Stage Manager

  • Contract / Stipend
  • Chicago

Website Kerfuffle

Theatre for the Very Young

Kerfuffle is seeking a non-AEA stage manager for Bookworms, an interactive play for very young children touring Chicagoland libraries and to Lincoln, Nebraska. Bookworms is about a library storytime where all the stories have been mixed up. The Storyteller blames The Bookworms for the chaos. The Bookworms ask the audience for help and bring them Beyond the Bookshelves where The Storyteller and the audience work together to restore the stories.

Production Calendar
Auditions: Saturday, May 4 2:30-7:30 p.m. and May 5 12:30-3:00 p.m. at The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway
Design meetings: 3-4 virtual meetings between August-November
Rehearsals: Tentatively October 7 – November 9 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings (6:00-9:30 p.m. indoor rehearsals and 6:00-9:00 p.m. outdoor rehearsals), and Sundays during the day (10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.), not to exceed 15 hours of rehearsal time per week.
Location: Rehearsals will be held in Edgewater from October 7 – November 9
Dress Rehearsals: Saturday, August 31; Sunday, September 1; Wednesday, September 4; Thursday, September 5
Performances: TBD from November 10-December 8. The following performances are confirmed:
Sunday November 10 @ 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM: Opening
Tuesday November 12: travel to Lincoln, Nebraska
November 13-15: 6 performances in Nebraska
Monday November 16: Travel back to Chicago
Sunday November 17 @ 10:00 AM: Performances
November 23: Tentative performance
November 24: Tentative performance
November 27-December 1: NO PERFORMANCES for Thanksgiving
Tuesday December 3 @ 9:30 AM and 10:45 AM: Performances
December 7: Tentative Performance
December 8: Closing Performance

About Kerfuffle: 
Kerfuffle is an award-winning midwestern theatre and dance company devoted to creating aesthetically and emotionally engaging performances for children ages 0-6 years old. Founded in 2015, Kerfuffle centers young children as major creative partners in the development of new work and shares playful, multi-sensory performances in museums, libraries, parks, and other nontraditional spaces. Children’s imagination is at the center of Kerfuffle’s process. In order to understand what engages, delights, and surprises children, Kerfuffle’s plays are developed through creative drama workshops where young people create stories, characters, and worlds in collaboration with adult artists. Kerfuffle is a registered 501(c)3 organization and is the 2020 recipient of the Zeta Phi Eta-Winifred Ward Outstanding New Children’s Theatre Company Award through the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Visit for more information.

Instructions to Apply:

Any interested applicants should submit a resume to Managing Director Jeff Sachs at

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Pay Rate/Range*: Stipend of $1450, plus a $35 per diem, housing and travel for the duration of the Nebraska tour.
Organization Contact Name: Jeff Sachs
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