Stage Manager

The Glimmerglass Festival

Opera Festival

Cooperstown, NY

Work Location: In-office


  • Full Time
  • Cooperstown, NY
  • Mon, Jan 31, 2022
  • Work Location: In-office
  • Opera
  • $0
  • $0
  • Hourly Rate (USD$): $990 weekly and provided housing

Website GOpera The Glimmerglass Festival

Opera Festival

DEPARTMENT: Production

REPORTS TO: Director of Production & Production Stage Manager

WORKS CLOSELY WITH: Director of Artistic Administration, Production Staff, and select Music & Artistic Staff

DATES: May 23 to August 21, 2022 (inclusive)


Job Summary

The Calling Stage Manager is a seasonal employee who, under the guidance of the Production Stage Manager is responsible for running all rehearsals and calling one of the four summer opera productions. They are also important in facilitating communication amongst many artistic and production departments. The Calling Stage Manager assists in supervising Assistant Stage Managers (ASM)and Stage Management (SM) Apprentices, delegating various show responsibilities to them. They may also be assigned a secondary calling assignment or ASM assignment.


Duties may include but are not limited to:

Running staging and technical rehearsals;
Calling performances of at least one mainstage opera production;
Creating, maintaining, and archiving all necessary production paperwork;
Assisting in supervising Assistant Stage Managers and Stage Management Apprentices;
Communicating all rehearsal scenery, prop, and costume transfer needs for staging rehearsals with the relevant departments;
Ensuring that rehearsal facilities are set for music and staging rehearsals;
Working with the Director of Artistic Administration, Director of Young Artists Program, and Production Scheduler to generate the daily rehearsal schedule;
Running staging rehearsals for the production’s cover cast; and
Maintaining all artistic and production values during the production’s performance run.
Position Requirements

This position is a good fit for someone who:


Has prior experience as an Opera Calling Stage Manager;
Can read music proficiently and is comfortable calling cues from a piano/vocal score;
Is proficient in Microsoft Word, particularly in the use and formatting of tables, and Gmail;
Has clear and effective written and verbal communication skills;
Can work independently and meet deadlines;
Shows initiative to seek out information and advance projects with minimal supervision;
Can manage multiple tasks simultaneously in a busy production environment;
Possesses an ability and desire to show exceptional attention to detail in all aspects of work;
Can communicate with and effectively organize large groups of people, including chorus, supers, and youth performers, in both rehearsal and performance;
Can see and work in the dark lighting conditions of a backstage environment;
Can perform moderate lifting for purposes of rehearsal scenic and prop transitions;
Can remain in a stationary position for extended periods of time; and
Is comfortable with problem solving and managing interpersonal dynamics.
Calling Stage Managers are an exempt position that receive $990 weekly and provided housing. Having a car is encouraged, but not required.

The Glimmerglass Festival seeks to hire persons of all backgrounds, lived experiences, and identities. Developing and investing in our employees is our highest priority to achieve an environment that fosters company wide success. The Festival aims to employ individuals at varying stages of their careers, who have a desire to work for a leading arts organization that values professional and personal growth through collaboration and commitment to creating the highest quality product possible. In order to learn more about the initiatives and actions we are taking to make progress in these areas, please visit our website, HERE.


The Glimmerglass Festival is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Qualified applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, genetic data or any other legally protected status.


To apply, please email a Cover Letter and Resume including three references to our Production Coordinator, at

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