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Assistant Stage Manager

Job Title:        Assistant Stage Manager

Department:   Production

Reports to:     Production Stage Manager

Classification:           Full Time Seasonal/Exempt



Trailblazing, stirring, and unforgettable, Minnesota Opera’s world-class productions tell transporting stories that capture the attention of national audiences.

Minnesota Opera combines a culture of creativity and fiscal responsibility to produce opera and opera education programs that expand the art form, nurture artists, enrich audiences, and contribute to the vitality of the community. We produce and present five productions a season at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul along with a wide variety of education programming and special events throughout the Twin Cities and the state. Founded in 1963 and currently in its 56th season, the company has produced 45 World Premieres, 12 American Premieres and countless revivals.

Minneapolis and the Twin Cities area has a thriving and vibrant arts scene.  The Twin Cities metro area is one of the largest theater markets in the country, with over two hundred theaters.  Minnesota year in and year out ranks near the top nationwide in federal and state arts funding and has a strong history of private arts philanthropy.

The Twin Cities area is the second largest economic center in the Midwest and is annually ranked as a top region in terms of quality of life.  It is home to several restaurants and chefs that are James Beard nominees or winners.  The Minneapolis park system has been called the best designed, best financed, and best maintained in America.


Assistant stage manager will be hired for the full season, totaling 32 weeks of work in 2019-2020, and is expected to reside in the Minneapolis area for the duration of the contract.  Contract dates and productions are:

August 26, 2019 through November 17, 2019: Elektra and Barber of Seville

December 16, 2019 through February 2, 2020: Flight

February 17, 2020 through May 17, 2020: Edward Tulane and Don Giovanni



Assistant Stage Manager will assist and work directly with the Production Stage Manager and assigned show stage managers during rehearsals, tech, and performances of each production. Duties will include setup, tear down, note taking, tracking props and costumes, and maintaining safety. ASMs will also work closely with other theatre professionals on other aspects of the production when needed. 


  • Promote a safe and productive environment in rehearsals and performances.
  • Liaise with costume, properties, and audio/video departments as assigned.
  • Create, maintain, and finalize for production archives running documentation including Who What Where; properties, costume, and audio/video running; and other documentation as assigned.A work checklist with specific duties for each production will be provided by the PSM.
  • Basic computer drafting of mini ground plans and prop and audio/video diagrams using Vectorworks.
  • Create and maintain in organized, clear, and accurate condition scores notating all entrances, technical cues, and related warnings assigned to the ASM, to the standard established by the PSM and Minnesota Opera.
  • Cue artist entrances and technical cues as assigned during rehearsals and performances.
  • Set up rehearsal space for rehearsals, checking the space for accuracy of scenic, properties, and costume presets for the scene(s) being rehearsed.
  • Check onstage and backstage presets as assigned.
  • Check onstage and backstage areas daily for safety.
  • Maintain rehearsal spaces in clean and neat condition, including sweeping or mopping, dusting/wiping down chairs and tables, picking up trash, and emptying waste baskets.
  • Check stock of office and other rehearsal hall supplies daily in various locations as outlined in the Ultimate Supply List.Notify the PSM when additional supplies need to be purchased.
  • Maintain green room hospitality set-up daily, including loading/emptying dishwasher, cleaning coffee carafes, wiping down counter, stocking coffee and tea supplies, and notifying the PSM when additional supplies need to be purchased.
  • Set up chairs as needed for chorus music rehearsals and in chorus and super holding areas for staging rehearsals.
  • Maintain callboards, removing outdated information and posting new information as needed.
  • Pack stage management road box, according to Ultimate Supply List, for transport to the Ordway Center or touring venues.
  • Check in artists at call times, including a visual check for principal artists and checking/highlighting chorus and super sign-in sheets.Notify the stage manager of any missing artists.
  • Possess a complete knowledge of Minnesota Opera’s Safety, Health, and Emergency Action handbook, including procedures for minor accidents and injuries and Opera Center, Ordway Center, and other venue evacuations.Maintain and keep in your possession a list of all personnel you are responsible for in case of an evacuation.
  • Be familiar with standard operating procedures for various categories of artists as outlined in their handbooks.
  • Collect, secure, and return artist valuables during onstage rehearsals and performances.
  • Collect artist backstage guest lists during onstage performances.
  • Maintenance of “living documents” including, but not limited to supernumerary and chorus databases, updating of archived productions for rental purposes, and additional maintenance as assigned.
  • Advanced preparatory work, as assigned, for future productions.
  • Provide occasional staging staff support for Minnesota Opera events beyond the main stage operas, such as Season Preview event, Resident Artist events, and new opera workshops.
  • Support the company’s equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives and goals.
  • Give support and show appreciation to the Board of Directors, Patrons, other Volunteer Organizations, and supporters of Minnesota Opera.
  • Additional duties supporting staging, technical running, and general administrative support as assigned.


  • Minimum of two years professional stage management experience and prior work in opera required
  • Read music proficiently and have a demonstrated ability to call cues accurately from a piano/vocal score
  • Familiarity with standard opera paperwork formats and desire to produce superior show documentation
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, particularly in the use and formatting of tables, and Microsoft Outlook required
  • Knowledge of Vectorworks preferred
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Access preferred
  • Clear and effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Shows initiative to seek out information and advance projects with minimal guidance
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously in a busy production environment
  • Ability and desire to show exceptional attention to detail in all aspects of work
  • Ability to communicate with and effectively organize large groups of people, including children, in both rehearsal and performance
  • Ability to see and work in the dark lighting conditions of a backstage environment
  • Ability to perform moderate lifting for purposes of rehearsal scenic and props transitions
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time
  • Must be capable of responsible judgment and mature interpersonal relationships



Submit a single PDF file including letter of interest, résumé, and references to Kerry Masek, Production Stage Manager at kmasek@mnopera.org no later than May 17, 2019.  Please list “19-20 ASM Application” in the email subject line.  Interviews will be conducted in late May.


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