IATSE Local 631 was chartered in December of 1924 as a mixed local.
Local 631 stagehands work in a wide range of environments including theatres, television, outdoor concerts, arena events, corporate trade shows, and craft shops that build stage productions. The members of Local 631 are the backstage force in theatre, television, performing arts, and outdoor and arena events in the Central Florida area.
Local 631 also known as Orlando Stagehands are the skilled technicians that make your live theatre experience of the highest quality, while providing the safest possible environment for the talent and performers on the stage as well as the audience.
Today's productions require the women and men of Orlando Stagehands to possess a diverse and highly sophisticated set of skills to meet the needs of an entertainment industry that utilizes materials and technology equal only to those used in Boeing’s latest carbon fiber, fly-by-wire jet aircraft.
Safety is our paramount concern! As an audience member, you enjoy the performance and its special effects. However, the theatre is a dangerous place and Local 631 stagehands have the training and continuing education to ensure the safety of performers, backstage personnel, and of course, you the patron.
In addition to the breadth and depth of their skills, Orlando Stagehands excel in working in an environment of permanent impermanence and rigid timelines. That is, much of our work involves one-day live events (live=no do-overs) in which the event is built, the performance begins on time and proceeds without flaws, and then is dismantled and loaded into trucks—the entire process taking about twenty hours. Or more simply put, “the show must go on.” We make sure it does.
*ETCP is the Entertainment Technician Certification Program. This is the body that tests and assesses individuals on industry-specific health and safety disciplines. For more information click here.
IATSE Local 631 is affiliated with the Central FL AFL-CIO, FL AFL-CIO, and IATSE District 14