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Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio - 27-2012.02

O*NET-SOC Description

Interpret script, conduct rehearsals, and direct activities of cast and technical crew for stage, motion pictures, television, or radio programs.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Animation Director
  • Artistic Director
  • Commercial Director
  • Creative Director
  • Production Director
  • Production Stage Manager
  • Stage Director
  • Stage Manager
  • Theater Director
  • TV Director (Television Director)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Choose settings and locations for films and determine how scenes will be shot in these settings.
  • Collaborate with film and sound editors during the post-production process as films are edited and soundtracks are added.
  • Collaborate with producers to hire crew members, such as art directors, cinematographers, and costume designers.
  • Communicate to actors the approach, characterization, and movement needed for each scene in such a way that rehearsals and takes are minimized.
  • Compile cue words and phrases and cue announcers, cast members, and technicians during performances.
  • Compile scripts, program notes, and other material related to productions.
  • Confer with stage managers to arrange schedules for rehearsals, costume fittings, and sound or light development.
  • Confer with technical directors, managers, crew members, and writers to discuss details of production, such as photography, script, music, sets, and costumes.
  • Consult with writers, producers, or actors about script changes or "workshop" scripts, through rehearsal with writers and actors to create final drafts.
  • Create and approve storyboards in conjunction with art directors.
  • Create graphics for television broadcasts.
  • Cut and edit film or tape to integrate component parts into desired sequences.
  • Direct live broadcasts, films and recordings, or non-broadcast programming for public entertainment or education.
  • Establish pace of programs and sequences of scenes according to time requirements and cast and set accessibility.
  • Hold auditions for parts or negotiate contracts with actors determined suitable for specific roles, working in conjunction with producers.
  • Identify and approve equipment and elements required for productions, such as scenery, lights, props, costumes, choreography, and music.
  • Interpret stage-set diagrams to determine stage layouts and supervise placement of equipment and scenery.
  • Introduce plays and meet with audiences after shows to explain how the play was interpreted.
  • Perform producers' duties, such as securing financial backing, establishing and administering budgets, and recruiting cast and crew.
  • Plan details such as framing, composition, camera movement, sound, and actor movement for each shot or scene.
  • Promote and market productions by giving interviews, participating in talk shows, and making other public appearances.
  • Review film daily to check on work in progress and to plan for future filming.
  • Select plays or scripts for production and determine how material should be interpreted and performed.
  • Study and research scripts to determine how they should be directed.
  • Supervise and coordinate the work of camera, lighting, design, and sound crew members.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Audition or interview potential performers or staff members.
  • Collaborate with others to determine technical details of productions.
  • Collaborate with others to prepare or perform artistic productions.
  • Compile technical information or documentation.
  • Coordinate activities of production personnel.
  • Coordinate artistic activities.
  • Create computer-generated graphics or animation.
  • Determine presentation subjects or content.
  • Determine technical requirements of productions or projects.
  • Direct fundraising or financing activities.
  • Direct productions or performances.
  • Edit audio or video recordings.
  • Inform viewers, listeners, or audiences.
  • Manage content of broadcasts or presentations.
  • Negotiate for services.
  • Prepare production storyboards.
  • Promote products, activities, or organizations.
  • Review details of technical drawings or specifications.
  • Select materials or props.
  • Select staff, team members, or performers.
  • Study scripts to determine project requirements.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Visual Information Operations Chief (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Director, Television

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Director, Motion Picture
  • Director, Radio
  • Director, Stage
  • Director, Television
  • Dramatic Coach
  • Manager, Stage
  • Program Coordinator