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Job Title: Calling Stage Manager

Reports to: Director of Production and Production Stage Manager

Works Closely with: Director of Artistic Administration, Production Staff and Select Music & Artistic Staff

About Sarasota Opera

Sarasota Opera, which owns its 1926 historic theater, renovated in 2007-08, produces a winter festival season with four operas in repertory from January to March, and a fall season with a mainstage opera and Youth Opera production. Additionally, throughout the opera season, Sarasota Opera offers special events and concerts.

Position Summary

The Calling Stage Manager is a seasonal independent contractor who, under the guidance of the Production Stage Manager, is responsible for running all rehearsals for and calling one of the four winter season operas. They are also important in facilitating communication amongst many artistic and production departments. The Calling Stage Manager supervises 2 Assistant Stage Managers and delegates various show responsibilities to them.

Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Running all staging and technical rehearsals
  • Creating, maintaining and finalizing all necessary production paperwork
  • Supervising Assistant Stage Managers
  • Communicating all rehearsal props and costumes needs props transfers for staging rehearsals with the relevant departments
  • Ensuring that the rehearsal hall is set for music and staging rehearsals
  • Working with the Director of Artistic Administration and Scheduler on the daily rehearsal schedule
  • Running staging rehearsals for the production’s cover cast
  • Maintaining all artistic and production values during the run of the production

Position Requirements

The successful candidate will possess the following knowledge and skills.

  • Two years of experience as a Calling Stage Manager
  • Previous work as an Opera SM
  • Ability to read music well
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • Computer skills, including Microsoft Office

Required Knowledge and Skills

The successful candidate will have at least two years experience as a calling stage manager, must read music well, have a good understanding of Microsoft Office, and good communication skills. Opera experience is REQUIRED, repertory experience is preferred.


Winter Season: Jan. 9th to Mar. 22nd, 2020

This is a seasonal position, with the rate of pay based on previous experience. Housing and travel provided.

Send resume and cover letter and three references to with "SM 2020" in the Subject line. For more information visit EOE.