Overview

Job Title: Stage Manager
Department: Operations/Production
Reports to: Director of Operations
Supervises: Assistant Stage Manager, stagehands and other stage crew members
Status: Regular, full-time, exempt from overtime

Essential Job Functions:
• Maintain a safe, friendly and professional environment for the artistic staff, musicians, guest artists and any other personnel that may be in performance spaces of the Houston Symphony Society.
• In consultation with Operations team and/or designated symphony crew heads, plan work flow for all calls, including hiring stagehands and other stage crew as assigned, utilizing Union recommended software, if applicable.
• Supervise and assist in the set-up of all instruments, stands, chairs, and the podium, as well as lighting, sound, climate control, risers and platforms where required, and any other special performance requirements for all concerts and rehearsals.
• Make all required stage moves during a performance or rehearsal and/or direct stagehands to make all required moves.
• Proactively initiate conversations with Operations team and/or venue representatives about any production issues as they arise and advise on areas of potential improvement.
• Make sure that backstage facilities are in order. This includes providing proper lighting, tables and chairs when needed, instrument cases, and other items as requested or needed.
• Maintain the backstage and all storage facilities in safe and secure manner, including maintaining safe pathways throughout the areas.
• Troubleshoot daily musician needs in a calm, effective manner.
• Manage the flow of each performance including directing personnel at the start of concerts and after intermission.
• Maintain inventory of all stage, touring and production equipment and regularly consult with Director of Operations on maintenance and advise on needs for additional purchase of said equipment.
• Participate in production meetings as assigned. Assist in the planning of and advise on requirements for Houston Symphony performances and all other appearances by the orchestra.
• Attend concerts, performances, and other orchestra services as required and/or assign appropriate personnel as needed.
• Serve as Houston Symphony representative at venues other than Jones Hall, as assigned.
• When on tour, serve as supervisor of the Houston Symphony’s production/stage road crew, and as liaison and spokesperson to the production/stage personnel of the tour venues. Supervise the preparation of all tour instruments and equipment. Assist the Director of Operations in the preparation of all cargo and shipping documents in an accurate and timely manner.
• On overseas tours, supervise transport of all equipment and wardrobe trunks, work with cargo brokers, meet with customs agents to assist with cargo clearance, supervise load-ins and load-outs of equipment.
• Adhere to all federal, state and local employment and safety regulations.
• Adhere to the provisions of the master agreement between the Houston Symphony Society and stagehands’ union, including working closely with any appointed Union steward.
• Prepare and submit to Director of Operations bi-weekly payroll for stagehands. • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
• Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a similar position in a performing arts organization or venue.
• College degree preferred.
• Supervisory experience preferred.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Ability to work in, build, and foster a team atmosphere.
• Flexibility in a changing, fast-paced environment – ability to prioritize tasks is a must!
• Experience working in Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as email skills, required.
• Knowledge of orchestra instruments/setups preferred.
• Ability and willingness to perform all duties required of stagehands and stage crew.
• Exceptional organizational and management skills.
• Physical abilities required:
o Bend legs downward and forward by bending legs and spine. (Ability to stoop and crawl)
o Ascend or descend stairs, ramps, ladders, etc. using feet and/or legs and/or hands and arms.
o Move about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances.
o Use upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in sustained motion.
o Lift, push, pull heavy objects. (Ability to lift 50 lbs and move 100 lbs)
o Work at heights up to 100 feet (no inordinate fear of heights)

About Houston Symphony

Mission of the Houston Symphony:
The mission of the Houston Symphony is to inspire and engage a large and diverse audience in Greater Houston and beyond through exceptional orchestral and non-orchestral performances, educational programs and community activities.

The Houston Symphony is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, national origin, disability or handicap, veteran status, or any other protected class.