Prop Makers make all different kinds of props used in productions. These can range from jewellery to weapons and even moving models. Prop Makers work with a range of different materials including metal, latex, fibreglass, wood and textiles. They work with the production team to ensure the props they are making look authentic and match the era of the production, i.e. Shakespearean, Victorian, Ancient Greece etc.
As well as opportunities on the Get Into Theatre website, you can also search jobs at The Stage Jobs here.
Although you do not need a formal qualification to be a Prop Maker you can learn new skills while studying towards a career in prop making. You can gain qualifications in one of these areas such as:
Prop Makers use a range of different skills to create props, these include the following:
Related skills can include:
Always keep a portfolio of your work. Read our blog 'How to make a costume design portfolio' for some tips.
You would typically start as a Props Assistant or Technician. During this time you will gain new skills and experience and work your way up within the department. It's always a good idea to get as much experience as you can. Read our blog 'What does work experience in theatre look like' for more information.
Salaries can start at about £15,000 per year, however salaries will depend on where you work and the size of the company you work for.
Many Prop Makers work freelance and they can charge roughly between £10-£20 per hour, or £85-£200 per day depending on the work and their reputation. The Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) pay guidelines suggest a rate of between £190 and £375 per day. Read our blog 'How to become a freelancer in theatre' for tips.
Photo: Alex Brenner
Published: 29 May 2019