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

BME Shakespeare: Much Ado About NothingMarlowe
19:45, Tue 8th March 2022 - Sat 12th March 2022 at ADC Theatre
Lent Week 7

BME Shakespeare is looking for a PRODUCTION TEAM We are currently looking for: Choreographer , Movement Director , Costume Designer , Hair & Makeup artist, Stage Manager , Deputy Stage Manager , Lighting Designer , Publicity Designer , Composer , Musical Director , Technical Director , Sound designer , and Set Designer . We encourage any and everyone to apply- no experience needed! (Prod team roles are exclusively open to those who identify as BME)

Contact before 23rd Jan 2022 23:59 for more details.

The CovenFletcher Players
21:30, Tue 8th February 2022 - Sat 12th February 2022 at Corpus Playroom
Lent Week 3

A witch coven consisting of three friends, Margaret, Emily and Lawrence, are highly unsuccessful in their activities. Margaret, the leader of the coven, takes her magic seriously, while Lawrence can’t tell the difference between magic and life hacks, and Emily just wants to keep their friendship alive. But when they summon a demon called Graham, master of banal evil, with grand, but underwhelming plans, their friendship is tested in ways they previously hadn’t thought possible. This play is taking place for the first time in the Corpus Playroom from the 8th-12th of February. We are looking for a production team to bring this fantastic production to life. Apply by email by emailing, and We are looking for Stage Manager  Lighting Operator Sound Operator Set Designer  Costume Designer 

Contact,, before 21st Jan 2022 23:59 for more details.

THE STUDENT UNION - Prod Team Applications Open!
The Student UnionMagdalene Drama Society
19:00, Wed 16th March 2022 - Sat 19th March 2022 at Cripps Auditorium, Magdalene College
Lent Week 8

Producer , Assistant Director , Set Designer , Costume Designer , Sound Designer , Stage Manager , Welfare Officer Wanted!

Contact before 23rd Jan 2022 23:59 for more details.

The Calligrapher is looking for a Set Designer, Lighting Designer, and Sound Designer!
The Calligrapher
19:00, Tue 15th February 2022 - Sat 19th February 2022 at Corpus Playroom
Lent Week 4

The Calligrapher team are still looking for the roles of: - Set Designer  - Lighting Designer  (including managing projections during the show) - Sound Designer 

Contact (Francesca - Producer) (Lise - Director) (Maddy - Assistant Producer) before 28th Jan 2022 00:00 for more details.

Blue Lagoon
21:30, Wed 23rd February 2022 - Sat 26th February 2022 at Corpus Playroom
Lent Week 5

We are looking for a prod team help bring this fantastic original student comedy to life! Roles available are: Publicity Designer : Lighting Designer  Sound Designer  Stage Manager  Set Designer  Costume Designer 

Contact, before 23rd Jan 2022 00:00 for more details.

Footlights Spring Revue 2022Footlights
19:30, Tue 1st March 2022 - Sat 5th March 2022 at ADC Theatre
Lent Week 6

we are in urgent need of designers to help bring our vision to life! Set Designer  Lighting Designer  Sound Designer  Publicity Designer  Photographer  Production team applications are now open for Footlights Spring Revue 2022 for the annual Cambridge Footlights Spring Revue, which takes place in Week 6 Lent Term! This two-act sketch show ADC main will be performed by the graduating members of the Footlights, and will likely be made up of new material, as well as a selection of material that may have already appeared in smokers or non-Footlights shows

Contact before 25th Jan 2022 00:00 for more details.

‘An Enemy of the People’ is looking for a team to build our set! 💫💫💫
An Enemy of the People
19:45, Tue 1st February 2022 - Sat 5th February 2022 at ADC Theatre
Lent Week 2

' An Enemy of the People' is looking for enthusiastic and fun set builders  and painters from Monday 24 jan 2022 to Sunday 31 Jan 2022 Simply email (Matthew) and (Margaux) before 23 Jan 2022 indicating your interest and availability during those dates. Absolutely no experience necessary, our talented and experienced set designers  will guide you along.

Contact before 25th Jan 2022 00:00 for more details.