This is a list of possible roles that are available for students for Main Stage shows at BVN. Not all positions will be needed for all shows.
- Production Manager - Responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the production are completed within budget, according to the designer's and director's wishes, and in time for the first public performance. He or she oversees the cost effectiveness and planning/scheduling of the entire production process
- Assistant Director - Helps the director coordinate and run rehearsals. Assists the director by helping actors with character development, communicating acting notes to the cast. They sometimes get the chance to block or choreograph scenes and work with actors individually or in small groups. This is an extension of the director.
- Technical Director - Oversees all technical aspects of the show. Ensures that the designs are carried out by the Crew chiefs. Helps coordinate with the technical crew heads and the designers to ensure the artistic visions of the director and designers are fulfilled.
- Assistant Technical Director - Oversees all technical aspects of the show. Assists the technical director and helps keep the technical elements of the show unified. Helps coordinate with the technical crew heads and the designers to ensure the artistic visions of the director and designers are fulfilled.
- Stage Manager - Keeps the prompt book for the show. During rehearsals, takes roll to ensure all assigned cast members are present. Keeps track of needed technical elements (props, lights, sound) as they come up in rehearsal and communicates those needs to the technical team. Once the show is in production (Tech Week), the stage manager is responsible for running all aspects of the production. Will take roll to ensure all cast members are present at call time. Will ensure the stage is prepared for the run. Coordinates with all crew heads to ensure show runs smoothly. Calls the cues for the show.
- Assistant Stage Manager / Deck Captain – As extension of the Stage Manager. This position helps ensure the rehearsals and production runs smoothly. During shows, becomes the Deck captain and directs the Stage Hands and other crew members on stage to shift scenery, props and more.
- Lighting Designer – Responsible for the lighting looks of the show. Designs the lighting plot and delivers the paper work to the technical team to setup and focus the lights. Works with director to set cues to help tell the story of the play.
- Sound Designer – Responsible for designing the audio portions of the show. Works to determine speaker and microphone needs and placements. Helps determine addition sounds needed for the show.
- Scenic Designer – Responsible for designing the scenery elements of the show. This includes the set and set dressings, soft goods (curtain, scrim) placements and backdrops. The designs are given to the technical crew to build and complete.
- Costume Designer – Responsible for designing the look of the cast. This includes wardrobe, makeup and accessories. This designer uses these elements to help in telling the story of the play.
- Dramaturg – This position is responsible for knowing all there is about a show. The dramaturg does research for the director, cast and designers. This person is the expert on the show. During rehearsals the dramaturg watch the performances from the audience’s point of view and communicates with the director how the audience see the show, allowing changes to be made to better aid in understanding of the story of the show.
- Master Electrician - In charge of lighting for the show. The ME’s lighting crew hangs, cables and focuses the lighting instruments for the production. The ME reads the lighting plot provided by the designer and communicates to the crew how and where lights are places.
- Properties Master/Mistress - In charge of the props crew. The Props Master receives requests for props from the production team and supervises the props crew as they find or create the props for the show. During the show, the props master works with the Stage Manager to ensure props are set in the proper places and maintained in working order.
- Shop Foreman – The Shop Foreman in responsible for the Set Crew and Carpenters. The main responsibility is the construction, assembly and finishing of the sets for the productions. Takes the design from the scenic designer and transforms it into a working set. This includes flats, platforms, painting and more.
- Fly Captain - This crew chief supervises the fly crew and riggers. This team is responsible for hanging set pieces, backdrops and other required piece onto the fly system in a safe and secure manner. During the run of the show, the Fly Captain ensures that the system is operated safely and on cue.
- Wardrobe Master/Mistress - This crew chief oversees the production, pulling, fitting and care of costumes for a production and oversees the costume and make-up crews. Responsible for ensuring all costumes are correct to the designer's visions and that they are with the correct cast members and the correct times. This includes coordinating quick changes and similar issues.
- FOH Manager - This crew chief is in charge of everything that happens in front of the curtain. This person will create the program. They oversee the box office, ticketing, and the ushers. Answers questions and solves problems with tickets and seats. Also responsible for letting the stage manager know when it is OK to begin the show.
- Sound Chief - Working with the sound designer, this crew leader is responsible for leading the audio team. This includes speaker setup, microphone distribution and sound effects. The sound chief will also be the sound board operator for the production.