Cassie Goldbach, HPAF Director of Production; Chair of the Stage Management Professional Fellowship Program
Scott Skiba, HPAF Assistant Artistic Director; Stage Director, Into the Woods
Shayna Leahy, HPAF Artistic Administrator
Kathleen Belcher, Stage Director, The Magic Flute
Beth Bornstein Dunnington, Acting Faculty
TBA, HPAF Design & Production Teams
Hawaii Performing Arts Festival’s Stage Management Fellowship Program will award fellowships to three outstanding young stage managers who are aiming for careers in the opera and/or musical theatre stage management field.
Fellows will work closely with our stage management, design and production, and administrative staff to receive training through hands on experience, workshops, and seminar sessions. Each fellow will be assigned to stage manage one of our three MainStage productions (including the production’s associated concerts and community engagement activities). Fellows will work under the guidance of our world-class faculty and staff. Additional assignments include assisting on the other two mainstage productions, concerts, and community outreach events.
Fellowships will include full tuition, housing, and on campus meals. Transportation to/from Hawai’i is the responsible of the artist. In addition, ground transportation is not provided. Fellows often share rental cars to offset this expense. Car shares can be arranged by contacting Shayna Leahy, Artistic Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, following the acceptance of an offer.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Each Fellow will be assigned a Main Stage Production to Manage under the supervision of the Director of Production including:
- Rehearsal Room setup and management
- Processing Rehearsal reports
- Schedule coordination with the Director of Production
- Call Assigned Production and affiliated Concert and Community Engagement Concerts and Performances
- Assist with other Mainstage Productions, Concerts, and performances
Mentorship, Instruction, and Seminars In the Following Areas
- Stage Management Best Practices for Opera, Music Theater, Theater, and other Event and Touring Productions
- Understanding Union Rules and How to Call a Professional Production
- Blocking Notation, Stage Management Book Preparation, Calling a Show, etc.
- Design & Production Collaboration
- Production Meeting Best Practice
- Production Management
- Tour Management
- Entering the WorkForce – How to identify opportunities and win professional gigs
- Resumé (include link to your website, if applicable)
- Two letters of recommendation from professionals who speak to your ability as a stage director (Recommendations should be sent directly to: Scott Skiba, Chair – email@example.com)
- Upload a video excerpt of a production, scene, or a compiled directing reel of production and scene excerpts that you have directed (maximum 15 minutes)
- Upload a video introducing yourself and your approach to working with young singers (maximum 3 minutes)
Both links should be uploaded to YouTube with links included on your YapTracker application.
Finalists will be notified for a Skype interview with the Artistic Staff.