Stage Technician

A stage technician is often referred to as a “stage crew member” or a “stagehand.” They assist stage directors with all aspects of a production’s preparation and they also work behind the scenes during live performances to ensure that everything runs smoothly and on schedule. According to www.occupationalinfo.org prior to a live performance a stage technician is responsible for ensuring that lighting is installed correctly verifying that scenery is ready and placing props in the correct places on and off stage. Additionally a stage technician is often asked to adjust andor place stage equipment microphones and electrical wires in the appropriate spots. The website www.ehow.com describes a stage technician’s job as multi-faceted. Stage technicians may be asked to handle different issues depending on what is needed at the time. For example they may be required to oversee the change of scenery during one performance but may be asked to handle props or costume changes during another performance. Sometimes they are asked to complete various tasks during a single performance. Due to the need for a stage technician to handle various duties at any given time during a production the ability to be flexible to follow directions and to be able to work well under pressure is essential. Many stage technicians are students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree-level theatrical programs and are working to learn the “ins” and “outs” of the world of theatrics. Therefore a formal educational degree is not always necessary to begin working as a stage technician at an internship level. For higher level positions and advancement a bachelor’s degree is usually desired. While it is possible to earn an extremely high salary if working as a stage technician at a major theater production company on Broadway in New York City most stage technicians work in local theatres and according to the website www.simplyhired.com earn approximately $33000 per year.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $33000
High Salary: $36000
Low Salary: $30000
Tasks: Assembles props.
Operates lighting and sound equipment.
Assists with costume changes.
Helps to change or re-set scenes.
Also Called: Stage Crew
Theater Technician
Stagehand
Stage Deckhand
Additional Resources: http://www.occupationalinfo.org/96/962261014.html
http://startingout.com/career_finder/industry/career/stage_technician/
http://www.ehow.com/about_6670818_stage-crew-job-description.html