Technical Staff

Technical Director

If appointed by the Stage Manager, the Technical Director will be in charge of coordinating all technical elements of a specific production, including lights, sound, and all scenic elements. S/he supervises the purchasing of supplies and equipment, the construction and painting of the sets, acquisition or building of properties, shifting, repairing and striking of the scenery and props, and the work of all technical crews. The Technical Director is ultimately responsible for the budget relating to the set construction.

Assistant Stage Manager / Production Assistant

The Stage Manager is assisted by the Assistant Stage Manager (ASM) and Production Assistant (PA).  There may be several of these, as needed, and determined by the size and complexity of the show.  They customarily take on such responsibilities as prompting in rehearsal, props tracking, assisting in set changes and technical cues backstage.  In some cases (such as Showcases, when personnel are at a premium), the First ASM may call the lighting and sound cues from the lighting booth while the SM runs the show from backstage with the assistance of the other ASM’s and PA’s .  Or the SM will call the show and the ASM will run it from backstage.  In most cases, it’s a decision that is made by the SM.  ASM’s may also be asked to run the lighting or sound boards or take small onstage roles.

Set Carpenter/Builder

The set carpenter is responsible for set construction/building. They turn the set designs into a physical set. Some portions of a set may be borrowed from existing props in a theater. Building a set involves deciding what materials will be used such as 2×4’s, plywood, sheet rock, plaster, doors, etc. The Set Carpenter assembles all aspects of the set, which may involve sawing, etc.

Scenic Designer

The Scenic Designer works with the Set Carpenters/Builders and are responsible for bringing life to the Set Design and actual constructed set. They are responsible for painting walls, panels, floors, etc. or creating scenes, textures, etc., as per the Set Design.

Lighting Board Operator

After the Lighting Designer completes his/her plans and lighting setup, the Lighting Board Operator is then responsible for operation of the control board during Tech Week and the actual Performances. He or she may also be asked to help during Dress Rehearsals. The Lighting Board Operator may also function as Sound Board Operator.

Sound Board Operator

After the Sound Designer completes his/her plans and sound setup, the Sound Board Operator is then responsible for operation of the control board during Tech Week and the actual Performances. He or she may also be asked to help during Dress Rehearsals. The Sound Board Operator may also function as Lighting  Board Operator.

Prop Coordinator – Master

The Prop Master (or Properties Coordinator or Prop Mistress) supervises the acquisition or building of hand props.  S/he may also run props backstage during rehearsals and performances, setting props on the prop table(s) and tracking their positions on and backstage during the show, or this job may be done by an ASM or Production Assistant.

Costume Coordinator

The Costume Coordinator is responsible for being behind stage during technical rehearsals and during the performances – to ensure that costumes selected or created by the Costume Designer, are where they belong and that actors can find them. They also solve any issues relating to costumes, which may occur during the production (tears, stains, fitting issues, etc).

Hair/Makeup Artist

This person attends Dress Rehearsals and Live Performances and is responsible for determining what wigs and/or makeup each performer should wear. They may also assist the performer with applying the hair and makeup. The best makeup effects may be determined during dress rehearsals.

Stage Hands

Stage hands wait on the sidelines, and perform any misc tasks asked by the Assistant Stage Manager or Production Assistants. This may include being responsible for or moving props, helping with lighting/sound issues, helping with wardrobe and changes, etc.

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