Technical Team

Applications for NSDF 19 have now closed. 


The Technical Team work wonders…it is a badge of honour to be part of the team, especially if you want to work in technical theatre in the future.

You will help produce the Festival. You will be empowered but mentored, you will have responsibility but be supported. You will participate in workshops and see shows, if your schedule allows. It will be a full-on learning experience like no other.


The sense of community amongst all the teams and of having a wider conversation was fantastic. I truly felt I was a part of the festival’s being, which I don’t always feel as a technician. 

Technical Team Member | NSDF 18 Survey 


You might help build a venue from the ground up, adapt an unconventional space to make it ready for a site specific performance or be part of the team who create the evening events - the disco, quiz, cabaret and open mic. Or do all of the above! You will get to learn how to operate state of the art equipment, provided by our Technical Sponsors.

No experience is necessary to apply. However, if you do have some experience, whether at your local theatre or at university or college, we will make sure you are challenged to do more, learn more and try something new.

You will be led by a team of professional technicians who support you throughout the week. The professional team will led by Technical Director, Graeme Nixon.

If you are selected, the cost is £60 for the week - access all areas.

Thanks to an amazing donation by the Arts Patron’s Trust, we have been able to cut the ticket prices (down from £120 to £60) and are able to cover the cost of catering for the Technical Team in 2019. This means that as a member of the Technical Team you won't need to cover your own food costs, however, you will have to find and pay for your own accommodation (as everyone else at the festival has to).

We have a bursary scheme for anyone who thinks they might be eligible for a free ticket….again thanks to the Arts Patron’s Trust. 

Once you have been selected for the team after the 18th January 2019, you can apply for a bursary here or for more information please email [email protected]

We are not intrusive. We would just ask you to fill out a simple form or provide us with a one page student finance statement. 

If you are a university student and receive maintenance loans and grants from Student Finance, please include a scanned/photographed copy of your student finance statement. This is a one-page statement that you would have received prior to beginning this academic year that details how much maintenance funding you are awarded. This will be kept strictly confidential and is to help us ensure that the bursaries are granted to those most in need.

If you are not a university student please just complete the Your Circumstances sections on the form - giving us a brief overview of your circumstances and why you need the Bursary.

NSDF encourages a diverse range of voices to apply and is a passionate believer in Equal Opportunities for all.


Well done everyone @nsdfest it’s been a wonderful life affirming experience 

Kerry Kyriacos Michael | Theatre Director and Festival Judge 2018 


If @nsdfest has taught me anything, it’s the value of a spectrum of opinions 

Isabelle Culkin | Festgoer 


You deliver a quite extraordinary, inspiring festival 

Ruari Cormack | SLX Business Development Manager | Technical Sponsor 



sponsorship and equipment

You will get use the most up to date equipment provided by our sponsors in workshops and in supporting the productions.
Our main technical sponsor is SLX


In the past two years equipment has been supplied by:

All Access | Ambersphere | Avolites | Blackout | D & B Audiotechnik | Design Software Solutions | Eaton – Zero 88

etc ltd | Figure 53 | Green Hippo | Goboplus.Com | Lee Filters | Lyon Equipment | Martin Professional | Nexo Sa

Shure Distribution | UK Stage Sound Services | Troikatronix | YSLV