Originally published in Encore
So you are interested in working backstage? So what do you do and where do you go? These are questions that all techs asked themselves in the beginning.
Working backstage should not be a daunting task to the newcomer, so we need to make them feel at ease. Sometimes theatre companies assume that people may already have skills that they really do not. Unfortunately we are all guilty of expecting people to have certain skill sets just because they are keen.
We need to take them under our wing and show them the ropes. Amateur or community theatre has a role to play in training people in the “art of backstage”. We need to lead by example, do it the right way and pass on these skills to those that ask. We need to actively encourage and foster the people that are ardent and willing to give up their free time to make those on stage look good.
Every group has a variety of production personnel, their jobs range from:
Some people are have only interests in one area, and others just want to help and we should give them a chance in all areas so that they can build their skills. We all had to start at the bottom so let us make the new ones feel comfortable.