Stage Manager (Nottingham)

Streetwise Opera is looking for a freelance Stage Manager to work with us on Re:Discover – our flagship festival taking place in summer 2024.  

Re:Discover Festival is a celebration of Britain’s African and Caribbean heritage through the voices of people with experience of homelessness. The festival includes the world-premiere of a triple bill of new operas, co-created by participants in Streetwise Opera workshops working side-by-side with world class artists, and inspired by the music of composers of African and Caribbean heritage. Each opera is circa 15 mins in length and will be presented as part of a festival of work taking place in London, Manchester and Nottingham this summer.

Main Purpose of the Position

This role will include:

  • Circa 2 days prep including meetings to get to know the project and the team, undertake some final prop sourcing and liaise with creatives and producers about final schedule and plans

  • The SM will work in the rehearsal room alongside the Regional Producer to undertake general tasks such as mark-up, set props and be on the book and confirm any last tweaks to the book

  • Create a PowerPoint version of the libretto to be used as prompt for performers. This will be fed to a screen on stage that the performers can see.

  • The SM may also be required to work with the Regional Producer to coordinate props / setting any final things up ahead of the first day of tech / performances.

  • The SM will be required for the whole of the 2 performance days in order to cue the show (there will be relatively minimal lighting, sound and A/V cues given the nature of the show) and to be part of team to set up the performance space and support the performers.

  • There may be some small coordination of props returns / dropping off a charity shops after the show – in partnership with the local producer

Recruitment process

Please apply by 12 noon on Friday 7 June.

Email us on with the subject line Nottingham Stage Manager.

Send us an up-to-date CV and either a covering statement (no more than one side of A4) or a video (up to 2-3 minutes long) detailing your interest in this contract and your experience as stage manager.

Interviews will be held via Zoom on Monday 10 or Tuesday 11 June. Please indicate in the cover letter if you are not available on this date.


There will be an all-inclusive fee of £1,000 for this contract.