Stage Management


Applications for Stage Management positions are now open.

2018 Summer Season productions:

Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, etc. The Enchanted Island - a pasticcio devised by Jeremy Sams and premiered by the Metropolitan Opera

Igor Stravinsky The Rake's Progress

Applicants should be at the start of their careers, and have practical stage management experience, possibly being engaged on or having recently completed a stage management course. Good score reading skills are an advantage.

The stage management team work with a professional Senior Stage Manager throughout the process of our Summer Season productions.

Responsibilities of the Stage Manager include:

  • running rehearsals in the rehearsal room and making sure each day that the rehearsal room is set up for the company
  • supervising and working with the ASM in the sourcing and finding of props within the budget set by the Production Manager
  • working closely with the Designer and other members of the creative team
  • liaising with the Company Manager and informing them of any changes in the schedule
  • working with the Assistant Director and make sure all cover rehearsals are set up and organised
  • once on stage to run under the guidance of the Senior Stage Manager all stage and piano rehearsals and stage and orchestra rehearsals, making sure that all rehearsals begin on time and that breaks are run to time in the theatre
  • running the production during performances
  • for the cover showing, to exchange responsibilities with other members of the stage management team

Responsibilities of the Deputy Stage Manager include:

  • working closely with all members of the stage management team, being on the book in rehearsals and working closely with the Assistant Director
  • sending out detailed rehearsal reports each evening to all the creative and management teams
  • keeping up to date running lists for the ASMs and information for Wardrobe
  • running rehearsals when the Stage Manager is absent
  • working closely with the Lighting Designer once the production is on stage
  • acting as the SM or ASM for the cover performance

Responsibilities of the Assistant Stage Manager (Props) include:

  • working closely with the Stage Manager and Deputy Stage Manager
  • working with the Designer in the sourcing and finding of props for the production and working within the budget given by the Production Manager
  • keeping the rehearsal room tidy and checking the tea and coffee facilities
  • during performances, running either stage left or stage right; making sure that all props are in the correct position and on strikes putting all props etc. away safely and tidily

Responsibilities of the Assistant Stage Manager (Book Cover) include:

  • working closely with the Stage Manager and other members of the stage management team
  • as ASM on the Book in rehearsals, keeping a separate book which details all the cover moves
  • working closely with the Assistant Director running cover rehearsals, on stage, running the cover showing from the corner
  • during stage rehearsals and performances running a wing and working with the other members of the stage management team
  • acting as DSM for the cover performance

This position will involve working in the evenings after main rehearsals.

The stage management team will need to be available from Monday 23 July through to Monday 10 September 2018 (although the final day is negotiable).

Interviews will be held in London during April/May. Applicants may wish to bring paperwork from previous productions, which demonstrate their skills.

To apply, please download an application form and return it with your CV and covering letter, explaining your interest in the position, to

The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 9 April 2018.

British Youth Opera is the UK’s premier company for training new and emerging operatic talent. It offers valuable opportunities for young singers to receive professional training in all aspects of opera through workshops and master classes, and to take part in rehearsals and performances in its annual Summer Season of opera at the Peacock Theatre in London.

BYO's primary purpose is to offer operatic experience to those who have a serious aim of pursuing careers in opera performance, are at the start of their careers, and are new to the profession.

BYO is a training organisation; successful candidates do not pay to participate in the Summer Season (for which a contribution towards subsistence will be given).

British Youth Opera regrets that it is unable to provide feedback on interviews or auditions and reserves the right to alter the proposed repertoire.