Portrait of  David Wainwright David Wainwright

david.wainwright@hud.ac.uk | 01484 478449


Current Position

Senior Technician (Manager of Resources), Drama Theatre & Performance Huddersfield University Drama Department

  • manage both the technical department &  Building in Huddersfield
  • Develop H&S & departmental policy
  • Hold & operate the Premises Licence
  • Ensure the smooth and effective running of the Milton Building for students, staff and visiting theatre companies.
  • To manage and maintain the Division of Drama’s complex of three theatre studios and related facilities.
  • To ensure the provision of appropriate technical support for the teaching and performance work of staff and students.
  • To develop and implement safe, professional working practices throughout the building in conjunction with the University H&S personnel.
  • To implement and manage effective systems for the booking of Milton Building resources by students, staff, and external parties.
  • To oversee Front of House operations for public performances.

Professional Experience

  • Head of Maintenance and Technical Operations: Wookey Hole Caves & Mill
  • Building & Technical Services Manager: The Drum, Birmingham
  • Company & Production Manager: Roundabout TIE Company, Nottingham Playhouse
  • Set & Lighting Designer - Society of Asian Artists
  • Stage Manager - Belgrade TIE
  • Technician - Midlands Arts Centre
  • Stage Manager - Theatr Clwyd, Mold
  • Stage Manager - Cannon Hill Puppet Theatre, Midlands Arts Centre
  • Technical DSM - City of Birmingham Touring Opera
  • Workshop Leader - Stevenage Community Arts
  • Technical/Production Manager - MASQUE Community Theatre, Stevenage BC
  • ASM & DSM - Century Theatre, Keswick
  • Acting Extra - Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh
  • Resident Technical Manager - Netherbow Arts Centre, Edinburgh
  • Quality Control Chemist - Scottish & Newcastle Breweries

Research and Scholarship

Researching  Victorian Stage illusions especially the Dircksian Phantasmagoria & Peppers Ghost



  • Fellow Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce  (RSA)
  • Member Institute of Science & Technology             (MIScT)
  • Former Councillor on Sandwell MBC

Planning committee

Social inclusion scrutiny committee

Former Leader and Deputy Leader - CAT

Youth and Cultural Services Cabinet Advisory team

Member of the select committee on Community Cohesion

Employment Appeals Panel

  • Former Member - Board Member New Perspectives Theatre Company 
  • Former Chairman - Magdala Opera Company, Nottingham
  • Former Member - Member Police Consultative Committee

Former Member - Member West Midlands Forum Planning Committee