Theater Tech Rider Generator

AI-powered generator for creating theater technical riders

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About Theater Tech Rider Generator

When you're involved in a theater production, you know there are many moving parts. You're responsible for organizing those moving parts and directing your team to make the show a success.

Of course, all the hard work, dedication, and talent will go to waste if the setup of the theater is not up to par. And if you don't specify your needs in a technical rider, something can go wrong even if you did everything else correctly. So it's worth the time to write a technical rider.

We understand that the process might not be the most exciting part of working on a production. But on Stackbear it's easier than ever before.

If you prefer, you can utilize the tool to create a simple rider to establish the basics. Then, you can call upon the tool to create a more detailed rider when you're ready to finalize your plans.

Stackbear allows you to automate your rider-creation process, so you'll have an error-free document that all members on your team can easily understand.

There's more on that below. But first, let's cover the basics.

What Is a Technical Rider?

A rider is like a contract that covers technical aspects of a performance or event — and highlights must-haves for the show.

The rider typically includes details like:

This incredibly detailed document can range from just a couple of pages to several, depending on the size and scope of the production. However, a well-crafted technical rider ensures your lighting plan accurately conveys the mood you're going for, your band receives a sound quality that's suited for their style, and much more.

Technical riders should cover lighting and sound details, along with stage setup information.

This guide outlines why each of these items is important and offers guidance on how you can create an effective technical rider.

What You Need In a Technical Rider

As demonstrated in the checklist above, the technical rider is a comprehensive document that leaves little room for error. Therefore, it's important to include everything you need to execute your live band show or theatrical performance safely and effectively.

Technical Riders Should Contain a Detailed Schedule

The schedule is essential since it lets other parties know what you need from them and when you need it. Because your team has probably been preparing for weeks or months in advance, it's acceptable to request a complete and detailed event outline from other teams involved.

For instance, you might ask the lighting engineer for specific light cues, or you might ask the sound technician to allocate a good amount of time to set up. A clear timeline helps teams work together to create a harmonious production.

The Time and Amount of Materials You Need for Your Setup

It’s crucial to include in your rider how long it might take for you to set up. This can include but is not limited to the time needed to prepare, rig, and test everything.

In addition, include the list of equipment and materials you need, along with the quantity. This might include sound devices, cable wires, lighting equipment — or things like microphone clamps or headphone accessories.

The spatial placement of items is equally important. Be sure your rider mentions where everything needs to be situated — including props, musical instruments, and speakers — for your performance.

If you have limited space, make the best use of it by stacking your setup vertically, said Mack, who has more than 20 years of experience working on Broadway.>This is specially relevant when planning stage setup details. For instance, in stage plays, make sure that the orchestra pit sits five feet beneath the stage.

Most theaters and other event places have spatial limitations and must Adamant resources. Include these in your rider to minimize readjustments days before your event. Include your backstage requests as well. This might include mirrors, tables, chairs, or clothing racks.

While giving instructions and providing requests, know the technical terms.

People in this field want to understand what your requests mean, Fraser-Jones said. And the best way for you to convey your expectations is through the proper technical terms.

For instance, if you are performing for radio or a press conference, you might need lavalier or lapel microphones. It’s important to know and include the technical term, instead of saying “place the mics at our necks.”

In Choral and instrumental musical performances, technical terms can include spoken-word pieces, libre decals, and the waltz table maker.

You must also include the details of all the people you bring with you, especially if you bring your personal stage hands or roadies. Clearly state their tasks so everybody is aware of their functionalities.

Your contact information

Your technical rider is incomplete without your name, contact number, and email address. It’s part of your obligation to stay available for consultations or for any situation that may arise prior to or on the day of the event.

Information on where to store, power up, and pack down your equipment is also important.

If you've ever attended a live band performance or a theater play, chances are you

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