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Company Stage Manager


Application deadline: May 20th 2019

Job title: 

Company Stage Manager



Peace at Last by Jill Murphy



Rehearsals        £50 p/session (£1000) 

Summer Tour    £575 p/week (3 weeks) 

Autumn Tour    £575 p/week (6 weeks) (this will be contracted separately) 


The company will cover meal / transport / accommodation costs for performances taking place outside of London. 


Reports to: 

Production Manager


Management to: 

Technical Stage Manager


Key Dates:

Rehearsal period           10 days             10 – 30 June 2019 


Summer Tour                London             1 – 20 July 2019


Autumn Tour                UK                    21 Sept – 2 Nov 2019 (this will be contracted separately) 


Job Description 

OperaUpClose is looking for a Company Stage Manager to join the production team on our new opera for 3-5-year-olds, based on Jill Murphy’s much-loved picture book, Peace At Last.


This new 30-minute opera will premiere at Gallions’ Summer Festival (Newham) in July 2019 and follow with a national tour to schools and theatres in the summer and autumn terms. 


We are looking for an experienced and organised touring Company Stage Manager, with excellent interpersonal skills, a clean driving licence, experience of working in school settings and Company Managing theatre/opera productions on tour.


During the rehearsal period, the Company Stage Manager will be responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the rehearsal room. Three key areas for the CSM are scheduling, effective internal and external communications and pastoral care. The right candidate will be resourceful and intuitive, with a sense of when and what kind of support to offer to their team. They will work closely with the directors, designers and production manager throughout the rehearsal process. Where necessary, they will undertake the making and sourcing of props, as well as manage the props budget as set by the production manager. They will also create/ update paperwork for tour and circulate rehearsal reports and schedules to the company. 


The CSM will be the point of contact for the schools and theatres taking this production, ensuring that they have the correct schedules and paperwork ahead of our performance date. They will also be the point of contact for the cast of three singers and two musicians during the rehearsal and touring periods. The CSM will provide efficient scheduling for the cast during these periods and keep hours properly monitored/ timesheets processed accurately. 


The CSM will tour with a Technical Stage Manager. Together, they will transport the set (in our van) between each venue. The CSM will run the get in and out of each venue and ‘run the show from backstage’ with props / set dressing / costume as necessary. 


Creative Team

COMPOSER                              Joanna Lee

LIBRETTIST & DIRECTOR             Robin Norton-Hale

SET & COSTUME DESIGNER       Sophia Lovell Smith 

LIGHTING DESIGNER                 Will Evans

PRODUCTION MANAGER          Callum Finn


Person Specification:

Minimum 2 years’ experience as a company stage manager for touring productions 

Experience of taking theatre or opera into school settings 

Experience of touring theatre or opera to studios 

Experience of working on children’s shows 

Resourceful, intuitive and flexible approach to work

Experience of line management

Budgeting experience

Experience of company management

Full, clean driving licence (held for at least two years) 

Experience of driving a van 

Working knowledge of current Health and Safety legislation

Excellent time management skills

Excellent team worker

Excellent problem-solving skills 

Holds an enhanced DBS certificate, ideally on the online update service


Please send a cover letter and CV to Amy at amy@operaupclose.combefore 10am on Monday 20th May. 


Interviews will be held in London on 21 & 22 May. 


London and Touring E8 1FT

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