Joe Myles

In January 2011, I moved to London with the intention of pursuing a career in technical management, at the age of 29, after working for 10 years in the hospitality industry. I was accepted onto a six-month placement as Technical Assistant at the Arcola Theatre on the Future Jobs Fund Scheme, after which I was offered and accepted a full time post with the company as Technician. During this time I developed from a supervised trainee to a position where I was often solely responsible for managing the venue and overseeing freelance service providers, interns and volunteers. Following the end of my this contract, I was offered the role of Cover Technician at the London Wonderground Spiegeltent, part of the Underbelly Comedy Festival at the London Southbank Centre. Alongside these positions I’ve also undertaken a variety of freelance production roles in London since 2011.

In my role at the Arcola, I was primarily been responsible for providing start to finish technical support for visiting artists/companies. I was responsible for supervising load-ins and load-outs and I helped construct a variety of sets, lighting and sound designs for events. I catalogued, organised and maintained the venue’s supply of sound and light equipment, set up backstage areas, seating banks, and assisted with installation, maintenance and re-decoration of performance spaces. I also acted as the driver and technician for a tour of Sweden and Germany for the in-house production: Mare Rider.

My role at the London Wonderground has allowed me to put into practice the many skills I acquired during my time at the Arcola, on a much larger scale, in a high-profile location, with artists of International standing. My position has been focused on three specific areas: lighting, sound, and stage management in the well-known Spiegeltent. As well as working on Limbo, the headline International co-production as lighting operator and stage manager, I have worked across all three areas with a wide range of visiting international circus, bands, comedy and cabaret acts, with a state of the art lighting and sound rig. At both the Arcola and Southbank Centre I have worked to provide what is required in short-turnaround times, within a fast-paced schedule of events and working with a diverse range of artists, crew and presenters. I am pleased to often receive positive feedback and am hardworking, patient and flexible.

In addition to the above I have worked extensively as a freelancer during my time in London, in roles including Lighting Designer and Operator, Production Manager and Sound Engineer, for organisations including Duckie, Shoreditch House, and SPILL Festival of Performance.

Since my early twenties I have also performed as a musician in a variety of bands, and have experience of touring and playing festivals both in Europe and the UK. This experience often proves useful when liaising with performers as a member of a technical crew, particularly in relation to sound engineering and hospitality. I’m also a DJ for vintage-style events.

My contract at the Wonderground ends on October 6th, which coincides with my relocation to Dorset, so I am seeking new opportunities either freelance, fixed term or permanent positions in production, sound and/or lighting, in the Westcountry and UK.

I am a stage technician and musician relocating to Dorset, with a wide range of experience; theatre, cabaret, circus and live bands to name a few. I've worked on international tours, both as a technician and a performer. My most recent role has been that of cover technician at the London Wonderground, working as Stage Manager, Lighting Technician and Sound Technician on an alternating basis.