Information & Responsibilities
The Head Carpenter is the backbone of the Scene Shop. This position supports
the productions and students in the fabrication, load-in, and strike of all
scenic elements for School of Theater, Center for New Performance and other
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Fabricate and load-in scenic elements for school of theater productions.
Work alongside student technical directors and student workers advising on
construction techniques and materials.
Keep the scene shop in working order which includes maintaining stock,
maintaining equipment, and acquiring tools.
Assist in the load-in and strike of all school of theater productions.
Supervise the student labor pool for the scene shop, including creating
schedules and to-do lists.
Collaborate with student designers and technicians to realize scenic
elements of production
Maintain familiarity with industry standards in scenic construction and
Arrange rentals and purchases for each show
Assist in maintenance and renovations of School of Theater spaces and
Work with other production staff to ensure all student and over-hire staff
working on School of Theater productions use all tools and materials
Follow all CalArts and School of Theater safety policies.
Provide training in proper tool use and safety procedures.
Provide support to other production staff as needed including
participation in light, video and audio hangs, rigging and load ins/load-
Provide basic painting support as needed
Strong wood working skills.
Strong metal-working skills including Mig Welding
Strong knowledge of theatrical building techniques
Experience in CNC routers and laser cutters
Strong theatrical rigging experience
Management skills required include managing student shop activity, student
crew with regard to professional practice, instruction in techniques and
methodology, scheduling and budgeting of projects
Excellent communication skills.
Ability to work with all types of people and in a high-energy environment.
Knowledge of PC or MAC computer software including Microsoft Office and
Google Business Suite
Knowledge in CAD software (Autocad, VectorWorks, Sketchup Fusion 360).
High degree of mechanical aptitude.
Valid driver's license
Must be able to lift up to 75lbs.
BFA in technical theater or theater production (lighting, sound,
technical direction, production management or stage management).
Proven work experience equivalent to degree.
3-5 years experience working in an academic or commercial scene shop.
Experience and training in forklift operation
Experience and training in aerial lifts operation.
The terms and working conditions of this position are subject to the
collective bargaining agreement between CalArts and CWA, Local 9003. In the
event of a conflict between this posting and the collective bargaining
agreement, the collective bargaining agreement shall prevail.
How to Apply
This position is available immediately. If you are interested, please follow
the link to Interfolio below:
Head Carpenter - ID:113771
$35.75 - $48.83 an hour
Equity & Diversity
California Institute of the Arts shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR
§§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit
discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as
protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit
discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion,
sex, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered
prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and
advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion,
sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other
status protected under federal, state, or local law.
CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through
six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater.
CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the
many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a distinguished faculty of
practicing artists and provides its Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students
with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist's growth.
CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of
higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in
the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.