Master Carpenter

  • Full Time
  • Washington, DC
  • 45000 - 49000 USD / Year

Website Studio Theatre

TITLE:  Master Carpenter 
STATUS: Full-time Non-Exempt 
DIVISION: Production 
REPORTS TO:  Technical Director 
Reporting to the Technical Director (TD), the Master Carpenter is responsible for the construction and installation of all scenic elements for productions and presentations at Studio Theatre. In collaboration with TD, the Master Carpenter will help direct part-time scene shop employees and apprentices/fellows in the execution and installation of scenic elements. They may also assist in shop organization, maintenance, and suggested improvements. This position requires a highly capable carpenter with demonstrated experience accomplishing complicated projects and detailed finish carpentry. 
Act as Master Carpenter on all shows presented at Studio Theatre. 
Develop a complete and thorough understanding of all drawings and paperwork for each production and assist in the dissemination of that information. 
Collaborate with the TD to plan and schedule workflow for construction and installation of scenic elements. 
Foster organization and communication in the scenic department with the Technical Director. 
Collaborate with the Technical Director and scene shop staff to solve production challenges. 
Collaborate with the Technical Director to organize, schedule and maintain the function, cleanliness, and safety of shop, storage areas, and theatre spaces. 
Assist in overseeing the safe and effective construction of shop projects, and lead overhire and the Technical Direction Fellow through the process. 
Help train the Technical Direction Apprentice/Fellow in construction techniques and safe and efficient work habits. 
Attend Studio related meetings as necessary 
Participate in Studio Theatre’s on-going anti-racism work. 
Other duties as assigned. 
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals, especially any individuals with disabilities, to perform the functions. 
Significant physical needs – able to lift upward of 75lbs  
Comfort working on ladders up to 12 feet. 
Ability to work on lifts and ladders preferred. 
Comfort working in loud or bright environments. 
Flexibility to work weekends and evenings on critical weeks. 
Possess a valid driver’s license (preferred but not required) 
Loud noises and bright lights 
Exposure to adhesives, coatings, and other similar chemicals as well as dust and debris 
Moderate work on a 20-foot high tension grid 
Interfacing with vendors 
Irregular schedules with long hours during tech and preview weeks 
Studio Theatre is seeking an individual with considerable talent, passion for the theatre, and ability to advance institutional aims. We expect a candidate will have: 
Comfort with and working knowledge of basic shop tools. 
Working knowledge of finish carpentry and installation techniques 
Comfort producing scenery from standard theatrical drawings.  
Ability to monitor needs and inform supervisors accordingly. 
Knowledge of regular theatrical practices 
Creative problem solving 
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and enthusiasm to work with teams with diverse identities. 
This position is a full-time salaried non-exempt position with an annualized salary between $45,000 and $49,000.  
Studio Theatre offers a generous benefit package including medical with a partial employer contribution and a funded HRA, dental, and vision insurance and FSA; long-term disability insurance; life insurance; 401K with an employer match; and commuter benefits.  Studio Theatre time off policies include ten paid holidays, five floating holidays, separate sick leave, and annual vacation leave accrual starting at ten days for new hires.   
SCHEDULE: Studio Theatre’s production hours are Monday thru Friday 8am to 4pm.  Studio Theatre’s remote work policy allows certain positions to work remotely up to two days a week plus exceptions on a case-by-case basis; however, this position works primarily on-site.  Due to the nature of live entertainment, all positions may require some evening and weekend work.   
IRREGULAR SCHEDULE NOTE: During tech and preview weeks, this position often works 12-hour days, six days a week. These long days do include breaks and downtime.    
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If you need assistance filling out the form, please email [email protected] or call 202.232.7267 x 0 for assistance.  
Studio Theatre is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theatre field are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, and all qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status. 

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