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I can answer any questions you might have directly regarding this post. This position is PT substitute only from October-Feb and will be FT hours Feb-March. Please pass along to any PNW SM/ASM types who might be interested!

Backstage Manager Sub (BSM) – Part Time
Replaces either of the Backstage Managers when they are not at the show.
Assists the Stage Manager in all rehearsals, performances, and administrative tasks as assigned.
Oversees performers backstage.
Communicates show needs and changes between production and restaurant.
Collaborates with Director, SM, Cast, Band and all Production Departments in logistics pertaining to all performance needs.
Sets and maintains rigging, scenery, props, and equipment.
Runs a zip lift winch line as needed.
Manage backstage duties during performances including, but not limited to, prop setting and striking, artist assistance, quick change assistance, running lift, and moving floor lights
Execute emergency repairs to props as needed
Shop for props as needed as well as purchase backstage supplies and equipment
Create, maintain, and distribute daily Restaurant Crew Moves on white erase board
With the full time Backstage Managers, maintains pre-show, running, and post show paperwork
Clean, organize and maintain backstage and prop areas for performance and storage.
Assists performers during training, rehearsals, and shows as required
Attend server meeting to discuss show duties and notes
With SM, maintain and update Production Notes, following up with departments in order to facilitate completion of Production Notes
Collaborates with other Backstage Manager(s) to organize all hand props and scenery pertaining to all CORE shows, Matinees, and events.
Maintain safety conditions and helps run emergency procedures in the tent during performances.
Interact professionally with guests concerning show needs
Responsible for operating the winch as needed for acts and scene changes
Other tasks as needed by the Backstage Managers, Stage Manager, or Production Stage Manager
2 years professional stage crew experience
Excellent organizational skills
Calm presence
Works well collaborating with people
Ability to lead others
Excellent eye for detail
Knowledge of technical production
Ability to articulate and communicate problems
Basic computer knowledge in Word and Excel
Able and willing to work additional hours
Able to lift 50 lbs.
Able to work in confined spaces
Comfortable working on a ladder or in a lift
Primary schedule is Wednesday through Sunday. Monday and Tuesday are generally days off. Work shifts are: Wednesday-Saturday: 4pm -11pm. Sunday: 3pm-10pm. Matinee Performances: 10am-3:00p The schedule may change due to show calendar revisions.
Production Stage Manager

Teatro ZinZanni - Woodinville

October, 2018

Part Time

Teatro ZinZanni Woodinville presents a full evening of entertainment, combining cirque artists, European cabaret, contortionists, jugglers and illusionists with live music and a gourmet multi-course meal. Set in an antique jewel box tent imported from Belgium, our newest show “Hollywood and Vine” will be performed at our new location in Woodinville Wa.
Please send your resumé and cover letter in PDF format to

Introductions / Re: Seattle Stage Manager
« on: Aug 10, 2018, 04:34 pm »
Welcome! I'm also a Houstonian who is SMing in Seattle! I hope you're enjoying this Summer as much as I am.

Job Postings / Re: Dubai Gigs
« on: Oct 19, 2016, 06:35 am »
KMC, are you currently in Dubai? I've been here for over 2 years. I take you're working at Dubai Parks and Resorts? 

I'm fully aware of the busy season as my workload has doubled (tripled without an LD). Fortunately on my end, there is a person currently reviewing our offer.

Job Postings / Re: Dubai Gigs
« on: Oct 18, 2016, 12:55 pm »
Honestly, the sooner the better. A few months is a few months out of my time range  ;D.

As for the Dubai Parks and Resort gigs, I would be a little cautious. They have been continuously delaying the openings. I also know that the performers (and ASMs) are being underpaid by Dubai standards. Just remember, don't settle for anything less than what you're worth ;)

Job Postings / Re: Dubai Gigs
« on: Oct 17, 2016, 08:48 am »
I also currently have a gig in Dubai. It's for a FT Lighting Designer (theatre and night club). The guy that we just had ran into Hurricane Matthew troubles and is no longer able to make the trip. Any interest or leads would be much appreciated! I would be happy to answer any questions through PMs.


I stage managed at profiles for three years, from 2011-2013. I still feel very strange about the whole situation. I declined an interview with the writer of the article back in February mainly because I knew what he was looking for and I would have had very little to add (notice the timeline basically stops at 2010). I'm very familiar with most of the stories mentioned in this article and it'svery sad that it had to all come out the way it did . As I'm sure you all assume there's far more to the stories mentioned, and I'm not really comfortable going into it. I'm very saddened by the entire situation but at the end of the day some amazing things are going to come from it.


Post Merge: Jun 11, 2016, 02:56 pm
And just to be clear,I'm not comfortable talking about it because my opinion and testimony is contrary towhat the article is saying mainly due to the fact that I never witnessed any of the major accusations. (I was in the14 hour rehearsal and unpaid interns). it puts me in a strange situation to have figuring viewpoints than those who are furious/disgusted. I guess it would be like someone defending the Stanford rapist...defending isn't the right word,but I hope you get what I'mtalking about .

I actually have a trip planned to go toChicago later this week to see my old crew.  I don't think it will be as intimate as I had originally planned... 


Employment / Re: Dubai Opera Job Postings
« on: Apr 19, 2016, 01:19 pm »
Hey guys,

I would like to answer a few of the concerns or questions you might have. Let me start off by saying, I work in a theatre & night club in Dubai. We bring in incredibly circus and specialty acts from all over the world. In addition to that, we have a core group of 2 singers and 3 to 5 dancers. Our "core" group is extremely Western, and our specialty acts, like I said, come from everywhere (China, Ukraine, Russia, USA, Australia, Mexico, etc...). This place is a MELTING pot. Please look at this chart regarding breakdown by nationality. Another note that may be beneficial (or not?) is I am 28 years old white male from Texas. This is my perspective:

And yes, you did read it correctly. In addition to it being a theatre, I also work in a NIGHT CLUB. Our main revenue is ridiculously expensive bottles of champagne and more vodka than you could ever imagine consuming. This is point #1 -- Dubai is very progressive. The fact that alcohol can be readily purchased, and is an incredible source or revenue for companies & government, is only the beginning of a huge line of changes. You don't see alcohol in public places much in the middle east.

Point #2 - This is the safest place I have ever lived. Expanding on what was mentioned before, this town is basically a police the nicest way possible. Crime is basically nonexistent. I have yet to hear of anyone getting burglarized, car broken into/stolen, or anything of the sort. Anything you might consider a petty crime could land you in jail. I cannot tell you how many times I have left my wallet or phone on a table in a busy place and come back to it untouched. To be honest, you rarely see police officers.

Point #3 - Being a woman. I work with dancers. Not the ballerina kind of dancers, but commercial dancers. They are your typical, sexy, fun loving, carefree dancers. While I have 3 working with me now, I have had about 15 come through during my tenure here, so I consider myself well-versed when it comes to those issues (while not first hand). They have felt 0 prejudice. The worst thing I have heard is they were approached in the mall during a holiday and handed a card that says, "If you could please purchase something to cover up a little bit more to respect the culture" or something along those lines. Also, feel free to apply for the SM position if you feel you are qualified! I've met plenty of women who are THE person in charge. Remember, you will be working with mostly touring companies. The production and management staff will most likely be western. The person interviewing you for the job will probably be from the UK...

Point #4 - homosexuality. Preface: I am not gay, but I am a huge gay activist. I work in the arts, for Christ's sake. If you are not accepting of most everyone, you are in the wrong business, right? With that said, I know and work with many gay people here in Dubai. While it is technically "haram" to be gay, it really doesn't ...stop people. It's just something you don't flaunt to the world. Let's put it this way -- a heterosexual couple has to withhold from public displays of affection. Kissing, dancing too close, cuddling, etc... is not really accepted in public, regardless of sexual preference. Things like that are strictly for closed doors. Honestly, you don't want to get pregnant while not married or you could get into some serious trouble.

Point #5 - Being a Westerner (specifically USA). There is a 'caste system' here. Westerners are somewhere near the top, especially USA. This 'system' directly impacts your salaries and treatment in the workplace. This is one of the main causes of culture shock that I endured. It is very rare that you see a Filipino as a CEO, GM, or any high position. Mostly, you will see them working the counter of a coffee shop or restaurant. Indians and Pakistanis, you will see as the laborers -- building all the buildings, doing the road work, driving cabs etc... While these jobs are incredibly vital to the city's growth and sustainability, they are paid peanuts in comparison. It is difficult to witness at first, but (I hate to say this), it's something you get used to.

Point #6 - Salaries. I will talk about my contract and what the Dubai Opera will most likely provide. There are two major types of contracts: fixed and continuous. I work on a continuous contract. Basically, after I passed my probationary period (6 months), my contract will continue. Fixed contracts typically have a time period -- my girlfriend is a teacher. Her contract is 2 years. Typically, the difference has to do with Visa renewals and the like. Most all contracts provide a monthly salary (approx 60%), other expenditures (approx 40%), a housing allowance (if accommodation is not already provided), and health insurance. The contract at Dubai Opera will most likely be a continuous contract. When it comes to specific numbers, I make WAY more than I did as a non-union freelancer. I imagine the salary for the top management positions in Dubai Opera to range anywhere from $40k-$70k per free (oh yeah, another huge benefit).

Point #7 - One simple the things that keeps me here, doing what I do, is I am the beginning of something massive. Dubai is a city that is not even 50 years old, and has only gotten big over the past 20 years. This place is ripe, it's new, and it's lacking an art culture (honestly, it's lacking culture. Period). This place is really breaking away from the typical Muslim/Middle Eastern ways of life. I am at the forefront of bringing that culture here.  I am creating dinner theatre and entertainment for people who have never seen anything like this before! In 100 years when the history of Middle Eastern theatre and entertainment is being taught in the classrooms, my company will be in one of the first chapters! It's exciting. The rules are ONLY being created.

A few small points - EVERYONE speaks English, most people wear normal clothes, and yes, there is a ski slope in the mall. I didn't have to change anything about my lifestyle after moving here.

I don't know if this was very helpful...I hope it was. This is honestly the first time I've ever put fingers to keys and wrote about my experience here, so apologies if it seems a little scattered. I could honestly write a small novel about all the observations I have of this place. If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

Employment / Re: Dubai Opera Job Postings
« on: Apr 17, 2016, 10:11 am »
Hey all,

I currently work in Dubai! I've been watching the Opera House going up over the last 2 years. I do not work for the Opera House, but will be applying for a position. It's the first of it's kind for this region, and should be a really great opportunity.

 If you have any questions about the city, contracts, etc...feel free to shoot them my way.

*EDIT* If you look now, there are SM and ASM positions open for application.


10) If the SM can tell your main priority is the production and not yourself.

I voted Gaff tape for obvious reasons. I'm incredibly interested in why people chose staples/paperclip combo.

I did "A Behanding in Spokane" and the guy who played Carmichael (the one handed man) refused to tape his splint with anything other than gaff tape (an expensive assessory, but he was adamant).

Also, I can just gaff tape some pages together if I was missing the challenger. I don't think the actor would have liked to have the splint stapled to his arm...

The Green Room / Re: What a Stage Manager Does
« on: Feb 21, 2012, 01:25 pm »
Herding cats and dogs....priceless!

The Green Room / Re: Things Stage Managers Say
« on: Jan 31, 2012, 04:23 pm »
We're not going to be stepping on anybody today, so just say, "Step on Gramps" to cue the next line.

The Green Room / Re: Picture Wars!
« on: Jan 08, 2012, 06:28 pm »

DePaul University has a great program with Chicago Shakespeare. It's a 2 year ARTS leadership program where you work for Chicago Shakes full time while working toward your MFA from DePaul.,5,1

Self-Promotion / Re: A Behanding in Spokane - Chicago
« on: Oct 11, 2011, 10:08 am »
This production has faced huge set backs as one of our actors had to go into multiple surgeries to repair a detached retina; however, the time is finally here! Tech starts Wed, previews start Sunday, and press opening on Friday the 21st!

If you're in the Chicago area, come out and enjoy this entertaining production!

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