Technical Team



Our Technical Director, Graeme Nixon, backed up by a professional team of theatre technicians will work with you to build the Festival from the ground up.

You’ll get to work with state-of-the-art equipment provided by our sponsors in professional venues such as Curve Theatre.

During the week you will follow a bespoke course of learning through doing. Alongside building the venues you will learn about every aspect of technical theatre, including Lighting, Sound, Stage Management, Video and Logistics.


It is a hands-on experience, not lecturing, and you get the opportunity to put your new skills into practice while you are building a venue, or setting up a show, or taking part in an event at the festival. You will take so much away from the experience because the whole week is so practical.

Hamish Ellis and Emma Wallis, NSDF Technical Advisors. Click here to read their full blog explaining what it's like to be on the NSDF Technical Team. 


You will be empowered but mentored, you will have responsibility but be supported. It will be a full-on learning experience like no other.




...ideal for beginners or more experienced techies alike, we all learnt a huge amount and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. 

Meerav Shah, part of the NSDF Technical in 2018 and 2019


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


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 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



We just ask for you to complete a short and simple application form which can be found at the top of the page.

We welcome any applicants aged 16-25 (and mature students) it doesn’t matter if you’re in education or not. 

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

NSDF will take place from Saturday 4 April to Friday 10 April 2020. The Festival will take place in venues across Leicester City. 

NSDF will provide a FREE ticket to the Festival, and meals during your time with us, to every member of the Technical Team.

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

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 17th January 2020.

Please make sure you have read all the information above before you submit your application. If you have any questions please email  [email protected]