Union and organisations

The Association of British Theatre Technicians

The ABTT provides training, safety advice, produces quarterly publication Sightline, runs the annual ABTT Show and provides networking information.

To learn more about the ABTT, click here.


BECTU is the independent trade union for those working in broadcasting, film, theatre, entertainment, leisure, interactive media and allied areas. They provide information and negotiate on contract, working conditions and pay, offer personal advice and representation to members, provide Health and Safety advice,

offer a range of benefits and services to members and publish Stage Screen and Radio eight times a year.

To learn more about BECTU, click here.

The Society of British Theatre Designers

A professional organisation run for set, lighting and costume designers, by other designers. They provide industry guidance, directories and training and seminars.

To learn more about the SBTT click here.

Stage Management Association

The national organisation for Stage Managers, and those interested in stage management and backstage work. They provide training, advice, support, networking events and advocacy on behalf of the members and the profession.

To find out more about the SMA click here.

The Association of Lighting Designers

A professional body representing lighting designers working in live performance in the UK and across the world. They act as an advisory body, promote the education of lighting design and to represent the art of lighting design.

To learn more about the ALD click here.

The Directors Guild of Great Britain

The Directors Guild Trust is the only organisation in the UK for directors across all media - film, opera, radio, television, theatre, animation and multimedia. They provide access to directories, support, members benefits, their magazine DIRECT and training and events.

To learn more about the DGGB click here.


NASMAH is a professional, social and educational organisation. They work to promote high standards in hair and make up, provide training and support and promote their members.

To find out more about NASMAH click here.

Association of Sound Designers

Professional association representing the interests of sound designers in the UK. They aim to promote education, high standards and professionalism, in addition to connecting their members.

Learn more about the ASD here.