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General Manager

Once a producer has secured the rights for a theatrical show or other live event production, his or her next step is to hire a general manager. This person oversees all aspects of mounting a production on behalf of the producer, particularly the business and financial concerns.

Producer

In live theatrical and stage entertainment, the producer is the individual who initiates the development of a show. This person is tasked with fronting the cash or raising the necessary funds and is ultimately responsible for all aspects of development, including hiring the cast, crew, and other staff.

Production Manager

“Creatives,” or those who are concerned only with the artistic details of a project, tend to have a difficult time editing their imaginations to fit a budget. That is where the production manager comes in; he or she is the keeper of the cash, the parental figure doling out the allowance. A theatrical production or concert consists of numerous departments and technical elements that compete for a slice of the money pie, but must cooperate to put on a cohesive show.

Stage Automation Engineer

To accomplish the fantastic feat of a flying car in that stage version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, or rotating and tilting the 50-ton Sand/Cliff Deck in , theatrical productions rely on sophisticated technology and the skills of a stage automation engineer.

Tour Publicist

Not all concerts or theatrical touring productions will enlist the services of a tour publicist, but when this individual is hired, he or she is responsible for all media relations and publicity activities related to the show while on the road. This person travels with the cast and crew, and may work for a publicity firm, record label, live entertainment production company, or as an independent freelancer.

Advance Person

Life on tour without an advance person isn’t pretty; imagine booking a luxury vacation online, only to realize when you arrive that the photos of the “five-star” resort have dramatically misrepresented its dilapidated state. The advance person on a touring theatrical production or concert is hired by the production company to scope out each city and event location before the arrival of the cast and crew to ensure that all facilities and accommodations are as promised.

Drum Tech

Musicians are notoriously protective of their instruments and rely on specially trained technicians to care for and maintain their gear. A drum tech, like a guitar technician, must be highly skilled and reliable to earn the trust of the musician and cultivate a lasting career in the live show production industry.

Video Technician

Live entertainment and theatrical productions are embracing the use of digital video and projection with increasing frequency. Audiences expect towering video screens to offer close-ups of the band for the people in the cheap seats, and the integration of multimedia into traditional theater has opened up an entirely new dimension of visual artistry on stage.

Clair Brothers

The first gig for Roy and Gene Clair’s fledgling operation was a show for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at F&M College in their home state of Pennsylvania. As the brothers built upon their expertise and business savvy, their client list grew to include the Rolling Stones, Queen, Elton John, and U2; they rocked Live Aid and were witness to the infamous Woodstock ’99. 

Video Supervisor

During preproduction of a live show, the video supervisor is the right hand of the projection designer and will eventually be tasked with maintaining the design once the show opens. This person is a veteran video technician who exhibits excellent leadership skills in conjunction with technical proficiency.