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Assistant Stage Manager – Paid Training Opportunity

Being an assistant stage manager (ASM) is a great way for those that want to be in technical theatre to get involved and develop their knowledge and skills, no matter their age or experience. 


In addition to being helpful, hardworking, forward-thinking, organised and flexible, an excellent ASM should also be proactive, take responsibility, and be reliable.


The Stage Manager and the Assistant Stage Manager make up the Stage Management team and they take control of the administration of all duties having to do with rehearsals and the presentation of the show ensuring things run smoothly. 


The Stage management team facilitate communication across all creative and technical departments; act as a right hand to the director; oversee sets, props, lights, and sound; and call all technical cues during performances.


Through funding from the Strategic Touring Fund we are able to offer a mentored position to enable the right person to take on our ASM role. You will be mentored by our stage manager across rehearsals and the delivery of the show Tasmanian Regional Tour.


April 19 - 21 & 27: Hobart Rehearsals

May 3 – 7: Burnie Season (includes travel days, rehearsal and performances)

May 11 – 13: Hobart Season

May 31 – June 3: Northern Season (includes travel days and performances in George Town, Deloraine and Scottsdale.)

TBC: Southern Regional Season


Clare Spillman started in Stage Management while studying the esteemed St. Mary’s College under the University of Surrey. Over the years, Clare has worked as a Stage Manager as part of the resident company while at The Bull Theatre, The Orange Tree Theatre, ArtsDepot, The Bush Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, The Cochrane Theatre and Merrigong Theatre Company. Clare Spillman's experience includes working as Stage Manager for companies including, Deafinitely Theatre, Graeae, Pascal Theatre Company, Cameron Mackintosh, Lulu’s Living Room, Language Laid Bare, The New Players, Ten Days on the Island and Wakkakirri. She toured in the role of Stage Manager to the ‘Ponznan Theatre Festival’ as well as ‘Sibenik Childrens Festival’ and ‘The Prague Fringe Festival’ while enjoying touring for too many years to note at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Clare Spillman has taught Stage Management and Technical Theatre for the University of the Arts, Haringey Sixth Form Centre and Deafinitely Theatre and continues to be passionate about promoting pathways for new and emerging Stage Managers.



Creators: Julie Waddington, Bryony Geeves, Carrie McLean, Melissa King and Rebecca Thomson

Director: Julie Waddington

Production Design: Roz Wren

Sound Design: Jacky Collyer

Lighting Design: Toni Smith

Stage Manager: Clare Spillman

Cast: Bryony Geeves, Carrie McLean, Melissa King (touring cast to include Jane Johnson)



  • This position is based in southern Tasmania.  

  • Applicants must hold a current Drivers Licence. 

  • The role includes a reasonable amount of physical activity.  All applicants must have the capacity to undertake all requirements of the role.

  • As a professional touring production all personnel will be provided with accommodation, per diems and transport when required to work away from their home base region. 

  • The Motherload is produced by never.the.less productions and auspiced by Performing Lines TAS.

please email any questions to Julie:

This project is assisted by Arts Tasmania and the Tasmanian Performing Arts Centres through the Strategic Touring Fund.

Expressions of Interest for the ASM role can be made via the Jotform link. EOIs close Thursday 30 March 5pm

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