Date Posted: September 28, 2018
Job Number: LSWC96
Duties

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The Stage Manager oversees entire shows and crews during rehearsals and performances.  The 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 the director during rehearsals, and being responsible for all backstage activity once the show opens.

Duties include:

  • Attend all rehearsals and performances.
  • Open and prepare theatre or rehearsal space for all rehearsals (includes sweeping and mopping the stage, pre-setting furniture and props, etc.).
  • Clean up after all rehearsals and performances spaces (includes returning props and furniture to storage as needed, backstage custodial duties, etc.).
  • Close and lock the theatre or rehearsal space after all rehearsals and performances, including turning off all lights (except for the ‘ghost light’) and closing and locking all doors.
  • Organize backstage storage areas for rehearsals and performances in cooperation with the technical director.
  • Write and distribute production meeting, and performance reports in a timely fashion.
  • 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.
  • Supervise the work (as needed) of technicians, deck hands, and board operators.
  • Supervise special rehearsals for fight calls, dance combinations and special effects.
  • Call all cues during the run of the show including light, sound, and deck cues.
  • Maintain a current list of personnel and shows worked.
  • 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
  • Two years' experience working backstage in technical theatre

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
  • Sharp eye for detail
  • 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
  • Ability to work under pressure, especially in the run-up to a performance
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to think on your feet
  • Confidence, decision-making ability and negotiation skills
  • Strong multi-tasking ability
  • Understanding of the basic elements of theatrical production through exposure and experience, including but not limited to scenic design and construction; properties design and construction; costume design and construction; lighting design, hang and focus; sound design and mixing; crew operations in all areas; acting; and directing
  • Familiarity with the life-cycle of a production, and the responsibilities of a Stage Manager at each stage, including the design and rehearsal process as well as the run, close, and strike; interaction with all non-production areas including house management, marketing, public relations, and development; and the role of the Stage Manager in communication and collaboration with production and non-production oriented departments in day to day and emergency situations
  • Understanding of the structure of cue calling including dramatic, rhythmic and musical beats and pauses, and experience calling a show in performance
  • Knowledge of a typical professional production hierarchy, including the participants at each level, the relationship of each to the Stage Manager, and the responsibilities usually associated with job titles
  • Ability to read and analyze a work for production, including work in text, music, and movement
  • Ability to 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
  • Knowledge of rehearsal preparation and management, including but not limited to floor taping, reading scale rules, room set up, blocking notation, and development of stage management “kits”
  • Multiple organizational and communication skills, including the ability to speak and write competently, legibly, and accurately. Studies in personnel management, inter-personal relations, and public speaking are recommended
  • Ability to use computers, including software for word processing and spreadsheets, databases and presentations, and scheduling and calendaring
  • 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 move 50lbs. of equipment
  • Ability to climb steps repeatedly
  • Ability to descend/ascend ramps and inclines/declines
  • 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
  • Ability to safely climb and perform duties on ladders
  • Ability to work at heights and work on catwalks
Apply

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
Email: humanres@samford.edu

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

Samford University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Employer.