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Performing Arts Industry

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Performing Jobs
Lead Actor
Supporting Actor
Extra
Background
Stunt person/double
Understudy
Singer
Chorus
Ensemble
Presenter
Musician
puppeteer
Administration Jobs
Researcher
Location Manager/Finder
Transportation Coordinator
Construction Coordinator
Accountant
Legal and Business Affairs
Leaflet production
Runner
Press Relations
Website Designer
Producer
Assistant Producer
Technical/Design Jobs
Performing
Arts Industry

Jobs in the Performing Arts Industry
There are many jobs in the Performing Arts industry, some which will only apply to theatre and some that will apply to television and film. The majority of jobs take place behind the end product that we, the audience, see.
Set Designer
Set Decorator
Hair Stylist
Dept head Hair Stylist
Make-up Artist
Dept Head Make-up Artist
Prop Maker
Colourist
Artistic Director
Camera Operator
Director
Assistant Director
Computer Graphics
Visual Effects
Lighting designer
Costume Designer
Costume Tailor
Script Writer
Director of Photography
Boom Operator
Sound Recordist
Sound editor
Gaffer
Editor
Music Supervisor
Sound Mixer
Key Grip

Executive Producer
Line Producer
Social Media Officer
Catering Manager
Front of House - theatre staff
Front of House
Casting Manager
Programme Seller
Programme Designer
Online Ticket sales
Stimulus/stimuli
a stimulus is something given to you to influence or base you performance around, it gives a starting point.
examples or stimuli:
pictures/photographs
poems
artefacts/objects
video
information/data
music/sounds
newspaper headlines
quotations
stories
FABLES, MORALS, BIBLE STORIES, MYTHS
questions
Stage Manager
a stage manager organises and coordinates a theatre production.

The roles they take on:
liaison between cast and production team
setting up and running rehearsal schedules.
arranging costume fittings
note down all blocking
during rehearsals will help actors with forgotten lines and cues
in contact with tech team knowing all lighting, sound and stage cues.
supervising the 'Get in' and 'Get out' - When the set and equipment are set up before the show and taken down afteR.
Training:
BTEC Level 4 HNC or Level 5 HND Diploma in Performing Arts (Production)
foundation degrees and degrees in theatre practice, technical theatre or stage management.
Courses accredited by Drama UK are recognised by the drama profession
You would usually start as an assistant stage manager (ASM), before progressing to deputy stage manager (DSM) and stage manager, developing your skills on the job as you progress.
Getting an equity card:
proof of professional engagements
an application form and copy of most recent contract(s) and the entrance fee and subscription or other proof of your engagement(s).
Lighting Designer
A lighting designer sets up and manipulates the lighting to set the mood and atmosphere needed. usually work as part of a team with lighting technicians and other staff including the artistic director, production manager and sound engineers.
Qualifications:
PRACTICAL experience
BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts
BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts (Technical Theatre)
HND – e.g. Technical Theatre
Discuss and develop ideas with the artistic director
Design the lighting using specialist computer assisted design (CAD) software, paying attention to health and safety requirements
Write a ‘Lighting Plot’, or script, with exact timings for the event’s lighting
Manage the set-up of lighting systems, working alongside lighting technicians
Programme lighting consoles and control platforms (with technicians)
Attend technical rehearsals to ensure everything happens at the right time
Ensure that the lighting is cost effective and, increasingly, energy efficient.
Example:
David Hersey
has designed lighting for over 250 plays, musicals, operas and ballets.
nominated 8 times for a tony award
In 2002 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Middlesex University.
Hair and Make up
the hard part: Sometimes, there are only two or three minutes to change an actor's costume, hair, and make-up backstage. The make-up artist must stand in the same spot at precisely the same time for each performance and change the wig or make-up in exactly the same way each time.
research and design make-up and hairstyles to suit the job
work to production designers' notes and instructions
chang a person's look with special effects make-up
take notes and photos for reference so you can keep the look throughout filming
standing by on set to redo make-up and hair
keeping work areas and equipment clean and tidy
removing make-up and keeping wigs and hairpieces in good condition.
What they do:
Qualifications
practical experience
Level 2 Diploma in Hair, Photographic and Media Make up
Level 2/3 Diploma in Hair and Media Make up
Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair and Media Make up
Level 3 Diploma in Fashion, Theatre and Media Make up.


Skills:
creativity and imagination
good communication and people skills
a tactful manner
stamina, patience and concentration
work well under pressure
excellent attention to detail
good punctuality and reliability
a willingness to work long hours when necessary
good teamwork skills
an interest in current and historical fashions.
Ideas
The ideas will come from other images and ideas done and used by other people or the image the production director wants to see. when doing period or historical pieces the ideas will come from things used/worn from that time.
Kate Griffiths:
Studied for an International Diploma in Theatrical & Media Makeup qualifying in 1998.
She started part-time tutoring which in 2004 had built up a large school client base and she continued full-time.
She teaches many students at school a range or makeup from zombies to aging.
Front of House
front of house includes everything linked to the audience. this could be being an usher, selling concessions, ticket sales or company promotion. they will greet you when arriving the theatre.
Skills:
Being a people person
iCt and maths skills when in box office
Job progression:
many start as ushers or box office sales assistants, and work their way up.
Equity Card
An Equity Card is proof of membership of the Actors' Equity Association. equity is a union which offers many benefits and is recognised in the UK and USa theatre. by having an equity card it makes a statement to commitment and professionalism.
How to get an equity card:
go on to: https://www.equity.org.uk/join/step1/

complete steps.

proof/evidence is needed to be uploaded this can be copies of contract(s), pay slips or other proof of work done.

How much is it?
a one off fee of 28 gbp.
but an annual subscription fee which ranges from 120 gbp upwards depending on gross annual income.

Reasons to Join:
pay - minimum rates
fair treatment - holidays, working hours and conditions.
Equal treatments
protection
public liability
pride
compensation
influence
pension
belonging
Equity offers:
legal support
bullying report line
discounts
royalties
help and advice

Theatres
Local
Darlington Civic - built 1907, seats 901
did you know?
it is haunted by:
Jimmy the flyman (hung himself from the fly floor)
young lady who stands in the stage left wings and watches rehearsals of Ballet
Dressing room 12 is haunted by the spirit of a 12 year old girl called Arabella
a little Pekinese dog, believed to be the dog that Rino Pepi brought here in 1907, the little dog has been seen running around the theatre and its remains were found entombed in a wall when the theatre was refurbished.

Regional
National:
West-End: London, England - 45 theatres.
did you know?
the first West End venue opened on Drury Lane in 1663
longest running show: the MOusetrap (opened 1952)
longest running musical: Les Miserables
International:
Broadway: New York City, New York, USA - 40 theatres
did you know?
Broadway shows sold approximately US$1.27 billion worth of tickets in the 2013-2014 season
longest running show: the phantom of the opera (26Th January 1988)
the gershwhin theatre has a capacity of 1933 making it the largest theatre on Broadway.
Sunderland Empire -opened 1st july 1907, seats 1850.
Did you know?
sid james suffered a heart attack during a performance of The Mating Season on 26 April 1976 and died on the way to hospital.
has 4 seating tiers
Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren made her stage debut at the Sunderland Empire.
Theatre Companies
Oddsocks:
formed in 1989 Andy Barrow and Elli Mackenzie.
they perform twice a year, in summer its takes place outside in open-air castles, stately homes and parks in winter they perform in theatres and arts centres.
their genre and style is very much humour however using classic works
their next performance is 'Wind in the Willows'.
their previous performance was Twelfth night.


Darlington Operatic Society
The Society has performed twice a year since 1958 at the Darlington Civic Theatre. After helping to save the theatre from closure, DarlingtonOS bought and then sold the theatre to Darlington Borough Council.
their genre is musicals.
the society's upcoming musical is Sister Act.
their previous work includes: Grease, Titanic and the unforgettable Strictly Musicals.
Choreographer
creates dance routines and movement sequences for dancers and other performers.
Role:
developing ideas and turning them into a finished performance
planning movements to fit the music
meeting producers, costume designers, and musical and artistic directors
choosing music
auditioning dancers
teaching and rehearsing the dancers
Skills:
a high level of dancing ability
a thorough knowledge of dance and movement
good teaching and communication skills
creativity and imagination
patience, stamina and concentration
an understanding of dancers' needs
an understanding of health and safety issues
the ability to work well with others
Qualifications:
high level of dance training
vocational dance school
experience
some universities
Examples:
Paul Taylor
debbie allen

Producer
they are in charge of everything
they decide choose the show
they choose the venue
they find supporting crew
arrange distribution of tickets
consult costume/set/props makers
find a hair and make up stylist
manage financials
manage programme and publicity
Qualifications:
usually have a bachelor’s degree and theater-related work experience. Many major in writing, acting or communication, though some study theater production and management, with coursework in technology, design, costumes and theater history
Works closely with:
Director
Typical Tasks:
programming and budgeting;
adapting a script and, if the play is newly written, working with the writer or collaborating with playwrights;
breaking down a script, analysing and exploring the content and conducting relevant research;
holding auditions for productions, selecting and hiring designers, musicians, etc.;
managing time and organising people and space;
attending production meetings with set designers;
organising rehearsals;
communicating and liaising with actors, the creative team, the production team and producers;
.
Examples:
James Jackson "Biff" Henderson, Jr
jen Notterman
Cinematographer:
also known as the director of photography.
They are the head of the camera department and it is their job to capture the photographic impression of the directors' vision.
Job Entails:
receiving a 'short list' and analysisng how each scene would be lit and with which camera lenses and positions to use.

Skills:
knowledge and understanding on lighting techniques, light colour and shade
technological knowledge
communication and management skills
an eye for detail
Qualifications:
Some start at the bottom beginning on a set as runner or shooting their own project.
others get a degree.
Examples:
Eduardo Serra - harry potter and the deathly hallows part 1 &2
Janusz Kaminski - Schindler's list & saving private ryan
Costume Designer/Maker
The costume designer is responsible for designing and producing outfits for productions.
Skills:
A keen eye for detail
An ability to work as part of a large team in order to deliver costumes in the agreed time frame
understanding the aesthetic demands of the director
knowledge of time eras of fashion
Ideas:
ideas will come from knowledge and experience as well as inspiration from other's work. they will rely on the character's personality as to what they would likely wear.
Training:
training will happen on the job. experience will help as more designs and patterns are learnt.
Director
responsible for bringing all elements together to create a successful production.
Examples:
Steven Spielberg - Saving Private Ryan
Anne Fletcher - 27 dressers
michael Bay - Transformers
tim Burton - Alice in Wonderland
Quentin Tarantino - pulp fiction
Examples:
Examples:
Lois Burnwell:
known for work on saving private ryan
won an oscar for best makeup in Braveheart
born in the uk

Tasks
Work closely with:
Producer
actors
choreographer
technical team
costume
make up and hair

analyse the script
cast the actors
plan rehearsals
guide/coach actors
talk with other departments
Examples:
Greg Nicotero:
learned his trade under the eye of Tom Savini.
won a Primetime emmy for his work in the Walking dead.
he loves the film: jaws and owns a replica of the orca (the boat used)
What it entails:
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