WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR STAGE MANAGEMENT POSITIONS
– please note the application deadline has been extended to 5 April.
British Youth Opera is the UK's foremost training opera company, and the only one of its kind offering such opportunities to emerging Stage Management.
BYO’s summer season productions offer 8 positions in the stage management team: four on each production. Applicants should be at the start of their careers, and have practical stage management experience, possibly being engaged on or having recently completed a stage management course. No previous opera experience is necessary, though good score reading skills are an advantage.
The stage management team work with a professional Senior Stage Manager throughout the process of our summer season productions.
Responsibilities of the Stage Manager (SM) include:
- Running the rehearsal room
- Ensuring that the rehearsal room is set up for the start of rehearsals each day
- Working as a team with the ASMs to ensure that props are sourced within budgets laid down by the Production Manager.
- Work closely with the Director, Designer and Production Manager to achieve the creative aims of the production
- Create a clear and accurate technical plot by the end of Studio Rehearsals
- Manage props budges, receipts and petty cash
- Liaise with the Company Manager on a regular basis regarding schedule changes
- Work with the Assistant Directors to manage Cover Rehearsals.
- Under the guidance of the Senior Stage Manager, run technical rehearsals on stage
- Ensure that stage rehearsals run on time and breaks are taken as appropriate.
- Maintain the quality of the production during the run
- Run the stage for performances
- For the cover showing, exchange responsibilities with other members of the stage management team
Responsibilities of the Deputy Stage Manager (DSM) include:
- Creating ‘the book’ and being on the book during rehearsals.
- Working closely with the Assistant Directors to ensure that the show is correctly documented.
- Work with the ASMs to create running and setting lists.
- Creating cue sheets as necessary for Flys, Pyrotechnics etc.
- Creating plots as necessary for Costume, Stage crew etc.
- Creating plots as necessary for smoking, flames, weapons etc.
- Sending out detailed rehearsal reports each evening
- Taking charge of the room when the Stage Manager is absent.
- Work closely with Lighting Designer
- Call the production during rehearsals and performances
- Take on the role of SM or ASM for the cover performance.
Responsibilities of the Assistant Stage Manager (Props) (ASM) include:
- working closely with the Designer in the sourcing and finding of props for the production
- working within the budget given by the Stage or Production Manager
- keeping the rehearsal room tidy
- Manage and maintain props in rehearsal and on stage
- Writing a clear and accurate props plot and setting list
- Be available during rehearsals to devise and learn a wing running plot.
- During performances run a wing and ensure all props are correctly set
- Ensure props are safely and securely stored during turnarounds
Responsibilities of the Assistant Stage Manager (Book Cover) (ASMBk) include:
For the main production:
- Deputise ‘on the book’ in the absence of the DSM
- Work with the DSM to create setting and running lists for the performances
- Work with ASM Props to set and check props
- Communicate prop requests from rehearsal to ASM Props.
- Undertake cues during performance
For the cover performance:
- Take on the role of DSM
- Liaise with the main DSM to ensure the cover performance will function
- Work closely with the Assistant Director to rehearse the reduced production
- Create a separate book during cover rehearsals.
- Write/adapt running and setting lists.
- Work with the Assistant Lighting Designer for the cover performance
This position will involve working in the evenings after main rehearsals.
For Summer Season 2019
- To Apply please complete the production trainee application form and return it with a CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by the new deadline of 12:00 on Friday 5 April 2019.
- Rehearsals commence in London on Monday 15 July 2019. Stage Management are required until the end of returns on 9 September 2019.
- Interviews will be held in London during April 2019. Skype interviews may be possible.
- Applicants called to interview may wish to bring paperwork from previous productions which demonstrate their skills.
BYO charges no fees. Every participant who gains a place on a summer season production benefits from a fully-funded placement, and is paid a small subsistence.
Accommodation in London can be provided for a limited number of successful applicants who do not have a London base and would otherwise be unable to participate.