Job profiles

What exactly is a stagehand?

Confusion often arises about who exactly can do what and what skills are required. This list of job profiles aims to provide some clarity.

Stagehand - Truss construction, case handling, cable knowledge, basic system technology skills, loading, stage platform construction, etc.

Steelhand - Knowledge in Layher and stage construction, stage construction assistant, works up to a maximum height of 2 meters.

Scaffolder - Specialized knowledge in Layher and stage construction, trained in the safe use of personal protective equipment against falls from a height (PSAgA), stage builder.

Forklift Driver - Apart from a valid forklift license, knowledge of various forklift models and fundamental know-how about correctly loading event and stage equipment, as well as all safety-related issues at events.

Set Construction - Work for decoration and props (e.g., frame construction, frame stretching, carpet laying, positioning of props for stage design, etc.).

Boom Lift Operator - Operating articulated telescopic boom lifts, trained in the safe use of personal protective equipment against falls from a height. When ascending a boom lift, wearing personal protective equipment against falls from a height and using it correctly is mandatory for the driver as well as all accompanying persons.

Runner - Drives, for example, bands to the stage with vehicles, procures utensils for the stage, etc.

Show Crew - Stagehands during the show, responsible for the swift setup and dismantling of bands during changeovers and loading equipment.

Followspot Operator - Operates a spotlight as a follower to perfectly highlight performers.

Truss Spot Operator - Operates a spotlight as a follower sitting on the truss with PSAgA.

Crew Leader - Communication interface between clients and on-site staff, responsible for on-site occupational safety and working hours.

Project Manager - Fully responsible on-site for large crew sizes, handles crew scheduling and task distribution, ensures compliance with occupational safety, break planning, and working hours on-site, also manages various on-site issues (e.g., catering, conflict management, knowledge transfer, competence enhancement, etc.), point of contact for the client on-site, expertise in the event industry, reading plans and independently implementing necessary tasks with the on-site crew present.


Which terms should you know?

PSA – Personal Safety Equipment

PSAgA – Personal Safety Equipment against Falls from Height

Gaffatape - Residue-free removable adhesive tape available in various sizes with strong adhesive properties

Side cutter - Tool for removing cable ties

Rubber straps - for securing tarps, banners, etc.

Case - Wheeled box, available in various colors and sizes for transporting materials

Riser - Mobile small stage for e.g., drums

4-point truss - Standard truss with the highest load capacity

Pins - Steel pins inserted and hammered into the cone to achieve a force and form-fitting connection

Safeties - Safety devices for the pins

Event truss - Special truss for laying stage platforms

Molton - Flame-retardant stage fabric, usually black or white, used for hanging, covering, and dressing

Pipe and Drape - System with telescopic poles, floor plates, and fabric used to cover or partition areas

You can find many more terms in our Stagehand Guidebook. You can order it here.