BACKSTAGE - Roles and Responsibilities

Production Manager

PRODUCTION TEAM

Takes care of all non-artistic and non-technical activities connected with a production. Administrative skills and person management are needed. Liaises with all department heads to ensure a smooth production and all departments are aware of, and are delivering within, the budget.

Lighting Designer

PRODUCTION & TECHNICAL TEAM

Works with the Set Designer and Director to agree the lighting effects required for a production and decides which lighting equipment should be used and where and how it should be deployed. Coordinates the construction of the lighting rig and works with the Lighting Operator to programme the control desk. Needs experience of types of units available including control equipment.

Sound Designer

PRODUCTION & TECHNICAL TEAM

Acquires, combines and edits sound effects for reproducible performance. Familiarity with effects processing extremely helpful.

 

Set Designer

PRODUCTION & STAGE TEAM

Works with Director to design the set and is responsible for overseeing construction. An understanding of conventional scenic techniques is useful, and an appreciation of the practical constraints at the chosen venue essential. Artistic ability is handy.

Costume Designer

PRODUCTION & STAGE TEAM

Designs and acquires or makes costumes for each show. Practical skills essential, as well as knowledge of historic and regional styles. Ability to make original costumes greatly appreciated.

Properties

PRODUCTION & STAGE TEAM

Acquires or makes props as required for each show and keeps track of them during the run. Organising ability essential. Good properties personnel can manufacture anything, from roast turkeys to rebel flags to prison manacles!

Makeup and Wigs

PRODUCTION & STAGE TEAM

Needs relevent stage makeup and hairdressing skills as required by the production. Arranges for any wig hire and fittings.

Stage Manager

PRODUCTION & STAGE TEAM

Responsible for everything that happens on-stage or backstage during the run of a production. They must have previous experience as Assistant Stage Manager and must be 18. Must compile own cue sheet to control operation of the show including actors’ entrances and cues for lighting, sound, special effects and scene changes. Responsible for organising the calling of all the cues for a larger production.

Assistant Stage Manager

STAGE TEAM

(ASM) Works closely with the Stage Manager to operate the show. They need good memory, the ability to work silently and safely and obey instructions precisely. ASMs may also assist in scene-shifting, handling properties, operating effects etc. Often calls the cues for a larger production.

Lighting Operator

TECHNICAL TEAM

Needs experience of computer-controlled lighting boards at the specific venue and ability to write and read a lighting cue-sheet.  Larger production will have cues 'called' by the Stage Manager or ASM.

Sound Operator

TECHNICAL TEAM

Follows cue sheet and operates mixer desks, tape, CD or Mini-disk and other sources. Larger production will have cues 'called' by the Stage Manager or ASM.

Set Builder & Painter

STAGE TEAM

Pre-builds the set elements and constructs set onstage at the production 'get-in' to accurately realise the Designer’s drawings. Practical wood-working skills essential. Decoration and scenic artistry skills as required. Knowledge of conventional scenic techniques useful.

Wardrobe

STAGE TEAM

Assists the Costume Designer as required with research, sourcing and making. Needs understanding of care of materials to maintain quality of costumes during run of a production. Acts as a dresser as the production requires.

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Most productions do not require this size of support team, and some roles are often doubled, for example Costume Designer and Wardrobe or Lighting Designer and Operator. However we are always delighted for those who want to learn to start by assisting an experienced mentor. New members would also be asked to work as an assistant before taking full responsibilty as one of the Heads of Department who form the Production Team.

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