Reports to: Production Manager and Technical Director/Stages Mentor
Direct Reports: None
Indirect Reports: None
Status: Full time, non-exempt, Work periods vary pending production schedules, primarily afternoons, evenings and weekends
Compensation and Benefits: $14.00 hourly
The Stages Mentor/ Mentee program is centered around increasing the diversity of theater technicians by providing a specific, paid opportunity for learning for BIPOC, trans, and other traditionally marginalized people early in their career. We recognize the extreme inequities created by unpaid/ underpaid internships and how that, in turn, leads to vast inequities of representation in our overall field. This program welcomes young people who identify as members of a traditionally underrepresented group to apply.
As a Mentee at Stages you will learn something new every day. You will work in the scene shop: building scenery, painting, and in audio/video/lighting departments: hanging and focusing lights, patching in audio cable, circuiting lighting fixtures, LEDs etc. You will be present at every Technical Rehearsal, be a part of three show run crews throughout the season, and assigned various duties in every technical discipline.
Stages makes plays and tells stories that invite everyone to live more deeply and love more boldly. We produce a broad scope of plays and musicals ranging from jukebox musicals and family entertainment to world premieres and new work by emerging writers.
Stages was founded in 1978 and we’ve grown to become Houston’s sixth largest nonprofit performing arts producer and the largest outside the downtown theatre district. We perform year-round with an average of 12 productions and 75,000+ visitors each season. In January 2020, we opened our new $35.4 million three-theater home, The Gordy.
We’re a welcoming, collaborative culture that encourages each staff member to take initiative, share ideas and help shape the organization. Working at Stages hits the sweet spot between struggling startup and corporate behemoth.
You’re a collaborator who enjoys detailed work amongst artists. You are ready to take on any challenge that comes your way. The implementation of theater technology with art excites you. Your ability to switch gears in a moment's notice engages you. You have a passion for learning.
What you’ll do at Stages
Report to Mentor, Production Manager and Technical Director for Job Duties as assigned each day
Work in the scene shop building and painting scenery
Work in the Audio, Visual, and Lighting Departments; Hanging and focusing lights, patching audio cable, circuiting lighting fixtures
Be present for all show technical rehearsals
Be a member of the run crew for three shows during your time at Stages. One show in each of the three performance spaces
Check in with Mentor on learning needs and aspirations
Monthly advisory meetings with Inclusion, Engagement, and Training Director
To excel in this job, you’ll need
Six months but less then a year experience in Technical Theatre
Ability to frequently carry, push and lift various theatre equipment
Passion for working on a team
To ask questions frequently and unabashedly
This is important
Stages is committed to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. We are committed to creating and maintaining a safe creative environment for staff, artists and our community. We know that through discussion and expression we can continue to promote change in a positive direction. We believe that diversity on and off stage is important. We are committed to bridging cultural gaps and creating an environment of inclusion and equity for all. It is our intent to provide equal opportunities to all who may apply. We welcome every race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic makeup, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status and thinking style.
Our hiring process
First, send us some information about yourself—please include an introduction to help us understand who you are and why you’re right for this position (eg: cover letter, email, personal statement, video) as well as anything you think might be helpful to understand your background, experience, and skills. This could include a resume, event materials, writing or other work samples, personal website, LinkedIn profile, etc.
800 Rosine St.
Houston, Texas 77019
If we think you might be a good fit, we’ll contact you to schedule an introductory interview with members of our Operations team. This conversation will help us learn about you, share more about the job and Stages, and answer your initial questions. From there, we may also invite you to talk with other staff members from positions across the organization so that you have an opportunity to explore Stages’ culture and work environment, and we can get a sense of what you’ll bring to the team.