CATEGORY: Technical

Syracuse Stage
Syracuse, NY 13210


Syracuse Stage

Job Details


Syracuse Stage, the professional theatre in residence at Syracuse University, is accepting applications for a Scene Shop Carpenter

The production department and shops support both the professional productions of Syracuse Stage and those of the Syracuse University Department of Drama. Employees work with professionals and undergraduates in all areas.

Syracuse Stage is committed to anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion in all areas of our work, on and offstage, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Syracuse Stage acknowledges with respect the Onondaga Nation, firekeepers of the Haudenosaunee, the indigenous people on whose ancestral lands Stage stands.

Candidates from underrepresented groups and those who share these values and have demonstrable experience advocating for anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion are strongly encouraged to apply.

Employee will be subject to all COVID-19 protocols set forth by government, Syracuse University, and partner unions, including but not limited to, documentation of vaccination or documentation of medical/sincerely held religious exemption from vaccination.

To Apply:
Please complete our online submission form located here.

If you have any difficulty with submitting via the google form, please email materials to

We ask for materials in written form, but we invite applicants to share using whatever format best supports their skill set, be it written, audio, or video. Alternatives to a digital portfolio can be a link to a website, a social media account that predominantly contains relevant work, or a shared platform (such as a google folder).

All applications will be reviewed and some will be selected to submit additional information. Leading candidates will be interviewed.

Please include:

  • A resume
  • A cover letter
  • Examples of relevant work and/or a link to a website if available

Job/Shop description
The Scene Shop Carpenter is part of a 6-person staff, ultimately reporting to the Technical Director. The Scene Shop Carpenter is a direct report to the Scene Shop Foreperson, working closely with the other professional carpenters and some students. A typical season consists of 12+ fully supported productions as well as other smaller events. The 2400 square foot scene shop and 620 square foot metal shop are well-equipped and located on site with the theaters. The separate paint space and storage warehouses are located off site. The scene shop is one of three shops, with paints & props, that make up the Scenic Department. Regular collaboration with these shops is to be expected. While the Scene Shop Carpenter primarily works in the Scenic Department, cross-departmental work assignments can and do occur.

The description of the position in this document is representative and not exhaustive. Regular collaboration between shops in the production department and the wider organization is expected. Duties and responsibilities may shift with organizational needs.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Build, load in, and strike shows and events in multiple spaces
  • Transport scenery and props to and from the paint space and warehouses
  • Use PPE as appropriate
  • Follow shop protocols and procedures
  • Provide input or suggestions on projects
  • Assist in the general maintenance of the shops, theatres, and equipment

Ideal Candidate Attributes:
  • Team Player
  • Positive Attitude
  • Communicative
  • Adaptive
  • Learner

Ideal Candidate Skills:
  • Experience in construction, load-in, and strike of theatrical scenery
  • Experience with theatrical rigging
  • Able to read and interpret scale construction drawing and sketches
  • Ability to provide input or suggestions on individual projects upon request
  • Ability to note and report shop maintenance, repair, and supply needs
  • Willing and able to work with a variety of skill levels, including students
  • Familiar with and able to use PPE when appropriate

Physical Demands & Working Conditions:
  • Able to lift and carry a 4’x8’ sheet of ¾” plywood
  • Able to load, secure, and transport scenery via company owned box truck
  • Able to work at height (in a lift, on catwalks, on grid, from ladders, etc.)

Position Dates & Salary Information:
  • Full-time seasonal position
  • Guaranteed 40 hour work week; some weekends; Overtime may be required, paid at time-and-a-half rate
  • Generous benefits package, including health insurance
  • Typical schedule is Monday-Thursday, 7:00am - 5:30pm
  • Start date targeted for mid-July, 2021, negotiable
  • End date in late May 2022
  • Pay rate is $15.00 per hour





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