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Transcript of Theatre Hierarchy
The person that oversees the all aspect of mounting a theatrical production
The production manager is generally responsible for budgeting, scheduling work and coordinating the various production departments
The Director is responsible for the overall practical and creative interpretation of a play or musical script.
The Theatre Administrator has responsibility for personnel, financial and administrative aspects of running a theatre.
The lighting designer as the name suggests, creates a sequence of lighting states (cues) that fit with the director's vision for the production.
The Sound Designer is responsible for creating the sound scape for a production.
The Set/Scenic Designer, working in collaboration with the director, creates the visual landscape of a production.
The Costume Designer, creates the look for each character in a production by creating the cloths and accessories the actors will wear.
The Projection Designer's (PD) role is a relatively new position in the theatre production team. With the aid of AV equipment, computers and images - both still or moving. the PD creates an additional layer or dimension to a production.
The Head Electrician is responsible for realising the lighting plot set out by the Lighting Designer (LD). They work with the LD to Focus the light prior to tech rehearsals. They may also operate the lighting desk during rehearsals.
Floor Electricians assist the Head Electrician to set up and run a production. As a member of the run crew they may have to change gels or operate special effects that require electrical expertise.
Follow Spot Operator
A Follow Spot Operators as the name suggests operates a moving spotlight that can move, change in size, intensity, beam width and colour, all by hand.
The sound Technicians work with the Sound Designer (SD) to setup all sound related elements of a production.
The Head Mechanist is the senior Technician that runs the stage department. They work with the Technical Director and Set Designer to coordinate the Bump-in/out of the production, and to run the show with their backstage crew.
The Stage Manager (SM) is a key member of the production team that has the responsibility for the smooth running of a show. They are involved on rehearsals, at which they create their cues, etc. They also draw up call sheet so that all members of the cast and crew know when and where they should be during rehearsals and when the show in live.
Deputy Stage Manager
The Deputy Stage Manager's (DSM) role is to support the Stage Manager (SM). They may be assigned a specific role in a production that need specific expertise and attention. They may, in some large productions, call the show when it is live. They may also assist the SM during rehearsal times to set cues and coordinate other members of the backstage crew.
The Sound Engineer works with the Sound Designer to put their ideas into action. This can include creating sounds/sound effects, etc.
Assistant Stage Manager
The Assistant Stage Manager's (ASM) role is to support the Stage Manager (SM). They may be involved in moving props and scenery or carrying out aerial functions above the stage e.g. activating snow fall, manually flying elements in or supervising props.
Head of Wardrobe
The Head of Wardrobe or Wardrobe Supervisor is responsible for all costume related activities. Fitting, maintenance, presetting, cleaning etc. They supervise a team of dresser, assigning specific roles or functions.
Actors, Dancers, Musicians, etc. constitute the performers that will use the stage to perform.
The Mechanists assist the Head Mechanist in the Bump-in/out of shows. They can have specific roles to perform during a show run i.e, operating the fly system or the trap door.
There is usually a team of Dressers that assist the Head of Wardrobe to manage the fitting and accessorising actors costumes. Lead actors can often have at least one dedicated dresser to help with costume changes during a show.
The wigs department is made up of a Wig Master and a team of assistants. The wigs department looks after all wig related activities - fitting, washing repair, etc.
The make-up department takes care of all make-up related activities. This can include minor prosthetic work such as scares or wounds. There is often some crossover between the make-up and wig departments.