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Copy of Careers in Theatre Productions

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Amanda Brendel

on 16 April 2013

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by Amanda Brendel, 2B Careers in Theater Productions Director The education and skills required for this job are typically a bachelors degree in theater to start with, and also should have vast amounts of 'hands on' knowledge. A good background in play writing, acting, and set design is also recommended. Producer The average salary for a Producer is $68,000. Casting Agent To become a casting agent one must at least have a degree in Performing Arts, English, Media Studies or Film. The chances of entering the career professionally otherwise, are practically unheard of. Typical salary of a theater director is approximately $68,440. A director is responsible for supervising and overseeing all aspects of the play and directing other crew members in the right direction when needed. Since there is so many aspects to cover a director typically works long hours and will most likely begin working before rehearsal and well after rehearsals have been completed for the day. Personally I would not want this job, I have trouble talking to people as is, add telling them what to do into the mix and it's just not going to happen. Not to mention that my face has this nasty tendency to turn deep red when I have to talk in front of people, and gets progressively warmer in temperature and a deeper hue of red the longer I talk. Choreographer Scenic Artist/Scenographer Costume Designer Lighting Designer House Manager Stage Manger Properties Crew Thank you for your time, and I hope you all have a nice day! Appreciation Producers are responsible for finding investors called, "angels". The Producer also hires the director, sets the plays budget, pays all of the bills, and hires the production crew. Again, I would not go into this
career field. I'm not too fond of handling money, and while it is in a artistic field, it's basically just management. If I were to get into the theater business, I'd prefer to be on the more artistic side of things. While college courses are not required to become a theater producer, it is preferred. At least a bachelors degree in theater and business management, will automatically increase your chances of being hired. Some casting agents make up to $72,000 a year. Casting agents are responsible for auditioning potential individuals for a certain role, as well as negotiating with that individuals Agent if they like what they see. No this job is not for me, I would get bored of it very quickly. I don't care much for meeting famous individuals, nor do I enjoy being seated for long periods of time. According to a 2010 report, Choreographers make between $13,000 and $60,000 a year. Choreographers spend their days devising and illustrating intense emotion through dance, and are responsible for conveying their vision to their dancers effectively as well as making sure the dancers have learned their dances. While choreography is getting closer to the more artistic side of things, I still don't believe I would like to be the one calling the shots and making sure the dancers understand what I want them to be doing. I'd most likely end up frustrated, or come across art block and not be able to figure out a new routine. Most choreographers have extensive knowledge of the way the body moves, and dance. Consequently most choreographers have an intense love of dance and have been dancers since they were young children. A scenographer typically makes about $53,080 a year. If you're thinking about a career in scenography than it is highly advised that you seek an undergraduate degree in a field such as theater production or set design. A graduate degree is typically not required. It is the most artistic field so far, but still I would not like this job. Scenery has never really interested me, I prefer drawing people and activities. While Scenery is important, it tends to take a back seat with me, not to mention I prefer working on 2D art opposed to 3D. Scenic Artists develop the scenes that will be used in the play, influences others on their idea for the scene, or get them to forgo an idea, makes the decisions on what goes and what stays, as well as monitors resources. Common salary for a costume designer is $74,440 Costume designers start their work in the pre-production phases, and are on a very tight budget as well as a strict time frame. The customers designer is in charge of acquiring the costumes for the actors and extras, as well as designing the costumes. Out of all of the jobs in the theater business, I'd get into this one. One of my favorite things to do is character design, I love making their outfits, coming up with their personalities, their stories, all of that. Must have high amounts of knowledge and skill at sewing and design. Many costume designers have a HND, degree or post-graduate qualification in a related subject such as, costume design, fashion, theater design or performing arts. The Lighting designer reads the script to note any important lighting notations and get a feel for the play, as well as consult with the director on his/her ideas. During the play, they use light to evoke a mood, shift emphasis, make an object appear 2D or 3D, show what time of day it is, and help set the time of the play. Lighting designers usually make around $50,000, thought they can make more than $55,000. Personally I would not be interested in this career, I don't find fiddling with lights interesting, and would rather take my education into a different route. There is no formal training to be a lighting designer, it's all about experience and passion. House manager mainly takes care of the safety, comfort, and general care for the audience during a live performance. They also work closely with the stage manager. The preferred degree for a House Manager is typically a bachelors or masters degree in theatrical management. House managers typically make around $32,000. Personally I would not enjoy this career, I think it's a lot of schooling for something so simple. Not to mention my awkwardness with people, especially people I don't know. According to a 2010 report Stage Mangers make $26,000 to $45,000 in performing arts entertainment. Stage managers are typically well organized individuals who stay calm under pressure and coordinate as well as run the production. Most training is done on the job, there is no real formal education required. Again I would not go into this career, not enough stimulation for me, I don't like bossing people around, or being pressured. I like to work at my own pace, which is efficient, but comfortable. Their responsibility is deciding how to build, what to build, and what to get prop wise based off of a properties list given to them. An Associates degree is preferred, for a career in Properties Crew. Again, I'm not one for props, scenery, nor 3D art. I prefer to be the one sketching it all out, and coming up with it and calling it done. Not fiddling with or actually constructing it. Typically a Properties Crew member makes, $56,000.
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