PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER (AEA)
The Production Stage Manager (AEA) coordinates and supervises all Stage Management Staff. The Production Stage Manager oversees the Stage Management budget. They supervise all rehearsal hall and on stage activities. They help develop the season calendar and participate in planning related to prep and rehearsals, staffing, and training. The Production Stage Manager will also serve as a liaison for the resident company actors and any contracted actors, guiding the flow of information, questions, and concerns between the actors and the institution. They will stage manage 1-3 productions per season.
About Alley Theatre
The Alley Theatre, one of America’s leading not-for-profit theatres, is a nationally recognized performing arts company led by Artistic Director Rob Melrose and Managing Director Dean R. Gladden. Home to a Resident Company of actors, the Alley creates a wide-ranging repertoire and innovative productions of classics, neglected modern plays, and premieres. Alley All New, the initiative to commission and develop new work year round, features the Alley All New Festival each season presenting workshops and readings of new plays and musicals in process. A recipient of the Special Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, the Alley has brought productions to Broadway, 40 American cities including New York’s Lincoln Center and internationally to Berlin, Paris, and St. Petersburg throughout its 70 year history. The Alley Theatre underwent a $46.5 million building renovation in 2014-2015 season, the first major improvements since the building opened in 1968. With more than 450 performances in 2017-2018, the Alley will produce more performances than all other performing arts organizations in the Houston Theater District combined.
• Participate in the mission of the Alley Theatre by achieving the artistic goals, ensuring quality and consistency, and maintaining the highest production values.
• Coordinate stage management staffing needs during planning and the season.
• Attend all production meetings, production department head meetings, and post mortems and contribute as appropriate.
• Maintain Stage Management Office to ensure an organized and up-to-date center of communication.
• Schedule and run regular meetings with the SM staff, sharing theatre information, administrative protocols, and performance protocols with the team.
• Manage current staff of 3-4 AEA Stage Managers, 2-3 Stage Management Associates, and overhire stage managers.
• Assign Stage Management staff to productions for the season.
• Recruit, hire and onboard all stage management staff, including any other stage managers necessary for seasonal staffing.
• Oversee the development of Stage Management Associates to ensure that they are fully contributing to the process, developing new skills, and, when appropriate, getting promoted or moving on to SM jobs.
• Using feedback from personal observation, artistic director, actors, guest directors, general management, and production management, evaluate performances, set and review goals, and file appropriate evaluation paperwork for all full-time seasonal stage management staff.
• Work with the Stage Supervisor, Wardrobe Supervisor, and Production Manager to develop talented and dedicated run crew, wardrobe crew, and other deck personnel. Provide timely feedback to these staff to ensure a great backstage team.
• Maintain artistic vision and integrity of all shows in production.
• Handle special projects as assigned by the Production Manager and General Manager.
• Supervise daily calls for rehearsals and performances to ensure institutional obligations are included, suitable breaks are afforded to those in multiples productions, and other unique circumstances are managed appropriately.
• Preserve archives of all prompt books, cue sheets and production check lists.
• Ensure that all rehearsal and performance reports are published in a timely manner.
• Set standards and practices for the stage management team.
• Stage Manage 1-3 productions per season.
• Maintain all AEA rules and regulations.
• Additional duties as assigned.
In addition to the duties listed above, the Alley Theatre expects the following of each employee: adheres to theatre’s policies and procedures; works in a safe manner; performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; communicates regularly with supervisor about department issues; demonstrates efficient time management and prioritizes workload; demonstrates regular and consistent attendance and punctuality; meets department productivity standards; participates in Alley Theatre events as needed or required; and completes other duties as assigned.
Works Closely with:
• Literary and Dramaturgy staff
• Production Department Heads and Staff
• General Management and Company Manager
• Stage Supervisor and Wardrobe Supervisor
• Resident Company and Guest Artists
Education, Experience and Skills Required:
• Experience working in professional theatres including LORT, Broadway, regional, and/or touring experience
• Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre or equivalent experience.
• Experience supervising others.
• Ability to maintain artistic direction, rehearse understudies, manage a rehearsal for a director who is absent.
• Excellent computer and organizational skills
• Capacity to solve problems and engage in creative thinking about challenges
• Maturity and understanding of the artistic process and excellent interpersonal, teamwork, and diplomacy skills
• Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast paced, rapidly changing environment.
• Knowledge and experience with theatrical unions (AEA, SDC, USA) and their rules.
• Ability to work long hours and to manage an irregular schedule including weekends and holidays.
• Knowledge of safe working procedures, safety equipment and products
Status: Salaried –Exempt
Reports to: General Manager, Production Manager
Schedule: Must be able to work Rehearsal schedule, Tech Schedule and Performance Schedule. Nights and weekends required.
Compensation: Commensurate with experience.
Benefits Offered: Alley Theatre offers a complete health benefits package, paid vacation and sick, paid holidays, and a 401(k) plan.
Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirement and references via email to HRdept@alleytheatre.org with “Production Stage Manager” in the subject line.
No phone calls. EOE
Alley Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. Alley Theatre is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, age (40 and over), religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other category protected by applicable law.
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