The Stage Manager is the Master Propertyman as governed by the ISO’s Collective Bargaining Agreement with Local 30 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the “Union”. The Stage Manager oversees the work of the ISO’s staff stage crew, which includes the Stage Manager plus three full-time stage technicians. The Stage Manager also oversees scores of extra stagehands, riggers, and other employees who perform the functions that are usually and customarily within the scope of the Union.
REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. At Hilbert Circle Theatre, and all other venues at which the ISO performs or presents concerts, perform work as well as supervise the performance of work to support the following areas and similar such areas which are usually and customarily within the scope of the Union:
a. Installation, operation, dismantling, service, and routine maintenance of temporary and permanent sound equipment, light equipment, projector screens, projection equipment, television equipment, video and video recording and playback equipment, digital playback, digital recording, and any related audio/video equipment, properties, scenery, sun screens, staging, risers, podiums, platforms, chairs, stands, instruments, and other such stage equipment (together, “Stage Equipment”).
b. The handling of all baggage and cargo that normally rides in the symphony truck.
c. The rigging of stage equipment.
2. Direct labor calls to support the various productions of the ISO in any place and those of rental clients, promoters, internal departments, and other users of the Hilbert Circle Theatre.
3. Work closely with the Director of Operations in the scheduling of staff and extra stagehands so as to maximize efficiency and operate within budget, always acting in the best interest of the ISO as a steward of its financial resources, while also maintaining the ISO’s standards of artistic excellence.
4. Maintain payroll records and submit timely payroll reports to the Director of Operations, maintaining compliance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
5. Make recommendations to the Director of Operations and Vice President & General Manager for the extraordinary maintenance of equipment, as well as the best course for the acquisition and disposition of stage equipment, including making proposals for purchasing equipment vs. renting, disposing of unused/outdated/derelict equipment, identifying new vendors and technologies, and seeking efficiencies in the use and maintenance in all Stage Equipment.
6. Maintain and monitor the safe storage of Stage Equipment, vehicles, instruments, costumes, and all other items stored at the ISO’s warehouse, HCT, and other places.
7. Direct and monitor transportation of the ISO’s property and any other property carried on ISO vehicles or vehicles contracted by the ISO to support ISO productions, such as tractor trailers, airplanes, etc.
8. Serve as primary technical contact for the ISO with touring bands, shows, rental clients, and other production-heavy users of HCT or performers engaged by the ISO in any venue.
At least 10 years experience working with symphony orchestras, theater companies, ballet, opera, and other performing arts or live performance organizations, working with management, musicians, producers, directors, and road crews.
Ability to work frequent evenings and weekends is essential
Superior communication skills, and strong organizational and analytical skills with close attention to detail
Ability to stand/walk for long periods of time; frequent lifting required
A CDL is preferred.
Current knowledge of industry best practices related to stage management, equipment, and technologies, and a desire to stay up to date with the same.
Competence in standard Microsoft computer applications (Word, Excel, etc), ability to learn industry-specific applications, and familiarity with computer networking
A passion for the music and artists that the ISO presents and performs with.
About Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1930 by German conductor and local violin teacher Ferdinand Schaefer. At first comprised of volunteer musicians who split the revenue from ticket sales, the ISO became a professional orchestra with salaried musicians in 1937. That same year, Fabien Sevitzky – a Russian-born conductor and nephew of famed conductor Serge Koussevitsky – became Music Director of the ISO. Sevitzky’s appointment was highlighted in an April 5, 1937 article in Time Magazine, which began, “Of Midwestern orchestras, none has risen so rapidly or so recently as the Indianapolis Symphony.”
The mission of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is to inspire, entertain, educate and challenge through innovative programs and symphonic music performed at the highest artistic level.
Soon after, the ISO blossomed into one of the nation’s most renowned orchestras. Sevitzky worked to promote the ISO through a variety of national radio broadcasts, and his successor, Izler Solomon, ensured the creation of the Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University as a venue meant specifically for the ISO (until then, the ISO had been performing at the Murat Theat...er). Throughout the 1950s and 60s, the ISO traveled around the world to perform “Salute” concerts in countries such as Finland, Korea, Japan, Formosa, Portugal, The Netherlands, Israel, Mexico, Austria, Venezuela, Thailand, Greece and Chile – earning the Orchestra a Citation from the Voice of America and the United States Information Agency as well as a letter of commendation from President John F. Kennedy – the first ever such commendation to a symphony orchestra.
Solomon’s successor, John Nelson (1976-1987), is associated with the Orchestra's appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, plus a debut European tour in 1987. In the summer of 1982, a 14-year-old violinist named Joshua Bell was the first performer for the ISO's Marsh Symphony on the Prairie series, and in 1984, the ISO moved downtown to its new home at the restored movie palace -- the Circle Theatre.
In 1987, internationally renowned performer, conductor and composer, Raymond Leppard (1987-2001) was selected as the Orchestra's fifth Music Director. During his tenure, several key accomplishments took place: a return to regular recording with a series of CDs on the Koss Classics and Decca labels; performances on NPR's "Performance Today"; nationally-syndicated radio broadcasts of ISO concerts; acclaimed tours on the East Coast and two tours of Europe; and a performance at Carnegie Hall as part of the venue's centennial season.
Following Maestro Leppard's retirement, Mario Venzago was appointed Music Director (2002-2009) and led the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in a deeper commitment to repertoire of the mid-19th century -- specifically works by Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann -- the Second Viennese School, contemporary scores and new commissions, including Jennifer Higdon's Violin Concerto with world renowned violinist Hilary Hahn in 2008.
In the fall of 2007, Zachary De Pue was named Concertmaster for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Alexander Kerr was appointed Principal Guest Concertmaster, a position utilized by only a handful of orchestras throughout the world. In October 2009, string trio Time for Three became the first artists-in-residence for the ISO.
In September 2011, Krzysztof Urba?ski began his tenure as the seventh Music Director of the ISO, and upon his appointment, was the youngest Music Director of any major American orchestra. Today, Maestro Urbanski is one of the most acclaimed and respected young conductors in the world.