Stage Supervisor | Irish Arts Center

Irish Arts Center is seeking a Stage Supervisor to join its production department. The Stage Supervisor will collaborate closely with the Director of Production and Production Manager to oversee load-ins, technical rehearsals, performance runs, and general theatre operation. This role will be the main liaison between house scenic crews and incoming technical directors/ carpenters and will assist in scenic builds when applicable. This position requires a deep comprehension of theatrical production procedures, encompassing both produced and presented works. Exceptional organizational skills and a collaborative approach are essential for working effectively with both local and international teams.  

Responsibilities/Essential Functions: 

  • Work with Director of Production and Production Manager in running stage crews during load-ins, ensuring efficient and timely completion of set construction, lighting, sound, and prop setup.  

  • Work with Director of Programming, and programming team. As well as incoming shows,  artistic and production team as needed to facilitate a production or event. 

  • Act as the on-site production staff member during shows, providing support to the Stage Manager and technicians in addressing any issues or needs that arise.  

  • Maintain a safe working environment for artists, staff, crew, and audience members, adhering to health and safety regulations and best practices.  

  • Collaborate closely with the production team to ensure effective communication and smooth execution of technical elements.  

  • In consultation with show specific Technical Directors, perform preventative basic carpentry maintenance, repairs, and paint touch-up notes on all scenic elements of a production during the run.  

  • Implement and Maintain tool and hardware organization and inventory.  

  • Ensure on-site production storage spaces are organized. 

  • Troubleshoot technical problems and provide creative solutions in a fast-paced production environment.  

  • Assist in the supervision and training of stage crew members, promoting a positive and productive work environment.  

  • Attendance at a full run through, technical rehearsals, and performances are necessary. Attendance at rehearsals and production meetings as needed in conjunction with the Director of Production.  

Experience and Education: 

  • 2-5 years Previous experience as a Stage Supervisor or in a similar technical production role in a theatre setting.  

  • Ideal candidate would have would have their E27 pyrotechnic apprentice license. If the candidate does not have this license, they will need to be able get this license with help and cost coverage from Irish Arts Center within one year (subject to availability of training sessions) For more information and requirements for the E27 please check FDNY  –… 

  • Scheduling flexibility to work nights, weekends, and holidays determined by the production and performance schedule.  

  • Strong skills in scenic carpentry construction techniques and materials(wood). 

  • Familiarity with basic theatre rigging techniques and practices.  

  • Excellent organizational and multitasking skills, with the ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.  

  • Knowledge of health and safety regulations and procedures related to theatrical productions.  

  • Flexibility to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as required by production schedules. 

  • BA, BFA, or equivalent professional work experience in production  

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds. Ability to sit, stand kneel, climb and bend. Comfortable working on personnel lifts, ladder, scaffolding, and wire tension grid. Ability to work at heights up to 40’. Ability to work in low light conditions.  

  • Computer literate and functional competencies with Mac OS, MS Windows, MS Office, Vectorworks and/or AutoCAD, Lightwright, Qlab, ETC Eos 

This job description is a summary of the primary responsibilities and qualifications of the position. It is not intended as an all-inclusive list of all duties an individual in this position might be asked to perform or of all qualifications that may be required either now or in the future. 

Salary and Benefits 

Salary range $60k–$65k. Benefits include employer-provided medical/dental/vision insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, paid holidays, paid vacation, and pre-tax savings on transit/parking.  

Working Requirements (Travel Requirements, Overtime, Shifts, On-Call, etc.)

Applicants should be willing to work evenings/weekends as required for performances and special events.  

This is an in-person position. Under certain circumstances, at the discretion of management, remote work may be possible. 

Irish Arts Center currently provides a monthly commuting credit for full time employees who are either required to or who elect to work on site at least three days per week as a general rule. Remote work policy in general and the hybridity status of all roles is subject to business and organizational needs and may change at any time at the discretion of management, with input from relevant staff and supervisors.

Irish Arts Center currently provides a monthly commuting credit for full time employees who are either required to or who elect to work on site at least three days per week as a general rule.    

Remote work policy in general and the hybridity status of all roles is subject to business and organizational needs and may change at any time at the discretion of management, with input from relevant staff and supervisors. 

About Irish Arts Center: 

Irish Arts Center (IAC) is a national and international home for artists and audiences of all backgrounds. Based in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, Irish Arts Center presents, develops, supports, and promotes work from established and emerging artists, providing cultural experiences that are innovative, collaborative, diverse, authentic, and emotionally and intellectually transporting, meet the highest standards of excellence, and celebrate their common humanity in an environment of Irish hospitality. Founded in 1972, throughout their history the Center has also provided community education programs and access to the arts for adults and children of all ages and ethnic, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

Irish Arts Center recently completed construction of a $60 million landmark new permanent home, including a state of the art flexible performance and arts space for the presentation and development of work across a range of disciplines, including music, dance, theatre, film, visual arts, literature and the humanities; classrooms and studio spaces for education programs, development, and collaboration; technology to stream and distribute content on the digital platform; and an avenue-facing lobby café that is a hub for hospitality and interaction between artists and audiences.  As part of a second phase, IAC will renovate its adjacent existing 51st Street building to provide a second, intimate performance space—the historic Irish Arts Center theatre—optimized for the most intimate live music and conversation, recordings, podcasts, master classes and special events, and a courtyard entrance on 51st Street where the historic Irish Arts Center and the new building meet.  

As IAC is committed to representing diverse identities in their artistic programming, so too are we committed to diverse representations in their administrative team.  Irish Arts Center is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, creed (religion), color, sex (including gender expression), national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristic, marital status or domestic violence victim status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or new ones may be assigned. 

Please send a cover letter and resume in a single PDF file to with your last name and “Stage Supervisor Where you found the job” in the subject line (e.g., “Doe, Stage Supervisor IAC Website”). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a closing date of September 1. 
No calls, please.

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