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Going Through a Stage: Joe Ruffner

Imagine working on a show that never closes—ever. It sounds like a stage manager’s nightmare, but it’s a dream come true for Joe Ruffner, who was initially hired by The Second City in 2003 to stage manage its now-shuttered Cleveland operation and again in 2005 to stage manage a touring show.

Work Light Productions

Work Light Productions is a live entertainment production company that creates original shows and theatrical tours of Broadway productions.

Carpenter’s Assistant

This entry-level position in film, television, and live production works within the scenic or construction department and is vital to the efficient operation of the scene shop and to building of sets during pre-production. 

Flyman

Flys, not flies, refer to the permanent weighted batten systems in theatrical venues that are used to raise and lower scenery and electrics on stage. To fly something in or out is to raise or lower an object on deck via this system. Many theaters have made the conversion to automated flys that use motors or chain hoists, but manual structures are still the most prevalently used.

Upright Stagehand’s Glossary

apron – the section of the stage in front of the proscenium arch.

array – a set of flown speakers.

ASMAssistant Stage Manager.

AX – an abbreviation for “Audio.” 

Event Coordinator

The event coordinator works under the direction of the event manager and is employed by event production companies that plan and staff functions like trade shows, conventions, award shows, and corporate parties. This role is similar to that of a stage manager or assistant stage manager, in that the coordinator is tasked with supervising both the technical preparation of the event as well as the crew assigned to execute operations.

Assistant Stage Manager

Before you can be passed the stage manager’s god mic, you will first have to toil in his shadow as an assistant. An assistant stage manager combines the roles of personal assistant, technician, and drudge, with the intent to learn the trade and make the connections necessary to advancement

Lighting Console Operator

In live entertainment production, the role of the lighting console operator is to implement the design created through collaboration between the artistic director, lighting designer, and stage manager. Each look—a precisely timed cue—creates an atmosphere to enhance the emotion for both the performer and the audience.  

Stage Manager

The stage manager is the right hand of the director through pre-production and rehearsal. With the curtain ready to go up, the director moves on to the next project and the stage manager is left to ensure the creative integrity of the show. After the director has left the show in his or her capable hands, both the cast and crew now answer to the stage manager.