Assistant Stage Manager for Opera

Dates of Employment: May 29 – August 13, 2023

Reports To: Director of Production, Director of Opera Program, Production Stage Manager

Supports: Opera Artistic Director, Opera Company, Conductors, Production Staff, Ensembles Manager, Musicians.


The Assistant Stage Manager for Opera works on a four-person Stage Management Crew for Opera at the Brevard Music Center.  This team is responsible for the setup and needs of opera rehearsals and performances for five mainstage opera performances in a six-and-a-half-week festival.  The Assistant Stage Manager of Opera is expected to collaborate on a team that works to ensure that all needs of the Opera are met.  One day per week off is maintained throughout the entire season. Holistic effective communication and dissemination of information as well as a love of music and a sense of humor when appropriate is essential to the successful execution of this position.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work, train, and learn as an Assistant Stage Manager for opera productions, as assigned (season includes: La Traviata, Turn of the Screw, Into the Woods, Gershwin Review).
  • Communicate efficiently (written and verbally) with the stage management staff of four people.
  • Generate and maintain all paperwork, as assigned.
  • Attend and play an active role (as assigned by PSM) in all rehearsals and performances.
  • Create a productive, communicative, and positive environment with the 30+ company members.
  • Prepare and close-down the season as directed by the Assistant Production Managers and Director of Production.
  • Assist in the oversight of run crew members.
  • Attend all load- ins and outs.
  • Be prepared to assist other crews at the end of season strike until dismissed by Production Management. 
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Supervised by the Production Stage Manager, Assistant Production Managers, and Director of Production.


  • Previous stage management experience, preferably in Opera.
  • The ability to read music.
  • A solid understanding of channels of communication and the importance of clear and open communication always.
  • Maintain calm under pressure and receive/ intake information from multiple sources that you quickly prioritize and relay to Director of Production/ act upon if deemed appropriate.
  • Above all, must possess a positive attitude, a sense of humor, and ability to work well in a team dynamic.


  • Complete satisfactory background check
  • Must have valid state driver's license and possess a clean driving record


  • Includes a season stipend paid bi-weekly, full board, and on-campus housing

To apply, create an account and start an application using MyBMC. Please upload a cover letter and resume (with references listed) to be considered for this position.

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. 

Any questions can be directed to:

Andrea Boccanfuso
Director of Production
Brevard Music Center

Please note: As Brevard prepares for the 2023 season, we continue to work with local and state health officials, along with campus and venue safety specialists, to develop and implement guidelines and protocols designed to keep our students, faculty, staff, and patrons safe. For the 2022 season, BMC's COVID-19 protocols included social distancing measures, indoor mask-wearing, and vaccination requirements. We will share updated policies for 2023 as more information becomes available from public health agencies.

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