Have you ever wanted to try your hand at stage management, acting, directing or even media relations in theatre? The Walterdale Playhouse has been successfully run by its volunteers for almost 50 years, and now we need your help!
Whether you can donate a few hours, or a few seasons, we are looking for new volunteers to help grow our theatre.
Volunteer Positions available to Walterdale Members are vast! Below are some common production roles briefly explained:
This section documents some of the common position held in Walterdale productions. Not all of these positions will b in every production and some productions will have additional, specialized roles to suit their unique needs. It is also worth noting that a production member may fill more than one of these roles in a production (e.g. Set Designer acting as Master Builder or Master Painter, Costume Designer acting as Costume Supervisor, Running Crew acting as Dresser).
Directing and Performance
Interprets the production and stages the play; determines the style of production and the nature of the rehearsal process; charged with approval of all major aesthetic decisions; collaborates with playwright and all designers.
Assists Director in his or her duties, including scheduling, research, rehearsals, and casting.
Choreographer, Movement Coach, or Fight Choreographer
Stages the movements of actors and dancers; composes dances to advance a storyline, interpret emotion, and enliven a production; serves as advisor for period and style dance, movement, and gesture; choreographs stage combat sequences and teaches sequences to actors; considered a collaborator with the Director.
Assists actors in developing personal and company warm-ups, dialects, and vocal production and speech problems.
Interprets the production and designs the physical visual elements of both stage and settings; collaborates with Director and other designers.
Interprets the production and designs the clothing worn by actors; collaborates with Director and other designers.
Interprets the production and designs the lighting; collaborates with Director and other designers; prepares and records all lighting cues.
Interprets the production and designs all sound including live and taped effects and recorded music; collaborates with Director and other designers; prepares and records all sound effects and musical cues.
Interprets the production and designs properties; works in close collaboration with Set Designer; collaborates with Director and other designers.
Production and Stage Management
Co-ordinates all production activities throughout a production season; co-ordinates activities of all Stage Managers; involved in all scheduling and staffing; oversees production financials.
Liaises among all departments of a production; responsible for scheduling, information exchange, and the smooth operation of all rehearsals; calls cues in dress rehearsals and performances; oversees technical crew on the production; collaborates closely with Director.
Assistant Stage Manager
Assists Stage Manager; often assigned to specific responsibilities such as preparation of rehearsal rooms, prompting, rehearsal properties, etc.
Co-ordinates all publicity and media for the production, including arranging media nights and complimentary tickets for media.
Responsible for coordination of all technical areas; efficiency expert on the technical elements of running a production; acts as resource for technical knowledge and expertise. This is a Board of Directors position at Walterdale, rather than a production person for each show.
Oversees the building and/or acquisition of all costumes; supervises the operation of the wardrobe; orders all costume materials; maintains costumes throughout the production period.
Area Head in charge of the purchasing, borrowing, and building of all properties.
Area Head in charge of the building of all scenic elements; responsible for ordering building materials and maintaining the shop during production; oversees builders and carpenters.
Area Head in charge of the painting of all scenic elements; responsible for securing pain and painting equipment and materials; oversees set painters.
Involved in the construction of scenic elements.
Assists in the painting and finishing of all scenic elements.
Lighting Board Operator
Runs the lighting control board during Technical Week and performance.
Operates the sound console and all reproduction equipment during Technical Week and performance.
Assists in production elements during the running of the show in Technical Week and performance, including set changes, properties tracking, etc.
Assists actors in quick or involved costume changes during Technical Week and performance.
In charge of the operation of the audience areas of all performances; responsible for the comfort and safety of the audience; coordinates performance timing with the production Stage Manager; evacuates the audience in case of an emergency.
Box Office Manager
In charge of ticket tracking and sales at the door, prior to performance.
Coffee Bar Server
Serves customers beverages at the coffee bar. Required to have ProServe certification to serve alcohol as of January 2010.
Seats audience members, takes ticket stubs and maintains order. Often these duties are performed by the Front-of-House Manager and a Coffee Bar Server.