Stage Management Fellowship

Forbes Center for the Performing Arts
Harrisonburg, VA 22807


Shawn Tucker

Job Details


The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts fellowship provides advanced, hands-on experience in stage management for recent college graduates and early career professionals.    

Under the mentorship of staff members, fellows work side by side on professional and academic performances and are given a springboard to a career in the performing arts. Visit

The fellowship begins January 7, 2019 and runs through May 5, 2019

The fellow will receive a stipend paid bi-weekly including holidays. Fellows will not work more than 40 hours per week. Housing is not included.

About College of Visual and Performing arts, the Forbes Center and the area:

The Forbes Center opened in 2010 and quickly established itself as the premiere destination for world-class theatre, dance and music entertainment in the Shenandoah Valley. The venue hosts internationally recognized professional artists, renowned faculty members and emerging young talent from JMU’s School of Music and School of Theatre and Dance. The 175,000 square foot facility houses five performance spaces.


James Madison University is a public, comprehensive university. The university offers programs on the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. JMU is located approximately 2 hours south of Washington D.C..


The stage management fellowship provides a unique opportunity to learn all aspects of the work of stage managers at a professional performing arts center in a university setting.   Mentored by the Production Services Manager and the Technical and Operations Coordinator, the fellow will stage manage student recitals, School of Music ensemble performances, opera programs, partnership events, and serve as assistant for touring professional events.   The fellow will take part in the rehearsal process, technical rehearsals and take notes.   This demanding fellowship requires strong organizational and verbal skills, computer skills, and stage management experience.   Candidates must be able to multi-task, be highly organized, show initiative, take direction well, work independently when necessary, and exhibit an ability to work as part of a team.  All fellows work in their chosen concentration plus as technical production support for over 100 performances in the Spring.  Daily activities may include show prep, show running, hospitality assistance, general maintenance, and basic support for production office operations.  An undergraduate degree in the arts is preferred.  Work hours will be irregular and include early morning, evening, and weekend calls. 


January 7, 2019 – May 5, 2019



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