Profession prop master/mistress

Prop masters/mistresses setup, prepare, check and maintain objects used on stage by actors or other small movable objects called props. They cooperate with road crew to unload, set up and prepare the props. During a performance they position props, hand them over or take them back from the actors.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Realistic

Skills

  • Contribute to a safe working environment

    Apply basic safety rules according to training and instruction and based on a solid understanding of the risks to you and your colleagues.

  • Prepare personal work environment

    Correct settings or positions for your working instruments and adjust them before starting operations.

  • Design props

    Draw prop sketches and define prop materials and building methods

  • Adapt props

    Adapt existing props for use in a specific production.

  • Manage personal professional development

    Take responsibility for lifelong learning and continuous professional development. Engage in learning to support and update professional competence. Identify priority areas for professional development based on reflection about own practice and through contact with peers and stakeholders.

  • Work safely with mobile electrical systems under supervision

    Take the necessary precautions while providing temporary power distribution for performance and art facility purposes under supervision.

  • Set up props in a timely manner

    Make sure props are set up on the stage or set according to the time schedule.

  • Build devices into props

    Build mechanical or electrical devices into props.

  • Preset props

    Arrange props on the stage in preparation of a performance.

  • Maintain props

    Check, maintain and repair props.

  • Follow environmentally-sustainable work practices

    Apply principles, policies and regulations aimed at environmental sustainability in the workplace.

  • Understand artistic concepts

    Interpret an artist's explanation or demonstration of their artistic concepts, inceptions and processes and strive to share their vision.

  • Translate artistic concepts to technical designs

    Cooperate with the artistic team in order to facilitate the transition from the creative vision and its artistic concepts to a technical design.

  • Work safely with machines

    Check and safely operate machines and equipment required for your work according to manuals and instructions.

  • Work with respect for own safety

    Apply the safety rules according to training and instruction and based on a solid understanding of the prevention measures and risks to your own personal health and safety.

  • Develop prop effects

    Work with creative personnel to design special effects involving props using mechanical or electrical devices. Advise on feasibility and develop the needed prop effects.

  • Safeguard artistic quality of performance

    Observe the show, anticipate and react to possible technical problems, ensuring optimal artistic quality.

  • Ensure visual quality of the set

    Inspect and amend the scenery and set-dressing to make sure the visual quality is optimal with in constraints of time, budget and manpower.

  • Use technical documentation

    Understand and use technical documentation in the overall technical process.

  • Adapt to artists' creative demands

    Work with artists, striving to understand the creative vision and adapting to it. Make full use of your talents and skills to reach the best possible result.

  • Define prop building methods

    Decide on how to build the necessary props and document the process.

  • Organise resources for artistic production

    Coordinate human, material and capital resources within artistic productions, based on the given documentation e.g. scripts.

  • Change over props

    Set, remove, or move props on a stage during a changeover.

  • Prepare stage effects

    Prepare stage food, blood and other effects.

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Prevent fire in a performance environment

    Take steps to prevent fire in a performance environment. Make sure the space complies with fire safety rules, with sprinklers and fire extinguishers installed where necessary. Make sure staff are aware of fire prevention measures.

  • Manage stage effects

    Prepare and operate stage effects, preset and changeover the props during rehearsals and live performances.

Optional knowledge and skills

modify scenic elements during performance keep personal administration purchase stage weapons purchase props ensure safety of mobile electrical systems assemble scenic elements on stage work safely with chemicals maintain stage weapons document your own practice promote yourself work safely with stage weapons advise client on technical possibilities manage consumables stock define prop materials perform first fire intervention assemble performance equipment store performance equipment plan pyrotechnical effects plan weapon use on stage store pyrotechnical materials draw prop sketches mark the information from the ground plans on the stage area develop professional network operate pyrotechnical control obtain pyrotechnic permits