John Robinson


YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2017 - 2018Centre Manager
Trinity Arts CentreTrinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough
Trinity Arts Centre
2016 - 2017Technician, Stage & Duty Manager
Drama, musicals, bands, children's theatre, comedy, lectures, etcTrinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough
2016Sound Designer and Sound/Lighting Operator
The Hobbit
Joe Sumsion
The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster
Williamson Park, Lancaster
Hannah Jackson
Bedazzled Musical Theatre Company
2013 - 2016Casual Sound Technician & Assistant Lighting Technician
Various - drama, musicals, folk music, bands, children's theatre, comedy, lectures etcTrinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough
2015Sound & Lighting Operator
Oliver Twist
Joe Sumsion
The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster
Williamson Park, Lancaster
2014 - 2015Followspot Operator
Dick Whittington (Evolution Pantomimes) Swan Lake (Moscow City Ballet)Sheffield Theatres
Lyceum, Sheffield
2014Technical Stage Manager
Collector of Tears
Jackie Fielding
National Tour
2014Sound & Lighting Operator
Hansel & Gretel
Joe Sumsion
The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster
Williamson Park, Lancaster
2014Casual Technician
Mount Saint Mary's College production of 'West Side Story'The Montgomery Theatre, Sheffield
2013Company & Technical Stage Manager
Cissie and Ada: An Hysterical Rectomy
John-Jackson Almond
Cutting the Strings
National tour
2013Sound Operator
Robin Hood
Joe Sumsion
The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster
Williamson Park, Lancaster
2013Stage Manager
2.8 Hours LaterSling Shot
Nottingham City Centre
2013Assistant Producer
Local News ItemWinterton Community TV
Winterton, North Lincolnshire
2013Assistant Lighting Technician & Lighting Operator
AladdinWorksop Light Operatic Society
The Regal Worksop (Soundwave Arts Centre)
War HorseCentre Screen West Lindsey
Glentworth Village Hall
2009 - 2012Career break
Career breakFamily health issues
2003 - 2008Sound Engineer, stage manager, artist manager and publicist
Julie Ellison in ConcertJulie Ellison / Acoustyistics
126 date national tour
2007Sound Engineer, stage manager, artist manager and publicist
Julie Ellison Borders Stores Tour in association with 'Acoustic' magazineJulie Ellison / Acoustic magazine
14 date national tour
2003 - 2006Sound Engineer, stage manager, artist manager and publicist
Julie Ellison's Pub Crawl tourJulie Ellison / Acoustyistics
89 date national tour
2005Sound Engineer, stage manager and publicist
Julie Ellison & Eddie Baird (Amazing Blondel) In ConcertJulie Ellison / Acoustyistics
Two concerts in Barnsley & Leeds
2005Sound Engineer
The MermaidJulie Ellison / Andy Manson Guitars
Exeter Pheonix Arts Centre
  • Education

    2016QA Level 3 Award in First Aid at WorkLives
    2016Fire WardenLindum Fire Services
    2016Introduction to the ElementETC
    2015Bronze AwardAssociation of British Theatre Technicians
    2014Sessions on DMX/DALI, DMX/RDM, Lighting Design, Live Sound, and RFPLASA Focus Professional Development Programme
    2013DiGiCo SD SeriesDiGiCo
    2013Sessions by Jon Burton (FOH Sound Engineer for The Prodigy & Bombay Bicycle Club), Gareth Fry (soundscape designer for 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony) and Steve Jones (d&b audiotechnik)PLASA Focus Professional Development Programme
    2010“Mic to Master”, covering recording, production and mastering with George Shilling (Blur, Texas, Mike Oldfield, Boy George, James Brown) and Mandy Parnell Grammy & Tech award nominee (Björk, Badly Drawn Boy, Prodigy)Leeds Metropolitan University (in association with Prism Sound, Audient, ATC and DPA)
    2004Music production, recording and artist management. NOCN Level 3 DiplomaRed Tape Studios, Sheffield
    1985PhD, thesis on human-computer interaction in safety related systemsUniversity of Bradford
    1981BSc Computer Science, 2:1 HonsTeesside Polytechnic

    Additional Skills

    I have a full, clean driving licence, including Cat C1 and C1E (up to 7.5t and trailer) and Cat D1 and D1E (minibus and trailer).

    I have many years experience driving light vans (up to LWB Transit) for personal use and professional use on national tours.

    Additional Information

    I am educated to post graduate degree level, and have a strong commitment to ongoing personal development.


    Available on request.

    Industry Awards

    ABTT Bronze Award, UK Theatre Award for Best Show For Children And Young People

    About me

    I am an independent professional with a broad range of business, technical and creative experience, encompassing theatre, cinema, music, conference, and outdoor events.

    Since 2003, I have successfully delivered on a variety of contracts, working as a company manager, tour manager, technical stage manager, sound engineer, theatre technician and theatre manager.

    I have extensive touring experience, taking in a diverse range of venues including outdoor festivals and outdoor theatre, arts centres, village halls (including Arts Council Rural Touring scheme), pubs, and major provincial theatres.

    I have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a successful track record of leading and contributing to technical, creative and business teams working in a wide range of demanding environments.

  • Skills

    Languages Spoken
    • English
    Organisation Memberships
    • ABTT (UK)
    Years in industry
    • 6+ years
    Company Experience
    • Children's Theatre
    • Regional Theatre
    • Site Specific Theatre
    • UK Touring Theatre
    Experienced In
    • Comedy
    • Community
    • Dance
    • Drama
    • Exhibitions
    • Festival
    • Fringe
    • Live Events
    • Musicals
    • New Writing
    • Outdoor Events
    • Pantomime
    Interested in
    • Cruises
    • European Tour
    • Live Events
    • UK Tour
    • World Tour
    DBS checked
    • Yes
    Driving Licences
    • Standard
    • 7.5T
    Industry Training
    • ABTT Bronze Award
    • IOSH Working Safely Certificate

    Professional Recommendations

    Catherine Farish Deputy Stage Manager

    John is very hard working and a great team player! He was extremely easy to work with and great company on such a long run!