B'DAT Production Staff Positions
These may fluctuate based on the unique needs of each play.
The Production Team positions work closely with the director to create and maintain the director’s vision of the play, while keeping rehearsals safe, productive and efficient. The production team creates the master production book that records the entirety of the production from casting to completion.
The Assistant Director/ Dramaturg helps research and teach the company about this historical or cultural reference points of the text in addition to sharing in the warm up, staging and coaching of the actors. The AD is the Director’s creative second and the immediate mentor to the PSM. Being a Main Stage Production Stage Manager or ATA Directing experience is required for this position. The AD is a 4+ days/ wk position.
The Production Stage Manager is responsible for the efficiency and record of the entire rehearsal and production period. They are the calendar, clock and book. The PSM posts the daily rehearsal call and completes the daily rehearsal report, keeping all lines of communication flowing between rehearsal and production. The PSM secures and maintains rehearsal spaces and records the physical map of production blocking in the master production book. The PSM is the Director’s administrative backbone and the immediate mentor to the ASMs. Being a Main Stage Assistant Stage Manager or ATA Directing experience is required for this position. The PSM is a 4+ days/ wk position.
The Assistant Stage Manager works with the Director, AD and PSM to keep the rehearsal process moving. The ASM is responsible for taking daily attendance, ensuring union appropriate breaks are taken during rehearsals, set up and break down of rehearsal spaces, taking and giving line notes and any additional administrative support needed at the production table. Demonstrated maturity, organization and successful completion of T1, ATA, or Stage Managing a Production play is required for this position. The ASM is a 3+ days/ wk position.
The Design Team is a group of experienced crew captains that will work with the Director and Technical Director to conceptualize and execute the physical construction of the play’s technical requirements. Each crew captain will collaborate with all other captains to ensure a cohesive and cost-efficient process and production. The Design Team serves the team first and their individual crew second. The Design Team meets weekly with the Technical Director and Production Stage Manager to ensure that deadlines are met and budgets are kept. The Design Team also mentors apprentices in their department. Student Leadership, organizational skills, and craft specific experience is required for these positions. The Design Team is a 3+ days/ wk position, depending on how well individual teams stay on track.
Design Team Crew Captains may include the following:
Sound Designer – sound effects, microphones and pre-recorded incidental music as needed
Music Manager – liaison with the sound designer and music department for gear and/or musicians, original music composition, rehearsal and performance
Lighting Designer – lighting maintenance, design and execution
Properties Manager – collection, creation and organization of all essential objects per the needs of the production. Works closely with the costume designer.
Costume Designer – fitting, collection and/or creation of the completed costume plot per the needs of the production.
Make Up Manager – design unique character specific looks for each character per the needs of the production. Works closely with the costume designer for cohesive looks. Educates and assists actors in getting stage appropriate make up and self-care supplies.
Front of House:
Front of House is the Business arm of the production. Most of their work can be completed off hours, however without their efforts in promoting, documenting and selling the season, there would be no season! The Front of House trio works as a team but each is responsible for specific essential responsibilities as follows.
Marketing Manager – Pre-show photo shoot, large production poster, teaser posters, distribution cards and ticket design and execution. Completion of all general public ticket inquiries.
Program Manager – Collaborates with Playbillvip.com to create and layout both virtual and paper playbill. Coordinates headshots and bios for all staff and cast.
Box Office Manager – Schedules and staffs all ticket-selling opportunities to ensure a complete sell out of every performance. Secures box office take and coordinates intermission swag and snack sales.
The Front of House Team is a 2+ days/ wk position, depending on how well individuals stay on track.
Apprentice Positions are just that, a chance to apprentice with an experienced upperclassman and learn a new set of theatre skills. Apprentices are staffed in every team and students are encouraged to apprentice in different teams during their freshman and sophomore years before choosing a specialized focus and perhaps leading a team as an upper classman. The more well rounded your theatre experience, the better!
Front of House Assistant
Demonstrated maturity, curiosity, and strong recommendations are required for these positions. Assistant positions are 2+ days/ wk positions.
Assistant positions vary in number, depending on the production. For example a large production with 25 actors will require many costume assistants.