26 Job profiles in total for Backstage

Backstage crew need to be able to unload scenery, maintain and repair the 'flying' equipment and scenery.

Backstage crew

Building sets, helping create props and operating equipment, the backstage crew support the designers and performers with the running of the show.

Kes Hayfer and Simeon Tachev,	carpenters at Shakespeare Globe Theatre.


Carpenters and joiners in the theatre & dance sector and crafts sector work with wood. They work in theatres or in workshops. In the theatre & dance sector, they specifically make, fit or repair scenery and props that are part of a play or show.

Get experience of as many different types of dance as possible.


Choreographers create routines and movement sequences for singers and musicians to perform.

As a designer, you might work with a team of people in the wardrobe department.

Costume designer

The costume designer is responsible for designing all the costumes to be worn in a production. This can involve a mix of designing from scratch, and sourcing existing items of clothing.

Your job is to encourage performers to develop the ability to speak in different accents and dialects with confidence.

Dialect coach

Dialect coaches or voice coaches work with actors to develop and improve their vocal technique, and help them adopt convincing character accents.

The director comes up with the 'vision' for a production.


Theatre directors take responsibility for the overall creative production of plays.

Events staff

Events staff work with centre and gallery and theatre managers to deliver an event. They manage, organise and oversee the running of a venue or function. They are responsible for coordinating all the arrangements such as room bookings, catering and special effects or promotional items.

Gwaith goleuo

Mae arbenigwyr goleuo yn hanfodol i’r theatr. Gall eu gwaith gynnwys dylunio, gweithredu rigiau goleuadau a gofalu am offer.

Hair, make-up and wigs

People that work in hair, makeup and wigs for the theatre & dance sector help to style performers. The style of makeup needed depends on the type of production. The hair, make-up and wigs may contemporary and straightforward or require more creative approaches. Performers may need to appear from a different nationality or historical period. The makeup artist will also need to dress wigs and attach them correctly to the actor or performer.

Design and coordinate lighting projects from inception to completion. Image: University of the Creative Arts

Lighting designer

Lighting designers work to ensure effective lighting for a commercial or residential property. They aim to enhance a building's environment through lighting.

Experience of technical and backstage work is key, so try to gain as much of this as possible.

Lighting work

Lighting specialists are vital to theatre. Their work may involve design, operating lighting rigs, and looking after equipment.

Yuliya Kerdol, make-up artists.

Make-up artist

Make-up artists apply make-up and style hair for performers and presenters. Their work is seen on film, stage and television.

Approach local theatres or theatre groups for work experience in the props department.

Props manager

A props manager supervises the building, making and buying of the props needed for a production.

Rheolwr Llwyfan

Mae rheolwyr llwyfan yn cydlynu pob agwedd ar gynhyrchiad theatr neu ddigwyddiad, gan gynnwys actorion, staff technegol, propiau, setiau a gwisgoedd. Maent yn sicrhau bod technegwyr a pherfformwyr yn y lle cywir ar yr adeg gywir, yn barod i wneud eu rhan.

You will need to have design skills and a background in art and design.

Set designer

Set designers work with the director and creative team to produce sets and scenery which enhance the experience of the show.

Sound designers work in a wide variety of settings, from live events to a mobile phone design firm. Image: University of the Creative Arts

Sound designer

Sound design can involve making sure the mix of sounds is correct at a live event, designing the sound effects on a mobile phone, and many other things.

Michael Cobb, AV engineer, Firefly Audio Visual.

Sound engineer

Sound engineers work in the theatre & dance sector to handle all aspects of a productions sound. They ensure that speech, music and sound effects can be heard to the best effect in a theatre production.

Junior Alli, sound technician.

Sound technician

Sound technicians ensure that the best sound possible is available in a variety of venues for performances. They prepare, operate and maintain technical equipment to amplify, enhance, mix or reproduce sound. They work in recording studios, films, radio and television programmes (on set or location) and live performances, including theatre, music and dance.

Theatre sound technicia's look after a productions sound, from music to speech and effects

Sound work

Sound technicians and engineers are responsible for everything about what a production physically sounds like. They often also work closely with designers.

Special effects

Special effects and pyrotechnics staff are responsible for special effects and pyrotechnics required as part of a production. In some shows, for example using magic, special effects may be an integral part of an act.

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