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Production Stage Manager

Perchance Theatre

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  • Position Type: Contract
  • Posted Date: Posted 3 months ago
  • Location: Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Salary: $1100.00 - $1200.00 weekly

Company Overview


Making innovative, immersive outdoor theatre with sails covering the audience all nestled next to the ocean – that is what the team at Perchance Theatre do.  Just 45 minutes outside the capital city of St. John’s NL, you will find us making our unique, award-winning, brand of theatre magic.  Classics are our main focus, with new works and visiting guest performers, rounding out our beloved summer festival.  We are looking for people who love making excellent ensemble theatre, and who love the outdoors, to join our team of passionate professionals.

Our theatre hires following the DOT Tier One from CAEA.  Our work is created with a focus on the outdoor environment and live creation and as such we have extremely basic lighting, and do mostly live sound/music scapes.  Our technical needs focus more on set and props and always creating with an eye to responsible environmental practices.  Where possible we reuse and recycle existing theatre elements to minimize our impact.

Perchance Theatre is the province’s only professional, classical theatre company.  The vision, that of becoming a world-renowned destination that draws the participation of artists and audiences from around the globe, is becoming a reality.  With a focus on the power of words, ideas, and epic stories, we are building a new hub of inspiration and creation at Perchance.  

Since 2014:

Perchance was listed #1 of the six most Unique Ways to Experience Shakespeare in Canada by UK In Canada Magazine. 

Produced 24 critically acclaimed productions using some of the province’s, nations, and even the world’s top artists.

Welcomed over 20,000 people into our theatre!

Winner of the BDC Tourism Innovator Award 2022 presented by Hospitality NL in recognition for outstanding commitment and passion in the NL tourism industry.

This little theatre company that could, is getting stronger every year, and we can only do it because ideas are bigger than individuals.  Perchance, like all theatre, exists only in community.  Together we are powerful.


Job Description


Perchance Theatre seeks a Production Stage Manager to join us. The ideal candidate will be a proactive, talented, flexible, individual with a deep love of making theatre magic, especially in unique environments.

A key member of the management team of the festival, the PSM will be working closely with the PM, the TD, the Artistic Producer, and the Office Administrator in upholding a professional, efficient, respectful, and enjoyable work environment. They will be stage managing one festival production/series, and scheduling for all of the productions/series that are happening in our two venues.



  • Overseeing the Stage Management team which will include 2 other stage managers and at least one assistant or apprentice stage manager.  Mentoring will be part of this position. 

  • Scheduling the repertory rehearsal process in communication with the Artistic Director  & Director Team, the Production Manager/Technical Director, and the Stage Management team.

  • Stage Managing one production for the summer season while acting as a supporting stage manager for another production(s). 

  • Being present and responsible for your assigned production during all meetings and throughout the rehearsal, technical and performance process.

  • Upholding CAEA [Equity - Dance Opera Theatre (DOT) Agreement] standards and company policies throughout the rehearsal, technical and performance processes.

  • Responsible for all written documentation concerning your assigned production.  This includes, but is not limited to, creating, maintaining and submitting a well organized prompt book, production notes and show reports.

  • Attend regular production meetings.

  • Communicate details from the Director of your assigned production to all concerned in a timely manner (through daily rehearsal notes).

  • Upholding the artistic integrity of your assigned production throughout the performance period.

  • Oversee the preparation and storage of all sets, props, costumes, light and sound for your assigned production during the performance period.

  • Supervising technical checks; fight, intimacy and dance calls; and safety walks for your assigned production during the performance period.

  • Overseeing the striking and resetting of scenic, costume and technical equipment between performances.

  • Operating sound during performances of your assigned production (if required).

  • Other duties may be required.



  • Directing patrons to parking (if required).

  • Ushering patrons and distributing programs (if required).



  • Graduate from an accredited post-secondary institution in the field of theatrical production, or significant relevant experience. Experience working in repertory theatre and/or outdoor theatre is mandatory.

  • A strong understanding of the job of stage management in a festival environment.

  • Excellent people skills.

  • Excellent organizational skills.

  • Strong leadership skills.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Ability to work well in a team.

  • Strength in solving interpersonal conflict.

  • Ability to remain calm, positive and focused in a high pressure and deadline based environment.

  • First aid training is considered an asset.

  • This role will require standard backstage production work in an outdoor setting, and some physical labour may be involved. This could include, but is not limited to, climbing ladders, lifting small set pieces, participating in set changeovers, etc.  Accommodations can be made based on the successful candidate's needs and abilities. 


SALARY: $1100.00 - $1200.00 weekly

DURATION: 13 to 14 weeks TBD  - Anticipated Start Date: last week of May


To apply for this position, send a cover letter and resume to

Please include in the subject line: Production Stage Manager . Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

We thank all applicants but will respond only to those selected for an interview. 


  • Position Type: Contract
  • Posted Date: Posted 3 months ago
  • Location: Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Salary: $1100.00 - $1200.00 weekly