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Expertise center for the technical performing arts

The expertise center for the technical performing arts has grown organically from the research- and education projects of the technical theatre department of RITS (Erasmus University College Brussels). The expertise center provides continuity in order to disseminate the results of research  and to guarantee the cooperation with the industry, educational and research institutes and international networks.

The expertise center wants to evolve into a permanent contact point for training providers, industry and policy makers. It wants to be part of the reality rather than observing it.

The focus points of the center are:

  • Competence systems in the technical fields of the performing arts, including the accurate definition of the profession content.
  • Development of teaching techniques and simulation techniques.
  • Training for industry and intermediaries - training providers.
  • Sustainability, health and safety
  • History of technical theatre

The centre also functions as the “assessment center for national certificates in the technical performing arts”, providing assessment and certification for stage hands, stage technicians, sound, light and video technicians and stage managers.

In the last ten years, the centre developed several projects, on local as well as on international level (see www.podiumtechnieken.be/onderzoek).  

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Portfolio (if English results are available the link to the page is included)

  • 2015 - 2017: the ETTE project develops a European competence descriptions and assessment methodology for a safety passport in events and performing arts.
  • 2013 – 2015: The Expertise Center is partner in the ESCO sectoral reference commission for the arts, entertainment en redreation sector. The reference commission develops a standard terminology in all EU languages and an open format allowing to link national and regional employment initiatives in order to match people and employers across borders.
    - project website 
  • 2012 - 2015: the ScenTec project aims at achieving higher creative, technical and safety standards in the Balkans by developing professional trainings for stage technicians. 
  • 2012 – 2013: the COOP project develops a blueprint for a cooperative service company for the cultural sector. The project wants to investigate if and how a cooperative business model can provide a more stable employment situation for beginning stage technicians and artists.
  • 2011 – 2014: the Timeline project researches ways of preserving, documenting and validating stage technological heritage. 
  • 2011 – 2014: the Backbone project aims at developing a competency database in order to couple tools for the evaluation, validation and portfolio development of professional competencies. The tool focuses on the unique individual profile of the apprentice.
  • 2011 – 2012: the Cue One Go project developed an evaluation tool for workplace learning and apprenticeship based on the competency catalogue developed by the Expertise Center for Stage Technology. The tool also contains three Q&A brochures about workplace learning and apprenticeship.
  • 2010 – 2012: the REcoEP project developed a toolkit about sustainable stage technology for professionals and apprentices. The toolkit contains tips and good practices and translates them to checklists, courses, and a practical guide. 
  • 2009 – 2013: the Testcentrum Podiumtechnieken (Test Center for Certification of Professional Experience). The test center currently certifies six professions: assistant technician, technician, stage manager, specialist lighting, specialist sound and specialist video. 
    - website 
  • 2009 – 2012: the CAPE-SV project aims at making teaching units transferable within the ECVET training credits in order to achieve the European Long Life Learning goals.
    project page
  • 2009: the TTF project developed an advice for the European employees and employers federations based on a preliminary analysis of the trainings, educational programs and innovation projects in Europe.
    Theatre Technical Training in the EU (PDF)
  • 2008 – 2011: the OPTiV project  analyzed the Flemish education in technical theatre and developed recommendations in order to strengthen the international context of the Flemish stage technology trainings and educational programs.
    - Building Blocks for unique People (PDF)
  • 2008 – 2009: the PraPAT project analyzed the state of workplace learning and aprenticeship as a preparatory study for the professional HBO5 and SeNaSE stage technology training programs developed by the Flemish Strategic Advisory Board for Education and Professional Training (VLOR) (link).. 
  • 2007 – 2009: LPT (Live Performance Techniques) is the sequel to the TTT project. The project builds on previous research in order to develop tools for mockups of competency portfolios, training needs and comparison of training programs.
    - project website   Intro and units
  • 2005 – 2008: the LiViDat project developed dedicated up to date content for training and educational purposes about the use of video and data projection in the performing arts. The research focused on current technological as well as artistic developments. 
  • 2005 – 2007: the TTT (Theatre Technical Training) project developed a taxonomy allowing to transfer and compare stage technology competencies between several countries and systems.  Intro and units