This is a Seasonal, Full-time position.Category: Production
Alberta Ballet Company is currently seeking experienced candidates for the position of Stage Manager for the 2020 - 2021 Season (August - May)
Type: Full Time Term Contract
Dates: August 6, 2020 - May 29th, 2021 (41 weeks)
Reports to: Artistic Director Designate, Director of Production
Purpose: The Stage Manager is responsible for the stage management of company productions in rehearsal and performance and will provide support to the Artistic and Production management teams. The Stage Manager ensures good communications between a variety of groups, including dancers, technicians and the Ballet’s staff. As the duties of Stage Management may differ from production to production, it is required that the Ballet discuss any additional general Stage Management duties with the Stage Management personnel prior to the performance occurring.
1. Participate in Rehearsal Periods
- Attend sufficient rehearsals 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.
Collaborate with the Artistic Department and/or Choreographer in obtaining, minor editing and producing the music for the ballets entering the repertoire. It is understood that it is not the Stage Manager’s responsibility to do major editing and producing of performance ready final music, and that appropriate resources will be used for that purpose.
Deliver audio playback in Studio as requested.
2. In Theatre Technical Support
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:
Ø Assist electricians with special focus, cueing options, cueing sessions, when deemed necessary by Ballet.
Ø Meet with theatre counterpart to learn theatre rules, policies, etc. and liaise with front of house staff for a successful performance.
Ø 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.
Ø Spike appropriate specials and scenery placement.
Arrange the videotaping of certain performances for archival tapes. The Stage Manager is not responsible for the quality of the videotaping.
Investigate paging systems, house curtain, cueing systems and their operation.
Collaborate with the Technical Director to problem solve issues that arise during on stage rehearsals and performances.
3. Running and Controlling Performances
The Stage Manager is responsible for running and controlling the performance including the making of “calls”.
The Stage Manager oversees calling the lighting cues the movements of scenic elements, technical elements performers. The Stage Manager should execute all calls as she/he feels fit, however it is encouraged to make calls from the wings when able.
The Stage Manager is in sole charge of the backstage areas during a performance.
The Stage Manager shall be prepared to assist and advise the Artists on matters relating to their physical welfare and safe working conditions.
Attend all scheduled production meetings which involve the discussion of elements of the production which directly affect the duties and responsibilities of Stage Management.
Work with the Artistic and Production teams to coordinate and communicate with all heads of the other departments.
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 create a full digital archive of the production and 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.
Support the production of entrance/exit charts for the wardrobe department including characters locations when entering/exiting the stage (by wing) complete with timings to assist with the assembly of dresser tracks and wardrobe tracking.
Produce and distribute rehearsal reports that include tech notes daily while the company is in studio.
Produce and distribute performance reports by show while the company is in performance. Communication with each department head is encouraged prior to completion and distribution of the show report.
Qualifications & Key Competencies
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.
Collaborative workstyle with ability to manage multiple priorities
Valid first aid certificate.
Member of Canadian Actors’ Equity (CAEA) in good standing.
Strong computer skills with knowledge of MS Office programs and cloud based programs (Sharepoint, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc).
Must be able to travel with the company (September through to May, including December) for performances.
Working Conditions / physical requirements
All Stage Managers must be properly contracted on an Engagement Contract form provided by Canadian Actors’ Equity (CAEA)
The Alberta Ballet Agreement, set by Canadian Actors’ Equity and Alberta Ballet, governs working conditions for Stage Management.
Please submit applications directly to the following career page link:
Salary: $50,000 +
Alberta Ballet Company is one of Canada's premier dance companies committed to an artistic vision of powerful and exciting dance.