Head Carpenter

California Institute of the Arts
September 26, 2023
Offerd Salary:$35.75 - $48.83
Working address:N/A
Contract Type:Other
Working Time:Negotigation
Working type:N/A
Ref info:N/A
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 special events.



  • 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 related technologies.
  • Arrange rentals and purchases for each show
  • Assist in maintenance and renovations of School of Theater spaces and assets
  • Work with other production staff to ensure all student and over-hire staff working on School of Theater productions use all tools and materials safely.
  • 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- outs.
  • Provide basic painting support as needed
  • Qualifications


  • 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.

    Further Information

    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.

    From this employer

    Recent blogs

    Recent news