• Laurie Swigart

PROGRAM CREDIT ORDER AND CHECKLIST

Compiled and Edited by Richard Finkelstein


I have worked for both academic and professional theatres for nearly 30 years. Especially in the academic arena I have also witnessed some outlandish program publication. Examples would include: Listing of the hairdresser above the Technical Director; forgetting to credit the

playwright; listing designers as "crew"; forgetting to list an intermission; failing to list the licensing agent (usually in violation of the contract) etc. These can be serious problems or lead to serious problems. To help to educate, I have assembled this checklist. It includes most of the personnel and information that one MIGHT wish/need to provide in a program. Thus it is intended as a checklist/reminder. Of course the needs of individual productions would vary so this is obviously a guide and not the bible on the subject. Still I submit the listing to you in the hopes that it may help to solve a persistent problem.


Cover or First Page Info:

· Play Title

· Playwright

· Translator

· Composer

· Librettist

· Presenting Organization

· Performance Location

· Performance Date(s) INCLUDING YEAR

· Theatre contact information

· Website Address


Creative Team (These should be together in the same place.)

· Director

· Musical Director and/or conductor

· Choreographer

· Set Designer (Scenic Designer)

· Costume Designer

· Lighting Designer

· Sound Designer


Department Heads:

· Technical Director

· Stage Manager

· Dramaturg

· Master Carpenter(s)

· Master Electrician

· Costume Shop Foreman

· Property Master

· Sound

· Wardrobe Master

· Charge Artist

· Makeup Design

· Dance Captain


Cast Listing:

· List in a logical order. Traditionally either in order of appearance or in alphabetical order.

· Double Casting

· Leads first

· Chorus

· Dancers

· Understudies

· Understudy Policy


Musicians:

· All are listed along with the instruments that they play


Assistants (note the difference between the terms: associate, assistant, assistant to)

· Assistant Director

· Assistant Designers

· Assistant Choreographer

· Assistant Musical Director

· etc.


Program Notes


Directors Notes


Dramaturgical Notes


Producers Notes


Act and Scene Time and Place


Intermission and Pause Location and length


Crews:

· Carpentry

· Flymen

· Electrics

· Costume Construction

· Wardrobe

· Properties

· Makeup

· Publicity

· Sound


Refreshment Information


Photo and Recording Policy


Pager and Cell-Phone Policy


ACTF Policy


Access Policies


Biographies of Cast and other major players:

· Determine a logical order such as alphabetical by last name

· Determine content, length, and editorial policies


Cast and Crew Photos


Safety & Exit Information


Warnings:

. Strobe lights

. Smoke/fog

. Loud Noises (guns, explosions)

. Nudity

. Mature subject matter, language


Late Seating Policy


Season, Subscription, and box office Information including the box office phone number


Sponsors and Donors


Volunteers


Wish List


Acknowledgment Lists


Music Copyright Information


Regalia Purchasing Information


Department Faculty and Staff List


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