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Reports To: Technical Director

Please send resume and cover letter to Casper Eichin at sceneshop@bartertheatre.com.

Summary of the Job

This employee is responsible for the safe construction, installation, and removal of scenery as outlined by the Technical Director and /or Shop Foreman. A carpenter has demonstrated a sufficient level of competency in the application of all of the tools, materials, and methods used in the making and operation of safe and effective scenic elements for live theatre, in addition to motivation to participate in a fast-paced artistic environment.

Essential Functions

Build scenery safely and efficiently; Rig scenery safely and efficiently; Report safety and staff issues to supervisor; Must attend all strike and load in work calls, unless excused by the Technical Director; Must wear all safety equipment required for a given task; Job may require heavy lifting, ladder work, and long hours.
Additional functions as assigned by the Technical Director and/or the Assistant Technical Director as needed.

Required Education/Experience

Formal or advanced training in carpentry or technical production.

Necessary Skills

Knowledge of all aspects of carpentry (framing, trim, etc.)
Knowledge of the basic aspects of welding and metal fabrication techniques
Demonstrated knowledge of basic aspects of stage rigging.
Knowledge and proficiency of all hand and power tools in the scene shop and theatre
The ability to work independently
A self motivator with the ability to motivate others
Ability to read and use a tape measure
Ability to read designer plates and working drawings
The willingness to do a project correctly, and guide others to do so

Disclaimer: Although Barter Theatre has attempted to accurately and thoroughly describe this position, Barter Theatre reserves the right 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.

Audition for Barter Theatre

We are cast for the remainder of the 2019 season, but we will be seeking actors for 2020 between December and late February. Once we have selected the 2020 season, it will be listed here, along with the roles we are seeking.

Local Auditions

Barter Theatre holds local auditions in early December each year. In 2019, our locals will be December 1st and 2nd, and a list of the roles we will be seeking and a sign up form will appear here in late October. We ask for 2 contrasting monologues and part of a song, and we also hold dance/movement auditions. This is the earliest audition we hold for the next season, so it is an excellent time to be seen for the most roles.

Regional Auditions

We also audition in New York early each year through Paul Russell Casting and at A1’s. We attend UPTAs in Memphis in February each year, and we alternate years in other area cities.

Youth Auditions

For actors under 18 years of age, we hold local youth auditions for youth roles. If you’d like to be on our youth audition list to hear about those calls, please contact Katy Brown at barterplayers@bartertheatre.com.

What does it mean to be a Barter Player?

Barter Players are some of the finest young actors from across the country who come to Barter Theatre to further their training. We audition over a thousand actors each year for 6 year round positions, and we seek young artists who are committed to growth, who have strong enough skills to step into major roles, and who believe in theatre as a service to others. The Players are the acting apprentices at the theatre. They perform in at least 10 plays during their contract, but usually closer to 12 or 14. Barter Players perform for young audiences in their own shows, and also perform in Barter’s AEA shows in roles small and large. We use the same depth of acting tools on Hamlet and Charlotte’s Web. Because we believe in all theatre artists having an understanding and respect for all parts of theatre, all Barter Players will work backstage of at least one show during their time here, but the bulk of a Players’ experience here is in rehearsal and performances. Rehearsals have a master class feel, as we are constantly working together on each person’s strengths and weaknesses. If you enjoy learning with an ensemble of artists who care about theatre as much as you do, if you are excited to see how far you can push yourself as a theatre artist, if you work best when you are juggling lots of projects, if you don’t mind sweeping a stage before you act on it, if you believe that theatre can change a child’s life for the better, and if you want to see how much you can learn, you might be a Barter Player.

We audition at Barter in early December each year, attend A1’s in New York City in January, and UPTA’s in Memphis in February. For more information on the program, contact Katy Brown at barterplayers@bartertheatre.com

This video is from Revel for Explore Theatre: A Backstage Pass by Michael M. O’Hara, Elizabeth A. Osborne, and Judith A. Sebesta.



Barter depends on its amazing group of volunteers! Our volunteers are essential to what we do here at Barter. There are many ways to help support Barter with your time.

Front of House Volunteers

Ushers assist patrons, take tickets, answer questions, sell concessions and ensure the safety and comfort of all of our guests. If you’ve ever seen a show here at Barter, you’ve interacted with some of our wonderful volunteers! For more information about ushering, contact Kenny Davis, House Manager volunteer@bartertheatre.com.

Intern with Barter

If you are interested in an internship with Barter Theatre, please send a resume and cover letter to the appropriate department.

Acting Apprenticeships and The Barter Players

Katy Brown at barterplayers@bartertheatre.com

Technical Internships

Camille Davis at dirofproduction@bartertheatre.com

Marketing Internships

Dan McNeillie at dirofmarketing@bartertheatre.com

Advancement Internships

Jackie Johnson at advancementmgr@bartertheatre.com

Guidelines for the Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (AFPP)
AFPP usually takes place in July and August, and play submissions are accepted through March. The next AFPP deadline will be in March 2018. Click here for more information on the AFPP.

Plays may be emailed to apfestival@bartertheatre.com

Or mailed to:
Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights
Barter Theatre
P.O. Box 867
Abingdon, VA, 24212-0867

Guidelines for Barter’s Shaping of America Initiative
America began as an idea. Who are we? Where did we come from? How did we get there? “The Shaping of America:” The stories you won’t find in history books. What’s your idea? Submit a proposal for Barter Theatre’s “Shaping of America” Series. Existing full-length scripts are not accepted.

Submissions may be emailed to shapingofamerica@bartertheatre.com

Or mailed to:
Shaping of America
Barter Theatre
P.O. Box 867
Abingdon, VA 24212-0867

Guidelines for other play submissions
Barter also accepts new play proposals that do not fit in to either of the above programs. Please note: Barter does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. Barter does not generally produce one-act plays nor plays with extremely urban themes. Barter does produce plays for Young Audiences, whether one-acts or full length. Plays with an Appalachian theme or by an Appalachian playwright are encouraged to submit via Barter Theatre’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. To submit your play for consideration, please use the following guidelines.

Submissions may be emailed to dramaturge@bartertheatre.com

Or mailed to:
Barter Theatre
P.O. Box 867
Abingdon, VA 24212-0867