Actors Equity Association (AEA) Assistant Stage Manager


TITLE:                                    Actors Equity Association (AEA) Assistant Stage Manager            

REPORTS TO:                     Stage Manager, Production Management and General Management

STATUS:                               Temporary Full Time



American Conservatory Theater is an essential gathering place that brings artists and communities together to inspire and provoke. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon and Executive Director Jennifer Bielstein, A.C.T.’s mission is to engage the spirit of the San Francisco Bay Area, activate stories that resonate, promote a diversity of voices and points of view, and empower theater makers and audiences to celebrate liveness. A.C.T. values inclusion, transformational learning, participation, and rigorous fun. A.C.T. is a Tony Award–winning nonprofit theater serving almost 200,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area annually through theater, training, and education and community programs.


Position Purpose:

The Assistant Stage Manager assists the Stage Manager with all of their responsibilities. This can include attending production meetings, running rehearsals, paperwork organization, and ensuring the smooth execution of the performances within the rules set by the collective bargaining agreement between the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) and AEA for a LORT C Theater. The position will operate between dates set forth from February 20, 2023 through May 7, 2023, with the possibility of extension.

$1,461.00 weekly rate 


Responsibilities: (please note, this list is not exhaustive, but rather a representation of job duties)

·         SM Prep week. Help the Stage Manager tape out the floorplan, print and distribute scripts, pull rehearsal props and furniture, and help with any needed paperwork.

·         Before each rehearsal, the ASM should help the SM ensure the stage or rehearsal space is ready. This includes sweeping, setting up furniture, set pieces, and props. Track attendance, notate blocking, be on book during rehearsal and provide other support as requested by the Stage Manager

·         Run the deck during tech rehearsals and performances.

·         After rehearsals and/or performances, the ASM should help the SM ensure everything is put away and the facility is locked up.

·         Maintain a clean, safe, and organized working environment.

·         Participate in work calls, meetings and events as required.


Qualifications & Qualities:

 Required/Minimum Qualifications or Basic Qualifications:

·         Experience in working with people and management of crews.

·         Experience in maintaining a prompt book and calling performances.

·         Ability to take blocking notes and compose rehearsal/performance reports 

·         Attention to detail, sense of timing, and accuracy of work.

·         Optimism, sense of humor, creativity, problem-solving abilities, and the ability to work under time constraints with artistic people and interns as well as working on projects alone.

·         Team player with outstanding problem-solving abilities, time management skills, diplomacy, and communication.

·         Experience working on straight plays and plays with music. Experience working on musicals is a plus.

·         Must be a member of Actors Equity Association or willing and able to comply with conditions of an AEA contract.

·         Must be available to work 5 days per week during rehearsals and 6 days per week during tech with availability which may alternate between days and evenings, depending on show schedule set by A.C.T. Rehearsal schedule is typically 10am-6pm. Mondays are our AEA day off. 

·         Must be comfortable with physical activity, including but not limited to walking, standing, lift of up to 30 pounds.

·         Must be comfortable with varying work environments, including but not limited to quiet and loud spaces. 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

·         Demonstrated skill in understanding of cultural differences.

·         Ability to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with A.C.T. colleagues and stakeholders.


Diversity makes us stronger.  If you’d like to learn more about A.C.T. EDI values, Mission, Vision and culture go to Mission, Values, and EDI | American Conservatory Theater (act-sf.org) ACT is committed to diversity in its programming and creating an inclusive work culture and environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and State and Federal laws, we will consider for employment qualified applicants arrest and conviction records.

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Expires: 2023-02-21


American Conservatory Theater


SF Bay Area


415 Geary Street San Francisco, CA 94102





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