How to become a Production Crew Member

Production crew members look after the setting up, dismantling, removal and maintenance of music and theatre production equipment for stage performances. They also transport and maintain equipment between shows.

Personal requirements of a Production Crew Member

  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Able to work under pressure and at heights
  • Flexible attitude toward working hours and conditions
  • Creativity

Education & Training for a Production Crew Member

You can work as a production crew member without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification in technical production or live production and technical services. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a production crew member through a traineeship in Technical Production or Live Production and Technical Services. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

Duties & Tasks of a Production Crew Member

Production crew members may perform the following tasks:

  • implement stage design under the direction of the stage manager
  • select and position sound and lighting equipment
  • carry, maintain and repair production equipment
  • arrange for transportation of equipment to remote locations
  • arrange and connect cables to the electrical supply using portable junction boxes
  • monitor security and handle cash.

Working conditions for a Production Crew Member

Production crew members may be required to travel long distances and to remote locations when on tour with a show. They work irregular hours or shifts.

Employment Opportunities for a Production Crew Member

Production crew members are employed by theatre groups, production companies, event venues and touring bands. Competition for entry-level positions is very strong. Applicants are required to have experience, which can be gained through voluntary work experience in related areas.

Additional Information
In some states, a restricted electrical licence is required to carry out electrical work incidental to a trade. To work as a production crew member, it may also be necessary to hold a licence to perform high risk work (for rigging and dogging) or undertake an Induction for Construction Work. See the separate entry for Rigger for full details.
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