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Script Reader

In entertainment production, a script reader is the gatekeeper between the scriptwriter and the development executive with the power to greenlight scripts. This person keeps the crap off the boss’s desk and puts forward only the material with real promise.

Producer

In live theatrical and stage entertainment, the producer is the individual who initiates the development of a show. This person is tasked with fronting the cash or raising the necessary funds and is ultimately responsible for all aspects of development, including hiring the cast, crew, and other staff.

Company Manager

The company manager is hired by the general manager of a theatrical or live stage production, and is primarily responsible for managing payroll for the cast and crew and numerous other logistical concerns. As the person who signs the paychecks, the company manager is very popular, though not always as well-loved as policy enforcer or bearer of a termination notice.

Casting Assistant

The assistant to the casting director, or firm of multiple casting directors, is responsible for supporting the company’s operations through a number of administrative and secretarial tasks, as well as performing research and preparation for auditions.

Casting Director

The casting director, or more often a casting firm, is hired by the producer of a stage show to audition and recommend actors, singers, and dancers, in cooperation with the director, musical director, and choreographer.

Dramaturg

Merriam-Webster defines dramaturgy as the art or technique of dramatic composition and theatrical representation, but that gives little indication as to what a dramaturg actually does. In American theater the job description is often very loosely defined, but generally refers to the member of the company in charge of historical research.

Projection Designer

Projection technology is by no means a recent innovation, but its integration into live theatrical production is very much a burgeoning art form. Designers and directors are just beginning to explore the capacity of projection to be seamlessly intertwined with live action on stage, and manufacturers of the equipment necessary to carry out that task are constantly returning to the artists for guidance on how to further push the boundaries of possibility.

Video Supervisor

During preproduction of a live show, the video supervisor is the right hand of the projection designer and will eventually be tasked with maintaining the design once the show opens. This person is a veteran video technician who exhibits excellent leadership skills in conjunction with technical proficiency.

Assistant Costume Designer

The last stop on your way toward becoming a professional stage costume designer is to apprentice under a senior designer as an assistant. You are charged with keeping the logistics and creative chaos under control while the department churns out garments for a cast of two … or 200.