Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre-Media Centre
Our backstage crew works hard behind the scenes.

theatre people

who we are and what we do

It takes a lot of work by a lot of people to run a theatre! Take a look behind the scenes to find out more about the different roles that bring a production to life; those you see onstage, those you interact with as an audience member, and those you might have never known existed.

Document Library Classroom Chats

Geared towards students but enlightening for anyone, these documents illustrate the breadth and diversity of skills that are used to work in the arts, and invite you to imagine how you can use your own to join this world.

This library is in progress and constantly being updated!

Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Music Director
Props Artisan
Scenic Artist
Set Designer
Sound Designer
Stage Manager
Technical Director
Head of Wardrobe
Wardrobe - Cutter
Wardrobe - Buyer
Wardrobe - Accessories
Wigs, Hair, and Makeup Coordinator
Props Activities

Many Theatre People contributed time and knowledge to help create these documents; Audrey Dwyer, Dasha Plett, Ksenia Broda-Milian, Joseph Abetria, Carla Schroeder, Melissa Smigelski, Jamie Plummer, Zoe Leclerc-Kennedy, Chris Turyk, Melissa Novecosky, Thora Lamont, Jackie Van Winkle, Paul de Gurse, Elizabeth Whitbread, Jillian Willems, Jessy Ardern. Thank you!


Teachers, sign up for a 45-minute virtual visit with a theatre professional in your class! For 2022/23, Theatre People virtual visits are free of charge. We are offering a set date and time slot for each profession featured. Up to 5 classrooms will join the video call.

We'll send you a fact sheet and biographies of the speakers in advance so that your class can brainstorm and submit their burning questions. On the day, our Theatre People will tell you more about themselves and their job, answer your submitted questions, and then take more questions from each class in the moment as time permits.

2022-23 Schedule
Thu Sept 29 - 1:30 PM - Visit with a Properties Artisan 
Wed Nov 23 - 1:30 PM - Visit with Playwright Elio Zarrillo 
Tue Jan 17 - 11:15 AM - Visit with Designers Joseph Abetria and Ksenia Broda-Milian 
Fri February 24 - 1:30 PM- Visit with Actor Ray Strachan
Tue Mar 21 - 11:15 AM - Visit with Stage Manager Melissa Novecosky
Wed May 3 - 1:30 PM - Visit with Directors


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