About Me

Tim Clare

Tim Clare backstage at a production of Honk! at Town Hall Arts Center, Littleton, CO

Theatre has been a passion of mine throughout my life. After being entertained and inspired as youngster in the audience of amateur and professional shows, I knew I wanted a career involving the theatre, festivals and events. My first involvement on the other side of the curtain was with an amateur dramatics group ‘The Priory Players’ based in Gerrards Cross.

My focus and determination to be involved in the Artshas been realised with experience of theatre productions all over the world and I am currently Technical Supervisor at the Royal Spa Centre & Town Hall, which is primarily a receiving house. The shows vary from one night comedy or music performances, to week long plays and musicals and, of course, a traditional family pantomime. Deputising for the Technical Manager and acting as Resident Lighting Designer for the Theatre I am also in charge of a team of three technicians and training an apprentice.

My technical skills were first given to me as a teenager in Dorset. My teachers recognised my passion and ability, so in my early teens, I was successful in beingselected as the schools’ resident theatre technician. This post allowed me to complete my own studies whilst being trained in technical skills which enabled me to provideLighting and Sound Design as well as general operating assistance for school and community productions.

As my skills developed, my desire to be involved in more complex theatre productions lead me to become an active member of Weymouth Drama Club. This is a high quality local amateur dramatic group in Dorset, where I was regularly a key member of theStage Crew, as well as being allowed to practice my Lighting Design, Stage Manager & Pyrotechnicsskills.

I continued my academic studies and graduated from Queen Margaret University (QMU) with aBachelor of Arts degree in Stage Management & Theatre Production. This course allowed me to sample how theatres run inother parts of the world by being part ofan exchange programme with residential time atOhio Northern University. Here I was a key member of the backstage team which included being Senior Technician, Sound Technician for a live band and 16+ radio microphones and was also part of the build crew for their summer musical, Godspell.

Along side my academic studies, I have also obtained professional and work based qualifications. I have a Vari*Lite Series 300 DMX Technician certification, basic PAT Testing qualification, First Aid Certificate, IPAF Scissor Lift and Cherry Picker Licence as wells as being a member of Equity as a professional Stage Manager.

On graduating, I moved to Denver, Colorado in 2003 and worked with amateur companies until my work permit was approved when I started working for Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton, Colorado as a full-time theatre technician. From 2003-2005 I worked on the Build Crew for all shows, whilst covering the roles of Stage Manager, Stage Crew, Lighting Operator and Sound Operator for both the main shows & children’s theatre performances.

In 2004 I was Stage Manager for a production of Kiss Me, Kate for Robert Wells. Wells was impressed with my technical skills and later in 2005 offered me the role of Technical Director at the Avenue Theater, in Downtown Denver. This included being the Resident Stage Manager & Lighting Designer as well as running of the lighting & sound boards for most shows. My daily duties involved maintenance and upkeep of the theatre and its equipment, as well as improving the theatre facilities.

After returning to the UK, I worked for West Dorset District Council in the Planning department as the Process Team Officer and later as the Registry Assistant. I have been involved in many productions with the Weymouth Drama Club, Dorchester Drama and with other local organisations throughout the past few years designing both lighting and sound as well as acting as Technical Director for most of their productions. I have acquired considerable expertise in many areas of IT and website design, and am often called upon to sort out colleagues’ computer problems.

In October 2011 I became Crew Co-ordinatorfora crewing company providing corporate event setup for theLondon area which included working on some installations for London 2012 Olympic venues. I have had the pleasure of working on the0 install/de-rig for the flooring at the Olympic Stadium for the Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

In my spare time I enjoy geocaching (both in the UK and internationally), playing the piano, organising social functions and taking part in local quizzes!

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