises, European Tour, Live Events, UK Tour, World Tour
DBS checked Yes
Driving Licences Standard, 7.5T
Industry training ABTT Bronze Award, IOSH Working Safely Certificate

Professional Recommendations

  • Catherine Farish
    Catherine Farish · Deputy Stage Manager

    John is very hard working and a great team player! He was extremely easy to work with and great company on such a long run!