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.

Finance staff (arts)

Finance staff officers in the performing and visual arts sectors provide administrative support to organisations.

The aim of the front-of-house team is to make the theatre a welcoming place for all visitors, staff and volunteers.

Front-of-house work

The 'front-of-house' of a theatre refers to all areas accessed by the public, including the auditorium. Front of house staff look after the public to make sure their visit is safe and enjoyable.

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.

A Marketing Officer makes sure the theatre sends out the right image to the public.

Marketing officer

Marketing is about understanding what a customer wants and promoting this product, event or service. It is also making sure the public is talking about a brand, which for the arts sector could be a theatre, museum, art gallery or community arts project.

Writing for theatre requires you to create the essentials of the play.


The playwright or dramatist is the author of a production, the writer or adapter of the original play. Often they work alone, but sometimes they also collaborate with a director and the cast.

Producer (live events)

Producers of live events are responsible for running successful live spectacles. The producer works on live shows and events in the music industry such as concerts and music festivals. They must coordinate technical staff and performers to ensure everything runs smoothly. They have to have high quality acts and performers for a successful event. Live events may be one-offs or regular annual events. They can be held in indoor and outdoor music venues of all sizes.

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.

Cheryl Brown,	puppet maker.


Puppeteers animate and manipulate puppets as part of a theatre, television or film production. Puppetry is a performing art used to entertain adults or children.

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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