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Profit-share Stage Manager

at Emu Heights Theatre Company Penrith, NSW

Role Notice: Stage Manager to join “The Merchant of Venice” for Emu Heights Theatre Company

Connecting artists and audiences with high quality theatre experiences is at the heart of our practice. We are excited to be entering our fifth year of production in 2014 and are mighty proud of the many talented and professional artists who’ve helped bring our first five productions to life. See here for a look back at our previous works

Emu Heights Theatre Company returns for 2014 – the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare – with one of his most satirical and controversial comedies, “The Merchant of Venice”. This biting battle of wits for people’s lives and loves plays out between the fast-paced, risk-taking players of Venice and the old-world sophistication of the noble Belmont family. We’re looking to bring this play right into today’s world. We’ll be challenging perceptions of race, sexuality and gender politics. We want to explore a shared experience of walking in someone else’s shoes. We aim for our production to walk the fine line between social commentary and delightfully witty comedy to engage, inspire and entertain.

We are looking for a theatre-maker who wants to be intimately involved in developing their skills within a collaborative theatre production team. It’s a great opportunity for an emerging professional, or for a mid-career specialist who wishes to develop Performing Arts access and quality in western Sydney.

We are looking for an experienced and dedicated theatre Stage Manager to join our company in Penrith for this production, and are looking to grow the role for future productions.

“The Merchant of Venice” by William Shakespeare
Adapted and presented by Emu Heights Theatre Company
at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith

Start date is flexible but no later than 15 July
Rehearsals begin 2 August 2014
Performance weeks 07 – 15 November 2014

The Stage Manager will be working closely with the entire company: the Director, Production Manager, the Design Team and the Cast. The Stage Manager will be managing the entire company during the Production Weeks. All rehearsals, major production meetings and performances will take place within the Penrith CBD, close to public transport and parking.

The successful applicant will provide a productive yet supportive environment for cast and crew in rehearsals and during Production Weeks to enable company members to deliver tasks smoothly and on schedule. The successful applicant will: assist the Director in managing the rehearsal process; provide timely and accurate rehearsal and performance reports to the Producer and team; provide Production Management leading up to and during Production Weeks, including Bump-In, Technical Setup and Removal, Inventory management, Rehearsals, Performances and Bump-Out. The Stage Manager will also lead communications between the company and the venue in and around Production Week.

The ideal applicant will have excellent skills and experience in people management and collaboration; organisation; communication across multiple platforms including phone, email, cloud documentation and management; time management; scheduling; budget management, and general stage / production management experience, which are integral to the role. A degree in stage management / performing arts management or an equivalent level of production experience is desirable.

We look for company members who understand and embody our core values in their everyday working life: commitment, communication, creativity, excellence, joy, respect and support. These values are integral to the role as with all roles within Emu Heights Theatre Company.The successful applicant will also have excellent understanding of our values to represent Emu Heights Theatre Company well in all their activities.

Emu Heights Theatre Company is proud to offer the successful applicant the following:

  • A role in the company profit share agreement through a net share of Box Office returns and an honorarium payment;
  • Current year’s annual membership in Emu Heights Theatre Company for opportunities to support our activities and involvement in future productions;
  • The opportunity to develop and challenge your own creativity and skills in theatre-making;
  • The opportunity to work with a nurturing and professional group of theatre-makers;
  • The opportunity to present in the superb Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre;
  • The chance to directly support performing arts education;
  • To provide access to quality theatre in Western Sydney that entertains, inspires and engages audiences of all ages.

Application
To apply and receive a full role description, contact Ian Zammit at info@emuheightstheatre.com.au
Please include:
· A cover letter answering:
1. Why do you want to work with Emu Heights Theatre Company?
2. What interests you in working on a theatre production of “The Merchant of Venice”?
3. How do you think this production will benefit from your experience?
· Your CV and a 2-page excerpt of your portfolio (1-2 weblinks are very welcome)
· Contact details for 2 referees.

Closing date: Friday 30 May 2014

We will contact all applicants meeting the criteria to arrange for an interview for the role.

Ian Zammit
Artistic Director,
Emu Heights Theatre Company

Emu Heights Theatre Company engages, inspires and entertains Western Sydney through the production of exceptional quality theatre in the heart of Penrith.

For further information on how Emu Heights Theatre Company provides performing arts access and education in Western Sydney see www.emuheightstheatre.com.au and find us on Facebook.



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