The Bamboo Manager Project

The Bamboo Manager Project was founded in 2017

following twenty years of continuous lecturing at Drama Institutions

Thank you to all past & present students which have helped shape our philosophy

The Bamboo Manager has now been presented in institutions, worldwide including:

Beijing, Florida, Hong Kong & London


available online since 2019


The Bamboo Manager Project

The Bamboo Manager is a flexible, adaptable & sustainable approach to

management & international learning in the Creative Industries

Be like bamboo


Strong - Flexible - Adaptable

Antonia Collins - The Bamboo Manger Project

Antonia Collins


Antonia has been a professional Stage Manager for over 25 years working extensively in the UK and overseas. Originally starting as an Assistant Stage Manager in repertory theatre she then went on to specialise in opera production. In 2000 Antonia took up a lecturing role at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff UK. It was here that a long running relationship began with GDS and ETC to develop a new SM console and cue lights which have gone on to be installed across the world 'CueSystem'.


In 2015 there was an opportunity to move to Asia for two years and take up the post of Head of Entertainment Technology, Management and Design at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In 2018 Antonia was invited to create a new faculty post of Visiting Assistant Professor in Stage Management at Florida State University. Over the course of nine months Antonia was able to develop a Stage Management specialism for students on the BA Theatre Programme alongside overseeing twelve productions. In May 2019 Antonia happily returned to the UK to continue her career as a stage manager and educator.

Since beginning to work in the education sector Antonia has combined teaching with professional practice working predominately as a Production Stage Manager for gala dinners, one-off special events and awards ceremonies. Notable work includes: -

Welcome to Wales – the opening gala of the Ryder Cup Golf Tournament 2010

Aspire Opening Ceremony Doha Qatar - the opening of the world's largest sporting academy

Numerous fundraising events for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama involving their patron Prince Charles at both Buckingham Palace and his Welsh home, Llwynywermod

PARADE for National Dance Company Wales

National Day for Dubai Festival City Mall to an audience of 55,000 spectators

City of Angels for the Royal Academy of Music directed by Bruce Guthrie

On Bear Ridge for National Theatre Wales/Royal Court directed by Vicky Featherstone & Ed Thomas

Hail Cremation! for National Theatre Wales directed by Adele Thomas

Held Momentarily for the Royal Academy of Music directed by Bruce Guthrie

Spinning Girl (R and D) by Louise Osman directed by Julia Thomas

The Wedding Singer for the Royal Academy of Music directed by Bruce Guthrie


In 2017 Antonia started her own project The Bamboo Manager Project which provides online courses and face to face support for early years managers in the creative industries who are looking to develop their management style.




MSc in Digital Education, University of Edinburgh –  November 2019    

Excellence in Learning Student Personal Development and Employability Award

Teaching Awards, RWCMD - June 2014 




Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK – July 2012--------

Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education & Training) – University of Wales 2001

Graduate Diploma in Drama – Stage Management – WCMD 1991