Crew Role Descriptions

 

Each crew member is essential to the success of every University Theatre production. Once a show opens, all performances are student run. The staff provides a safe and educational environment during rehearsal and tech before handing ownership over to the students who see the show to its close. With all of our roles both on stage and backstage, there is no experience necessary. If you are interested and ready to join the company sign up for crew or come out to our next audition



Time Commitment

  • High   =   Pre-production work, tech, and performances
  • Mid    =   Tech and Performance, additional commitment during run.
  • Low   =   Tech and Performance
All roles are expected to attend crew orientation and strike.


Production Stage Manager (PSM)

Time Commitment: HIGH

Visit the Stage Manager page for more information


Assistant Stage Manager (ASM)

Time Commitment: HIGH

Visit the Stage Manager page for more information


Run Crew

Time Commitment: Low
Run crew (sometimes called Deck Crew) are the crew members that power the scene changes, prop handoffs and onstage “magic” for each production. This may include, but not limited to, moving scenic units, operated flying scenery, striking and setting of props on stage, and so on. It is expected that each Run crew member attend crew orientation, all tech rehearsals, performances, and strike.

Light Board Operator

Time Commitment: Low
Light board ops are in charge of all lighting once the show opens. During tech the op will enter the cues into the light board as the lighting designer cues the show. Once the show opens the light board op will perform a channel check to ensure all lighting equipment is functioning properly as well as operate the board during each performance. It is expected that light board op attend crew orientation, two hours of board training, all tech rehearsals, performances, and strike.

Sound Board Operator

Time Commitment: Low
Sound board ops are in charge of all audio once the show opens. During tech the op will enter the cues into the sound board as the sound designer cues the show. Once the show opens the sound board op will perform a channel check to ensure all audio equipment is functioning properly as well as operate the sound board during each performance. It is expected that sound board op attend crew orientation, two hours of board training, all tech rehearsals, performances, and strike.

Projections Board Operator

Time Commitment: Low
Projections board ops are in charge of all projections once the show opens. During tech the op will enter the cues into the projections system as the projection designer cues the show. Once the show opens the projection board op will perform a projection check to ensure all projections equipment is functioning properly as well as operate projections during each performance. It is expected that projections board op attend crew orientation, two hours of board training, all tech rehearsals, performances, and strike.

Spot Light Operator (Spot Op)

Time Commitment: Low
The Spot op will operate a spot light during each tech and performance. Each spot light op will perform a system’s check on their spot light before each run. On larger shows with an ALD (assistant lighting designer) the ALD will call spot cues, however for smaller shows spot ops are expected to create their own cue sheets as directed by the LD (lighting designer). It is expected that spot ops attend crew orientation, one hour of spot training, all tech rehearsals, performances, and strike.

Wardrobe Chief (WC)

Time Commitment: Mid
Wardrobe Chief is charged with ensuring all costumes and dressing rooms are in working condition. Reporting to the PSM and Costume shop manager, the WC is the communications conduit between actor and production staff. It is expected that the WC to attend crew orientation, all dress rehearsals, performances and strike. The WC will work with dressers and the costume shop manager to schedule laundry of costumes between dresses and performances. Will require time outside of regular evening rehearsals and performances.

Dresser

Time Commitment: MID
The dresser is backstage to assist actors in top of show dressing, costume changes and laundry. It is expected that the dressers attend crew orientation, all dress rehearsals, performances, and strike. The dresser will work with the wardrobe chief and the costume shop manager to schedule laundry of costumes between dresses and performances. Will require time outside of regular evening rehearsals and performances.