Crew

The Sioux Empire Community Theatre is always looking for those who may be interested in being part of our theatre, from production crew to cast members!

Although we are a volunteer run, 501(C)3 non-profit theatre, we do on occasion offer stipends to experienced staff for some critical crew positions.

  • Fill out our application form here.

PRODUCTION CREW POSITIONS

Stage Manager
Technical Director
Set Designer
Scenic Artist/Set Painter
Master Carpenter
Lighting Designer
Master Electrician
Lighting Crew
Light Board Operator
Costume Designer
Makeup Artist
Choreographer
Props Manager

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Stage Manager

The stage manager is present at all performances. He/she communicates with the technical crew and calls all cues for lighting and sound effects, as well as coordinating for any scene changes that may be called for. The stage manager also assists with the production from the start. The stage manager should try be present at every stage rehearsal if possible. At the beginning of each rehearsal, the stage manager should call the cast to order and phone unexpectedly absent members. During rehearsal, the stage manager should maintain order in the cast and record blocking notes for the stage director. As production week approaches and the cast goes off book, the stage manager provides line cues when necessary.

The stage manager may also deal with discipline problems within the cast, as well as various administrative tasks relating to the cast.


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Technical Director

The Technical Director (TD) is responsible for making sure that all technical aspects of a show are carried out in a timely fashion. This includes coordinating the set design, lighting and set construction, and handling any technical details needed during performances. Scheduling meetings, set building and put-in are the main tasks. A set and light crew must be recruited; this job may be delegated to the Master Carpenter and Lighting Designer/Master Electrician who will be supervising them, but it is ultimately the TD’s responsibility to make sure that adequate manpower exists.


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Set Designer

(and Scenic Artist, Set Painter, Assistant Set Designer)

The Set Designer takes a concept drawing or description from the Stage Director and produces a detailed design. He/she must work in close collaboration with the Lighting Designer and Master Carpenter, so that a feasible design is produced. The design must include color choices, but it is not necessary to go into more construction detail than simple elevations and suggested ideas for construction.

The Set Designer should also meet with the director in order to make sure that the design is consistent with the director’s artistic concepts and can accommodate any technical needs that the direction may call for (for example if the director needs something for people to hide behind during a certain scene).


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Master Carpenter

(and Set Crew)

The Master Carpenter turns a completed set design into the actual set pieces needed for a show. He needs to make construction diagrams, based upon existing pieces as much as possible, and needs to coordinate the actual construction.

The Master Carpenter should not only know how to use the materials and tools of the set shop properly and safely, but should expect to teach others, and organize the crew to ensure that everything is built on time.


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Lighting Designer

The Lighting Designer develops a lighting plan based on the set design. He is responsible for coordinating the deployment of lighting instruments at put-in as well, along with the Master Electrician.

As with the other technical aspects of the show, the lighting should be designed to be consistent with the direction.


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Master Electrician

(and Lighting Crew)

The Master Electrician makes the lighting plan happen. He organizes the light hang crew to get the lights hung from the lighting grid, focused, gelled, and connected to the dimmer board.

The Lighting Crew assists the Master Electrician in installing lighting instruments and cabling.


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Light Board Operator

The Light Board Operator is responsible for controlling the lights during the show. He or she is usually part of the lighting crew who helps the master electrician hang the lights during production week. During performances, he or she takes cues from the stage manager to change the lighting at the right times.


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Costume Designer

(and Master Stitcher/Tailor/Seamstress, Costume Crew)

The Costume Designer finds, makes, and/or coordinates costumes for the cast. He/she reports to the Technical Director, but should also communicate well with the director to ensure that the costumes are consistent with his/her concept of the show. Costume designing is a big job involving a lot of work, and the Costume Designer should attempt to get as much help as possible. The Costume Designer may also be called upon to provide makeup assistance.

For some shows, the costume designer may primarily select costumes from our stock, and locating others that can be borrowed or rented from other theater groups around MIT and the community. Usually a few costumes must be built from scratch, but the rest only need to be fitted to the actors. Other times, the costume designer may literally design most of the costumes to be worn on stage, and organize a team to sew them. In this case, it is helpful to have a Master Seamstress (or Stitcher, or Tailor) who manages the majority of the actual construction, and a large team of people to help.

The Costume Crew assists the Master Stitcher/Tailor/Seamstress in building the costumes for the show.


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Makeup Artist

The Makeup Artist is responsible for ensuring that we have the proper makeup for the cast, and that they know how to use it. The Makeup Artist usually implements special makeup effects (such as age or ghosts), while helping teach cast members how to do their own basic makeup.


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Choreographer

The Choreographer is responsible for designing dances that may be needed and teaching them to the cast. Most of the dance we use should be fairly simple and easy to learn. The stage director will usually have a vision of what the dance should look like, where it should take place, and so on. The choreographer’s responsibility is to make that vision happen on stage.


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Props Manager

The Props Manager is responsible for locating anything that will need to be carried by actors on stage. This may include weapons, bottles, luggage, wands, teapots, and anything else the director and cast may come up with. Many props can be found in our own props closet or borrowed from other theater groups or the cast. Sometimes some props will need to be made or built.