TAFF (The Oxford University Theatre Technicians' Society) exists to provide a forum for support, advice and training to technicians working on the technical side of Oxford University student theatre, to encourage safe working practices amongst student technicians and to help foster a greater understanding of technical theatre in the wider Oxford theatrical community.
TAFF exists through a combination of social and theatrical meetings, our annual AGM and our very active mailing list. Generally, people post to the list if they have questions for the many experienced technicians that make up the TAFF membership, to pass on important information or news that may concern Oxford drama, or most importantly to advertise crew positions on upcoming productions - so if you want to get involved with the technical and backstage side of theatre in Oxford, the best place to find opportunities is the mailing list. Anybody may post to the list, but you have to be a member of TAFF to receive the e-mails.
TAFF is run by its governing body which is made up of the Exec, the Committee and our Senior Member. Details of who these people are, and how to get in touch with them, can be found further down this page.
Anybody who is working in technical theatre is placing themselves in an inherently dangerous environment, and TAFF places an emphasis on the professionalism and safety of its members. Our Constitution, Bylaws and Code of Conduct for Health and Safety, all available below, outline both the foundations of TAFF and how members are expected to work. They are essential reading for any techie who is representing TAFF, particularly the Code of Conduct for Health and Safety.
If you would like to join TAFF and start receiving emails from the mailing list, then please e-mail this address giving your name, Oxford College, and year of graduation.
There is a guide telling you how to use the mailing list here: How to: Post to TAFF
Becoming a member of TAFF automatically includes you in our mailing list, and you will receive all postings. Non-members may also post to the list, though they won't receive other emails posted to it. Click here to post to the mailing list - remember that only unpaid postings are allowed.
Membership of TAFF is also open to non-members of the university, e.g. students from Oxford Brookes University, ex-students who are still working in Oxford theatre. Please contact the secretary about this.
TAFF Committee 2017-2018
President - Rebecca Carter, Lady Margaret Hall
Secretary - Christina Hill, St.Hugh's
Treasurer - Katrin Padel, Keble
Senior Member - Dr Graham Nelson, St Anne's
Freshers' and Training Rep - Matthew Woolley, Oriel
Hires and Venues Rep - Mark Riley, University
IT Rep/Webmaster - Chris Burr, University
Other Societies Rep - Jonny Danciger, St Peter's
Prop Store Managers - Louise Drognat-Landre, Wadham
Social Secretary - Aisha Tahir, Hertford
Without Portfolio - Jennifer Hurd, Exeter
The incumbent O'Reilly Theatre Technician and University Drama Officer are granted a standing invitation to attend committee meetings in an advisory capacity, but do not have voting rights.
The committee welcome queries of any sort relating to technical theatre and design. The following committee members have volunteered to be the point of contact for questions relating to specific departments. These contacts have been provided for your general information and should not be used to directly or indirectly find crew members for productions. If you are looking for someone to fill a certain role, please use the TAFF mailing list. For general queries, contact the current TAFF president, Rebecca Carter.
Stage Management - Aisha Tahir, Hertford
Set Design - Chris Burr, University
Sound Design - Jonny Danciger, St Peter's
Lighting Design - Katrin Padel, Keble
Production Management - Rebecca Carter, Lady Margaret Hall
Costume Design - Christina Hill, St Hugh's
The Committee meet four times a term to dicuss all manner of things. It consists of the elected Exec and a committee chosen by the exec at the start of every Trinity Term. If you have anything you think should be dicussed or wish to attend a committee meeeting, please contact the secretary. The minutes of the previous meetings can be found here: Minutes Online.
Oxford Drama Assests
The ODA is a joint committee consisting of members of both the OUDS and TAFF committtees, managing a fund which is intended to invest in useful practical assets for the use of student drama in Oxford. They do this by funding capital projects and equipment purchases while soliciting funding donations from student production companies. The ODA has funded projects such as the O'Reilly Theatre QLab and video system, TAFF's hazer, and new storage and items for the OUDS Wardrobe. The minutes of the meetings of the ODA meetings are also archived on the page linked to above. If you have a project that you think the ODA could help fund, a piece of useful equipment it could buy or would like to consider giving money to the fund, please get in touch with the TAFF exec.
We currently have money and we want your suggestions for what to do with it. Please contact the treasurer with your ideas.