AEA Stage Manager – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

First Stage / Milwaukee, WI



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Position: Equity Stage Manager – Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer™: The Musical (remount)
Status: Contract
Reports To: Director of Production
Dates: 10/19/22-12/24/22
Compensation: $750 per week on AEA TYA contract plus travel and housing

The Equity Stage Manager will Stage Manage the rehearsals and performances of First Stage’s remount production of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer™: The Musical to perform at the Todd Wehr Theatre at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts from 11/25/22 through 12/24/22. First Stage has eliminated 10/12 technical rehearsals and shifted to a 5 day rehearsal and performance week, typical work days will be Wednesday through Sunday. First Stage practices age appropriate casting which means the Equity Stage Manager will be interacting with local young people, and Equity and Non-Equity Adult actors. Additionally, the AEA SM will work closely with the Director of Production and production department heads, and with wardrobe and IATSE crew.


  • Attend all rehearsals and related meetings
  • Take and distribute notes
  • Run all performances from the stage management booth
  • Maintain the performance as directed
  • Preparation and distribution of daily and weekly schedules
  • Serves as key communicator to Young Performers and their guardians
  • Per current AEA guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic, proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required
  • This position involves working with young people, and as such a background check will be required


  • Ability to maintain a positive work environment by communicating and behaving in a positive manner with all artists, staff, and stakeholders from a variety of experience levels and backgrounds
  • Prior professional Stage Management experience
  • Prior experience working with young people is a plus
  • Experience working with IATSE crews is a plus
  • Ability to work under pressure on a variety of different projects simultaneously
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Efficient time management and work load prioritization
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to regularly work nights and weekends
  • The person in this position will experience periods of prolonged stationary position, will consistently operate a computer and other office productivity equipment, will be required to use stairs, and will occasionally move items up to 30 lbs.

To Apply:
Send resume, cover letter, and 3 work references to Jessica Noones, Director of Production, at with the subject line – Stage Manager: (First Name, Last Name)
Application submission period will remain open until position is filled.

First Stage, Milwaukee’s premiere non-profit theater for young people and families, is currently in our 36th season. First Stage is a nationally acclaimed professional theater company drawing annual audiences of more than 120,000 people. First Stage’s production season includes five mainstage shows at the Todd Wehr Theater, as well as our First Steps and Young Company Series of productions at Goodman Mainstage Hall at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center – a total of more than 400 performances annually. First Stage also offers Theater-in-Education programs, serving 20,000 students in classrooms annually throughout southeastern Wisconsin. The First Stage Theater Academy, the largest and most high-impact training program of its kind in the nation, teaches “life skills through stage skills” to nearly 2,000 young people ages 3 – 18 each year. For more information about First Stage, including current updates on our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work, please visit