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STAGES St. Louis is the region’s foremost professional, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit theatre company, committed to preserving and advancing the art form of Musical Theatre through excellence in performance and education. STAGES, now celebrating its 33rd year of producing Broadway-quality theatre, employs a full-time staff of twenty-five and a seasonal company from May to October, presenting 140 performances to nearly 50,000 patrons.

STAGES employs the best Musical Theatre artists available regionally and nationally for all productions. By holding auditions in St. Louis and New York, STAGES is able to attract not only Broadway talent, but also further its commitment to support professional St. Louis actors. In addition, STAGES educates thousands of students each year at its Performing Arts Academy, the region’s only year-round arts school with a comprehensive curriculum run by a professional theatre company.

STAGES St. Louis is taking every effort for the health and safety of the volunteers, staff, and patrons during the COVID-19 pandemic. Disinfectant is used to clean all areas before and after occupancy and all volunteers, patrons, and staffs are dedicated to wearing masks while inside the buildings. There is still a high degree of uncertainty as to the impact of the pandemic over the next few months and its effect on our ability to bring staff together in the shop, office, and on stage. However, we are currently planning, hoping, and moving forward with our best-case scenario.

STAGES St. Louis strives to create a diverse and inclusive environment. Candidates should demonstrate empathy, flexibility, and a strong commitment to building diverse teams. BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ individuals are encouraged to apply.

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Artistic Director

ORGANIZATION

STAGES St. Louis is the region’s foremost not-for-profit company committed to preserving and advancing the art form of Musical Theatre through excellence in performance and education.  In 2021, STAGES celebrates its 35th Anniversary Season of producing Broadway-quality theatre.

STAGES employs the best Musical Theatre artists available regionally and nationally for all productions.  By holding auditions in St. Louis and New York, STAGES is able to attract not only Broadway talent, but also further its commitment to support professional St. Louis actors and artists, providing nearly 450 union workweeks annually.  In addition to being the top regional employer of local union actors, STAGES educates thousands of students each year at its Performing Arts Academy, the region’s only year-round arts school with a comprehensive curriculum run by a professional theatre company.

STAGES opened in 1987 with a budget of $50,000 and a part-time seasonal staff of eight.  Today, the company employs a full-time staff of 25 overseeing a budget of $4.7 million.  During the performance season, an additional 150 actors, technicians, and administrators bring the productions to life.  To date, STAGES professionals have produced 103 musicals, with nearly 3,400 performances, playing to more than one million patrons.  The STAGES audience includes patrons from a spectrum of ages and socioeconomic levels from more than 238 cities located in 30 states.  All productions are fully accessible to individuals with disabilities and each season STAGES provides hundreds of complimentary tickets to underserved populations.  STAGES annual Theatre for Young Audiences production is a regional treasure that encourages multiple generations to attend professional, live musical theatre together on a family-friendly schedules.

In April of 2013, the STAGES Performing Arts Academy and the administrative offices relocated to a new 22,000-square-foot-facility in Chesterfield, which is enabling STAGES to meet a growing need for arts education programs in a larger, more flexible facility.  In 2021, STAGES will have a new artistic home for the Mainstage Season in the 529-seat Ross Family Theatre at the brand-new state-of-the-art 40,000-square-foot Kirkwood Performing Arts Center.  Featuring both orchestra and mezzanine levels, this gorgeous facility is the ideal space for musicals of all sizes while remaining intimate and comfortable for audience members.  Also located inside of the Performing Arts Center is a 150-seat flexible Studio Theatre, which provides a perfect environment for immersive performances such as our Theatre for Young Audience productions.

 

SAINT LOUIS

St. Louis is the second-largest city in Missouri, and it sits near the confluence of the Mississippi and the Missouri Rivers.  As of 2019, the city proper had an estimated population of around 300,000, while the bi-state metropolitan area, which extend into Illinois, has an estimated population of over 2.8 million, making it the largest metropolitan area in Missouri.  Like other great American cities, St. Louis is a collection of unique neighborhoods, each with their own personality.  There are more world-class attractions in St. Louis than any place in the nation outside of Washington, D.C., such as the famous Gateway Arch.  In the nearby Forest Park – which is bigger than New York City’s Central Park and was the site of the 1904 World’s Fair– you will find the Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Zoo, Missouri History Museum, and Saint Louis Science Center.  Sports aficionados can enjoy games from an array of professional teams, including the MLB St. Louis Cardinals, the 2019 Stanley Cup Champions, NHL St. Louis Blues, and the newly formed XFL St. Louis BattleHawks. 

St. Louis is home to ten Fortune 500 companies, including Bayer, Express Scripts, Emerson, and Edward Jones.  It is also a hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship, with Popular Mechanics ranking St. Louis the No. 1 start-up city in America.  The City is identified with music and the performing arts, especially its association with blues, jazz, and ragtime.  St. Louis is home to the St. Louis Symphony, the second oldest symphony orchestra in the United States. Art enthusiasts can spend an afternoon at any of St. Louis’ nationally renowned art museums; or for those looking for live entertainment can enjoy one of many delightful performances at The Fabulous Fox Theatre, the world-famous MUNY outdoor musical theatre, the Peabody Opera House, and many others.

 

POSITION SUMMARY

The Artistic Director, who reports directly to the Board of Directors and works in close association with the Executive Producer, will provide overall strategic leadership in season planning, creative team selection, casting, fundraising, education and training, and community engagement.  The Artistic Director’s primary focus will be the artistic, organizational, and relational management of the organization.  They will be responsible for engaging theatre patrons, philanthropic supporters, civic leaders and elected officials, artists and community members, and other external stakeholders.  They will need to be a compassionate, people oriented leader with a deep love for the performing arts.  Comfortable and confident in their artistic abilities, and committed to their artistic integrity, the Artistic Director will push the artistic envelope based on the interests and needs of the people of St. Louis and reflecting STAGES’ core values and mission. They will foster an inclusive environment of excellence, where transparency and accountability build trust among the Board, staff, artists, and community.  The ideal candidate will be open to innovation and fresh ideas, be a thoughtful and assertive negotiator who can adapt quickly to changing situations, and possess the ability to make clear decisions.  They should have demonstrable experience in artistic leadership, decision making fundraising, and audience growth.  As a skilled communicator, they will be adept at understanding cultural and organizational issues and operate with a mix of business acumen and social grace. 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Significant managerial or leadership experience with non-profit organization(s) and ideally, prior experience working with a theatre company or performing arts venue in such leadership role(s).
  • Demonstrate a passion for theatre, supporting artists, and the connection between theatre and the community while committing to creating inclusive and diverse programming.
  • Demonstrate experience and capacity to lead, manage, inspire, and collaborate with staff, artists, Board members and volunteers.
  • Possess a wide knowledge of literature and theatre history, as well as experience with producing, directing, fundraising, and non-profit arts management.
  • Have a familiarity with the St. Louis theatre community and arts ecosystem, as well as national industry news and trends.
  • Have a broad knowledge of and considerable experience in all aspects of theatre; have a strong community-driven vision; and have proven directing abilities.
  • Possess strong leadership skills and be a creative problem solver.
  • Be fiscally knowledgeable and responsible.
  • Familiarity with theatrical unions preferred.

 

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

This is a full-time, year-round, exempt position.  STAGES offers a competitive salary expected to be in the range of $90,000 to $100,000 that is commensurate with experience.  Benefits include: year-round employer contributed health/dental coverage, life insurance, and paid time off, along with voluntary vision coverage, tax-savings flexible spending, and 401K. 

 

APPLICATIONS AND INQUIRIES

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred) to asaune@stagesstlouis.org.  For questions or general inquiries about this job opportunity, please contact:  Alicia Scott-Aune, Artistic Coordinator at asaune@stagesstlouis.org

 

Equal Opportunity Employment

STAGES embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way.  We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.  The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Internships

The STAGES St. Louis Spotlight on Careers Internship & Apprenticeship Programs are designed to train the next generation of theatre professionals in the skills necessary to become successful and integral parts of the theatre community.  We combine practical hands-on experience with the opportunity to work with and learn from seasoned theatre professionals.  While immersed in the professional world, our interns gain in-depth knowledge and experience in their chosen areas to become well-rounded theatre practitioners.

Company Management Internship

The company management intern works directly with the Artistic Coordinator to provide the highest level of hospitality to STAGES’ artists.  The company management internship provides the opportunity to be involved in the day-to-day details of the Acting and Production Company’s professional lives.  This includes activities relating to travel, housing, special needs, health and well-being, hospitality, and working to integrate artists into STAGES and the surrounding community.  The successful applicant is ambitious, self-motivated, works well in a fast-paced environment and responds with flexibility to the needs of various collaborators and to rapidly changing circumstances and personalities.  Applicants should demonstrate strong organizational skills, proficient computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office, and a strong sense of humor and maturity.  This intern must have a valid driver’s license, a reliable personal vehicle, and a flexible schedule. Candidates will need to provide own local St. Louis housing, as no company housing will be available for this position.  Compensation is $10.30/hour, paid bi-weekly.

Candidate Requirements:

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

  • Be able to provide local housing in St. Louis for the duration of your internship
  • Be able to work 40 hours per week of internship

 

To Apply:

Please submit the following materials to internships@stagesstlouis.org

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • References, Academic or Professional (3 preferred)
Stage Management Internship

The Stage Management Intern works alongside the AEA Production Stage Manager and two Assistant Stage Managers.  Interns will assist with pre-production paperwork during rehearsals, attend all scene shift rehearsals and tech, and become part of the run crew during the production.  The Stage Management Intern will work on the mainstage production of Jersey Boys.  The dates of this position is August 30 – October 24.  Housing is not provided.  Compensation is $10.30/hour, paid bi-weekly.

Candidate Requirements:

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

  • Be able to provide local housing in St. Louis for the duration of your internship
  • Be able to work 40 hours per week of internship

 

To Apply:

Please submit the following materials to internships@stagesstlouis.org

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • References, Academic or Professional (3 preferred)

Production

STAGES St. Louis, a professional musical theatre company entering our 35th season, is seeking Production Staff for our 2021 Season.  The Season consists of two large-scale musicals (Always… Patsy Cline and Jersey Boys).  Season runs from June through October.  Start/End dates depend on each individual position.  Limited housing is available depending on the position.

Compensation:

  • All summer positions are hourly and paid biweekly and determined on experience
  • Overtime paid on hours over 52

To Apply:

  • Please send resume with references and cover letter to STAGES St. Louis, Attn: Production Supervisor, jobs@stagesstlouis.org.

STAGES St. Louis is taking every effort for the health and safety of the volunteers, staff, and patrons during the COVID-19 pandemic. Disinfectant is used to clean all areas before and after occupancy and all volunteers, patrons, and staffs are dedicated to wearing masks while inside the buildings. There is still a high degree of uncertainty as to the impact of the pandemic over the next few months and its effect on our ability to bring staff together in the shop, office, and on stage. However, we are currently planning, hoping, and moving forward with our best-case scenario.

STAGES is encouraging all employees to get vaccinated, and specific production positions will need to undergo weekly COVID testing.

STAGES St. Louis strives to create a diverse and inclusive environment. Candidates should demonstrate empathy, flexibility, and a strong commitment to building diverse teams. BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ individuals are encouraged to apply.

Dressers

​Dressers are responsible for all pre- and post-show duties as assigned by the Wardrobe Supervisor, as well as show duties such as pre-sets, quick changes and emergency repairs.  This position is responsible for the daily maintenance of the costumes by assisting with the laundry, performing minor repairs, dressing room maintenance, and dry cleaning.  Basic stitching knowledge and previous wardrobe experience is required for this position.  Experience with Equity Actors is a plus.  Contract dates are for Jersey Boys only and run September 13 – October 29, with some flexibility in the dates.  Locals preferred; no local housing is available. Compensation starting at $11/hour, determined upon experience.

Laundry

The Laundry Person will be responsible for the laundering of all costumes for Jersey Boys as directed at the end of each performance night.  Washing machines, dryers, and laundry supplies will be supplied at the theatre onsite.  There are eight to nine performances per week.  This position includes late night hours.  Punctuality and dependability are essential.  Reliable transportation is required.   Contract dates are for Jersey Boys only and run September 20 – October 29, with some flexibility in the dates.  Locals preferred; no local housing is available. Compensation starting at $11/hour, determined upon experience.

Properties Artisan

The Props Artisan works under the supervision of the Props Master.  They are responsible for providing props and set dressing for all productions.  Requires knowledge of carpentry and basic computer graphics.  Sewing and experience with soft goods is highly desirable as are general craft skills and experience painting props for stage.  Having hands on experience with various building materials is also beneficial.  Daily tasks may including sewing, carpentry, welding, crafts, and computer graphics. Contract runs from July 12 – September 24.  There is some flexibility on contract dates.  Local candidates preferred, but limited housing is available.  Compensation starting at $12/hour, determined upon experience.

Scenic Artists

Scenic Artists are responsible for painting all scenic elements (scenery, drops, props, floors, etc.) for each production.  Scenic Artists may be asked to do certain scenic treatments as required by the designer and Scenic Charge, including foam carving.  Contracts run June 28 – September 24.  There is some flexibility on contract dates.  Local candidates preferred, but limited housing is available.  Compensation starting at $12/hour, determined upon experience.

Stagehands

Stagehands will help move scenery and props backstage and generally take cues from our Deck Chief and Stage Management team.  Stagehands must be available to attend all shift rehearsals, tech rehearsals, and performances.  Must provide own local housing and reliable transportation. Compensation starting at $11/hour, determined upon experience.

Production dates are as follows:

Always… Patsy Cline:  July 26, 2021 – September 5, 2021
Jersey Boys: September 13, 2021 – October 24, 2021

Dressers

The COVID Safety Officer’s primary goals and tasks include maintaining an excellent company safety culture and safe working environment.  Duties will include implementing the STAGES St. Louis’ COVID-19 policies, conducting health screenings on Artistic team during rehearsals and performances, managing the PPE for both Always Patsy Cline and Jersey Boys productions, attending all rehearsals and performances to manage the disinfection of all surfaces and monitor the compliance of all safety measures.  Locals preferred; no local housing is available. Compensation starting at $12/hour.  Covid Compliance Officer certification preferred, but not required. 

Contract dates are as follows:

Always… Patsy Cline:  July 12, 2021 – September 5, 2021
Jersey Boys: August 30, 2021 – October 24, 2021