While hundreds of people pass through the doors of RWCMD for World Stage Design 2013, a team of staff and volunteers are working hard to make sure the whole event runs smoothly.
So who is behind this incredible event? And how did Cardiff – and the College – get chosen to host this worldwide celebration of performance design.
The event is being led by the College’s Director of Drama, Sean Crowley with Ian Evans, who is a senior lecturer in Stage Management. Their bid for the event to be held in Cardiff won over major global cities including Beijing. Working alongside Sean is a team of international volunteers. In the weeks leading up to the opening, the corridors of RWCMD have been bustling with over 100 blue t-shirt clad volunteers from Taiwan, Ireland, Canada, USA, Australia, South Africa…
The “blue army”, as they’ve become known, has been tasked with everything from building exhibition stands, constructing the Willow Theatre, working on sound and lighting, stage managing the events and everything in between.
Volunteer Flor Dias, from Brazil, said: “I helped to make the market carts, which really honed my carpentry skills, and was a great experience as I really want to work with props. Cardiff feels like my kind of city. We’ve all felt at home here straight away and integrated into the team.”
Valeria Pacchiani from Switzerland added: “Although we’re all from the same industry backgrounds, we’re from different countries and bring different perspectives on how we do things. We’ve made so many friends, who will also be contacts within our industry for the future.”