Identify and describe ten people in a theatre production role. What do they contribute to a performance overall?

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The producer is responsible for the overall administration- raising and allocating funds, hiring workers, and overseeing all aspects of production. Larger theatre productions may have several producers designated as executive, associate or coproducers, each of whom may be responsible for a specific aspect of the show.

For a new commercial production, the producer contracts with a playwright for a script; raises funds from private investors; hires the artistic and technical crew, rents a theater and all the necessary equipment for the stage, and oversees publicity, ticket sales, and all the financial aspects of the production.

In theatre companies that do repertoire (a season of several plays), the producer may be responsible for selecting the repertoire, although this is often the task of the artistic director. The producer also arranges tours, additional productions and the sale of subsidiary rights, including film, television and amateur production rights.

The role of the director is important because the success of the production is 'riding on their shoulders'.

The director assists all the other crew/personnel in one way or another and must be organised in order for things to run smoothly.


The director makes all the artistic and creative decisions and is responsible for the harmonious unity of a production. She/he determines a concept, motif or interpretation for the script or scenario, selects a cast (through auditions), rehearses them and usually has a deciding role in scenery, costumes, lights and sound. The movement, timing, pace and visual and aural effects are all determined by the director.

The director's role is important in a theatre production because it is the director's vision which the audience eventually witnesses. If he/she does not make good decisions in regards to the production and is unable to reach the audience effectively, the whole performance could be at risk...