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“What does this button do?” Tech it step by step with Daniel Sarstedt

April 2, 2022 - April 3, 2022

Booking Closed

Please note that this event is available to book in two regions. For more detailed time zone information, please see the ‘Important information’ section below and select your chosen region when you ‘Book now’.

The studio runs 3 hours per day on two consecutive days in each region.

About the workshop

“What does this button do?” Tech it step by step

Workshop description
This workshop explores technology-driven sound and light design. How can we employ apps and devices to make the creative process more integrated? Especially in a devising process, building the visual and aural world organically alongside the performance elements can create much more unified pieces.

Learning outcomes

Participants will:

    • explore how the design process for sound and light design can be integrated into a rehearsal or devising process
    • understand how both diegetic and non-diegetic sound and music can enhance a performance
    • learn to use show running apps, both for tablets and laptops
    • receive a basic course in how to set up sound and lighting hardware

Target audience
All teachers of drama and theatre; technical support/production staff.

Level : Introductory

Benefits for curriculum development and delivery
The skills acquired are useful for all production and devising work, both within the curriculum and in co-curricular activities. The studio may be of particular use for IB Theatre teachers in preparing students for the Collaborative Project and Solo Theatre Performance.

Session outline

Session #1: Saturday 2nd April 2022 (90 min)
Hardware and Software
What do we need to enable integrated tech? How to set it up. How do the apps work? Troubleshooting tips.

Session #2: Saturday 2nd April 2022 (90 min)
Lighting and Projection.
Using images and text as a design element. Torches. Projectors.

Session #3: Sunday 4th April 2022 (90 min)
Sound Design. Sourcing sound files.
Creating underscores. Building cuestacks

Session #4: Sunday 4th April 2022 (90 min)
Putting it all together
Creating a show

Total course time:
6 hours

About your workshop leader

Daniel Sarstedt

I have an MA in English from Copenhagen University supplemented with theatre studies at Rose Bruford College and I am currently teaching Theatre at Frankfurt International School. Apart from various freelance music and theatre projects, I am part of a group of close collaborators, writing, recording, producing and performing mainly electronic music, as well as recording on my own.

I believe strongly in the importance of collaboration in the arts. While I love writing songs and music when it’s just me and a piano or computer, it is through working with other artists that I really feel I thrive. This goes as much for working with a group of young artists at an ISTA festival as for working in the studio with the band finalising a track.

Important information

Event Coordinator
Helen Abbott

Workshop timings

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd April 2022 (same time both days)
11:00 am – 2:00 pm British Summer Time (BST)
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central European Summer Time (CEST)
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Singapore Standard Time (SST)
6:00 am – 11:00 am Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

The studio will take place on Zoom.
Joining instructions will be emailed to participants 24 hours before the event.
Some familiarity with Google Drive, Google Docs etc. would be helpful, but is not a requirement.

Places are limited to 25 participants


The cost of this studio is GBP £150 per person for ISTA members and GBP £200 per person for non members.

Please note that once booked and invoiced the registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable as per our event terms and conditions.


What to bring

Any materials shared with you prior to the studio, such as the workbook. A notebook and pencil are always useful.

Participants should bring a laptop, and if possible, also a phone and/or tablet. Activities and resources will be with Apple devices, but all can be adapted to Windows and Android devices.

Please note: Your workshop leader may ask you to preview/download some apps to your laptop/tablet/phone prior to the studio. More information will be provided by your Event Manager closer to the event

Space requirements
If possible, please try to have a small amount of space near to you for any practical work.

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Saturday 02 April at 11:00
Finishes on Sunday 03 April at 14:00
(BST - British Summer Time)


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