The Set Designer Is responsible for creating an appropriate performing space for the actors, both from the viewpoint of functionality (having suitable entrances as required by the script or director), and from the artistic appearance of the set (the decor/style). Some directors will have a very strong view about the overall design, whereas others will give their designers a greater input into creating the look of the show.

For best results, the Set Designer should work with the other designers to ensure the set design is consistent with the overall design ideas. A production will look a lot better if each designer is following a consistent thread and taking into account of the look and atmosphere being created by the other designers.

Shows in Cambridge vary as to whether the Set Designer also takes responsibility for the building and painting of the set, or if these jobs are organised by a separate Technical Director and/or Master Carpenter. You should discuss in early production meetings exactly where the boundaries of the Set Designer role lie and what you are prepared to do for any given production, so as to ensure that people can be added to the production team in these other roles as soon as possible, if they will be required.

Additional painters[edit]

For larger shows, the set designer shouldn't attempt to paint everything! Instead, it's common to appoint set painters. This can cover more advanced painting of landscapes and complex backdrops, or simpler tasks such as painting items of set.

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Set Designer Vacancies

A New Brain
19:00, Tue 11th – Sat 15th October 2022 at Corpus Playroom
Michaelmas Week 1

A New Brain is looking for a stage manager , set designer , lighting designer , sound designer , costume designer  and welfare officer

Contact before 6th Jul 2022 22:00 for more details.

CUADC/Footlights Panto 2022: Designer Roles
CUADC/Footlights Pantomime 2022: Treasure IslandCUADC and Footlights
19:45, Wed 23rd – Sat 26th November 2022 at ADC Theatre
14:30, Sat 26th November 2022 at ADC Theatre
19:45, Mon 28th November – Sat 3rd December 2022 at ADC Theatre
14:30, Tue 29th November 2022 at ADC Theatre
14:30, Thu 1st December 2022 at ADC Theatre
14:30, Sat 3rd December 2022 at ADC Theatre
Michaelmas Week 7 to Week 8

We're looking for a set designer , lighting designer , sound designer  and costume designer !

Contact before 7th Jul 2022 17:00 for more details.

19:45, Tue 1st – Sat 5th November 2022 at ADC Theatre
Michaelmas Week 4

Hello! We are opening applications for various design roles for Chess - the week 4 ADC Mainshow next term! We want to stress that no previous experience is required! We are looking for: Lighting Designer , Costume Designer , Set Designer , Choreographer , Publicity Officer, and Welfare Officer. If you are interested please see the application pack (both regular and plain text only) in the full advert.

Contact and before 15th Jul 2022 23:59 for more details.

Tick, Tick... Boom! FULL PROD TEAM
Tick, Tick… Boom!CUMTS
22:30, Wed 19th – Sat 22nd October 2022 at ADC Theatre
Michaelmas Week 2

We're looking for a set designer , costume designer , lighting designer , publicity designer , choreographer , sound designer , Stage Manager , Deputy Stage Manager , and a Technical Director  to bring this semi-autobiographical musical to life! Check the application pack for more information!

Contact Tom ( or Lucia ( before 14th Jul 2022 23:59 for more details.