Appx I Part 6:Depts vs Direction


This department is charged with transforming the productions venue from an empty room into a setting for the play. Such setting comprises a number of backdrops, flats and fixed properties, including furniture, appliances and decorative accessories. The manager of this department is usually a set designer who works closely with the Director and Producer to design and supervise the construction of a set that is effective for the play and manageable from a lighting, props and actor movement perspective. The set designer also works with the Producer to ensure that the set is within budget.

The props manager, is responsible for acquiring all required props for the production. Just like the set, the props must be in keeping with the Directors vision of the performance and must be manageable by the actors and stage crew. Props include everything on the set that is moveable and is used or carried on stage by actors. The props manager may acquire any onhand
props from the Props Master of DCP.

Lighting and Sound
The Lighting and Sound departments specialize in all things electric. The lighting and sound managers are the productions special effects team. The lighting manager designs the lighting in conjunction with the Director. The Sound Manager designs and compiles the sound effects in conjunction with the Directory. They also rig all of the lighting and sound equipment for the show and operate it under the direction of the Stage Manager during the production.

This department works closely with the Director to dress the actors in costumes which reflect the setting and fit the characters. The costume manager/designer is responsible for costume design, procurement, and inventory management during a production. This department may be called upon during the performances to be dressers for the actors. The Costume Designer works in conjunction with the Director to develop the general theme for the costumes and ensures that the costumes being used are in keeping with the theme. The Costume Designer/manager works closely with the in-house Wardrobe Mistress to obtain desired costumes on hand.

A makeup department will be formed at the discretion of the Director. If the play calls for only street makeup, a makeup department is not needed. If specialized makeup is required, the Director may choose to make use of a makeup department at which time he assigns a manager. The manager of the makeup department is responsible to work with the Director to design the appropriate makeup applications that will be required for the performance.

There are two people in charge of getting a play from the printed page to the stage. The Director is one, and the stage manager is the other. The Director is responsible for everything, but his focus is primarily on the artistic side of the production. The practical side is the responsibility of the stage manager. The stage manager controls the call to actors for rehearsals. During production, he cues the light and sound booth, and ensures actors are cued. The stage manager is also responsible for making sure actors have their props, and for cleaning and resetting the set after the performance. This department reports to the director. This department is also responsible for the dressing and changing of all sets/scenes during the performances. This is usually handled through the use of a stage crew.