Trades & Services

Stagehand

Stagehands, or stage technicians work on film and TV sets, and at the theatre and concerts. They help ready the stage before a performance.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Stagehand do?

Stagehands, or stage technicians work on film and TV sets, and at the theatre and concerts. They help ready the stage before a performance.

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Work activities

As a stagehand, you would:

  • unload and set up equipment before a performance
  • take down and store equipment at the end of a performance
  • be at rehearsals to familiarise yourself with scene changes, set dressing and props
  • move equipment, props or scenery during a performance
  • operate automated stage machinery
  • open and close theatre curtains
  • clear the stage and backstage areas at the end of the production.
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Key skills and interests

To become a stagehand, you would need:

  • to enjoy live performance
  • a high level of fitness
  • good teamwork skills
  • to work well under pressure
  • a knowledge of health and safety regulations
  • good practical and technical skills
  • the ability to work at heights.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a stagehand you would work long hours. You would attend rehearsals or practices, and be there at the performance. You would work late nights, weekends and holidays depending on the type of performance or show.

Conditions

You may tour with a show or work at one venue. The role can be physically demanding and may involve working at heights.

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How to become an Stagehand?

Entry Level Education

No formal qualifications are required to work as a stagehand. You would get some training on the job. A VET qualification in live production and services, live production and technical services or a related field may improve your chances of a role in this occupation.

You could also become a stagehand through a traineeship in Live Production and Services or Live Production and Technical Services. Generally employers require a junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of stagehands is projected to grow slower than the average for all occupations.

In particular, stagehands who work in small- and medium-sized theatres may see even slower job growth because many of those theatres have difficulty finding funding.

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