Stage Production Workers

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Stage production workers handle the behind-the-scenes tasks that are necessary for putting on theatrical performances. Their responsibilities include costume and set design, installing lights, rigging, sound equipment, and scenery, and set building for events in parks, stadiums, arenas, and other places. During a performance they control the lighting, sound, and various other aspects of a production that add to its impact on an audience. These technicians work in close cooperation with the stage director, lighting director, actors, and various prop people. In addition, they work directly with theater shops in the construction of sets. Others are involved in the management of the theater or production. In 2014, approximately 135,000 artists, administrators, and technical production staff were employed by nonprofit theaters, according to the Theatre Communications Group. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Carpenters, Costume Workers, Electricians, Lighting Designers, Lighting-Equipment Operators, Prop Makers, Riggers, Sound Technicians
Duties Handle behind-the-scenes tasks that make theatrical performances a success such as designing and building sets and installing lighting
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions with high demand in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Branson (Missouri), and Las Vegas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Technical/Shop
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Any related experience helpful
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Technical
  • Building/Trades
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Stage Manager or Stage Director
  • Stage Production Worker
  • Stage Production Intern or Assistant