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Positions of Responsibility Job Descriptions

All designers and stage managers are selected through an application process that includes filling out a Design Application and perhaps an interview.

Scenic Designer

Pre-Production:

Rehearsal Period:

Dress Rehearsal Period:

After Final Performance:

Lighting Designer

Pre-Production:

Rehearsal Period:

Dress Rehearsal/Performance Period:

After Final Performance:

Costume Designer

Pre-Production:

Rehearsal Period:

Dress Rehearsal/Performance Period:

After Final Performance:

Hair/Makeup Designer

Pre-Production:

Rehearsal Period

Dress Rehearsal/Performance Period

After Final Performance

Props Designer

Pre-Production:

Rehearsal Period:

Dress Rehearsal Period:

After Final Performance:

Sound Designer

Rehearsal Period:

Load-in/Light Hang Period:

Dress Rehearsal/Performance Period:

After Final Performance:

Assistant Director

The duties of the Assistant Director are quite flexible and will vary from production to production and Director to Director. Sometimes a Director will expect the Assistant Director to perform duties normally assigned to the Stage Manager and vice versa. Communication and negotiation are important in clarifying the assignment of these duties. The Assistant Director will typically act as another set of eyes and ears and as a sounding board for the Director at auditions, rehearsals, and performances. When asked, the Assistant Director will offer constructive suggestions to the Director regarding all elements of the production from design to performances. It is important to keep in mind that the Director should be the only person communicating these suggestions with the production team including performers. The Assistant Director should restrict comments to the Director in order to avoid confusing or possibly contradictory messages. It is also important to realize that the Assistant Director position is one of trust and confidentiality--the Director may share thoughts or concerns that should not be common knowledge. The Assistant Director position is an opportunity for students to learn firsthand an individual director's process and the production process as a whole. The following are some of the duties and responsibilities a Director may require of an Assistant Director.

Pre-Production:

Rehearsal Period:

Dress Rehearsal/Performance Period:

After Final Performance:

Assistant Designers

The duties of Assistant Designers are quite flexible and will vary from production to production, design area to design area, and Designer to Designer. Sometimes a Designer will expect the Assistant Designer to merely observe the design process, while in other instances, the Designer may assign significant responsibilities to the Assistant. Communication and negotiation are important in clarifying the assignment of these duties. When asked, the Assistant Designer will offer constructive suggestions to the Designer regarding the design. Assistant Designers are selected through an application process that includes filling out a Design Application and perhaps an interview.

Pre-Production:

Rehearsal Period:

Dress Rehearsal/Performance Period:

After Final Performance:

Production Manager (Student Directed Productions)

In some instances, the Student Directed Productions will have a student Production Manager. Many of these duties are typically handled by the Staff Production Manager/Technical Director, and the Student Production Manager should consult with and report to the Staff Production Manager/Technical Director. The Student Production Manager is responsible for the smooth and efficient coordination and running of the Student Directed Projects. The Production Manager is responsible for coordinating the rehearsal schedules, technical needs, and budgets of all productions. The Production Manager acts as the liaison among the production team and between the production team (including directors) and the Faculty/Staff. All communication related to the Student Directed Productions should funnel through the Production Manager. The Production Manager also acts as the "Business Manager" for the Student Directed Productions, tracking budgets and expenditures.

Pre-Production:

Rehearsal Period:

Dress Rehearsal/Performance Period:

After Final Performance:

Stage Manager

Pre-Production:

Rehearsal Period:

Dress Rehearsal/Performance Period:

After Final Performance:

Crew Chief (Master Carpenter, Master Electrician, Hair/Makeup Designer, Costume Supervisor, Scenic Artist)

Master Carpenter

Pre-Production:

Rehearsal Period:

Load-in/Light Hang Period:

Dress Rehearsal/Performance Period:

After Final Performance:

Master Electrician

Pre-Production:

Load-in/Light Hang Period:

Dress Rehearsal/Performance Period:

After Final Performance:

Costume Supervisor

Rehearsal/Performance Period:

Dress Rehearsal/Performance Period:

After Final Performance:

Hair/Makeup Coordinator

Pre-Production:

Rehearsal Period

Dress Rehearsal/Performance Period

After Final Performance

Scenic Artist

Pre-Production:

Rehearsal Period:

Dress Rehearsal/Performance Period:

After Final Performance:

Crews

Assistant Stage Manager/Deck Captain

Deck Captain (Student-Directed Productions)

In some instances, the Student Directed Productions will have a Deck Captain position separate from the Stage Managers and/or Assistant Stage Managers for each student director. In this case, the Deck Captain's responsibilities will only encompass the duties that occur backstage, during Technical and Dress Rehearsals, and performances of the production.

Run Crew

Costume Construction Crew

Wardrobe Crew

Hair/Makeup Crew

Props Crew

Light Board Operator

Sound Board Operator

House Manager

Dress Rehearsal/Performance Period:

All Performances:

Ransburg Auditorium Performances:

Studio Theatre Performances:

Dinner Theatre Performances:

After Final Performance:

ACTF Tour Manager

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