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Location: 470 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Company: The National Ballet of Canada


Position:  Stage Manager

Term: Full time

Posted Date: 06/12/2023


This is a unionized position with the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. The National Ballet of Canada is one of the most exciting, innovative arts institutions in Canada, and is regularly ranked among the top ten ballet companies in the world. Established by founder Celia Franca in 1951, The National Ballet of Canada presents a full range of traditional full-length classics and has been an innovative commissioner of new contemporary work by some of the most important choreographers and designers in the world. The National Ballet is deeply committed to the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion across the organization, and through community education programs that bring dance to the broadest possible community.

Your Role

The National Ballet of Canada is seeking an experienced full-time Stage Manager starting in July 2023 to be part of a dedicated and highly skilled production team. Working under the Canadian Actors Equity Agreement and reporting to the Director of Production.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Ensures that the rehearsal studios at the Walter Carsen Centre and the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts have the resources required to meet the planned rehearsals in any given week. This includes preparing audio and video files for reference, spiking scenic elements, providing props and other production elements.
• Supports the rehearsal process with video capture and distribution of recorded material (Dropbox/Vimeo/OneDrive).
• Documents all Stage Management-related elements for productions from the rehearsal period through to performances, share and distribute notes and information to all relevant departments.
• Assists Artistic and Production Staff to schedule rehearsal time and tracks rehearsal time and performance time.
• Represents the Production Department’s interests and needs in Artistic Staff meetings, as required.
• Assists Production Staff in creating pack lists for all company equipment used on tours or theatre seasons.
• Shared responsibilities for calling/running performances, as well as Assistant Stage Manager responsibilities for some repertoire.
• Additional traditional stage management-related responsibilities, as needed.

Qualifications and Skills

Required qualifications:
• Post-secondary education in a technical/production field or equivalent relevant experience.
• Experience working in both unionized (IATSE, TMA, CAEA) and office environments in the performing arts. Previous experience stage managing in a dance company is required.
• Proficiency of MS Office suite & SharePoint, plus Audio and Video playback apps.
• Highly organized, detail oriented and capable of juggling multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment under time constraints
• Strong knowledge of health and safety legislation and best practices in the performing arts industry
• Ability to follow a score and create a calling score specific to a new show, based on attending rehearsals.
• Ability to perform physically demanding work such as taping floors (spikes), setting props for rehearsals, setting up the production office, and more, as needed.
• Excellent communications skills and thrives in a fast-paced environment.

Evenings and weekends are required. Must be available for rehearsals and performances, travel on company tours, etc.

Educational Requirements

  • Post secondary education in technical/production field or equivalent

How to apply

Special Notes

Qualified candidates are to forward their resume and cover letter, including the contact information for 3 (three) professional references as a single PDF document to with the subject heading: “Equity Stage Manager”. The position will remain open until filled.

Resumes will be reviewed as soon as they are received. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. The National Ballet of Canada recognizes its heightened duty to protect employees from health and safety risks during the current pandemic. As such, an offer of employment shall be conditional on proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with a vaccine series approved by Health Canada.

The National Ballet of Canada is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible, and equitable environment where employees feel valued and respected. We are committed to reflect the diversity of our community, our city and our country. We strive to ensure our recruitment and selection processes are bias-free. We welcome and encourage submissions from Indigenous, Black and People of Colour, the Deaf and disabled as well as individuals of all genders, cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and abilities. We are committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The Human Resources department will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process.