Simon Lovelace has worked in the professional entertainment and events industry all his life.
Simon runs Crewclass training courses, which provide training and career advice to people entering the sharp end of the technical side in the events and entertainment industry.
He started as a child actor in the late 70's and, after a brief period as a professional drummer in an 80's indie band, went to work in commercial recording studio's as a sound engineer.
In the mid 90's he found his true vocation when he was introduced to production crewing company Stage Miracles, where he worked as a stagehand on all manner of live events from stadium and arena rock concerts to television shoots and corporate events.
After a while he went freelance and since then has hung up lights and plugged in speakers all over Europe. He is a widely experienced production crewman with a track record in theatre, concert, corporate events, even circus!
He currently works on the production team at Scarborough Open Air Theatre, the biggest ouutdoor theatre in Europe.
In 2010 Simon developed and launched Crewclass, The Essential Introduction to World Class Crewing (www.crewclass.co.uk). This led him to being invited to teach Production Arts at BTEC Level 3 in a west london college in 2012.
Since then he has been working closely with NSA CC Skills and is enthusiastically committed to the mission statement of "recognising, developing and improving skills opportunities for the creative and cultural workforce".
Building a Creative Nation
Simon is an inspiring teacher with a real passion for what he does. He fills a room from the moment he walks in, and is dedicated to helping others on their own unique journey by sharing his skills and experiences. I had a thoroughly entertaining and enlightening day, met some great folk, and now have the confidence to take my new found knowledge and apply it. This course is absolutely perfect for anyone wishing to get a brief overview of what goes on behind the scenes of any staged event - whether it be a small scale hotel conference, a theatre performance or music festival, and if that sounds like an endorsement, well I guess it is!
(Rachel Aldington. Crewclass Attendee)
Fair Access for the Creative & Cultural Industries
With a career spanning over 20 years in live showbusiness, Simon Lovelace is one of the most knowledgable and experienced all-round crewmen working in the UK today. He is also an excellent communicator. In his one day course, entitled "CREW CLASS", he imparts all the basic knowledge required to transform an absolute beginner with nothing to offer but interest and passion into an employable entry-level stagehand.