This is a Permanent, Full-time position.Category: Production
As a member of the Canadian Actors’ Equity, the Alberta Ballet Stage Manager is accountable for the stage management of company productions during rehearsals and performances and provides support to the Artistic Director and the Technical Director. Reporting to the Associate Director of Production, The Stage Manager ensures strong communications between a variety of groups, including dancers, technicians and the Ballet’s staff.
This is a permanent full-time seasonal position from August to May.
Key responsibilities and deliverables include, but are not limited to:
- Learn the Choreography of each ballet in order to integrate the lighting and technical cues.
- Ensure that all production elements such as properties, music, costumes if necessary and spike marks are provided for all studio rehearsals.
- Maintain on a regular basis the sound and video inventories for all ballets.
- Compile and maintain an individual file for each ballet that enters the Ballet’s repertoire.
- To use the company audio and video equipment to produce copies of music and videos.
- Will consult with the Artistic Department and or Choreographer in obtaining, editing and producing the final music for the ballets entering the repertoire.
Technical Support: In Theatre
- Be present at all rehearsals and performances and may be required to arrive at the theatre in advance of the dancers in order to accomplish any of the following:
- Assist electricians with special focus, cueing options, cueing sessions, when deemed necessary by Ballet.
- Meet with theatre counterpart to learn theatre rules, policies, etc. and liaise with front of house staff for a successful performance.
- Assign dressing rooms for all the Artists and set up the callboard with sign in sheets and other pertinent information. Double check with wardrobe and Artistic Staff re: casting and program.
- Set up touring rehearsal sound system for rehearsals.
- Arrange the videotaping of certain performances for archival tapes.
- Spike appropriate specials and scenery placement.
- Investigate paging systems, house curtain, cueing systems and their operation.
- Assist the Technical Director as required.
- The Stage Manager is responsible for running and controlling the performance including the making of “calls”.
- The Stage Manager is in charge of calling the lighting cues the movements of scenic elements, technical elements performers and musicians.
- The Stage Manager is in sole charge of the backstage areas.
- The Stage Manager shall be prepared to assist and advise the artists on matters relating to their physical welfare and safe working conditions.
- Assemble and maintain the promptbook, which is the property of the Ballet, and is defined as the accurate and up-to-date cue sheets, plots, daily records, etc. as are necessary for the actual technical and artistic operation of the production. - The Stage Manager will submit the promptbook to the Ballet at the end of the run of the production.
- During the rehearsal period, communicate with the Ballet's designated representative about running times and any problems in the technical elements of the production.
- During performances, this communication must be written and filed with the Ballet.
Working Conditions/physical requirements
- All Stage Managers must be properly contracted on an Engagement Contract form provided by Canadian Actors’ Equity.
- The Alberta Ballet Agreement, set by Canadian Actors’ Equity and Alberta Ballet, governs working conditions for Stage Management.
- Must be able to travel with the company primarily between September and May (including December).
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands, speak and hear, work in dark and enclosed space.
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and experience:
- Member of Canadian Actors’ Equity in good standing is required.
- Minimum five years’ experience as a professional dance stage manager.
- Post-secondary training in Stage Management, Theatre Production or a related field.
- Sound, interpersonal, team building skills, and a positive attitude.
- Valid first aid certificate
- The successful candidate must successfully pass a Criminal Record Check and vulnerable sector check (cost to be covered).
Why Alberta Ballet?
- Company RRSP Matching Program after one year of employment.
- Employee discount for self and immediate family on enrollment at the School of Alberta Ballet.
- Employee discount on season performances at the Jubilee.
- Small team work environment.
- Option of enrolling in the Equity Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan with the premiums to be paid by the Ballet.
Salary: Governed by CAEA Agreement
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Alberta Ballet is Canada’s second-largest ballet company and is renowned around the world for the contemporary and classical productions that encompass its repertoire.
The organization’s roots were planted in the early 1950s by the late Dr. Ruth Carse before taking its official name of Alberta Ballet in 1966 in Edmonton, Canada. In 1990, Alberta Ballet and Calgary City Ballet merged into the company it is today.
The organization’s main administration headquarters are located at 141 18 Avenue SW, a renovated train station, in Calgary, Canada. The official training centre of Alberta Ballet, the School of Alberta Ballet, attracts students from around the world every year and has amassed a reputation as Western Canada’s preeminent ballet institution.
Jean Grand-Maître, the company’s Artistic Director, joined Alberta Ballet in 2002 and has elevated the profile of the organization to a global position. Recently, the company has caught the world’s attention for its ‘portrait ballets’ – collaborations with popular music icons including The Tragically Hip, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Sir Elton John, Sarah McLachlan, and k.d. lang. Excerpts from Joni Mitchell’s The Fiddle and The Drum were performed during the Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, where Grand-Maître also acted as Director of Choreography.
Alberta Ballet reaches thousands of Albertans each season from September to May, as well as performs across Canada and internationally. The company invites leading and world renowned conductors, choreographers, and other guest artists to take part in its seasons, as well as presents the best of Canada's ballet companies including the National Ballet of Canada and BalletBC, as well as leading foreign companies, such as Shaping Sound, MOMIX, Houston Ballet, Pilobolus, Helios Dance Theater, and Ailey II.