Stage Operations Manager



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Job Summary

Directs all aspects of stage operations for and advises on rigging needs for student performances in ART spaces

Position Description

Promote an inclusive and safe work environment

  • Foster a culture of community, anti-racism equity, diversity, inclusion, and respect among staff and guest artists
  • Foster a culture of safety, both psychologically and physically, and ensure a safe work environment and practices are observed

 Support Artistic Vision and Goals

  • Uplifts the mission, vision, and values of A.R.T with staff and overhire
  • Works with the entire stage department to implement designs as directed

Staff Supervision and Management

  • Hires and supervises permanent Stage Operations staff, and overhires to accomplish maintenance, load-ins, the show runs, strikes, and outside events as needed


  • Estimates show expenses based on designs and tracks department expenses
  • Submits regular budget reports and weekly payroll

Production Responsibilities

  • Responsible for rigging plots for all A.R.T. shows, in collaboration with other Production Department Heads
  • Maintain stock of rigging materials
  • Supervises and inspects installation of all rigging
  • In conjunction with the Assistant Stage Supervisor, develop schedule for loadins, tech, and previews; take and supervise execution of tech notes
  • Plans, supervises and participates in maintenance and repair of shows in performance
  • Work with other department heads to facilitate loadin, tour preparation, loadouts, and long-term storage
  • Advises & assist on rigging installs for student shows

Facilities, Equipment, Stock

  • Perform preventative and scheduled maintenance and inspections on all tools, rigging equipment, and soft goods; seek outside contractors for repairs or inspections as needed
  • Ensures the safety and cleanliness of performance spaces at all times
  • Maintains stock of commonly needed hardware
  • Plans and manages backstage maintenance, improvements, and purchase of stage equipment in consultation with other members of the technical staff.


  • Maintains clear communication with other production departments about rigging and backstage needs
  • In conjunction with Assistant, stay in regular communication with run crew and respond to rehearsal and performance reports
  • Distribute Rigging and Backstage plots

Training and Meetings

  • Manage or delegate training plans and meeting schedules for stage staff
  • Attend training sessions and shop/company meetings as required

Basic Qualifications


  • Advanced knowledge of theatrical rigging techniques. For non-certified ETCP candidates, the  A.R.T.  will sponsor this certification.
  • Advanced knowledge in the use and maintenance of hand, power, and stationary tools relevant to Stage Operations
  • Advanced Rigging and safety supervisory experience. For non-certified OSHA 30  candidates, the A.R.T. will sponsor this certification.
  • Experience with Theatrical Scenery and Prop construction techniques
  • Ability to read technical drawings, and apply arithmetic and geometry to everyday Rigging problem solving
  • Ability to communicate with kindness and clarity; fostering a collaborative environment
  • Conflict resolution skills - diffusing tension, navigating difficult conversations, mediating resolutions
  • Ability to adapt and quickly communicate changes

Additional Qualifications and Skills


  • Experience managing backstage environment
  • Class D driver’s license
  • Comfortable driving a 26’ truck in an urban environment
  • Automation experience

Working Conditions


  • A.R.T’s theater space is a multistory building without an elevator, with work taking place on all levels. The Stage Operations Supervisor may be asked to move scenery weighing upwards of 70 lbs and other materials to and from storage or around the building, as well as loading and unloading material from trucks and vans (both at a loading dock and from the street). They may also assist in the installation of rigging and loading of 40lb stage weights into counter-weight arbors. During load-in and strike, work may take place on ladders, genies, and the steel grating of the grid, 60’ above deck, which is accessed via a 78-step spiral staircase
  • This job requires the ability to stay in a stationary position for long periods of time occasionally, with periods of intense movement.  Constant movement and use of limbs; this position requires good manual dexterity, strength, coordination, and stamina. This position can require night and weekend work, particularly during tech and previews of shows
  • This job works both indoors and outdoors depending on the weather

Software Used: Microsoft Office, Google Workspace, Dropbox, Slack, Zoom, Vectorworks, AutoCAD, Harvard-specific payroll software

A.R.T. is a leading force in American theater, producing groundbreaking work that is driven by risk-taking and passionate inquiry in Cambridge and beyond. Since 2008, Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director Diane Paulus has pursued A.R.T.’s mission to “expand the boundaries of theater” by programming transformative theatrical experiences, always including the audience as a central partner. A.R.T. is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader of artistic innovation. In recent years, productions that began at A.R.T. have won 19 Tony Awards, and numerous works developed by A.R.T. have been performed throughout the country and around the world.

As the professional theater on the campus of Harvard University, A.R.T. is committed to playing a central role in the cognitive life of the University, catalyzing discourse, interdisciplinary collaboration, and creative exchange among a wide range of academic departments, institutions, students, and faculty members.  For more information, please visit our website at:

Commitment to Equity and Anti-Racism

A.R.T. is centering on anti-racism as a core value, including in its policies, structure, programming, philanthropy, communications, pedagogy, and workplace culture. This journey will be sustained, ongoing, and foundational to the theater.
The A.R.T. strives to reflect and celebrate the diversity of Cambridge and Greater Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the United States and the world in its programming, artists, audience, boards, partners, and staff. The A.R.T. is committed to developing and producing work and creating environments that embrace the full breadth and beauty of our shared humanity. The A.R.T. unequivocally opposes any attempts to divide its community through acts of discrimination, omission, and violence. The A.R.T. is dedicated to making a welcoming and accessible space for people of any identity, background, or ability, including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, nationality or immigration status, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, physical/mental ability, appearance, socio-economic status, education level, and political viewpoint

Additional Information

A review of applications for this position will begin on September 20, 2022.

PLEASE NOTE: This position is on-site.

PLEASE NOTE: The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found on the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: