Stage props exist as their own distinct area in modern theatre. Normally small moveable objects are often handled by the actors, these form an integral part of the overall design process. While there are various agreed categories, the division between prop, costume and set is often vague. Terminology varies from prop makers and designers to masters and managers. Advances in technology have aided in the development and sophistication of props for the theatre. – Justin Cash
Theatre Props Resources
Great educational article for students from the Melbourne Theatre Company about what happens to these items after a show has finished. Some are repurposed, some are stored, others are recycled, used for future rehearsals, and hired out to the public, while the occasional one is sold to the public.
Brief overview of the history, function and types of stage properties for the theatre.
Section of a technical handbook covering categories, lists and acquisition of items for productions.
An excellent introduction to stage props and effects.
Glossaries of Props Terms
Glossary of about 60 technical theatre terms relating to this area from Theatrecrafts.com.
Basic glossary of terms.
Master Props Lists and Templates
Step-by-step guide on how to create a master list with everything you need to include.
Google Docs downloadable template for a master list. For Word version, download as Word from the Google Doc.
Job description for the property designer/manager from the University of Oregon.
Handy resource on the types of activities a maker for theatre, film or TV could expect to do, key skills required, and the necessary education to make a career in this field.
An industry job description for the tasks needed in the role of a designer.
Job description, expected salary, experience and skills needed, responsibilities etc, from Backstage.com.
Quick overview about what a maker does, what education and/or skills are required, likely salary etc.
Article discussing the recent rise of the term prop designer, what the job entails and what types of theatre shows will you most likely see this title employed? Other articles include master vs director and what is a coordinator in this field.
Props build crew, master/mistress and running crew job descriptions for university theatre.
A detailed description of duties for the props master in productions at Appalachian State University.
Overview of the ten most common duties of a props master.
A detailed description of the responsibilities of the properties manager.