Deputy Stage Manager – Robin Hood job description

Closing date: Sunday 7th August 2022 at 5pm
Job title: Deputy Stage Manager – Robin Hood
Department: Production & Technical
Reporting to: Company Stage Manager

About the Northcott

Exeter Northcott Theatre is proud to have been part of Exeter’s cultural life for more than 50 years, drawing audiences from across the city, the surrounding area and the wider region to see the very best local, national and international performing arts in our mid- scale auditorium (460 seats) on the campus of the University of Exeter.

Diversity & Inclusion

There continues to be a significant lack of diversity across the arts, with a pressing need to provide progression routes for talented people from backgrounds that are under- represented. Exeter Northcott Theatre is committed to playing its part in addressing this by putting inclusion at the heart of our recruitment processes, finding new ways to share the power and resources we have at our disposal, and fostering a working culture that is welcoming for all our team. We actively encourage people with different backgrounds to join us and positively impact our teams and working practice. We are particularly keen to receive applications from people of African and Caribbean heritage, people of South Asian, East Asian and South East Asian Heritage, D/deaf and disabled people, LGBTQ+ people, or those experiencing barriers due to their socioeconomic background.

The Purpose of this Post

The Deputy Stage Manager is a key member of the Exeter Northcott Theatre’s Production team for Robin Hood, ensuring good communication between the rehearsal room and the rest of the production team, calling technical and dress rehearsals and all performances, and playing a key role in maintaining high production values throughout the run.

Terms & Conditions

Weekly Salary: £477.41 plus relocation allowance and overtime as applicable as per the UK Theatre/Equity agreement
Contract Dates: 2 days of prep, dates TBA with Production Manager. Full-time from 7 November 2022 – 9 January 2023 inclusive (Final performance 7 January, 8 January is a day off, 9 January returns). Total: 9.5 weeks

How to apply

As part of our commitment to inclusion we’re working to widen the pool of people who hear about vacancies at the theatre and make the process of applying for a job as straightforward as possible.

For this role we’re asking all candidates to click on the Apply Now link for this vacancy on our website and submit written and/or video/audio responses to the same three questions so you can tell us about yourself and why you’re the right person for this role:

  • Tell us about yourself and why you want to work at the Northcott
  • Tell us how your professional experience meets the person specification
  • Tell us about what support you might need if we were to offer you this role And then upload a copy of your latest CV.

Contact us at jobs@exeternorthcott.co.uk if you wish to submit in a different format.

For an informal chat please contact e.faulkner@exeter.ac.uk

Closing Date: Sunday August 7th 2022, 5pm
We are aiming to hold interviews 16 & 17 August

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Create and maintain a clear and accurate Prompt Book, including script updates, blocking notes, cues and setting lists
  • In consultation with the Director, write and distribute daily rehearsal notes
  • With the Director and CSM, agree and distribute daily rehearsal schedules, ensuring compliance with performers’ contracts
  • Support the Director in the smooth running of rehearsals, including housekeeping the space and managing requests for meetings, costume fittings etc.
  • Alert the Director and/or CSM (as appropriate) to any practical or wellbeing concerns during rehearsals and performances
  • Take and distribute notes at meetings as required
  • Call all technical and dress rehearsals
  • Call all performances in accordance with the Prompt Book, as agreed with the Director and Creative Team
  • Write and distribute show reports for all performances
  • Deputise for the CSM as required
  • Assist with any show related events such as photo calls, post-show talks, touch tours
  • Attend production meetings as required
  • Adhere to Stage Management budgets
  • Adhere to established Finance/HR reporting procedures
  • Complete weekly timesheets
  • With the CSM, ensure performers complete weekly timesheets
  • Contribute to risk assessments as required
  • Follow Exeter Northcott policies, procedures and risk assessments at all times
  • Bring any Health & Safety concerns to the attention of the Company Stage Manager or Production Manager as soon as possible
  • Carry out any other duties as may be reasonably requested by the Company Stage Manager or Production Manager

Person Specification

Essential Personal Qualities

  • Self-disciplined, organised and self-motivating
  • Ability to work as part of a flexible team, responding to challenges, contributing ideas, supporting other team members and leading teams as required
  • Ability to remain calm and work under pressure
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to build rapport with people at all levels
  • Able to problem solve

Essential Professional Skills

  • Professional experience as Deputy Stage Manager within a producing theatre/company, to include rehearsals and calling technical rehearsals
  • Good working knowledge of Health & Safety practices within theatre
  • Good working knowledge of the UK Theatre/Equity agreement for Performers and Stage Management contracted by Subsidised Managers
  • Excellent IT, administrative and organisational skills

Desirable Skills & Qualities

  • Experience as Deputy Stage Manager for professional panto
  • Based within commutable distance of Exeter
  • First Aid qualification
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