Design Tech

Most theatres employ wardrobe professionals and sound and lighting engineers who attend every performance and make sure the technological and design elements of a show run smoothly. These people are tasked with making sure every performance is up to the standards set by the design team and director. Larger theatres may use the same design technology professionals on every show, and some are employed there full-time. Small or midsize theatres may hire people on a per-show contract basis. You may be required to join a union before you start working in one of these areas. Many people working in these areas studied theatre technology or design in college or graduate school. Hands-on opportunities, such as apprenticeships and internships, help people practice these skills and connect them to other professionals and to the unions they may need to join.

About the Video: Katie Polebaum, Scenic Lead

Katie Polebaum, Scenic Lead at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre, is the person who transforms the scenic designer's two-dimensional idea into three-dimensional, onstage reality. She discusses everything from paint, collaboration, and work flow to her big break.

About the Video: Kirk Douglas Theatre Head of Audio Adam Phalen and Light Board Operator Aaron Staubach

Adam Phalen and Aaron Staubach spend long hours in the booth at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, making sure every performance looks and sounds the way the sound designer and lighting designer intended. They talk about their jobs, their big breaks, and give advice to people who might want to enter the field.

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