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Antonia has been a professional Stage Manager for over 25 years working extensively in the UK and overseas. Originally starting as an Assistant Stage Manager in repertory theatre she then went on to specialise in opera production. In 2000 Antonia took up a lecturing role at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff UK. It was here that a long running relationship began with GDS and ETC to develop a new SM console and cue lights which have gone on to be installed across the world.


In 2015 there was an opportunity to move to Asia for two years and take up the post of Head of Entertainment Technology, Management and Design at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In 2018 Antonia was invited to create a new faculty post of Visiting Assistant Professor in Stage Management at Florida State University. Over the course of nine months Antonia was able to develop a Stage Management specialism for students on the BA Theatre Programme alongside overseeing twelve productions. In May 2019 Antonia happily returned to the UK to continue her career as a stage manager and educator.

Since beginning to work in the education sector Antonia has combined teaching with professional practice working predominately as a Production Stage Manager for gala dinners, one-off special events and awards ceremonies. Notable work includes: -

  • Welcome to Wales – the opening gala of the Ryder Cup Golf Tournament 2010

  • Aspire Opening Ceremony Doha Qatar - the opening of the world's largest sporting academy

  • Numerous fundraising events for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama involving their patron Prince Charles at both Buckingham Palace and his Welsh home, Llwynywermod

  • PARADE for National Dance Company Wales

  • National Day for Dubai Festival City Mall to an audience of 55,000 spectators

  • City of Angels for the Royal Academy of Music directed by Bruce Guthrie

  • On Bear Ridge for National Theatre Wales/Royal Court directed by Vicky Featherstone & Ed Thomas

  • Hail Cremation! for National Theatre Wales directed by Adele Thomas

  • Held Momentarily for the Royal Academy of Music directed by Bruce Guthrie

  • Spinning Girl (R and D) by Louise Osman directed by Julia Thomas

  • The Wedding Singer for the Royal Academy of Music directed by Bruce Guthrie

  • Anthem for the Wales Millennium Centre directed by Alice Eklund

  • Merrily We Roll Along for the Royal Academy of Music directed by Bruce Guthrie

  • Every Good Boy Deserves Favour for The National Centre for the Performing Arts (Mumbai)

       directed by Bruce Guthrie

  • Es & Flo by Jennifer Lunn, for Wales Millennium Centre directed by Susie McKenna.produced by Padraig Cusack


with one Preview to go before Press Night

Antonia slept and never did awake, RIP

The show has subsequently been dedicated in Antonia's memory


Antonia Collins

Antonia Collins 高安雅

International Stage Management Specialist & Educator

The Bamboo Manager Project

15th February 1970 - 30 April 2023

In 2017 Antonia started her own project The Bamboo Manager Project which provides online courses and face to face support for early years managers in the creative industries who are looking to develop their management style.


MSc in Digital Education, University of Edinburgh – November 2019


Excellence in Learning Student Personal Development and Employability Award
Teaching Awards, RWCMD - June 2014  

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK – July 2012

Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education & Training) – University of Wales 2001

Graduate Diploma in Drama – Stage Management – WCMD 1991

Conference Credits
March 2019 - USITT Louisville USA
Product Trainer ETC
March 2018 - USITT Fort Lauderdale USA

Speaker - Body Language

Mentor for the SM Mentor Program


March 2014 - USITT Fort Worth USA

Co-Chair - Why not How Stage Management

Mentor for the SM Mentor Program

June 2013 - ABTT Theatre Show London UK

Speaker - International Stage Management

March 2013 - USITT Milwaukee USA

Chair - International Management

March 2012 - USITT Long Beach California USA

Mentor for the SM Mentor Program


Feb 2012 - Stage Management Association Conference London UK

Speaker - Life After Stage Management

Sept 2011 - PLASA London UK

Speaker - UK v US Stage Management

June 2010 - International Theatre Conference London UK

Speaker -  SM Control Systems Engineering & Architecture

March 2010 - USITT Kansas USA

Speaker - New Technologies

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