Producer- The responsibility for a theatre producer is to control all of the development in the production. Working with the director, the producer is normally the creator and finder of the script which begins to start the process. As well as this, they hire essential people for advertising the production. The producer ensures there is efficient team work who also fixes problems which may take place.
Designer- The set designer is greatly part of the artistic side of a theatre production. They must create visual ideas for each scene related to the script guided by the director’s preference. Therefore, they initially start of by sketching all of the scenes as well as constructing a model of each scene using different materials. It is there requirements to design each scene that will be approved by the director’s vision of the play. After the ideas are developed, the technical craft workers build the different sets. However, the designs for each scene are not finalized as changes may occur during rehearsals.
Musical Director- Not only do musical directors carry out the music but they may audition actors to identify who is most suited for the job. Generally musical directors are talented singers or musicians who prepare the actors by training them the songs and observe the orchestra. For musical directors to be talented very much benefits the cast as they are aware of many features of music.
Stage Manager – From actors and technicians to props and lighting in the right place stage managers ensure everyone and everything is participated in the production. Working with all types of crew members stage managers certify the production runs smoothly. This is by, managing rehearsals, designers and costume fittings as they work in a fundamental association between the artistic and technical aspects.
Stage Crew- The main role for stage crew members is to change or move scenery at the correct time whilst working backstage during a performance. In the theatrical production they must handle property and ensure everything is moved safely and precisely. However, there are many more people working on set with different tasks such as the costume designer who assists change of clothing and a make-up artist who transforms different styles. This role requires the members to work quickly and quietly.
Choreographer- Often, the choreographer creates new dances and composes a sequence of dance steps which are related to the storyline. They are responsible to make casting decisions with the director.
Construction Manager- This type of managing consists of controlling the project from start to finish expected to meet from the client needs to produce the project and financial completion. Their responsibility is to finish in time within the required cost and desired quality.
Publicist- Advertising is key role for a publicist as the task is to attract the target audience to see the production. The publicist may decide to hire creative artists and designers to produce leaflets and posters. To help them promote the theatre play advertising can be published on television, magazines and newspapers. Also, they are in charge of legal copyright. This means, unless the production has permission of the company who owns the legal rights they cannot continue with the project as it is a reproduction of the original film.
From my research, I have recognized there are many responsibilities for each staff that works in a specific role to ensure the performance goes as best as possible. Without a great number of team members professionalizing in their different roles a production cannot be at a high quality which will give the audience a less meaningful experience.