Job Openings

Stage Manager

Primary Function: The Columbus Symphony Orchestra seeks a Stage Manager to professionally coordinate all technical and physical requirements for orchestra services, including rehearsals, concerts, run-outs, and private events. The Stage Manager ensures the appropriate preparation for each orchestra service within the timeframe set forth in the Master Agreement, including but not limited to chairs, stands, lighting, temperature control, overseeing stage access, and safely installing and removing equipment. This position also makes and/or supervises changes and adjustments where reasonably requested and necessary.

Special Information: This position is covered under the IATSE Local No. 12 collective bargaining agreement. The Stage Manager will be guaranteed 41 weeks of full-time employment during a calendar year, with the potential to work additional weeks.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops orchestra set up plans in consultation with Personnel, Library, conductors and Music Director for each program in the season, using the standing set up as defined by the Music Director.
  • Works with venue personnel to coordinate orchestra shell setup prior to rehearsals or performances, including the setup of risers and other required stage and/or backstage equipment.
  • Develops and provides stage plot and set-up information to appropriate stage managers.
  • Serves as liaison with venue production staff regarding any conflicts, overlap of service, technical holds and other production issues.
  • Prepares production timetable and coordinates the efficient use of stagehands.
  • Provides adequate backstage security.
  • Works with the Personnel Manager to coordinate the proper number/placement of chairs and music stands for performances to ensure all orchestra members have enough room to play and see the conductor.
  • Arrives early for performances to check all backstage preparations and inform orchestra or stage personnel of any last-minute changes.
  • Coordinates with principal percussionist to ensure that all large percussion instruments are properly placed on stage.
  • Ensures proper stage lighting and temperature.
  • Provides direction to stagehands and makes all stage moves during a performance or rehearsal, as required.
  • Coordinates all stagehand calls and approves and submits stagehand payrolls to the Symphony, where applicable.
  • Works with guest artist personnel to advance performances including coordinating stage set-ups and ensuring all other production needs are met.
  • Evaluates future concert programs and venues and identifies all production elements needed to accommodate the program.
  • Evaluates guest artists’ production rider requirements for cost and feasibility and recommends appropriate revisions.
  • Serves as a production resource for planning other CSO sponsored activities and advises on venue issues.
  • Coordinates the transportation of equipment for services as necessary, including rental of the CSO’s cargo vehicle.
  • Consults with the Vice President of Operations to uphold general maintenance of symphony-owned instruments including repair and/or replacement.
  • Conducts annual inventory of symphony-owned instruments.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent organizational skills and interpersonal communication with the ability to communicate with a wide variety of individuals including Artistic and Operations staff, musicians, musician committees, stagehands, and vendors.
  • Basic computer knowledge.
  • Ability to supervise others.

Credentials and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree desired.
  • Knowledge of classical music and experience in concert production and theatre techniques, including sound, lighting and special effects.
  • Must maintain a valid Driver’s License.

To Apply: Submit an application HERE.