Stage manager for Ten, Tiny, Talks

Ten, Tiny, Talks is thrilled to announce that we are accepting applications for a Stage Manager position for our 2022 season.

About Ten, Tiny, Talks

Ten, Tiny, Talks is a groundbreaking multi-disciplinary artist residency program with a festival-bent based in Portland, Oregon, but with global reach. Every year, we select ten BIPOC LGBTQIA+ artists and/or projects to develop ten creative works; we pay our resident artists for their time, and we provide resources to help them succeed in creating their art on a larger scale or to a larger audience than they have before. Artists come from all walks of life and we encourage them to tap into their deepest wishes for creating. Our core belief in Ten, Tiny, Talks is to stand out of the way of artists of color, who know their visions best, and tell them “Yes, you can!” while closely guiding them through creative and professional processes. 

Ten, Tiny, Talks works with Black and Indigenous trans, Two Spirit, gender expansive and queer creatives from many different cultures and a complexity of various art genres. The season’s ten projects may involve live drag performance art, large scale paintings, plays, cirque-infused performance, or a completely different art form, so versatility is key! In addition to facilitating live events (when possible), we collaborate with film and technical directors to push recorded content to pay walls on Vimeo, YouTube and other practical visual networks. Our resident artists have presented works both digital and in person, with all creations being recorded and made available to the artists and their audiences if that is what the artists wish.

Scope of Work

The Stage Manager position is currently a per-production independent contractor role and provides support for the Ten Tiny Talks program from January 1st (when artist submissions open) until October 31st (when the season closes for Fall and Winter break).  The Stage Manager is responsible for collaborating with the executive team to create a detailed rehearsal, production and show/exhibition schedule for those artists in the program that are seeing their plays and performance art exhibitions produced in the Ten, Tiny, Talk’s artist in residency program. These works are tentatively planned for late spring and summer of 2022. 

Central tasks may include but might not be limited to:

  • Bi-weekly meetings with the Artistic Director and Community sponsors 
  • Leading weekly production meetings
  • Coordinate the Project Manager when applicable
  • Attending and being on site for the performances and filmings for all ten artists (dates TBD)
  • Use community connections to expand the TTT network, promoting the program and connecting resident artists with opportunities when possible
  • Making sure production deadlines are met and communicate with the executive team when delays or adjustments to project plan are needed
  • Be on site for the ten artist performances and filmings as needed (dates TBD)
  • Developing and maintaining supportive rapport with the resident artists in the program to make sure artists and projects are receiving the resources they need.

Desired Skills

  • Expert organizer
  • Forward thinking, with the ability to anticipate or react to conflicts in overlapping plans
  • Strong people-management and time-management skills
  • Problem-solving powerhouse
  • Drive to see projects through to completion
  • Clear, direct communication abilities
  • People person! This require requires some social versatility in order to assist a variety of personalities and artistic disciplines
  • Willingness to collaborate 

Those who are familiar with working in a diverse, intersectional, fast paced environment will be a good fit for this position as Ten, Tiny, Talks works with Black and Indigenous trans, Two Spirit, gender expansive and queer creatives from many different cultures and a complexity of various art genres. The person in this position must be adept at working with contrasting personality types, nuances in different global communities, languages, communication styles, political backgrounds and creative expressions. They must also be adept and comfortable with centering Black and Indigenous people in mainstream art conversations. Providing an environment of tangible advocacy and empowerment is one of the most important aspects to this job.

Task Breakdown

Time in this role is approximately distributed as follows:

  • 50% working in Google Suite, Zoom and Excel
  • 25% assisting the Project Manager and Executive staff
  • 25% mentoring incoming artists.


Ten, Tiny, Talks uses the Google Suite and Trello for most of its project management and communication platforms. Text, phone calls and Zoom have been the primary way leadership teams have communicated with each other; however, we honor and respect each individual’s personal time and recognize “off hours” when a staff person does not or cannot respond to messages.


The Stage Manager position is an on-call role that specifically focuses on supporting the theatre artists who are selected to participate in Ten Tiny Talks. Because we are still accepting applications for resident artists from all kinds of artistic disciplines, we are unable to provide a solid number of shows or dates at this time. 

However, we can confirm that the Stage Manager will be paid  per show. Each show will have a short commitment period of approximately 2 months.  The Stage Manager will receive a minimum stipend of $400 per show for approximately 20 hours of work. Any hours worked beyond the initial 20 will be compensated.

How to Apply

To apply, please email We ask that you provide a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position, along with a copy of your resume and two resumes. When emailing, please state “Application for Stage Manager” in the subject line.

Because these roles are reliant upon the medium of the selected resident artists and resident artists are not finalized until mid-March, this position is open until filled. Additional details may be posted after the selection of Resident Artist.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Ten Tiny Talks follows equal opportunity hiring practices. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, citizenship status or any other classification protected by Federal, State, or Local law. We strive to collaborate with a range of individuals who are representative of the community we serve and we are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. BIPOC, LGBTQ2IA+, and Disabled persons are encouraged to apply

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