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Stage Management Positions

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Woodstock Arts has a mission to engage the community with relevant art experiences every day.

We are seeking Stage Managers for the following shows: 


A Year with Frog and Toad

First Rehearsal April 10th

Ordinary Days

First Rehearsal May 1st

We are also seeking Stage Managers for the ’23 – ’24 Season (to be announced on April 16th).

The Stage Manager (SM) is key to creating an efficient and positive production. Your ability to successfully lead and work with the company, although at times possibly stressful, will be of utmost importance. Your overall purpose is to work directly with the director, cast,  production team, and production manager to move a show from inception to closing. Aside from the technical aspects of the positions, in many cases, you will be involved in human relations skills and diplomacy.

Provide practical and organizational support to the director, actors, designers, stage crew, and technicians throughout the production process. Be the director’s representative during performances, making sure that the production runs smoothly.

The stage manager will record the director’s decisions about blocking and notes for the actors, keeping track of logistical and scheduling details, and communicating what goes on in rehearsals to the rest of the team. In conjunction with the director, the stage manager determines the scheduling of all rehearsals and makes sure everyone involved is notified of rehearsal times, meetings, costume/wig fittings, and any extra sessions or changes to the schedule.


Get to know the building and maintain the safety of the cast, the crew, and the audience.

Attend all production meetings and help support your technical staff to solve any problems they may have. 

Read the script several times and become familiar with the production needs. 

Arrive at least fifteen minutes before call time. The SM is always first to arrive for each rehearsal and last to leave.

Arrange set furniture for the scene.

 arrange props on and off stage.

Record all blocking in pencil

File rehearsal reports, Time each rehearsal. Leave notes for crew heads of changes or that may have taken place when they haven’t been at rehearsal. (costume, props, set. etc)

Close down theatre after rehearsals.

Make sure fire exits are clear.

Make sure all cues are numbered and recorded. 

Make sure that the backstage area is tidy. The stage must be swept and damp-mopped every night by you and or the ASM.

Post the sign-in sheet.

During a performance run, You are the one responsible for everything and everyone to be ready and to maintain the director’s intentions.

Check that lights and sound crew has done their sound and lighting checks, and they are ready to go to the first cue before the house opens.

organize strike (dismantling of the set and return of reusable items as appropriate).

Typically, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday evenings for the Rehearsal run.  8 hour rehearsals on a designer and Q2Q days. Friday and Saturday evenings, Saturday and Sunday afternoons for a performance run. Rehearsal times are subject to change based on the project.


Someone who is organized.

Someone who knows how to solve problems.

Someone who has a basic understanding of all the technical demands of a production: lights, sound, props, set changes, make-up changes, and special effects.

Someone with a firm, kind, polite, respectful, and calm manner who can encourage and lead a large number of people to achieve a high standard of backstage discipline.

Someone with stamina and a sense of humor.

High School Diploma required
technical theatrical preferred, leadership experience preferred

Excellent communication skills with the ability to manage and motivate a team.
Hands-on experience with Lighting and sound equipment
Good writing skills
A positive attitude is a must regardless of the situation.
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work under deadlines.
Familiarity with Mac IOS and Qlab is a plus.

The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
Standing, walking, bending, some climbing, frequent use of hands, stooping, and lifting are needed. 
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Depending on the production, there will be two to four full run-throughs  Two include fine-tuning with make-up and hair and costumes; at least one with lights, sound, and special effects, and full crew for Q2Q with the SM in the booth.

Establish which nights to have an early call for a costume parade with the director, the actors, and the Costume Designer. 

depending on the complexity of the production, facilitate a few Rehearsals for your crew to practice, making sure things run smoothly for the performances.

Woodstock Arts is an equal opportunity employer and are deeply committed to building an inviting and inclusive arts community that celebrates individuality, diversity, and treats everyone with fairness and respect. We invite people of all races, ages, sexual orientations, family, or parental statuses and gender expressions as well as those with disabilities to apply. We want to represent diverse communities in our organization and welcome your interest.


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If you have any questions, please let us know.


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