Flyman/Fly Operator

What does a Flyman/Fly Operator do?

What does a Flyman/Fly Operator do?

The FLYMAN, or FLY OPERATOR, directs and supervises the movements of the scenery between the fly floor and the stage during a show. The fly floor They move painted backdrops and key scenic pieces in and out of the audience’s line of vision, during the show as well as helping with anyone or thing that leaves the ground.

Skills

Experience with a fly system and working on a production | Physics and math | Knowledge of safety precautions | Attentiveness | Cautiousness | Physical ability to fly in and out heavy scenery | Comfortability with heights

Pathways

Degree in theatrical design and/or production | Apprenticeships | Stagehands | Volunteer-based Opportunities

How to become a Flyman/Fly Operator

How to become a Flyman/Fly Operator

Many colleges and universities offer degrees and concentrations in production and design; however, most do not offer tracks specialized for those wishing to become a flyman. Broadway flymen often begin as stagehands themselves, transitioning to the role of flyman as they gain experience working with the proper equipment. Those just starting out may want to explore available volunteer or stagehand opportunities available in their region for training and experience.

Resources
Time Out’s “Behind the scenes at Billy Elliot – The Musical | Dressing Room Confessions”