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Stage Manager & Assistant Stage Manager

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ORGANIZATION: Des Moines Playhouse

  • 32 people are interested

The stage manager (SM) assumes the responsibility for the smooth and efficient preparation and execution of all aspects of a production including all of the details of auditions, rehearsals, and performance preparation. During the rehearsal process, the SM keeps a record of all the movement on the stage, and a running list of anything added that is not in the script, and prompts the actors with lines during the early rehearsals. During the performances, the SM may "call" the show. This requires wearing a headset and guiding the light and sound board operators through their cues. The SM also acts as a coordinator to distribute information about the progress of the production to all members of the company.

Becoming an SM usually involves prior experience or being involved in previous productions at The Playhouse over an extended period of time. If you are interested in stage managing a production, you are encouraged to first get involved on a production team, ultimately volunteering as assistant stage manager. Once you have a solid understanding of how shows are managed at The Playhouse, you will be encouraged to consider stage managing a show.

The assistant stage manager (ASM) is the SM's assistant and often serves as the shift captain. During the production, the ASM stays in contact with the SM and supervises the shift crew to make sure set changes are handled in a timely manner. After the performance, the ASM is responsible for checking dressing rooms for orderliness, and set pieces and props to insure that they are properly stored and in good condition.

Detailed training will be provided prior, during, and after your production experience.

Visit https://www.dmplayhouse.com for a current list of shows. Visit https://www.dmplayhouse.com/volunteer/back-stage/ for production team volunteer opportunities.

NOTE: Due to the pandemic, our 2020-21 Season has not yet been announced. Shows and dates, as well as any changes to audition and rehearsal practices, will be posted on our audition page, https://www.dmplayhouse.com/volunteer/audition/

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About Des Moines Playhouse


831 42ND ST, DES MOINES, IA 50312, US

Mission Statement

The mission of The Des Moines Playhouse is to produce high quality theatrical presentations utilizing the skills and talents of a group consisting primarily of volunteers for the cultural enrichment of the Central Iowa community, and to provide education in theatre arts for all ages, with an emphasis on young people.


The Des Moines Playhouse is a community theatre, producing 12-14 shows (Broadway musicals, comedies, dramas, family shows) each year. It is the second largest and one of the six oldest continuously operating community theatres in the US. The Playhouse also has one of the largest theatre education programs in the country, with classes for ages 4-adult.


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831 42ND STDES MOINES, IA 50312



  • Theater Arts
  • Stage Management
  • Critical Thinking
  • Multi-Tasking
  • Organization
  • Problem Solving


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • You must be available for all production meetings, auditions, rehearsals, technical rehearsals, promotional events (as needed), and the production run itself (15-23 performances). The rehearsal process is 6-8 weeks, 5-6 nights per week.

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