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 Profession of Faith' Week 4 Corpus Lateshow is seeking a core and wider production team!
A Profession of FaithFletcher Players
21:30, Wed 1st – Sat 4th November 2023 at Corpus Playroom
Michaelmas Week 4

'A Profession of Faith' Week 4 Corpus Lateshow is seeking a core and wider production team to fill the roles of Assistant Producer , Sound Designer , Costume Designer , Set Designer  and Publicity Officer

Contact Director, Hannah (she/her) before 1st Oct 2023 01:00 for more details.

The Marlowe Graduating Actors Showcase 2023Marlowe
18:30, Mon 6th November 2023 at Howard Theatre, Downing College
13:30, Tue 7th November 2023 at Howard Theatre, Downing College
18:00, Wed 22nd November 2023 at Union Theatre, London
Michaelmas Week 5 to Week 7

we are looking for a graduating student to be our set designer  for both the Cambridge Previews and the London performances!

Contact before 7th Oct 2023 00:00 for more details.

FORESIGHT - Wider Prod Team Applications are open!
ForesightQueens' College Amateur Dramatics Society
19:30, Fri 10th – Sun 12th November 2023 at Fitzpatrick Hall
Michaelmas Week 5 to Week 6

Foresight (or, the Final Days of Giovanni Pontiero) is looking to fill a number of technical roles, including a Lighting Designer , Set Designer , Projection Designer, Costume Designer  and Welfare Officer. ------ This new musical by Max Mason and Ben Cole is a heartfelt and true story of LGBT expression and liberation in the midst of the AIDS crisis, as well as an examination of the artistry of translation, and we're so excited to be bringing it to the incredible Fitzpatrick Hall in Week 5!

Contact before 1st Oct 2023 01:00 for more details.