Theater-by-the-Grove
Practicum Assignment
Job Descriptions

Summary of Job Titles by Area

REHEARSAL COMPANY
Stage Manager , Assistant Stage Manager, Assistant Director, Assistant to the Director, Actor/Understudy, Dramaturg

SCENERY PRODUCTION JOB DESCRIPTIONS

Technical Director, Assistant Technical Director, Master Carpenter, Lead Carpenter, Scenery Construction Carpenter

COSTUME AREA JOBS

Costume Construction Crew  , Make-Up Designer, Makeup Crew , Wardrobe , Wardrobe Crew/Dresser

ELECTRICS AREA PRACTICUM JOBS

Master Electrician, First or Lead Electrician, Lighting Board Operator, Electrics Crew, Follow Spot Operator

SOUND PRODUCTION PRACTICUM JOBS

Sound Engineer, Sound Technician, Sound Board Operator

PROPS AREA PRACTICUM JOBS

Properties Master, Props Crew

PAINT AREA PRACTICUM JOBS

Paint Charge, Lead Painter, Scenic Artist

PRODUCTION DESIGN PRACTICUM JOBS

Scene Designer, Assistant Scene Designer, Costume Designer, Assistant Costume Designer and, Assistant to the Costume Designer, Lighting Designer, Assistant Lighting Designer, Sound Designer

MISCELLANEOUS JOBS

Special Effects Designer/Technician, Rigging Assistant, Studio Theater Production Assistant, House Manager, Dramaturg


REHEARSAL COMPANY JOB DESCRIPTION LIST


(Supervisor is the TBTG Production Director, with the help of the TBTG Production Faculty)

Stage Manager: (Prerequisite: experience as ASM, and preferably completion of the Stage Management course) Attends all production meetings, responsible for promptbook creation & maintenance, setup of rehearsal space including floorplan taping and rehearsal and costume props, communication management between the different areas of production (largely through daily rehearsal reports), management of and communication within the rehearsal and production company before and during rehearsals, management of the rehearsal and performance spaces (offstage and onstage), coordination of technical and performance areas during all tech rehearsals and performances, setting up and running tech/dress rehearsal and performance calls, recording strike roll.

Assistant Stage Manager: In addition to assisting the stage manager perform all of the duties listed above, keeps book for off-book rehearsals, cleans and sets up rehearsal rooms, helps to run the backstage area for the SM during tech/dress rehearsals and performances. No experience or training necessary.

Assistant Director: (Prerequisite: Directing Studio Course) Assigned research for production by director, attends all production meetings, takes notes during rehearsals to submit to the director for approval before giving to actors/crews, rehearses understudy cast.

Assistant to the Director: Assigned research/production projects by director, takes director's notes and distributes them to cast/crew. No experience or training necessary.

House Manager: Coordinates specific activities with CFA Director of Public Events, manages all matters that deal directly with the public before, during and after performances, coordinates both the opening of the house and the start of the performances both at the top of the show and the end of Intermission(s) with the Stage Manager, manages and trains the usher staff, maintains adequate supplies of production handouts, particularly programs and inserts. No experience or training necessary.

Actor/Understudy: Warms up (vocally and physically) prior to every rehearsal and performance, analyzes and researches role before and during the rehearsal process, learns lines/blocking by rehearsal schedule due dates, works on development of character as well as director notes both in and outside of the rehearsal process, wears appropriate clothing to rehearsal which serves the characterization. Needs to audition for role.

Dramaturg: Assists the Production Design Team and the Acting Company in sourcing historical information and criticism pertaining to the play, the playwright and the eras in which the play is set, and in which it was written. This person becomes a creative voice, especially, in the creation of a new work. Documentary materials are usually arranged and presented by the Dramaturg through lobby display, and/or online blogs, websites and podcasts.


SCENERY PRODUCTION JOB DESCRIPTIONS

(Supervisor is the TBTG Technical Director with the help of the TBTG staff Master Carpenter)

 

Technical Director:  (Prerequisite: advanced experience in production carpentry and typically has been and Assistant Technical Director) Schedules, engineers and supervises scenery construction for mainstage shows, including the Spring Dance Concert.  Meets with the production design team at scheduled production meetings to establish a production calendar and share information about the production’s progress toward opening.   In collaboration with the scenic designer, produces construction drawings needed for mainstage productions and the Spring Dance Concert.  Schedules and supervises studio staff and other construction and maintenance crews, providing on-site training for students enrolled in practicum and technical production classes.  Coordinates and is present at put-in days, technical/dress rehearsals, and strikes, (in some cases this duty may be divided with the scenic and/or lighting designer)

Assistant Technical Director:  (Prerequisite: advanced experience in production carpentry)  Assists the technical director in the organization and implementation of scenery construction, usually for one production, as described above.  The assistant often drafts construction drawings, leads the construction of specialty pieces, or takes responsibility for some other portion of the TD’s tasks.

Master Carpenter: (Prerequisite: Completion of Stagecraft I) Takes charge of the construction of scenery produced in the scenery studio for a particular show.  Typically, the Master Carpenter builds technically advanced or otherwise demanding scenic pieces, while also lining out the work of crews as assigned by the Technical Director.  The master carpenter may be required to create shop drawings or figure cut lists from schematic drawings.  The master carpenter should have taken stagecraft, participated as a lead carpenter on a show, and accumulated a few hundred hours of practical experience in scenery construction.

Lead Carpenter: (Prerequisite: Completion of Stagecraft I) Leads less or non-experienced stagecraft and practicum students in the construction and installation of scenery from construction drawings provided.  The lead carpenter typically builds scenery with the assistance of less experienced students, facilitating their learning by coaching their use of tools and materials of the scenery studio.  Therefore, the lead carpenter is experienced through stagecraft classes and practical experience with the tools and materials of our studio, as well as the standard construction methods employed by TBTG. 

Scenery Construction Carpenter:  Builds and installs scenery as directed by the various leaders in the scenery construction department.  This position requires no previous experience, though having taken the stagecraft class allows for more advanced work and more learning.  Duties may include several of the following:


COSTUME AREA JOBS


(Supervisor is the TBTG Costume Designer, with the help of the TBTG staff costume seamstress)

Costume Construction Crew  Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

Make-Up Designer: (prerequisite: Stage Makeup Course and previous crew experience)

Makeup Crew (prerequisite: THTR 223 Stage Makeup, or permission of the costume designer)  Duties may include, but are not limited to the following...

assists the makeup designer in striking and cleanup after final show run.

Wardrobe Master  (Prerequisite: TBTG Wardrobe Crew experience) Under the direction of the Costume Designer, organizes costumes for the show and leads their crew in the completion of the duties listed under “wardrobe crew” below.

Wardrobe Crew/Dresser   Duties may include but are not limited to the following...


ELECTRICS AREA PRACTICUM JOBS


(Supervisor is the TBTG Lighting Designer with the help of the TBTG Technical Director)

Master Electrician: (Prerequisite: Basic Stage Lighting Course) Under the direction of the lighting designer, hangs, focuses, and maintains lighting for the show.  Rigs any required onstage electrical devices. Assists the sound designer or technician as needed in the installation of sound equipment. Directs most activities of practicum and Basic Stage Lighting student electricians.  Maintains neatness of the lighting areas of Waller Hall mainspace, and the equipment located there. Attends all technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals and performances.  Performance call is for the purpose of light check with the board operator.  Once the house is open, the ME checks out with the SM and leaves.

First or Lead Electrician:  An experienced stage electrician who assists the master electrician in hanging and focusing the plot and managing the less experienced electrical crew.  Should be capable of repairing instruments, solving typical problems encountered in hanging a plot, operating the lighting board, and reading lighting plots and paperwork.

Lighting Board Operator:  Assists the master electrician in hanging, focusing and operating the lighting plot.  Is responsible for patching the show, attending all electrical calls, assisting the lighting designer in writing cues for the production and running the light cues during lighting, technical and dress rehearsals as well as performance.

Electrics Crew:  Assists the master electrician in hanging, focusing and operating the lighting plot.  May operate the light board (see lighting board operator) during rehearsals and performances.  Attends all calls required by the Master Electrician and assists in the cleanup and maintenance of the lighting area.

Follow Spot Operator:  Sets up and operates a follow spot (duh) at the direction of the master electrician, the lighting designer and the stage manager.  Attends the lighting, technical and dress rehearsals as well as all performances. 

 


SOUND PRODUCTION PRACTICUM JOBS


(Supervisor is the TBTG Sound Designer)

Sound Engineer
Under the supervision of the sound designer, records and edits sound effects for playback.  Prepares rehearsal tapes for directors and choreographers.  May also be directed to set up and operate live sound reinforcement.  The position requires a moderate level of experience with performance sound technology and methods.  The sound engineer is sometimes, but not always, required to attend tech rehearsals and performances.

Sound Technician
Under the supervision of the sound engineer, and sometimes assisted by a sound engineer, installs and hooks up sound system and intercom system equipment.  Will occasionally assist the sound desiger or sound engineer in recording effects for playback, or preparing sound reinforcement.  The sound technician is usually required to attend tech rehearsals and performances unless there is a separate sound board operator.

Sound Board Operator
Operates the sound mixer, various playback media, and sometimes mixes live sound for tech rehearsals, dress rehearsals and performances.  The sound operator is usually also the sound technician.  While some level of experience with performance sound is preferred, a rookie with a good attitude and some aptitude for sound technology may successfully perform these tasks.


PROPS AREA PRACTICUM JOBS


(Supervisor is the TBTG Scenery Designer)

Properties Master:  Acquires, builds, and maintains properties as directed by the scene designer and informed by directors/stage managers.  Creates the master properties plot for all shows, and completes other organizational paperwork as needed.  Coordinates and actively participates in the day to day operation of the properties crew.  Coordinates construction needs with the technical director. Within budget limitations and following TBTG proceedures, purchases and rents props and materials. Maintains a record of expendatures. Maintains props storage areas and backstage props tables.  Runs props crew during performances.

Props Crew:  Assists the properties master in acquiring, building, and maintaining properties.  Runs props backstage during rehearsals and performances.  The props crew may be called to assist with other production areas when their own work is limited.

PAINT AREA PRACTICUM JOBS


(Supervisor is the TBTG Scenery Designer)

Paint Charge:  At the direction of the scene designer, organizes the painting to be done at each call, and leads the painting efforts on a show including mixing paint colors, priming and laying in colors, painting details and making sure the area and equipment is cleaned up at the end of the call.  Also performs specialized scenic art techniques as required.

Lead Painter:  At the direction of the paint charge, takes on particular painting challenges within the overall project.  He/she often takes on the more difficult or urgent painting projects involved in a design.  Occasionally they will also supervise a crew under their direction.  This is usually a student with a high level of experience in painting or sculpting.

Scenic Artist:  Directly assists the paint charge and lead painters with painting scenery according to the designer’s plans.  May do lay in painting, cartooning, faux finishes, texture techniques, and detail painting  according to their ability.  Attends all paint calls required by the Painting Charge and assists in the cleanup and maintenance of the painting area.


PRODUCTION DESIGN PRACTICUM JOBS


(Supervisors are the TBTG Scenery, Lighting and Costume Designers)

Scene Designer:  (Prerequisite: Completion of Scene Design Course) Prepares design sketches, renderings, floorplans and/or models as needed for the director and other designers of mainstage shows including the Spring Dance Concert.  Designs, selects, or approves properties (other than costume) and decor for mainstage shows including the Spring Dance Concert.  Meets with the production design team at scheduled production meetings to establish a production calendar and share information about the production’s progress toward opening.  Prepares design drawings, including a scaled floorplan, centerline cross-section, elevations, and other specifications as needed by the technical director to prepare his/her construction drawings and build scenery.  Paints and/or supervises the painting of the scenery. May present the design to the cast.  Is present at put-in days, technical/dress rehearsals, and strikes (in some cases this duty may be divided with the technical director).

Assistant Scene Designer:  Assists the scenic designer (duh) in drafting design drawings and preparing painter’s elevations.  May also assist the designer in preliminary research and design efforts.  Typically assists with painting, scenic art, or props for the show.  Meets regularly with the designer, but needs to be a self starter capable of working on their own.

Costume Designer:  (Prerequisite: Completion of Costume Design Course) Prepares colored costume and makeup design sketches as needed by the director and other designers.  Designs, selects or approves costume props.  Meets with the production team at schedule design and production meetings to establish a production calendar and share information about the production’s progress toward opening.  With the help of the shop supervisor, supervises the costume crew in costume construction and assists with pattern making, draping and cutting.  Schedules and supervises fittings.  Directs the wardrobe crew head in his/her shifting and caring for costumes, and assures the proper striking of costumes.  Attends dress parades and dress rehearsals.

Assistant Costume Designer and Assistant to the Costume Designer:  Assists the Costume Designer in the completion of their duties.  Typically, the assistant designer aids the designer in the creative development of the design, and may themselves design portions of it.  The assistant to the designer assumes a more functionary role, typically aiding in the management of the design and its execution.

Lighting Designer:   (Prerequisite: Completion of Lighting Design Course) Prepares lighting keys, sketches, or research clippings as needed for collaboration with the director and other designers of mainstage shows including the Spring Dance Concert.  Meets with the production design team at scheduled production meetings to establish a production calendar and share information about the production’s progress toward opening.  Prepares design drawings and paperwork, including a lighting plot, hook-up paperwork, and “magic sheets” as needed by the master electrician and board operators.  Supervises the master electrician in his or her hang and focus of light plots.  Supervises electricians and board operators, assuring proper operation of lighting equipment.  Leads the cue writing process and conducts lighting rehearsals, including dry techs, cue-to-cues, or other formats of design development as needed.  Is present at technical/dress rehearsals, and strikes (in some cases this duty may be divided with the technical director).

Assistant Lighting Designer:  Assists the lighting designer with plot drawing and paperwork management.  May also assist the designer in preliminary research and design efforts.  Typically assists with lighting hang and focus in place of the lighting designer.  Attends lighting rehearsals and technical rehearsals with the designer.

Sound Designer (Prerequisite: Completion of Sound Design Course)
1. prepares outlines, demo tapes and other communication as needed for collaboration with the director and other designers of mainstage shows including the Spring Dance Concert,
2. meets with the production design team at scheduled production meetings to establish a production calendar and share information about the production’s progress toward opening,
3. prepares design drawings and paperwork, including a sound plot, single line hook-up diagram, and cue sheets as needed by the sound technicians and board operators,
4. supervises the sound technician(s) in installation and hook-up of sound gear, including intercom systems.
5. conducts or supervises the engineering and editing of recorded sound, and sound reinforcement.
6. supervises electricians and board operators, assuring proper operation of sound equipment,
7. leads the sound cue writing process and is present at rehearsals which integrate sound into performance such as, dry techs, cue-to-cues, or sound rehearsals,
8. is present at technical/dress rehearsals, and strikes (in some cases this duty may be divided with the technical director)


MISCELLANEOUS JOB DESCRIPTIONS


(Supervisor is the TBTG Technical Director and/or the TBTG Scenery Designer)

Special Effects Designer/Technician:  (Prerequisite: Completion of Stagecraft I) Assist the design team in designing, building and installing special FX.  Duties include pre-production meetings, design conferences, consultation with the TD, technical drawings and specifications, effect construction and installation, and supervision though all rehearsals.

Rigging Assistant:  (Prerequisite: Completion of Stagecraft I) Assist in developing, installing, and operating the rigging used to fly scenery or, on occasion, actors.  Duties include consultation, construction, installation and running the equipment through the put-in, rehearsal and performance phases of production.

Studio Theater Production Assistant: (Prerequisite: Completion of Basic Stage Lighting, and prior experience in a leading backstage capacity)  Assists students and faculty in using the studio theater under the Acorn Project guidelines, including Directing class and Directing Studio class projects.  More specifically, they assist users in preparing the space for production, and assuring the space is returned in good working order after the production.  The PA uses a sign-in, sign-out process with the contact person for each production in the space. The PA assists users in using the equipment assigned to the space.  The PA notifies the department technical director and the TBTG production manager of any damages or other problems in safe and effective use of the Studio Theater.

Video Production Designer:   Prepares technical drawings, sketches, or research clippings as needed for collaboration with the director and other designers of mainstage shows or the Spring Dance Concert.  Meets with the production design team at scheduled production meetings to establish a production calendar and share information about the production’s progress toward opening.  Prepares design drawings and paperwork, including an equipment plot, hook-up paperwork, and cue sheets as needed by technicians and board operators. With or without a crew,  installs video equipment as needed to serve the production design.  Supervises electricians and board operators, assuring proper operation of video equipment.  Leads the cue writing process and participates in technical rehearsals, including dry techs, cue-to-cues, or other formats of design development as needed.  Is present at technical/dress rehearsals, and strikes.

Video Production Assistant:  Depending upon qualifications, assists the Video Production Designer in the installation and operation of technical equipment.  PA may also be responsible for video preparation including but not limited to research, compiling, and editing.  In most cases the PA is responsible fo r operating the video production elements of the show, including preparing and striking nightly.