I'm Bruce Asher.

Theatre Technician Sound Engineer Musician

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I'm a technician with years of experience in audio engineering, digital media and IT management, predominantly in theatre, live music and higher education.

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My passion lies in all things live performance, with a bias in sound; I'm an ABTT-accredited theatre sound technician seeking hands-on experience in producing houses to further develop my technical skills..

 

  • E-mail: bruce@bruceasher.co.uk
  • Mobile: 07969 727 595
  • Location: Surrey / Hampshire / London

Skills

TECHNICAL THEATRE / THEATRE SOUND
  • Significant experience in sound design, reinforcement (small- to mid-scale) and live mixing (analog and digital desks), and QLab / SCS programming and operation
  • LX knowledge - theatre lighting rigging, focusing, plotting and operation (ETC / zero88 desks); electrics and electronics troubleshooting and repair
  • Previous management and lead roles; training delivery on all of the above
  • Qualified first aider and fire marshall
  • Working knowledge of and certificates in: manual handling, working at height, PAT, IOSH, H&S regs, comms, etc.
  • Recording (mostly studio) and digital audio manipulation - proficiency in Adobe Audition; experience with many DAWs
  • Semi-professional live musician; music theory knowledge, score reading

 

DIGITAL MEDIA
  • Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop; experience with rest of Design CS / Production CS
  • Self-taught in graphic design, digital image manipulation, video editing / remuxing - training delivery on all of the above
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
  • ITIL-certified (v3 Service Management)
  • First/second-line support experience
  • Knowledge of various WCMSs, ADUC, and other backend management apps
  • Knowledge of web scripting languages
...AND THE REST
  • Certified excellence in customer service
  • Skilled in communication, self-motivation, teamwork, and the MSOffice suite
  • Owner of the coveted full UK driving licence and my own vehicle; also van experience
Experience

What I've done and where I learnt how to do it.

I've been a part of full-time technical teams for several years now, and am enthused by any further opportunities to develop my skills and ways of working in theatre and events.

Employment

Technical Manager

Apr 2018 - present

The Mill at Sonning Theatre

Head of technical department in regional producing house; also chief LX, duty technician and LX/snd op for all shows. Management of permanent and casual technical staff. Management and maintenance of all technical equipment and systems, incl. lighting, audio and data infrastructure, comms and relays, PAT testing, etc. Sound design/engineering/operation for all productions and events.

Musician, Technician, Publicist

Jul 2011 - present

The Bandits

Musician in semi-professional function and wedding band. Sound reinforcement and live mixing in small- to mid-scale venues. Management and maintenance of all audio equipment. Events management. Budget management. Design of public-facing promotional materials, both print and web media. Web and social media maintenance.

Digital Media Technician

May 2013 - Mar 2018

Royal Holloway University of London

Member of small technical support team dealing with all digital media-related requests from staff and students. Sound/AV design/operation for all performances/events. Management and maintenance of all IT equipment and network infrastructure. Stage and events management. Budget management. Training delivery. Principal's Award for Excellence in Service in 2017.

IT Service Desk Analyst

Oct 2011 - May 2013

Royal Holloway University of London

Member of small first-line support team operating the service desk for a university. End-user support and maintenance for all hardware and software across campus and beyond. Website and social media maintenance. Design of public-facing promotional materials, both print and web media. Training delivery. Testing and implementation of new services.

Education

MA In Drama & Theatre Studies

2013 - 2015

Royal Holloway University of London

Distinction. Dissertation on philosophies and neurobiology of laughter informing British improvised narratology theory.

BA (Hons.) in English Literature and Drama & Theatre Studies

2008 - 2011

Royal Holloway University of London

First-class joint honours. Various extra-curricular shows, predominantly in technical roles. Multiple awards for 'outstanding contribution' to societies.

Certifications and Training

Papers I've picked up along the way.

As well as the usual in-house manual handling, working at height, fire marshalling and (sigh) data protection training, I have earned a variety of certificates across several skillsets.

SELECTED CERTIFICATIONS
IOSH Working Safely British Safety Council 2018
ABTT Silver Award for Theatre Sound Technicians Association of British Theatre Technicians 2017
Emergency First Aid At Work St John's Ambulance 2017
Fundamentals of Audio & Music Engineering: Sound and Electronics Coursera / University of Rochester 2013
Introduction to Music Production Coursera / Berklee College of Music 2013
ITILv3 Foundation in IT Service Management Quanta Ltd 2012
Grade 7 Classical Guitar Trinity College London 2007

I am also a musician, providing live mixing / reinforcement for my semi-professional wedding band, The Bandits, for whom I also provide berry-razzing riffs and mediocre backing vocals. Click below for some toe-tappin' tunes:

Services

What I can do for you.

In my spare time, I fiddle with cheap guitar electronics, provide memorable customer service as a barman in my wife's pub, and offer you these freelance services:

48149

Hours Worked In Technical Theatre

982

Mugs Of Coffee Drunk Annually

537

Shows Operated

2611

Sound Effects Created Or Edited

208

Theatrical Lamps Replaced

5

Stats I've Just Guess-timated
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Find me

The Frog and Wicket
Eversley Cross
Reading, UK

Email Me

bruce@bruceasher.co.uk

Call Me

07969 727 595