Rob Sayer

Educator, Innovator, Writer

I am currently Senior Lecturer in Theatre Production at Bath Spa University on the BA (Hons) Theatre Production programme.

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I specialise in using digital technologies in learning, developing communities of practice and e-mediated communication which informs much of my work as an educator. I use the Learn@OnStageLighting platform to support this, providing courses and mentoring to learners all over the world. I also run private stage lighting workshops for groups, companies and venues in all areas of performance including theatre, concerts and live events.

I am passionate about the education of the next generation of lighting engineers and started the website On Stage Lighting in 2007 as an alternative to using my professional experience to write a book on modern stage lighting. Writing and promoting this website built on my prior experience of web marketing and the led me to connect this to my production experience and interest as an educator.

At Bath Spa University, I lead modules in Stage Lighting, Sound and Audio-Visual for live performance along with Professional Portfolio, a final year student module on employability and skills for an increasing freelance market. While at Bath Spa, I was awarded a Teaching Fellowship in recognition of my innovation and contribution to teaching and learning at the university. I also gained a PG Dip in Higher Education and spend much of my time as advisor to other programmes and institutions providing learning in performance production and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Before becoming a full time educator, I spent over 20 years as a production professional with a strong repuation as a Lighting Designer, Programmer and Production Manager for many performance genres and specialising in commercial events. Many years ago, I gained an HND in Stage Management and Technical Theatre at the internationally acclaimed Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. I have designed and programmed lighting for theatre performances, music festivals and large corporate events for blue chip companies while travelling all over Europe.

Teaching and Workshops

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