Properties Carpenter

Summary of the Job:

The Properties Carpenter is responsible for completing projects having to do with the construction, restoration, or modification of furniture, set dressing, and hand props using a variety of materials and methods. They are also responsible for maintaining the organization and functionality of the carpentry shop.

Requires very strong carpentry skills as well as experience with welding, upholstery, furniture construction and repair. Sewing, computer graphic and craft skills are desired as well. Time management and the ability to work independently are a must.

Essential Functions:

  • Build necessary furniture/set dressing/hand prop pieces needed for a production using a variety of tools, materials and techniques.
  • Repair and/or modify stock items needed for a production.
  • Assemble, prepare and deliver rehearsal and/or show props to designated rehearsal or theater spaces on a daily basis.
  • Respond to daily rehearsal and show reports as needed.
  • Maintain cleanliness in shops.
  • Maintenance of tools and supplies in the work area
  • Help improve and maintain organization of stock.
  • Work within the department to constantly improve and upgrade facilities
  • Assist with all load-ins, set dressing calls, technical rehearsal calls, and strikes.
  • Assist other artisans with projects when needed.
  • Carry out other duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by direct supervisor or management

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong carpentry and welding skills a must.
  • Minimum 3 years of professional experience as a Properties Carpenter in a LORT theater or equivalent.
  • Skill in crafts, painting, soft goods, computer graphics, and electronics a plus.
  • Ability to read and comprehend plans or renderings and fabricate a prop from them without supervision
  • Intermediate knowledge of power tools, building materials, and hardware used in a professional carpentry setting (i.e. table saw, sliding compound miter saw, screw gun/drill, router, pneumatic staplers/nailers, sanders, drill press, jigsaw and skill saw).
  • Physically capable of climbing ladders, scaffolds, and able to balance, crawl, crouch and kneel.
  • Must be able to lift, pull, push and carry 50lbs. or more.
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule that includes weekdays, weekends, evenings and holidays.
  • Willing and able to walk and stand for long periods of time
  • Valid drivers license.
  • Exceptional attention to detail with strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to multitask under pressure, with a positive, pro-active problem-solving attitude.

Compensation:

Compensation will be competitive with similar positions throughout the country. Benefits include: Housing, medical insurance after 90 days, paid time off, and a 401(k) retirement plan after 90 days.

Interested parties please send resume and photos of work to:

Helen Stratakes: Props Master -props@bartertheatre.com

Camille Davis: Director of Production -dirofproduction@bartertheatre.com

Disclaimer: Although BarterTheatrehas attempted to accurately and thoroughly describe this position, BarterTheatrereserves the right to change the same, including to change, add, or to subtract from the duties outlined, within the sole discretion of BarterTheatre, at any time, with or without advance notice.

Costume Design Assistant

Summary of the Job:

The primary function of the Design Assistant is to assist the Designers in fulfilling the costume design.

Essential Functions:

Assist Designers

  • Compile designers’ show information into a costume bible including paperwork, renderings, research and swatches
  • Assist with research
  • Assist Designer with pulling, shopping, ordering, and assuring returns are made in a timely manner
  • Help Designer and Shop Manager with labeling fabrics and trim as they are shopped or pulled, and deliver them to the Draper

Prior to build

  • Acquire a working knowledge of the show
  • Read the script
  • Study the costume plot, renderings, and research
  • Assist with the creation of the piece list in computer including data entry, measurements, updating, and orders

Build period

  • Post actor piece lists in rehearsal, sending a digital copy to Stage Management
  • Assist with providing rehearsal clothes as needed and keep lists of pieces in rehearsal up to date
  • Respond to rehearsal notes by delegating work needed and by informing Stage Management of status.Ensurethat costumes and accessories with which actors need to work should take priority in the notes process and be delivered to rehearsal as soon as possible
  • Pull pieces from rehearsal needed for fittings
  • Communicate dressing, maintenance notes, and care instructions to Wardrobe
  • Give swatches of dyed fabrics to Wardrobe Supervisor as a control swatch for the run of the show

Fittings

  • Daily post fitting times in shop and in wardrobe room
  • Take detailed fitting notes
  • Update piece list in computer during fitting
  • Assist in labeling and photographing all pieces/looks
  • Help pull additional pieces during fitting
  • Following fittings, assist with striking unused clothes, and straighten up fitting room. Sort unneeded clothing/purchases, placing those to be returned in the Return Box, and restocking or hanging all others.

Prior to tech week & Tech Week

  • Attend at least one run through in the rehearsal hall
  • Assist Designer at dress rehearsals as needed
  • Liaison between Costume Shop, Actors, and Wardrobe
  • Assist with check in and load in/out as needed
  • Following dress rehearsal, assist with pulling note list and delivering to Costume Shop
  • Assist with notes — including Designer's notes, actors' notes, quick change notes, and Shop Manager's Notes
  • Ensure that all costumes and costume accessories are returned to the theatre for each dress rehearsal

Strike

  • Responsible for return of borrowed and rented items
  • Assist with re-stocking
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education/Experience:

Two years higher education in theatre arts or two years experience in a professional costume shop. BFA/MFA a plus.

Necessary Skills:

  • Basic machine and hand sewing
  • Basic dressing skills
  • Able to lift and carry 25+ pounds
  • Able to climb stairs carrying 25+ pounds
  • Able to stand/sit for long periods of time
  • Excellent communication and diplomacy
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail with a pro-active work ethic
  • Strong computer skills and knowledge
  • Valid driver license and clean driving record; reliable transportation

Disclaimer: Although Barter Theatre has attempted to accurately and thoroughly describe this position, Barter Theatre reserves the right to change the same, including to change, add, or to subtract from the duties outlined, within the sole discretion of Barter Theatre, at any time, with or without advance notice.

Dresser

Summary of the Job:

  • Properly clean, set up and organize the dressing rooms, change booths, and wardrobe room
  • Assist actors with dressing and quick changes
  • Assist with laundry, dry cleaning, and maintenance of all costumes, wigs, and costume crafts items
  • Assist with load in and strike
  • Attend rehearsals and photo calls as requested
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Education/Experience:

Two years higher education in theatre arts, or one year professional back stage experience.

Necessary Skills:

  • Basic sewing – hand and machine
  • Laundry and stain removal
  • Proficiency with laundry machines, irons, sewing machines, steamers. Willingness to learn to operate a dry cleaning machine
  • Basic wig maintenance
  • Basic stage makeup
  • Proven communication and diplomacy
  • Valid driver license and clean driving record. Reliable transportation encouraged but not required.
  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs., climb stairs, remain standing for long periods of time, work in the dark

Disclaimer: Although Barter Theatre has attempted to accurately and thoroughly describe this position, Barter Theatre reserves the right to change the same, including to change, add, or to subtract from the duties outlined, within the sole discretion of Barter Theatre, at any time, with or without advance notice.

Barter Youth Academy Instructor

Barter Youth Academy (BYA) in Abingdon, Virginia is seeking energetic, passionate, and skilled instructors for our growing programs in Abingdon VA., Bristol, TN., Johnson City, TN. Kingsport, TN., and Marion, VA.! Successful candidates will have at least two (2) years of teaching experience with one or more of the following class levels: Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle School, or High School, with a fluent working knowledge of theater (stage-direction experience as a plus).

The position will involve teaching students in Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle or High School fundamental and intermediate acting/stage skills. The position will involve 1 to 3 hours of class-time per week (during an 8 week workshop period), and also putting together a final “demonstration” performance at the end of the course which will include minimal light, sound, costume, props, and set design. Some community outreach is included with job duties.

Successful candidates must be self-reliant, motivated, adaptable, and willing to receive and implement input from the Artistic Director and Associate Director of BYA. Strong class-management skills are imperative as well. Reliable transportation and willingness to commute are a must.

This position is paid by a flat-fee per class taught.

Please send cover-letter and resume/C.V. to youthacademy@bartertheatre.com

Wig Intern

Summary of the Job:

Reports To: Wig Master and Designer

Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA is seeking a wig intern to join our team for our exciting 2018 production season.

Contract dates are from February 12, 2018 to December 30, 2018; benefits include housing and health insurance.

The primary function of the Wig Intern is to assist the Wig Master in the build, maintenance, and care of the wig design for the run of each production.

Essential Functions:

Assist Wig Master and Designer as needed

Build period

  • Pulling and restocking wigs as necessary
  • Assist in the build, fronting, and ventilation of production wigs and facial hair
  • Assist in the styling and setting of production wigs and facial hair
  • Assist in the creation of the wig maintenance bible and wash schedule per AEA guidelines

Tech Week

  • Assist with check in and load in/out as needed
  • Assist with notes — including Designer's notes, actors' notes, quick change notes, and Shop Manager's Notes
  • Maintain wigs between tech blocks

Production Run

  • Maintain wigs for each performance of a show run
  • Assist in the washing and resetting of wigs during show runs per AEA guidelines

Strike

  • Assist with final wash and re-stocking of shows
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education/Experience:

Two years higher education in theatre arts or two years experience in a professional wig or costume shop.

BFA/MFA a plus.

Necessary Skills:

  • Experience working with hair and styling tools
  • Experience in the application of wigs and facial hair pieces
  • Experience working in a backstage environment
  • Ventilation experience, preferred but not required
  • Basic machine and hand sewing skills, preferred but not required
  • Able to lift and carry 25+ pounds
  • Able to climb stairs carrying 25+ pounds
  • Able to stand/sit for long periods of time
  • Excellent communication and diplomacy
  • Ability to stay motivated, follow schedules, and work independently
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail with a pro-active work ethic
  • Valid driver license and clean driving record; reliable transportation

Disclaimer: Although Barter Theatre has attempted to accurately and thoroughly describe this position, Barter Theatre reserves the right to change the same, including to change, add, or to subtract from the duties outlined, within the sole discretion of Barter Theatre, at any time, with or without advance notice.