Running crew, run crew or stage crew, is a collective term used in the theatre to describe the members of the technical crew who supervise and operate ("run") the various technical aspects of the production during a performance.[1][2] While the "technical crew" includes all persons other than performers involved with the production, such as those who build and take down the sets and place the lighting, the term "running crew" is generally limited to those who work during an actual performance.

The term is typically not applied to crew or department heads, although there are exceptions. The running crew may include performers if they also function in technical capacities while offstage.

Crew positions

A typical running crew will include any or all of the following positions, depending on the nature and size of the production, and the complexity of the technical requirements. Each position is organized by the most common title; depending on the country, type of production, and producing organization, different titles may be used for the same position. (This also depends on what the director classifies it all as.)

Stage management






  1. ^ a b Hopgood, Jeromy (2015-09-07). Dance Production: Design and Technology. CRC Press. p. 12. ISBN 9781317635413.
  2. ^ Downs, William Missouri; Wright; Ramsey, Erik (2016-10-05). The Art of Theatre: Then and Now. Cengage Learning. p. 104. ISBN 9781305954700.