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Chris Mearing

Technical Services Manager


01392 72 4599


Chris joined Drama in September 1999 as a Trainee Technical Assistant and since then has developed his role over the years. He is now the Technical Team Leader and he is tasked with day-to-day management and maintenance of all of Drama's technical infrastructure.

Using his 16 years of experience in the discipline, he is able to collaborate with academic staff and students and provide professional front line support and advice for their teaching and research needs, not just in a technical way but also in a creative way as well. He provides bespoke 1-to-1 and group training for Drama's specialist hardware and software environments, media production equipment and internet-based collaborative tools when required. He consults with academic and support staff as well as undergraduate and post-graduate students on computer systems, media production equipment, collaborative tools, audio-visual systems, software environments and develops policy and procedures. He designs, installs, maintains, and supports all of Drama’s practical & technical facilities.

He collaborates with academics on international projects. Providing and carrying out technical and creative ideas and solutions that impact on the sucess of these projects.

He manages and maintains ‘The Exeter Digital Archives’, which are Drama’s online multimedia archives containing 1000s of hours of Drama and Theatre specific content that has been collected over the past 4 decades. All of which has been digitised and can be streamed on demand from Drama's servers.

He is passionate about all aspects of Technical Theatre and pushes for the development of these technologies, so that the Drama department's resources are pushing the boundaries of what is possible. He has a keen interest in the area of Digital Humanities, specifically multimedia production and archiving.

Chris is an Apple Certified Trainer (ACT) and has been successful in making Drama an Apple Authorised Training Center for Education (AATCe).

Chris manages the Drama Technical office at Thornlea, which has an open-door poilcy. Meaning that if anyone has a question, a problem or any other issue, they are free to enter the office and speak to a member of the Technical Team about it. The Technical Team will respond to this query immediately and resolve the issue if possible. The Technical Team take great pride in being able to provide their 'Customers' with this service.

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