Stage Directing

Stage Directing

Stage directing apprentices will work as assistant directors on our fully staged opera productions with orchestra, directed and coached by the renowned faculty of Prague Summer Nights. With the guidance of the main stage director, apprentices may have the opportunity to direct a scene from these operas.

Directing apprentices will have the opportunity to direct several scenes on a fully staged opera scenes program, which will include sections from important Czech operas such as Rusalka and Prodaná nevěsta (The Bartered Bride), in addition to standard operatic repertoire.

Prague Summer Nights is also looking for qualified young Stage Managers with previous experience to stage manage the opera scenes program as well as the opera performances at the Estates Thetare. This can be a once in a life time resume building and learning opportunity. Work in an international environment with professional Prague Summer Nights faculty and local theatre staff. If interested in stage management, please contact Festival Manager Derek Maseloff

All directing apprentices in the program will work closely with the Prague Summer Nights directors, coaching and conducting faculty. Duties may include but are not limited to: organizing props, overseeing the costume fittings, taking notes and blockings during staging rehearsals, attend all rehearsals and take note of attendance, assist with set up and break-down of the rehearsal spaces, communicate the needs of the Stage Director to Festival Management, as well as perform stage manager duties such as calling the show during the performance.

All program fees and conditions apply as listed on the Application Information page.

Program Highlights

  • Mentoring by Prague Summer Nights stage directors, as assistant on either opera to be performed
  • Attend diction coachings and vocal specific masterclasses
  • Take ownership over directing scenes in the opera scenes program
  • Perform stage manager duties in one of Europe’s most renowned opera houses
  • Upon request: Performance preparation, resume building, social media and networking
  • Opportunities to meet European casting directors, theater directors and conductors

Performance Opportunities

  • Possible scene direction of Le nozze di Figaro or Don Giovanni
  • Direct Opera Scenes in a historic theater
  • Act as stage manager during the main opera performances

Stage Manager Duties for Stage Directing Apprentices


  1. Act as a liaison between Opera productions and Administration of the Festival, especially the Scheduling department.
  2. Act as a liaison between the Czech production manager and the PSN opera production team (including the directors and administration) regarding all aspects of the productions.
  3. Attend staging rehearsals and take notes on blocking, technical needs, etc.
  4. Devise notices and any other required paperwork/emails and distribute to all parties in each opera production.
  5. Run rehearsals in the Estates Theater; track the clock for both start, finish, and breaks.
  6. Act as liaison between Estates Theatre crew and PSN in conjunction with the Czech production manager.
  7. Coordinate set changes in the Estates Theatre.
  8. Organize props in rehearsal coordinate with prop-master at the Estates Theatre.
  9. Record all technical and lighting cues into the prompt score and distribute these cues to all special departments of the Estates Theatre as needed.
  10. Call the show in dress rehearsals and performances, including all technical and lighting cues, conductor and actor calls.
  11. Coordinate supertitles with Estates Theatre, PSN and supertitles operator.
  12. Fulfill other duties as needed.

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