If you want to advance in an activity, have a strong work ethic and dedication, then stage crew may be a good choice. There are a number of senior positions available, including lighting director, audio director, house manager, or stage manager. Success with these roles is defined by showing up, learning what has to be done, and proving you are willing to take on more responsibilities.
The crew working behind the scenes on shows gets hands-on experience with building sets. With a team of artists, craftsmen, and audio and lighting specialists you help create an entire world out of wood, paint, pipes, and a few dozen nails. You won’t up your popularity quotient or draw attention from peers toiling behind the scenes, but you will feel cool using power tools. And on a more serious note, you’ll gain tremendous satisfaction: Being a member of the crew is about appreciating your own hard work and working to the best of your ability for the feeling of accomplishment you get when the audience applauds and the curtain comes down.
Timothy Haddad is a 16-year-old entering his junior year at Regis High School in Manhattan. He is the third oldest in a family of six children and has enjoyed going to the theater with his family. He especially enjoyed the musical Mama Mia! and the drama Arsenic and Old Lace.