Here you can find a description of all the crew positions. As a member, you are asked to participate as a crew member for one show per season. There are plenty of areas which you can explore, and each one is just as important as the other. After all, it's the crew that keeps the show running!
Please note that not every show will require all of these crew positions. The Director and Stage Manager should have a general idea of what positions will be required depending on the size and complexity of the show.
Stage managers typically provide practical and organizational support to the director, actors, designers, stage crew and technicians throughout the production process. They also are the director's representative during performances, making sure that the production runs smoothly. The Stage manager attends all rehearsals and performances, as well as production meetings. Some duties include:
- scheduling and running rehearsal
- coordinating the work of the stage crew
- calling cues and possibly actors' entrances during performance
- overseeing the entire show each time it is performed
- mark out the dimensions of the set on the floor of the rehearsal hall
- make sure rehearsal props and furnishings are available for the actors
- attend all rehearsals
- notify the designers and crafts people of changes made in rehearsal
- records all blocking, plus all the light, sound and set change cues, in a master copy of the script called the prompt book
- Set Designer
All the scenery, furniture and props the audience sees at a production of a play make up the set design. The set designer's job is to design these physical surroundings in which the action will take place.
- Props Master
This person is responsible for designing and securing all stage properties needed for each character in show. Most productions use a properties master to deal with the large number of small items that a play needs. In larger shows, there may also be a props designer who decides what the props should look like and how they will function, in coordination with the director and set designers.
- Set/Run Crew
Attends all dress and technical rehearsals and performances, working under the Stage Manager. Ensures all set pieces and props are preset (before the show), as well as moving set pieces throughout the performance. Also takes care of minor fixes and cleaning of set pieces and props.
- Costume Designer
Costume designers create the look of each character by designing clothes and accessories the actors will wear in performance. Depending on their style and complexity, costumes may be made, bought, revamped out of existing stock or rented.
- Hair/Makeup Designer
Works in collaboration with the costume designer. Responsible for the design and execution of hairstyle and color for cast members appearing on stage, and for preparation and application of make-up to cast members.
- Wardrobe Crew
Attends all dress rehearsals and performances, working under the Costume Designer. Assists actors with costume changes, as well as maintaining costumes through minor fixes and cleaning.
- Lighting Designer
Lighting designers know how to make the best use of the subtle and powerful medium of light, creating effects that can be changed at will to match the mood of the action
- Light Board Operator
Attends all technical rehearsals and performances, working under the Lighting Designer. Operates the lighting board, playing the lighting cues when appropriate.
- Sound Designer
The sound designer plans and provides the sound effects in the play, including music from existing sources. In addition, a composer may write original music for the show. All the music and/or effects in a play considered as a whole make up the "soundscape."
- Sound Board Operator
Attends all technical rehearsals and performances,working under the Sound Designer. Operates the sound board, playing the sound cues when appropriate.
Description of crew positions found on the American Association of Community Theatre website. More in-depth information can be found there.