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Encyclopedia > Running crew

Running crew is the collective term for the entire group of persons required to operate a theatrical performance. Sometimes, this group includes onstage performers functioning in technical capacities while not onstage. Typically, running crew refers to persons in the following capacities (jobs, titles and roles vary depending on the type of performance and the professional level at which the production is done):

  • Stage manager: oversees and directs all aspects of the performance after the rehearsal period. Runs all rehearsals.
  • Master Electrician: oversees the installation of the lighting plot, including the fixtures, dimming equipment, automation and control systems according to the design of the Lighting Designer
  • Electrician: under the direction of the Master Electrician, installs (hangs), and adjusts (focusses) the lighting equipment.
  • Light board operator: operates the lighting control system
  • Sound operator: operates the audio control system
  • Flymen (or Rail crew): operate the fly system, a system of ropes or wires, pulleys and counterweights by means of which scenery is "flown" in and out (down and up, respectively)
  • Deck carpenters: responsible for moving scenery at the stage level, often by rolling pieces on and offstage to and from the wings
  • Deck electricians: responsible for placing, connecting and/or operating "practical" electrical fixtures or effects
  • Spotlight operator (or Followspot operator): operates a type of lighting instrument called a spotlight which allows a performer to be lit evenly no matter where on stage they may go (particularly practical for those performers who are unable to "find their light")
  • Props: responsible for maintenance and placement of hand props before scenes, and retrieval afterward, and generally, any other tasks no other department wants
  • Wardrobe: responsible for maintenance and placement of costumes, and assisting performers in getting into and out of costumes
  • Wigs/Makeup: responsible for applying or assisting in the application of face and body paints, wigs and hairpieces, etc

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This crew, working with the Prop Running Crew, moves all the scenery during the play, under the direction and guidance of the crew head, stage manager, and the technical director.
This crew, under the guidance of the Head of Props, the stage manager, and the technical director, organizes and moves all the props.
The crew members are required to be accurate and have a sense of timing to control the movement of the lights.
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The San Francisco Running Crew was founded in 1996 to teach technical theater skills to those who are under-represented in the technical theater fields; namely young women, youth of color, and youth from low-income families.
S.F. Running Crew graduates (well over 200) have a high placement rate in jobs in the theater industry, and some have gone on to higher education in theater and/or design.
Javier was accepted to the Running Crew program in the summer of 1997 and after finishing the ten-week training was placed in a paid internship.
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