STAGE MANAGER: Stage managers have several key responsibilities and tasks to perform in each phase of a production, including but not limited to:
- In rehearsals the stage manager records all blocking, plus all the light, sound and set change cues, in a master copy of the script called the prompt book.
- Attend all rehearsals.
- Calling cues and actors’ entrances during performances.
- Attend weekly production meetings.
ASST STAGE MANAGER: Assists stage manager and often serves as a book holder and set crew head. Attend weekly production meetings.
PRODUCTION MANAGER: The production manager is ultimately responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the production are completed within budget, according to the designer’s and director’s wishes, and in time for the first public performance. They oversee the cost effectiveness and planning of the entire production process. Runs weekly production meetings.
SET DESIGN/BUILDER: The set designer/builder will meet with the Director, Production Manager, Theater Manager, and the design team (Lighting and Sound designers) to discuss the details of the set and the director’s interpretation of the play. Builds sets with help of crew. Attends weekly production meetings.
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Lighting designers usually combine both direct and indirect light to illuminate the actors and objects on stage. Direct lighting comes from a definite location and illuminates specific areas; indirect lighting washes over the entire area to be lit and doesn’t appear to come from any one specific location. Knowledge of our lighting system and safety rules is important. SOUND DESIGNER: Some directors will already have very clear ideas about what the sound effects and/or music should sound like, while others may request that the sound designer sit in on rehearsals to assist with developing effects and music to fit the specific contexts in which they will be used.
COSTUME DESIGNER: Works with the director’s vision of the show. Works with the production team to secure costumes for the actors. May involve shopping for costumes, going thru our stock, or finding someone to make costume. Attends weekly production meetings.
PROPERTIES HEAD/MASTER: Most productions use a properties master to deal with the large number of small items that a play needs. They work closely with the production team (Director, Production Manager, Theater Manager, and Costumer) to make sure we have all props needed. They will also attend weekly production meetings and be at all performances.
RUN CREW/DRESSERS Helps during the show with scene changes. May also sell concessions at intermission. Helps actors during quick changes
BOOK HOLDER: Helps actors by feeding lines when called and makes note of missed lines.
LIGHTS RUN OPERATOR: Runs lights during show.
SOUND RUN OPERATOR: Runs sound during show.
BULLETIN BOARD: Designs bulletin board for the show.
TECH WEEK MEALS: Provides a meal for cast and crew during tech week.
USHER: Takes tickets and passes out playbills at a performance.
SET CREW: Helps build sets and tear down at the end of the production.