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

CUOS Shorts seeks Stage Manager for 21st and 22nd June performance!
CUOS Shorts 2021CUOS
19:30, Mon 21st June 2021 - Tue 22nd June 2021 at The Round Church
Easter May Week

CUOS Shorts seeks a highly collaborative and creative Stage Manager  to be involved in the premieres of three new chamber operas written by student composers .

Contact ; before 19th Apr 2021 17:00 for more details.

Talking Heads (week 4 ADC late) is looking for a PRODUCTION TEAM
Talking Heads
23:00, Wed 26th May 2021 - Thu 27th May 2021 at ADC Theatre
Easter Week 4

No experience required for any role! We are looking for: Publicity designer , Stage manager , Assistant stage manager(s) , Lighting designer , Sound designer 

Contact Amy (producer) before 11th Apr 2021 23:59 for more details.

The Way to San Francisco (Corpus week 7 main) PRODUCTION TEAM Applications
The Way To San Francisco
19:00, Thu 17th June 2021 - Sat 19th June 2021 at Corpus Playroom
Easter Week 7

We are looking for: Assistant Producer , Publicity Designer , Projectionist, Stage Manager , Sound Designer , Lighting Designer 

Contact Amy (producer) before 11th Apr 2021 23:59 for more details.

On Your Bike! is looking for a prod team!
On Your Bike!CUMTS
00:00, Sun 1st August 2021 - Mon 30th August 2021 at Edinburgh Fringe, Venue TBC
Summer Vacation

Assistant Director  / Choreographer  Stage Manager  Sound Designer  Lighting Designer  Set Designer  (non-Fringe based) Publicity Designer  (non-Fringe based)

Contact, before 14th Apr 2021 11:59 for more details.

Consent is looking for a Production Team
19:45, Tue 15th June 2021 - Sat 19th June 2021 at ADC Theatre
Easter Week 7

We are looking for: stage manager , deputy stage manager , lighting designer , sound designer , set designer , and costume designer  The deadline for applications is Friday 16 April, at 23:59.

Contact Arianna ( or Elena ( before 16th Apr 2021 11:59 for more details.