Backstage Academy (Training) Ltd was established in July 2009, taking its first cohort of students in 2011. As a privately funded organisation, we bridge the gap between industry and education, working closely with leading professionals to respond quickly to current skills shortages and write training programmes in line with specific demands. As a centre of excellence for backstage & technical training we specialise in degree courses, short courses and bespoke training programmes for students, established professionals and community groups.

With Production Park Ltd. as our parent company, we are part of a group of dynamic industry leading companies which includes Brilliant Stages, The Scenic Labs and Production Park Studios who operate on Europe’s first live events campus. 

Since our inception in 2011 to August 2021 we have delivered University of Bolton degrees under franchise.  From September 2021 we will deliver our own programmes as a registered provider with the Office for Students, validated by the University of Bolton. Over the next few years, we aim to continue this journey and apply for New Degree Awarding Powers (NDAPS). For more information on this please get in touch.  



Policies & Procedures


The Backstage Academy Board

In line with other companies operating under the Production Park umbrella, Backstage Academy retains its own Board which reports to the Production Park Services’ Board of Directors. 

The Backstage Academy Board is the overarching governing body for Backstage Academy. It is primarily responsible for overseeing its activities, determining its future direction and promoting an environment in which its mission is achieved, and the potential of all students is maximised. The Board approves the vision, mission and strategic plans of the institution; the appointment of senior post holders; the composition and terms of reference of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and Academic Board; overall staffing and facilities plans; overall financial objectives and plans and approves the annual operating budgets.

If you wish to contact the Chair of the Board, for any queries relating to governance, or to contact any of our board members please email richard.sadler@backstage-academy.co.uk or write c/o The Clerk to the Backstage Academy Board, Unit 53, South Kirkby, Pontefract WF9 3NR.

If you are interested in working with us as an independent member of one of our boards and would like to know more about our current vacancies please get in touch.



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If you have any questions about Governance or anything else at Backstage Academy, please get in touch. 

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