Stage Write: The Production Team

proAre you interested in theatre at Brown? Whether you’re a veteran actor or a fresh newbie, you’ve come to the right place – Stage Write! I’m Olivia Cummings, first-year Shakespeare enthusiast, techie, and budding thespian. I’ll be writing about my experiences in the various facets of theatre life at Brown this year.

Want to direct? Interested in stage managing? Are you a fellow techie/designer?! If so, you’re gonna have to learn how to work together with everyone else on the wonderful conglomeration we call “the production team.”   Read more to learn about each member of a Brown production team (with q2q comics, when available).

The director: Directs the show with their/her/his “vision.”


Dramaturge: Usually helps the director to decide on a “vision.” Is artsy.

The assistant director: Not always there. Usually less experienced than the director.  Adds another perspective to the production.

The stage manager: Really good at scheduling things and keeping people on track. Usually super awesome and cool and smart (no bias here).

stage manager

The assistant stage manager: Always there. Also super awesome, cool, and smart.  Really good at not needing tons of appreciation.  Think stormtrooper in Star Wars, except less dispensable.

The lighting designer: Knows a lot about lights (or does by the end of the show at least).  A perfectionist.


The sound designer: Pretty chill. Often angry at Q-Lab (a program for designing sound cues).

sound and lights

Props:  Really good at finding random things and making “it work.”


Costumes: Usually has a pretty good eye for fashion. Difficulty of the job depends on the show (I’ve heard the hardest shows for costumes usually seem the easiest.)


Set designer/tech designer: Designs and builds the set.  Good with an electric drill.

General Manager (GM): Helps with publicity and everything else related to getting people to come to the show. Runs production meetings when the SM is too busy.

Executive Producer (EP): Helps with publicity and everything else related to getting people to come to the show.  Also acts as a mediator for the team if there are any problems.  Occasionally gets people food if anyone has forgotten to eat. 😛

There you go! (almost) Everyone on a production team here at Brown.  Which position would you want?

As a potential Immunobiology and/or Public Health concentrator who is pre-med (PLME), I’ll approach theatre as someone who is doing it as a (very time-intensive) hobby. If you have any questions for me or would like to be connected with someone who is looking to pursue theatre after college, email me at olivia_cummings@brown.eduLooking forward to seeing you all at Brown soon!


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