Profession prop master / prop 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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- Conventional / Realistic
- Organise resources for artistic production
Coordinate human, material and capital resources within artistic productions, based on the given documentation e.g. scripts.
- Maintain props
Check, maintain and repair props.
- Preset props
Arrange props on the stage in preparation of a performance.
- 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.
- Design props
Draw prop sketches and define prop materials and building methods
- Set up props in a timely manner
Make sure props are set up on the stage or set according to the time schedule.
- Adapt props
Adapt existing props for use in a specific production.
- Work ergonomically
Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.
- Build devices into props
Build mechanical or electrical devices into props.
- 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.
- Work safely with machines
Check and safely operate machines and equipment required for your work according to manuals and instructions.
- Use technical documentation
Understand and use technical documentation in the overall technical process.
- Safeguard artistic quality of performance
Observe the show, anticipate and react to possible technical problems, ensuring optimal artistic quality.
- Change over props
Set, remove, or move props on a stage during a changeover.
- 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 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.
- Manage stage effects
Prepare and operate stage effects, preset and changeover the props during rehearsals and live performances.
- Define prop building methods
Decide on how to build the necessary props and document the process.
- Prepare stage effects
Prepare stage food, blood and other effects.
- 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.
- 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.
- Use personal protection equipment
Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.
- 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.
- Prepare personal work environment
Correct settings or positions for your working instruments and adjust them before starting operations.
- Understand artistic concepts
Interpret an artist's explanation or demonstration of their artistic concepts, inceptions and processes and strive to share their vision.