Stage Management



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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. 

 Stage Managers’ responsibilities include:

  • running rehearsals in the rehearsal room and making sure each day that the rehearsal room is set up for the company
  • supervising with the ASM in the sourcing and finding of props and working 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 

Deputy Stage Managers’ responsibilities 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 Assistant Stage Managers and information for the Wardrobe Staff
  • running rehearsals when the Stage Manager is absent
  • once on Stage, running technically all stage and piano and stage and orchestra rehearsals
  • working closely with the Lighting Designer once the production is on stage
  • running the show in performances
  • at the cover showing to become the ASM on the production 

Assistant Stage Manager (Prop)s’ responsibilities 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
  • at the cover showing running the performance as Stage Manager or as ASM on another wing

Assistant Stage Manager (Book cover)s’ responsibilities 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 department
  • this position will involve working in the evenings after main rehearsals


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.