Job Opening – Stage Manager

Stage Manager – Open Positions

Cinnabar Theater is a nonprofit theater that produces intimate and thought-provoking productions for all ages.  We are Petaluma’s premier professional theater currently celebrating the 50th Season.

Wea re committed to diversity both on stage and among our staff and invite interested applicants to view our EDI statement on our website.

Job Description:

We are searching for a skilled, self-motivated stage manager to join our production team. The role of the stage manager is especially important to the director in rehearsals. The director and the stage manager work side by side, with the stage manager recording the director's decisions about blocking and notes for the actors, keeping track of logistical and scheduling details and communicating what goes on in rehearsals to the rest of the team. This enables the director to concentrate his or her full attention on directing.

Job Responsibilities:

Key responsibilities and tasks to perform in each phase of a production, including:

scheduling and running rehearsals
communicating the director's wishes to designers and crafts people
coordinating the work of the stage crew
calling cues and possibly actors' entrances during performance
overseeing the entire show each time it is performed

In conjunction with the director, the stage manager determines the scheduling of all rehearsals and makes sure everyone involved is notified of rehearsal times, meetings, costume/wig fittings and coaching sessions. During the rehearsal phase, stage managers also:

mark out the dimensions of the set on the floor of the rehearsal hall
make sure rehearsal props and furnishings are available for the actors
attend all rehearsals
notify the designers and crafts people of changes made in rehearsal

In rehearsals the stage manager also records all blocking, plus all the light, sound and set change cues, in a master copy of the script called the prompt book. The information in the prompt book also allows the stage manager to run the technical rehearsals, calling each technical cue in turn to determine precisely how it needs to be timed to coordinate with the onstage action.

The stage manager and the technical director also work out a smooth and efficient plan for the stage crew to follow during set changes. Furniture and prop plans for complicated sets are drawn up by the stage manager and technical designer to show exactly where the furniture and props are to be positioned on stage at the beginning of each scene and sometimes in the wings.

Once the show opens, it's the stage manager's job to make sure that every aspect of the production runs just as the director intended time after time, until the production closes.

Completion of High School or GED. Degree in theater design, construction or comparable is highly desirable.
A minimum of 3-5 years of experience in theater -set construction and/or set design; including experience with sound, lighting, and stage equipment, and should also be knowledgeable of maintenance, safety, and stage carpentry.

This is a Part Time position (project based) Pay is commensurate with experience.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. The work environment varies and includes office environment, theater, studio, and storage facilities that do not have temperature control and may be dusty.

If interested, please send resume and cover letter to