Stage Technicians Throughout History from Audio Visual Resources

posted by ThrHistoricalSociety on July 23, 2015 at 3:41 pm


Check out these great images of stage technicians in historic theatres from Audio Visual Resources, like this image: At the rail, 1935.

More images like “At the Rail” and “Carpenters Building” sets can be found in The New Deal Network’s remarkable collection on line. (

Immogene Cunningham’s “Theater, Cornish School” shows a lighting designer at work at the college in 1935.

The Western New York Heritage Press has an amazing collection of images and articles about theater history in Buffalo. Check out their website for a look at ‘Working in a Theatre: 1910’ (

The gentlemen in the photo from 1899, “Stage Hands Rehearsing a Scene” would have been called “clearers” back in the day, and had their own union until 1920!

Get more information about Stage Hands Throughout History here:

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