SENSE Tour Stage Manager (Freelance)

LEVEL is looking for a creative, organised and motivated individual to provide stage management and front of house support for LEVEL’s Arts Council England strategic touring piece, SENSE.


SENSE is a small-scale, touring theatre piece, performed by two actors and a digital performer (creating live sound and images). It has been created for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and we recognise that our audience may experience the world very differently from many people. This is why we have chosen to experiment with the environment, structure and form of the performance and wish to enable the sensory stimulation to speak for itself.  As a sensory performance you can expect loud sound, strong colours, powerful smells and touch.

Each SENSE performance lasts for about 20 minutes. Performances take place within a specially built structure (the POD) with 3 back-projected screens and surround sound that can control light levels in any environment. It has been designed for a small audience (3-4 people) and although the piece is loosely based upon Orpheus, it does not follow a traditional narrative. This is deliberate as we want to provide an intimate environment where audience members have the opportunity to use sensory stimulation to make their own personal connections and meanings. These could range from triggering memory and emotion to, perhaps, exploring connections between people, objects and sensory stimuli. The SENSE performance tries very hard not to tell you what these may be – it is for each member of the audience to discover their own connections and narrative.

Job Description

Job Title: Stage Manager
Fee: £3400
Reporting to: Project and Development Manager
Job Purpose: To provide stage management and front of house support for LEVEL’s ACE strategic touring piece SENSE.


  • To attend all performances of SENSE at the variety of booked locations. To attend training and evaluation meetings as required.
  • Support the SENSE team with get-in and get-out of the POD and all technical equipment.
    Ensure the upkeep of the POD’s blackout state during all performances.
  • Manage the scheduling and rotation of audience members for short performances at each venue.
  • Contribute to the capture and collection of material for evaluation, including photographs and feedback.
  • To manage health and safety relating to the performance at each venue.
  • Offer the first point of contact between the venue and the SENSE team including some reception duties.
  • Be aware of, and actively implement the organisation’s policies with regard to, for example, Equal Opportunities, Vulnerable Adults, Child Protection and Diversity.

Skills, experience and personal qualities


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to work flexibly as part of a small team managing multiple priorities.
  • Able to work within deadlines whilst maintaining accuracy at all times.
  • Highly efficient and able to maximise limited resources and time.
  • Able to learn new skills quickly.
  • Initiative and a proactive nature.
  • Able to fit in with a hard-working, enthusiastic and motivated team.
  • Previous experience of stage management, event management and/or venue management.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to deal calmly, confidently and positively with people at all levels, both in person and over the telephone.
  • Ability to work on own initiative to solve problems calmly and efficiently.
  • IT literate
  • Proven administration and organisational ability
  • Ability to be proactive and professional in all aspects of the role
  • An interest in contemporary art
  • Full driving licence


  • Licence to drive a luton van
  • Experience setting up technical equipment for audiovisual material

Inclusive in the fee of £3400, the Stage Manager will be expected to work the following set dates for the tour, and to manage their own time in addition to this as required for any necessary training, preparation and evaluation.

30 March – 3 April Sheffield
21 April – 24 April Ashfield
28 May – 30 May Birmingham
15 June – 19 June Nottingham

To apply, please send us your recent CV together with a covering letter explaining:

  • who you are and what have you done
  • what skills and knowledge can you bring to LEVEL
  • why you wish to be part of the SENSE tour

Application deadline is Thursday 27 February, 9am.
Shortlisted candidates will be notified on 28 February with interviews to be held the week beginning 2 March.

Please note: as we are working to a tight schedule, we may appoint prior to the closing date if we feel we have found the right candidate. If you wish to apply, we recommend that you do so as soon as possible.

Please mark your application “STAGE MANAGER” and return it to imogen@levelcentre.com

If you are thinking about applying and would like to discuss the role in more detail, please feel free to phone us on 01629 734848.