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Rigger What does a rigger do? The Rigger hangs the lights and set for a production and frequently work with AutoCad when setting up the LX and set. Riggers.

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2 Rigger What does a rigger do? The Rigger hangs the lights and set for a production and frequently work with AutoCad when setting up the LX and set. Riggers have frequently worked previously as Flyman or Stage Assistant. A rigger is one who works on ropes, booms, lifts, hoists and the like for a stage production (film, theater, live music, etc.). The term "rigger" originally referred to a person who attended to the rigging of a sailing ship. In the age of sail, trading followed seasonal patterns with ships leaving port at set times of the year to make the most of winds. When not at sea sailors would seek employment ashore. Their skill with ropes and booms found use in the theatre. A stage Rigger’s salary starts at around £40,000 a year

3 Pyrotechnician Pyrotechnician Job Description: A pyrotechnician is responsible for the setup and discharge of a public fireworks display. He/she is knowledgeable about federal, state, and local laws regarding the safe setup and discharge of a fireworks display. He trains and supervises his own crew, who may or may not have to be licensed depending on which state you operate in. During most shows, an operator acts as an overseer, who goes between the different members of his crew to make sure all aspects of the show are set up properly. Pay Rate Pyrotechnicians are not paid hourly. Instead, they are paid per show. Rates are a percentage of the total show cost. This means that a larger show translates to a bigger paycheck. Because pyrotechnicians are freelancers, the percentage charged ultimately is up to them. Pyrotechnicians earn higher amounts when they are able to negotiate higher show percentages with clients.

4 Technician What does a theatre technician do? The Technical sets up, operates and maintains the technical equipment and systems in a theatre, venue or production. They do the fit-ups and get ins, focus the lights, set up the sound, programme the board, run technical rehearsals, run the event or show itself and de-rig. Technician often progress to become Technical Managers as they build up their skill base and experience. A single theatrical technician may regularly do one or more of the above jobs during load in, load outs (strike), rehearsal and performance. Performance technicians are generally divided between those backstage (stagehands, Stage Managers) and those in a control room (lighting and audio technicians). During load in and load out additional crew members may be needed due to the amount of work required to be completed in a short time span. Larger and more complex shows require larger crews and often personnel with specialized advanced skills to perform these job functions. Theatre Technician salary would start from around £14,000 a year

5 Tour Manager What does a Tour Manager do? The Tour Manager combines financial acumen, communication skills and exceptional organisational ability to oversee a touring production. They book accommodation and prepare schedules and ensure they are kept to, in addition to making sure cast and crew are happy. A tour manager (or concert tour manager) is the person who helps to organize the administration for a schedule of appearances of a musical group (band) or artist at a sequence of venues (a concert tour). In general, road managers handle small to medium-sized tours, and tour managers are used on large-scale tours. A typical Tour Manager can earn anything from £30,000 - £50,000 a year

6 Set Designer: Avg. Salary £37,400 a year Selected by: Producer and Artistic Director Reports to: Artistic Director Designs scenery with input from artistic director which will be both technically and financially feasible based on the current status of the club's set construction talent pool and budget. Establishes set construction budget and submits to producer for approval. Creates set construction schedule which shall optimally consist of sessions no more than one day per week for approximately four to six hours at a time. Sessions will not conflict with rehearsal schedule unless prior arrangement is made with the artistic director. Schedule shall be coordinated with and integrated into producer's production schedule. It shall be recognized by all members of the production staff that final set construction customarily occupies several days during the week before a production opens. Organizes scenery construction sessions by purchasing or otherwise acquiring (rent, borrow, etc.) all necessary set construction items, arranges delivery to construction location, and plans for each session's activities anticipating widely varying levels of participation from session to session. Ensures set construction schedule is well-publicized at rehearsals and recruits all club members to participate in all aspects of set construction. Arranges for the delivery of the scenery to and from the production theatre. Arranges for the salvage and storage of main set pieces for reuse in future club productions.


8 Sound Engineer The sound engineer uses the sound equipment to play back sound effects for a specific production. The sound engineer is responsible for knowing how to use each piece of sound equipment involved in the production. He/she must be able to create and maintain clear cue sheets. There can be complicated sound effects, which require quick thinking and hand/eye coordination. The sound engineer attends all technical rehearsals and performances. Technical Rehearsals usually begin the weekend before opening. The entire weekend should be kept clear. Some productions may have complicated sound effects. For those shows, he/she should expect to start even a week earlier than techs. On performance days, the sound engineer’s call is usually 1 1/2 hour before curtain time. He/she are expected to participate in any strike following the closing performance The average salary of an Audio Engineer is £37,000. Salaries start from £14,180 and go up to £67,840. Please note that the average salary for an Audio Engineer may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

9 Sound Designer The Sound Designer is responsible for obtaining all sound effects, whether recorded or live for a specific production. He/She is also responsible for setting up the sound playback equipment and must make sure the board operator is properly trained. Sound Design is an artistic component of the production. The Sound Designer needs to have imagination to create sound effects and not just rerecord them. SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES The Sound Designer should read the script and meet with the Director in order to discuss the sound design for the show and begin to make the cue list. There are many types of sound effects and many ways they are created. There may be a composer creating music for the production. The Director may have specific pieces of music picked out or they may want the Sound Designer to make some selections. There quite possibly will be non musical effects needed. These may be recorded from other sources for playback or created live during the performance. The Sound Designer is also responsible for setting up any sound reinforcement equipment that may be needed. The average pay for a Sound Designer is £33,159 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. Experience strongly influences income for this job.

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