Skidmore Production Jobs

There are many production job openings on every production. Brief descriptions for each position are provided below. Students seeking an acting role must participate in general auditions every semester. Students who wish to fulfill a technical production assignment should speak to David Yergan, the Production Manager and Technical Director. Students who wish to fulfill a management responsibility should speak to Kathy Mendenhall, the Management Coordinator. Directors and designers appoint assistants for each production.

Many jobs require no experience and are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Department heads are assigned after consideration of courses taken, previous experience and student educational goals.


Directing and Performance

Director :Interprets the production and stages the play; determines the style of production and the nature of the rehearsal process; charged with approval of all major aesthetic decisions; collaborates with playwright and all designers

Assistant Director : Assists director in tasks of scheduling, research, rehearsals, casting, etc.

Choreographer or Movement Coach: Stages the movements of actors and dancers; composes dances to advance a storyline, interpret emotion, and enliven a production; serves as advisor for period and style dance, movement, and gesture; considered a collaborator with the director

Actor: Interprets and develops roles for performance through the rehearsal process and intensive training of mind and both vocal and physical instruments

Vocal Coach: Assists actors in developing personal and company warm-ups, dialects, and vocal production and speech problems



Design

Scenic Designer: Interprets the production and designs the physical visual elements of both stage and settings; collaborates with director and other designers

Costume Designer: Interprets the production and designs the clothing worn by actors; collaborates with director and other designers

Lighting Designer: Interprets the production and designs the lighting; collaborates with director and other designers

Sound Designer: Interprets the production and designs all sound including live and taped effects and recorded music; collaborates with director and other designers

Assistant Scenic Designer: Assists scenic designer in tasks of research, drafting, model-making, painting, property design and acquisition, etc.

Assistant Costume Designer : Assists costume designer in tasks of research, swatching, acquisition, etc.

Assistant Lighting Designer : Assists lighting designer in tasks of research, drafting, graphics, focusing, tracking, etc.


Stage Management

Production Manager : Coordinates all production activities throughout a production season; coordinates activities of all production stage managers; involved in all scheduling and staffing

Stage Manager : Liaison among all departments of a production; responsible for scheduling, information exchange, and the smooth operation of all rehearsals; "calls" dress rehearsals and performances

Assistant Stage Manager : Assists production stage manager; often assigned to specific responsibilities such as preparation of rehearsal rooms, prompting, rehearsal props, etc.


Technical Departments

Technical Director : Responsible for coordination of all technical areas; determines means by which scenic and lighting elements of a production are executed; efficiency expert on the technical elements of running a production; supervises the operation of the scenic shop and all technical equipment

Assistant Technical Director : Assists technical director in all duties including research; procurement of materials and equipment; scheduling; planning; etc.

Master Carpenter : Area head in charge of the building of all scenic elements

Master Electrician : Area head in charge of the execution of the lighting of a production; responsible for readying equipment; hanging and focusing lights; maintaining production

Prop Master : Area head in charge of the purchasing, borrowing, and building of all properties

Carpenter : Crew member involved in the construction of scenic elements

Electrician : Crew member involved in the execution of all lighting elements

Running Carpenter : Crew member involved in the running of scenery throughout the technical rehearsal and dress rehearsal period and all performances

Grip : Crew member charged with the moving of scenery on the stage floor

Flyperson : Crew member involved in the operation of the fly system

Running Electrician : Crew member involved in the running of the lighting throughout the technical and dress rehearsal period and all performances

Board Operator : Runs the lighting control board

Deck Electrician : Operates, moves, connects, and disconnects all lighting equipment on the stage floor

Follow Spot Operator : Operates the follow spot (or front lamp)

Sound Technician : Prepares and records all sound effects and musical cues

Sound Operator : Operates the sound console and all reproduction equipment in rehearsal and performance

Property Crew Member : Assists the property master in the acquisition and construction of all properties; involved in the running of props for rehearsals and performances

Costume Supervisor : Oversees the building and/or acquisition of all costumes; supervises the operation of the scenic shop; orders all costume materials; maintains costumes throughout the production period

Costume Technician : Crew member involved in the construction and altering of all costumes; involved in the preparation, repairs, and cleaning of costumes during the performance period

Dresser : Running crew member who assists actors in quick or involved costume changes during rehearsals and performances

Scenic Artist : Assist the scenic designer in the painting and finishing of all scenic elements


Management

Management Coordinator : In charge of all areas of management for all production activities; responsible for the staffing and training of all positions

General Manager : Coordinator for all management areas for a semester

House Manager : In charge of the operation of the audience areas of all performances; responsible for the comfort and safety of the audience; coordinates performance timing with the production stage manager

Usher : Member of the house management crew; responsible for seating audience members and maintaining order

Box Office Treasurer : In charge of all reservations and ticket sales

Ticket Salesperson : Crew member involved in ticket reservations and sales

Publicity Director : In charge of disseminating information to the public concerning upcoming and ongoing productions

Advertising Director : In charge of the development and purchase of all advertising

Program Director : In charge of the planning and execution of production program

Visuals Director : Designs and develops the visual material involved in the program, poster, and all publicity and advertising for a production


Other Positions

Producer : Makes all final production decisions involving budget, schedule, personnel, advertising, etc.

Dramaturg : Researches all productions for information useful in the rehearsal process and the development of the program; reads scripts and makes recommendations for possible future productions

Playwright : Writes script; involved in the day to day process of rehearsal and script revision

Composer : Writes musical score for a production; collaborates with the playwright or librettist

Music Director : Coordinator of all musical elements of a production; involved in the development and rehearsal of the orchestra

Arranger/Orchestrator : Arranges parts and scores for orchestra

Conductor : Prepares and leads orchestra

Vocal Director : Teaches performers songs and offers vocal training for all performers

Dance Master : Oversees the rehearsal and maintenance of all dancing