AEA Stage Manager

Posted 9/7/2023

AEA Stage Manager

The Hippodrome State Theatre is seeking applicants for a Stage Manager for our production of The 25th  Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. An AEA Stage Manager manages the rehearsal and performance  process within the rules set by the collective bargaining agreement between the Hippodrome and AEA  SPT6+ contract. This position is a member of the production team dedicated to making the production  run smoothly and efficiently within the resources provided. 


This is a part-time, hourly position. $14 per hour.

Starting October 27, 2023.

Please send your resume with a cover letter to Bob Robins

Be part of the Hippodrome Theatre’s Artistic team by supporting and working with our resident Equity Stage Manager.

Essential Position Functions:

  • Assisting with scheduling rehearsals and costume fittings
  • Taking blocking notation, recording the cast’s movement and stage business as needed by the SM
  • Helping to facilitate the smooth running of rehearsals and performances
  • Tracking props, costume pieces, and furniture for accurate setup and scene changes
  • Presetting rehearsal props and costumes as needed for scene work and performances
  • Being “on book” and assisting actors with their lines
  • Assisting the SM, director, cast, and design team as needed during rehearsal, tech, and performance
  • Participating in photo calls by setting props and helping with costume changes in anticipation for the next setup
  • Spiking furniture and scenic elements and executing accurate scene changes
  • Helping to maintain the overall quality of our productions by acting as Run Crew Chief
  • Keeping accurate and thorough production paperwork
  • Working and communicating effectively with other departments within the theatre

Skill Requirements:

  • Be a contributing member of a very collaborative team.
  • Be a highly responsible and self-motivated team member.
  • Ability to multitask
  • Leadership experience
  • General knowledge of backstage operations, safety, and conventional theatre practices
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Computer literate, with knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and the internet
  • Flexibility, positive attitude, and a willingness to commit to long hours, hard work, and a demanding schedule
  • Great sense of urgency and ability to think on your feet
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, high energy artistic environment
  • Ability to work collaboratively with different personality types
  • Capable of working independently


  • $14/hour 
  • Housing with utilities and internet access provided if needed. 

Starts October 27, 2023