In a broad sense, the overall responsibility of a stagehand is to assist performers by accommodating their needs and helping them perform to the best of their ability. More specifically, stagehands do behind the scenes technical work at live or recorded productions. Sometimes they assist the sound manager in developing appropriate sound levels, set up monitors, and test the sound. Sometimes they will have to manage lighting. It all depends on the venue and the staff they have.
Additionally, stagehands also:
- Move and place equipment
- Adjust sets and props
- Break down the set and clean up
- Manage lighting
Common places for stagehands to work include live theaters, music venues, movie/television sets, opera houses, and outdoor arenas.
Stagehands should be strong, physically fit, and able to lift and carry heavy equipment. They must know how equipment works and how to fix it. Formal education may be required if working with computerized equipment.
Has this sparked your interest? Becoming a stagehand could be the right choice for you. Check out these associate’s programs at each recording arts school to help launch your career!
- Associate, Recording Arts at Tribeca Flashpoint College in Chicago, IL.
- Associate, Recording Arts at San Diego City College in San Diego, CA.
- Associate, Music Industry Recording Arts at St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, FL.