Leadership Positions



In addition to the on-stage roles, opportunities abound in off-stage leadership positions such as Director, Designer, Assistant Director, Assistant Designer, Dramaturg, or Stage Manager. Students may also work as members of the Costume or Technical Crew, or as Properties Masters, Audio Assistants, Light and Sound Board Operators, Box Office Crew, or Ushers.

DIRECTOR

The winter black box production process is designed to give students the opportunity to practice collaboration within an artistic team, find creative solutions within a limited theatrical environment, and construct an organizational process that leads to a unified production. All Directors will work in collaboration with other Directors and Student Designers to create and support the full production.

The Director’s primary responsibility is to lead a company/ensemble in the interpretation of a script to tell a story for an audience. Together with the other selected Student Directors, she will oversee all creative aspects of the show. She will make decisions about the feel, style, themes, and overall tone of the production, guiding the design team in their creative process. During the production process, Directors will lead all rehearsals, coordinating al blocking, line delivery, and storytelling with the actors. Directors are also responsible for leading production meetings with the student design team as well as the theatre department faculty and staff, coordinating all decisions about set, costumes, lights, sound, props, make-up, and hair styles. Student Directors will work with the close guidance and mentorship of a member of the theatre faculty.

Director responsibilities end at the final Dress Rehearsal, and their responsibilities are handed over to the Stage Manager(s). Student directors should plan to serve as Ushers for the performances.

Contact Mr. Kruhm at bkruhm@westridge.org to express interest and to learn more about becoming a Student Director. (The Director position is only available for the winter black box production.)

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

The Assistant Director (AD) works closely with the Director throughout auditions, callbacks, and the entire rehearsal process. Serving as another pair of eyes, the Assistant Director watches carefully to ensure artistic integrity and clarity of story. She also takes notes during each rehearsal regarding actor physical and vocal choices, character and relationship clarity, and other creative insights. The AD is expected to attend every rehearsal, technical rehearsal, and performance, and to be in close communication with the Director throughout the entire process.

Contact Mr. Kruhm at bkruhm@westridge.org to express interest and to learn more about becoming an Assistant Director.

DESIGNER

The winter black box production process is designed to give students the opportunity to practice collaboration within an artistic team, find creative solutions within a limited theatrical environment, and construct an organizational process that leads to a unified production. All Designers will work in collaboration with the Directors and other Designers to create and support the full production.

Designers will create a design that satisfies the needs of the production and expresses a creative concept while staying within budget. Designers begin with a production analysis expressing style, mood, scene breakdown, themes, visual motifs, and the basic design idea/concept. She will then collect research from books, magazines, images, or sound samples to illustrate her ideas and eventually create thumbnail set sketches, lighting sketches, costume sketches or any other personal artwork incorporated in the design.

Students may apply to design costumes, scenery and props, lights, or sound. Each Student Designer will work with a Design Advisor from the theatre faculty and staff to learn the necessary skills to oversee load-in, build time, paint time, fittings, production meetings, etc. and dates for production team work calls: painting, prop making, costuming, strike, etc.

Contact Mr. Kruhm at bkruhm@westridge.org or Ms. Kellogg at Jkellogg@westridge.org to express interest and to learn more about becoming a Student Designer. (The Designer position is only available for the winter black box production.)

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER

The Production Stage Manager (PSM) is the key Leadership Position for rehearsals and performances. With support from the Assistant Stage Managers, she ensures that auditions and callbacks run smoothly. During rehearsals the PSM gathers the actors on time for their calls, takes attendance, takes notes on blocking, and takes rehearsal notes as instructed by the Director. These notes may be in regard to set, costumes, lights, sound, or schedule. She also tracks the movement of props and costume pieces, as well as specific safety issues related to choreography or stage violence. The PSM is responsible for giving lines, recording and distributing line notes to actors. The PSM also sends reminder emails to actors for all costume measurement and fitting appointments.

During technical rehearsals, the PSM learns and calls all light and sound cues for the production. She also communicates to the Assistant Stage Managers and deck crew back stage through the headsets. The PSM is expected to attend every rehearsal, tech rehearsal, and performance, and to be in close communication with the Director throughout the entire process.

Contact Mr. Kruhm at bkruhm@westridge.org to express interest and to learn more about becoming a Production Stage Manager.

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGERS

The Assistant Stage Managers assist the Production Stage Manager in setting up the rehearsal space each day with props, furniture, and set pieces. During rehearsal, they take notes regarding props and costumes. They may also be asked to assist the Choreographer, Music Director, or Fight Director. During technical rehearsals and performances, the ASM team will oversee the backstage area for quiet and safety, will communicate with the PSM, and ensure that everything goes smoothly onstage and with all scenic transitions. There are typically two ASM’s for the Mainstage productions and one ASM for the Blackbox production. The ASM Team is expected to attend every rehearsal, technical rehearsal, and performance, and to be in close communication with the Director throughout the entire process.

Contact Mr. Kruhm at bkruhm@westridge.org to express interest and to learn more about becoming an Assistant Stage Manager.

LIGHT BOARD OPERATOR

The Light Board Operator works closely with the Lighting Designer, Production Stage Manager, and Sound Board Operator, ensuring that all the light cues are executed as planned. The Light Board Operator is responsible for turning on the equipment and checking to make sure everything is working each day during tech week and performances. The Light Board Operator performs a channel check, black out check, and house control check before every show, and she also powers off the equipment at the end of the night. The Light Board Operator is expected to attend one meeting prior to tech week, as well as all technical rehearsals and performance, and to be in close communication with the Lighting Designer throughout the process.

Contact Ms. Kellogg at Jkellogg@westridge.org to express interest and to learn more about becoming a Light Board Operator.

SOUND BOARD OPERATOR

The Sound Board Operator works closely with the Sound Designer, Production Stage Manager, and Light Board Operator, ensuring that all the sound cues are executed as planned. The Sound Board Operator is responsible for turning on the equipment and checking to make sure all equipment is working each day during tech week and performances. The Sound Board operator will also do a speaker check before every show, and take care of powering off the equipment at the end of the night. Previous experience is not required, just a desire to learn, listen carefully, and serve the production. The Sound Board Operator is expected to attend one meeting prior to tech week, as well as all technical rehearsals and performance, and to be in close communication with the Sound Designer throughout the process.

Contact Ms. Kellogg at Jkellogg@westridge.org to express interest and to learn more about becoming a Sound Board Operator.

COSTUME CREW

Students on Costume Crew assist with sewing, dying, and creating the costumes for the production. During tech week and performances, Costume Crew members help actors to get into costumes and wigs, as well as helping with quick changes, mending and putting costumes away. Costume Crew members also assist actors with hair and makeup needs. Previous experience is not required, just a desire to learn and serve the production. Costume Crew Members are expected to attend shop hours as agreed 3-5 days a week while costumes are being constructed, every dress rehearsal, and all performances.

Read the latest on our Costume Crew's work for A Midsummer Night's Dream, including interviews with the students and photos.

Contact Ms. Hawk at Ihawk@westridge.org to express interest and to learn more about becoming a Costume Crew Member.

TECHNICAL CREW

Students on Technical Crew will assist with the building and painting of the set and the props for the production. They set and check all props and set pieces before each technical rehearsal and every performance. Technical Crew members also clean and prepare the stage each night, performing a safety check of the stage floor. The Technical Crew members execute all transitions throughout performance, moving furniture and props on and off the stage. Technical Crew members are expected to attend shop hours as agreed 3-5 days a week while the set is being built, every tech rehearsal, and all performances.

Contact Ms. McDermott at Kmcdermott@westridge.org to express interest and to learn more about becoming a Technical Crew Member.

PROPERTIES MASTER

The Properties Master is responsible for building, creating, tracking, and maintaining all of the properties (props) used in the production. The Properties Master also spends time in rehearsal to be sure that all props are in working order. The Properties Master is expected to attend shop hours as agreed 3-5 days a week while the set is being built, every tech rehearsal, and all performances.

Contact Ms. McDermott at Kmcdermott@westridge.org to express interest and to learn more about becoming a Properties Master.

BOX OFFICE CREW

Box Office Crew members sell and distribute tickets to patrons the night of the performance. They are expected to arrive an hour and 15 minutes before the start of the performance. Box Office Crew members should demonstrate excellent customer service and attention to detail. Box Office Crew members are permitted to watch the production for free each day that they work, and receive a Westridge Theatre Season t-shirt. Box Office members are required to attend one meeting prior to performance weekend. Please note: Box Office Crew positions are open to Junior and Senior students only.

Contact Ms. Kellogg at Jkellogg@westridge.org to express interest and to learn more about becoming a Box Office Crew Member.

USHERS

Ushers greet patrons who are attending the show, take tickets and distribute programs. Ushers should demonstrate excellent customer service and attention to detail, as well as a willingness to help patrons who may require extra assistance in seating. Ushers are permitted to watch the production for free each day that they work, and receive a Westridge Theatre Season t-shirt. Ushers are required to attend one meeting prior to performance weekend.

Contact Ms. Kellogg at Jkellogg@westridge.org to express interest and to learn more about becoming an Usher.

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