Stage Manager

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  • Toronto
  • Start Date Flexible

The Company

The Second City is the premier brand in improv-based sketch comedy and the world’s largest school of improvisation with theatres and training centres in Chicago, Toronto, and Hollywood.  They have full time touring ensembles, the Harold Ramis Film School, and a thriving B2B division focused on hands-on learning, digital content, and consumer insight. Founded in 1959, the company continues to grow rapidly in size and influence.

Position Overview: The Stage Manager is responsible for ensuring that every element of the show runs smoothly on a nightly basis and that the director and ensemble’s vision of the show remains consistent throughout its run. The Stage Manager runs the lighting and sound consoles during performances. The Stage manager serves as a liaison between the ensemble and The Second City.

Qualifications: The Stage Manager must have at least 3 years of professional Stage Management experience. Additionally, familiarity with QLab, Etc Eos lighting console operating systems, and digital audio consoles is required. Additional experience in theatrical production, such as lighting design and stagecraft, is a plus but not a requirement. Experience with improvisational comedy is highly sought but not required.

Essential Skills

Active listening skills.

The ability to articulate problems and ask for assistance.

The ability to understand and assess concerns of others.

The ability to communicate clearly and concisely (in-person) The ability to communicate clearly and concisely (written) Computer literacy (e.g. competent with Word, Excel, etc.) A basic knowledge of industry terminology.

The ability to work in a collaborative manner and also independently.

The ability to take direction.

Essential Duties

  • Will maintain a thorough knowledge of the Canadian Actors Equity Association agreement with The Second City known as ESCA and ensure its rules are followed.
  • When the director is absent, will run understudy put-in rehearsals for their own role as well as that of the other company members.
  • Will make on-the-fly adjustments to the show’s lighting, sound, and show control during the show’s Creation Process, as well as during improvisational segments of the show.
  • Will file daily rehearsal and performance reports.
  • Will take notes during Production Meetings.
  • Will source props and costume pieces as necessary.
  • Will ensure the theatre as well as the Ensemble comply with all COVID-19 safety regulations as presented by CAEA as well as the internal protocols of The Second City.

 The Second City is an open, inclusive workplace and welcomes applicants who bring with them diverse life experiences, including every permutation of economic and cultural backgrounds, orientation, race and points of view. We strongly encourage submissions from artists of equity-seeking communities; these may include gender, age, race, sexuality, disability, neuro-diverse, and the intersections thereof.  


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