Date Posted: November 27, 2018
Job Number: LSWC24

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The Assistant Stage Manager oversees shows and crews during rehearsals and performances.  The Assistant Stage Manager has a wide number and variety of responsibilities, which can be broken down into three primary categories:  handling most of the backstage administrative duties related to a production, assisting during rehearsals, and being responsible for all backstage activity once the show opens and during runs.

Duties include:

  • Work under the supervision of the Sr. Production Stage Manager
  • Responsible for the stage management of events as assigned by the Sr. Production Stage Manager
  • Supervise technical crew for events during preparation, rehearsals and performances
  • Read and interpret production paperwork and drawings, including but not limited to schedules; scenic ground plans, sections, elevations, and construction drawings; light plots, hook-ups; costume renderings and plots; and sound plots
  • Attend all rehearsals and performances
  • Lead the load-in, preparation, set up, and run of show and load-out of events in the Wright Center
  • Open, prepare, clean, close and lock up the space for rehearsals, events and performances
  • Establish good working relationships with internal constituencies, resident companies, and external promoters and presenters
  • Orient facility renters and visiting productions to safety, technical characteristics and other areas of facility operations
  • Serve as liaison for all clients of the Wright Center to make sure the production of events run smoothly and professionally, and that clients and patrons have a best in class experience
  • Serve as the Back-up Building Coordinator
  • Organize backstage storage areas for rehearsals and performances in cooperation with the Sr. Production Stage Manager
  • Facilitate communication between production staff members as necessary for smooth production operations
  • Coordinate all scene shift rehearsals, technical, and dress rehearsals in cooperation with the director and other members of the production team
  • Call cues during the run of the show including light, sound, and deck cues as needed
  • File with supervisor any necessary reports of incidents, issues or needs for event, crew and facility
  • Collaborate with crew and management for needs for events and facility
Required Qualifications

To apply for this job, your resume and/or cover letter must show that you have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree - preferably in theatre, technical theatre or stage management

Qualified applicants will also be required to have the following skills, attributes, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of Samford and Samford values and culture
  • Punctuality and dependability
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Sense of humor and the ability to stay calm in a crisis
  • People skills: persuasiveness, patience, tact and the ability to deal with artistic temperaments
  • Computer skills and awareness of current technologies
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to think on your feet
  • Stamina, to cope with long hours
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs. waist high, and able to assist with set up of furniture for events as directed throughout shift
  • Ability to climb steps repeatedly
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Work in a fast-paced, busy environment with environmental conditions such as noise, heights, dark/dim/absence of lighting
  • Ability to bend, stretch, reach and kneel without restriction

Submit a resume and cover letter with current salary/salary requirements to:

Office of Human Resources
Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229
FAX: 205-726-4027

Resumes received after the posting is removed will not be considered.

Samford University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Employer.