Stage Management Intern

Department: Production
Supervision: Reports to Production Stage Manager

Kentucky Opera is dedicated to enriching and engaging our community through spectacular music, creative storytelling, and the thrill of the human voice.


Kentucky Opera seeks an intern to join the stage management team on a creative new production of Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied.  The production is conducted by Steven Crawford, directed by Mary Birnbaum and the design team that created this season’s production of La bohème at Santa Fe Opera. This will be a three-week project, beginning with staging preparation on October 20, and extending through November 10. The first date of staging rehearsals is October 21; technical rehearsals start on November 3; and performances are November 8 & 10.  Staging rehearsals are typically 6-day weeks from 11am-6pm with some evening rehearsals as needed. Tech week consists of daytime work notes and cueing and evening technical/dress rehearsals.  Some consideration may be given to accommodate class schedules for the right applicant. The ideal candidate is a dynamic individual interested in gaining experience in opera stage management.


  • Serve as 2nd ASM during staging rehearsals and a 3rd ASM during tech rehearsals and performances
  • Assist with running of rehearsal room at direction of PSM and 1st ASM
  • Cueing of all entrances on assigned side of the stage
  • Tracking of Entrances/Exits and assist in creation of Who/What/Where during rehearsals
  • Assist in creation of wardrobe paperwork and act as liaison with the costume shop
  • Assist with tech rehearsals/performances in a role to be defined, as the production requires
  • Additional duties as required


  • Knowledge of stagecraft and theatre production
  • Ability to coordinate many tasks, and completing work on schedule with attention to detail
  • Ability to read music required; knowledge of opera repertoire is helpful
  • Motivated self-starter who also works well in a team


  • Must be able to work extended hours, nights, and weekends
  • Requires 6-day workweeks and some extended days
  • Standing for extended periods of time
  • Must have reliable form of transportation
  • Must be able to work in a high stress environment
  • Ability to provide leadership, organize, motivate, resolve conflict, and meet multiple strict deadlines
  • Ability to function in low-light and situations such as are common backstage and in the theatre; walk, maneuver, and stand on complex and tight stage settings
  • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs. or more with or without assistance

To apply

In PDF format, send résumé, cover letter, and list of references to Nathan Brady, Production Stage Manager at with “Stage Management Intern” in the subject line. No phone calls please.