The Stage Manager is responsible for co-ordinating scene changes and other technical effects that are controlled from the stage during all performances. On complex shows they may have any number of Assistant Stage Managers and a large team of Stage Crew who will actually execute the scene changes and effects, and the Stage Manager should plan not be doing anything themselves, but just to oversee this team of people, ready to step in should anything go wrong. On smaller shows, it may be appropriate for the Stage Manager to do some or all of this work themselves.
The Stage Crew who work on each performance may not be the same people for every night of a show's run, and it is the Stage Manager's responsibility to ensure any new members of the crew are completely familiar with the jobs expected of them, arranging practice runs of more complex scene changes before the performance starts, if necessary. On complex shows, the Stage Mananger may choose to appoint one or more Assistant Stage Managers, who will be present for every performance, and may look after one area of the stage or one special effect, and train any Stage Crew needed for those particular jobs.
The Stage Manager also forms part of a team with the Deputy Stage Manager, who between them should attend enough rehearsals to familiarise themselves with the show before the technical rehearsal in the theatre. They should try to spot any potential technical problems caused by the blocking or choreography before the show moves into the theatre, and work with the Technical Director to resolve them.
Some shows in Cambridge choose not to have a Technical Director, in which case some of the responsibilities (often the planning of special effects, drawing of set plans, and running the get-in and get-out) can fall to the Stage Manager or Deputy Stage Manager. It is very rare for the set building and painting responsibilities to be taken on by stage management.
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Stage Manager Vacancies
Lent Week 7
BME Shakespeare is looking for a PRODUCTION TEAM We are currently looking for: Choreographer , Movement Director , Costume Designer , Hair & Makeup artist, Stage Manager , Deputy Stage Manager , Lighting Designer , Publicity Designer , Composer , Musical Director , Technical Director , Sound designer , and Set Designer . We encourage any and everyone to apply- no experience needed! (Prod team roles are exclusively open to those who identify as BME)
Contact email@example.com before 23rd Jan 2022 23:59 for more details.
Michaelmas Week 1
We are looking for a creative team, including: stage managers (DSM /ASM /CSM), musical directors , music assistants, assistant designers (costume, lighting, sound, video), surtitle operators, film makers, puppet makers, movement assistants, marketing and PR assistants, graphic designers… Or other roles we may not even have thought of yet!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org before 3rd Feb 2022 00:00 for more details.
Lent Week 5
We are looking for a fabulous stage manager , sound designer and costume designer to help bring this enchanting new student-written piece to life!! Please see the application pack for more info: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1E-nR2_YkvldrPLX-FzOrNEjMnreZVkrs5OCElnxnfJU/edit
Contact Johanna Lee, email@example.com before 27th Jan 2022 00:00 for more details.
Lent Week 8
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org before 23rd Jan 2022 23:59 for more details.
Lent Week 6
Technical Director Stage Manager Deputy Stage Manager Production team applications are now open for Footlights Spring Revue 2022 for the annual Cambridge Footlights Spring Revue, which takes place in Week 6 Lent Term! This two-act sketch show ADC main will be performed by the graduating members of the Footlights, and will likely be made up of new material, as well as a selection of material that may have already appeared in smokers or non-Footlights shows
Contact email@example.com before 25th Jan 2022 00:00 for more details.
We are looking for 2 assistant stage managers to help out with Blood Brothers. No experience is necessary and you will receive any training you need. Contact our Producer Anousha (ak2236) or our Stage Manager Amber (ah2149) for more details.
Lent Week 6
Musical Director /Assistant Musical Director : Existing production team seek (okay, need) help with arranging, playing keys/synths/percussion. Potential to make this your own with musical comedy throughout. Sound/Looping: Teach our lead how to loop live on stage! Stage Manager : Come help keep our lovely (small!) cast and crew in line over the course of this raucous show!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org before 4th Feb 2022 00:00 for more details.
This is an incredible opportunity to get involved in a deeply resonant contemporary piece of theatre about friendship, environmental issues, and generational tensions. The following roles are available: - Lighting Designer - Stage Manager -Photographer
Contact email@example.com before 30th Jan 2022 23:59 for more details.