Casting & Careers
Costume designers create the look of each character by designing clothes and accessories the actors will wear in performance. Depending on their style and complexity, costumes may be made, bought, revamped out of existing stock or rented. Their designs need to faithfully reflect the personalities of the characters in the script, the shapes, colors and textures that a costume designer chooses make an immediate and powerful visual statement to the audience. Creative collaboration among the costume designer, the director and the set and lighting designers ensures that the costumes are smoothly integrated into the production as a whole.
This involves doing market research on customers, analyzing their needs, and then making strategic decisions about which productions to offer (individually or as a season), ticket pricing, and promotion. Research the attitudes and opinions of the public as relates to the company and its offerings.
- Using this research, help shape the company season in partnership with the artistic director or other person(s) responsible for choosing individual shows or an entire season.
- Write, edit and produce newsletters, brochures, direct marketing pieces and other printed material.
- Create and determine publicity/press relations plan to generate continued greater awareness for the company and support any overall marketing initiatives.
- Develop communication objectives and communication plans
- Identify the most important audiences, and decide what to communicate to them and the best media to use
- Examine the media for issues that affect the company
- Write and implement communication or promotional plans
- Cultivate and maintain media contacts in order to generate relevant stories, interviewsand other media coverage for the company.
- Solicit, arrange and organize media interviews (print, radio and TV) for general stories about the company.
- Provide the public with information when it is requested
- Solicit Sponsorship
- Solicit, arrange and organize media interviews (print, radio and TV) for productions or about the company in general.•Coordinate and oversee photo sessions for public relations and marketing purposes.
An assistant is someone that completes tasks the managers professionally. They ensure that everything runs smoothly. Assistants (As) often act as the manager’s first point of contact with people from both inside and outside the organization. This means that their tasks and skills can often be divided into two fields of technical skills and personal skills.
Tasks may include but are not limited to:
- Devising and maintaining office systems, including data management and filing
- Arranging travel, visas and accommodation and, occasionally, traveling with the manager to take notes or dictation at meetings or to provide general assistance during presentations
- Screening phone calls, inquiries and requests, and handling them when appropriate
- Meeting and greeting visitors at all levels of seniority
- Organizing and maintaining diaries and making appointments
- Dealing with incoming email, and social media post, often corresponding on behalf of Lavarious Slaughter
- Taking dictation and minutes
- Carrying out background research and presenting findings
- Producing documents, briefing papers, reports and presentations
- Organizing and attending meetings and ensuring the manager is well prepared for meetings
- Liaising with clients, suppliers and other staff
An essential skill for theatre stage managers is people management, as it is their role to coordinate all
aspects of the production to ensure the successful delivery of the performance. This involves managing rehearsals, actors, technicians, props and costume fittings, as well as liaising with front of house staff and the director.
A stage manager needs to have a good understanding of both the technical and artistic elements of a performance so that they can ensure it is delivered exactly to the director’s requirements. They will be involved from the rehearsal stage through to the live performances, where they will be on hand to deal with any emergencies or issues that may hinder the show.