Available Positions

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 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.

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

Events Planner

We’re seeking a dynamic, experienced Events Planner to work closely with the Development team to achieve the organization’s annual fundraising goals. This key F/T position is responsible for planning, supporting and marketing all private events and meeting functions in support of donor base expectations while meeting budgetary guidelines. Maintains ongoing relationship with guests. Assist in project management and implementation of contracts and agreements.

Essential Functions:

1. Establishes and maintains positive client relationships.

2. Coordinate event(s) with all appropriate departments.

3. Responsible for menu planning; food & beverage, set-up, decorations, and other services as required; assures that all requirements are communicated and completed to specifications.

4. Ensures competitive pricing meets budgeting guidelines, payments made on a timely bases, and is properly coded.

5. Ensures a pleasant event for all attendees; maintains effective guest relations.

6. Works with Advancement team to implement the annual operational plan.

7. Manage daily development tasks including fielding inquiries, assisting advancement team, setting and attending meetings, preparing reports and other correspondence, tracking statistics, thanking donors and supervising volunteers.

8. Coordinates the mid-level donor list including renewals, benefits, and recognition.

9. Work closely with the Database Manager to understand procedures and systems to maintain proper donor records, ensure best practices for gift receipting and tracking, ensure timely acknowledgments, and ensure reconciliation with the business department.

10. Performs special projects delegated by management.

11. Stays updated on latest developments pertinent to the department as well as the location.


The successful candidate must demonstrate professionalism and discretion, excellent project management skills, good problem-solving skills, and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment in an organized and detail-oriented way. Excellent communication, customer service, and organizational skills, attention to detail, drive and self-motivation. Must possess willingness to learn and perform new and existing services and tasks as necessary. Flexibility with schedule with evenings and weekend work required.

Submit resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references to advancement@bartertheatre.com. EOE. No phone calls, please.

Job Type: Full-time

Required experience:

Salesforce and/ or other donor database software: 3 years
Event Planning: 3 years
non-profit development: 1 -3 years

Required education:



Summary of the Job:

The primary responsibility of the Draper is to translate the Designer's renderings, sketches, and ideas into patterns, and then into completed garments. The Draper gives work directly to the First Hand and the Stitchers, and is responsible for quality control of their work. The Draper is responsible for the workflow of the Sewing Room.

Essential Functions:

Shop hours will be set by the Shop Manager, with input from Draper
Assist Shop Manager in determining when fittings are needed and how much time is required
Keep work/storage spaces clean, organized and safe
Train costume staff in operation of all sewing related equipment
Supervise construction staff
Schedule and prioritize work in the sewing room
Assist the Shop Manager identifying all supplies needed for the operation of the shop

Construction, Alteration, and Modification
The Draper should understand the scope of the production through reading the script, studying the designs and plot, and discussing the production with the Designer and Shop Manager
The Draper is responsible for balancing the completion of constructed garments, pulled garments and shopped garments to be ready for fittings, photo calls, and dress rehearsals
Assist the Designer and Costume Shop Manager in determining which costume pieces will be constructed, taking into consideration time and staff available
Create patterns from the Designer's sketches/research and verbal communications, using either draping or flat patterning techniques
With assistance from the Shop Manager, solve closure questions, quick change issues, and other related questions that may arise
Determine yardages and notions needed and communicate these to the Designer and Shop Manager as needed
Construct and fit mock-ups for first fittings and assist in fitting pulled and shopped pieces
After fittings, make adjustments to the paper patterns as needed from the fittings and from the Designer's notes
Respond to rehearsal notes by delegating work needed. Costumes and accessories requested for rehearsal shall take priority, and are to be given to the Shop Manager or Design Assistant to be delivered to rehearsal as soon as possible.
Supervise construction for second fittings
Responsible for ensuring that seam allowances are kept as large as possible without interfering with the look/fit of the garment
Responsible for monitoring quality of construction/modification/alteration
Ensure that all garments are finished for first dress rehearsal
Supervise and assist with fitting notes of pulled and shopped items

Publicity photos
Make certain that the requested costumes are ready for publicity photo calls and attend photo calls as needed

Tech week and dress rehearsals
Assist in load-out for dress rehearsals as needed
Be available to answer questions from Wardrobe Supervisor
Attend dress rehearsals as requested by the Shop Manager
Be available for notes in between dress rehearsals as scheduled by the Shop Manager
Supervise and assist in the execution all notes from dress rehearsals — including Designer's notes, actors' notes, quick change notes, Shop Manager's notes, and self notes

Other duties as assigned

Required Education/Experience:

Five years professional experience as a lead draper in theatrical costuming

Necessary Skills:

Expert flat patterning and draping skills
Expert sewing skills
Thorough knowledge of fashion history
Advanced tailoring skills
Proven leadership skills
Proven communication skills and diplomacy

Submissions should be sent to Alice: costumesmgr@bartertheatre.com

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.

Costume Designer: The Barter Players

The Barter Player Company from the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia seeks a well-qualified individual for the position of Barter Players Resident Costume Designer. The Barter Players produce world-class theatre for Young Audiences throughout the year at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, and tour plays to schools and venues throughout the Southeastern United States. The Barter Player Costume Designer will design, construct, and maintain costumes for all Player shows.

We are seeking a hard-working, creative, self-motivated individual to bring her or his designs to life. Costume construction skills required. This individual will work with the directors and creative staff of the Barter Player Company to design and create specific costumes for all Barter Player productions, up to 11 productions per year.

Duties include:

-Design and execution, including construction, alteration, crafting, etc., of costumes for Barter Player productions

-Strict adherence to budgetary requirements for each production

-Creating clear renderings of designs

-Clearly and excellently communicating with all members of the creative team about all aspects of the designs and executions, including all rehearsal and performance reports notes

-Scheduling fitting times and executing fittings efficiently

-Maintaining and organizing costume stock

-Pull/Shop/Build/Restock any items needed for each show’s required costume pieces

-Transporting costumes to and from theater spaces, with help of others as needed

-Being present at all technical rehearsals to answer any questions and alter any last-minute things for shows

-Keeping excellent track of budgets and categorize receipts

-Formatting all needed costuming paperwork (piece lists, fitting forms, measurement sheets, etc.)

Skills required:

-Sewing and costume construction skills

-Clearly rendering theatrical designs

-Basic to intermediate patterning and alteration skills

-Basic to intermediate crafting skills (due to budgetary limits, a good knowledge of crafting is a plus!)

-Excellent time management skills. (Since this is a solo work force position, time management is key to things being done in an efficient and effective manner.)

-General knowledge of costume laundry and maintenance, including creating clear instructions for actors on wardrobe crew to follow

- General knowledge of costume history and silhouettes

-Paperwork formatting (Microsoft Word, Excel)

-Excellent self-motivation and collaboration skills

Start date is August 2018 (exact date is flexible). Competitive salary. Benefits include housing, health insurance, gym membership, and company perks, including free admission to all performances, discounts to select area businesses, free admission to area attractions, and others.

Please contact Barrett Guyton at playertours@bartertheatre.com for more details or inquiries.