Overhire Stage Manager


The Center for Puppetry Arts is accepting resumes from theatrical stage managers. The Stage Manager will supervise performers, assist directors and conduct rehearsals, performances and meetings for any assigned production. The Stage Manager will also run all technical elements for Center productions, including but not limited to lights, sound, video and FX.

Reports to:
    -Resident Stage Manager

The Center for Puppetry Arts is the largest nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated to the art form of puppetry.  The Center’s mission is to inspire imagination, education, and community through the global art of puppetry.  


  • Pre-Production duties
    • Generation and distribution of rehearsal/performance calendar, contact list and any review materials (scripts, etc) to production team prior to first day of rehearsal
    • Maintaining all pre-production lists including the generation of show specific lists as necessary
  • Rehearsal Period duties
    • Maintaining schedule of rehearsal period and calls
    • Coordination of Technical Rehearsal schedule with all required personnel
    • Coordinating and/or reporting rehearsal needs that may arise
    • Generation and distribution of rehearsal reports including any technical notes
    • Script supervision and distribution of revisions including Running (Tech) script
    • Recording and updating all Blocking and Choreography
    • Being “On Book” for performers
    • Operation of all equipment necessary for rehearsals, including but not limited to: Sound, Overhead projectors, halogen shadow lights, recorded media and reporting equipment failure to appropriate Production Technical staff
    • Operation of all technical systems required for the particular production, which may include but are not limited to: light console, non dims, sound mixing console, Q lab, PowerPoint, Compact Discs, Microphones, DVD’s, Video Mixers, vocal effects units, and other equipment.
    • Leading daily production meetings “Dailies” (once production moves on stage)
  • Performance Period duties
    • Performance of any pre-show duties
      • Opening and closing theater and green room
      • Overseeing the call and warm-ups and coordinating any performer needs
      • Daily coordination with Ticketing, House Staff, and cast to begin a performance
      • Announce the pre-show script live
    • Daily Running and operation of all, lights, sound, media and SPFX for the production
    • Adjusting and performing all sound to the needs of the size and conditions of the house
    • Perform assigned emergency procedures duties as the need arises
  • Performance of any post-show duties
    • Generating and distributing daily reports on the status of the production to maintain the highest possible performance standards
    • Coordinating all repair notes with appropriate Production staff to ensure production is ready for the next performance
    • Reporting to Facilities Director or Production staff any maintenance or safety issues that may arise in the House or Stage respectively
    • Daily Maintenance of performer Microphone units (charging batteries, reporting damage to ME, etc)
    • Maintenance of wardrobe for the production
      • Daily Laundry
      • Weekly Dry Cleaning
      • Inventory and coordinate performer needs
  • Assistance with strike
  • Complete show book and Show Book Checklist and Archive appropriate files
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Assist with coordination of archival recordings and photo calls
  • Provide support as needed and as primary duties schedule allows for all special projects and event needs including in-house functions, parties, special events, fundraisers, etc

Physical Demands

  • Ability to stand or sit for long periods
  • Specific Vision Requirements: Color Vision & Depth Perception
  • Specific Hearing Requirements: Must have full range of hearing


  • Professional Stage Management experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in theatre or related field
  • Available to work nights, weekends, and possible holidays


  • Knowledge of PC and Mac Platforms
  • Experience in Q-Lab show control
  • Experience or willingness to train on following show controls:
    • Q-Lab Programming (Show Control, Audio, and Video)
    • Digital Sound Consoles (Allen & Heath Dlive preferred)
    • Live sound mixing of a minimum of 12 channels
    • ETC lighting equipment (ION, Express) preferred
  • Excellent organizational skills and multi-tasking abilities
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Able and willing to work independently at times with minimal supervision, but is also able to work as a part of a team
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Vested interest in developing personal skill sets


  • Health Insurance
  • Disability, Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Vacation/Personal Days – 14 days
  • Sick Leave – 6 days
  • 8 paid holidays off
  • Museum Store Discounts
  • Free show tickets
  • Free parking

            Access to:

  • Group Dental and Vision Insurance
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan


Please send resume, tech portfolio if applicable to: HR@puppet.org. No phone calls, please. Or mail to: Center for Puppetry Arts, Attn:  HR, 1404 Spring St. N.W., Atlanta, GA  30309-2820. 

Please note any attachment over 10 MB may need to be sent in separate emails. 

No phone calls please.  If you have questions, please email HR@puppet.org.