Help to get things ready on set for performances in the theatre, at concerts and in television and film studios.

They carry out a range of duties and are a vital part of any performance. They are also called stage technicians or stage crew.

Day-to-Day Activities

  • loading and unloading equipment
  • helping carpenters build and put up scenery
  • attending rehearsals
  • moving scenery, furniture and heavy equipment 
  • opening and closing theatre curtains between acts
  • operating manual and automated scenery-moving machinery
  • clearing the stage or studio and backstage area at the end of the performance.

Technology Skills

  • Graphics or photo imaging software: e.g. Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
  • Office suite software: e.g. Corel Office Suite, LibreOffice, Microsoft Works,
  • Electronic mail software: e.g. Google Gmail, Microsoft Outlook

Employment Prospects

  • New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

Working Environment

  • Evenings
  • Throughout the UK
  • Hands-On

Route to Employment

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  • Art & Design
  • Design & Technology:Product Design


  • English Literature
  • Music Technology
  • Drama & Theatre Studies

Other Information

There are no set requirements. Backstage experience from school, college, amateur or fringe productions will be helpful. It’ll also help if you have skills and experience in carpentry, electrical work, sound or lighting. You could start in a theatre or venue as a member of casual backstage staff. With experience and training you could move to stage management.


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Skills Needed

Skills Key:

  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Customer Service
  • Teamwork
  • Problem Solving
  • Judgment & Decision Making
  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Skills

Interests Needed

Interests Key:

  • Realistic
  • Conventional
  • Artistic

Knowledge Needed

Knowledge Key:

  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Telecommunications
  • English Language
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Mathematics
  • Design

Abilities Needed

Abilities Key:

  • Oral Comprehension
  • Oral Expression
  • Near Vision
  • Written Comprehension
  • Far Vision
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Information Ordering
  • Visualization

Work Styles Needed

Work Styles Key:

  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Innovation
  • Independence
  • Initiative
  • Persistence

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