STATUS: Full Time/Seasonal/Weekly/I.A.T.S.E.
GRADE: I.A.T.S.E. Local 16 + benefits (BELO Weekly rate is $2293.50 includes 40 hours ST/10hours OT)
American Conservatory Theater is an essential gathering place that brings artists and communities together to inspire and provoke. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon and Executive Director Jennifer Bielstein, A.C.T.’s mission is to engage the spirit of the San Francisco Bay Area, activate stories that resonate, promote a diversity of voices and points of view, and empower theater makers and audiences to celebrate liveness. A.C.T. values inclusion, transformational learning, participation, and rigorous fun. A.C.T. is a Tony Award–winning nonprofit theater serving almost 200,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area annually through theater, training, and education and community programs.
Position Purpose: As a working member of the Geary Theater house crew, the Head Carpenter is responsible for the implementation of scenic designs for A.C.T.’s Geary Theater main stage productions, including events and rentals. The Head Carpenter will carry out show crew duties during the tech process and for the run of each show, including running and helping with scene changes and resets. The Head Carpenter is also responsible to oversee and manage the Carpentry department crew and inventory, as well as automation and flyrail crew.
Responsibilities: (please note, this list is not exhaustive, but rather a representation of job duties)
- Setup and strike scenery, properties, soft goods and other stage elements for productions.
- Work with the scene shop supervisor to safely install scenery and properties for productions.
- Participate as running crew for all productions.
- Oversee and perform scenic maintenance for productions.
- Communicate scenery information clearly in collaboration with other production areas for the success of the production.
- Take responsibility for the cleanliness of the physical stage, grid, counter weight rail system, stage wings, sub-stage, pit and the smooth transition of scenery between the stage and any offstage storage areas.
- Schedule, oversee and train over hire crew as required.
- Ensure that scenic automated gear is properly and safely installed.
- Fabrication or amendment of scenery pieces as required.
- Maintain venue tools and equipment.
- Maintain a list of venue consumables that need to replenish for each season.
- Attend pre-production meetings and tech notes as required.
- Review, discuss and advise on design and construction drawings for every production.
- Attend scene shops ahead of installation at Geary as required by production management and actively participate and advise on construction and design methods to help ensure the successful load in and delivery of scenic items.
- Take a broad view of the load in and tech requirements for each production and work collaboratively with the Geary Theater Crew (including electrics, sound, props, rail, rigging and video) to help ensure the smooth, safe and efficient delivery of all technical aspects of each production.
- Supervise, manage, direct and work with crew consistent with the Local 16 agreement during load-ins, technical rehearsals, runs and load-outs; as well as the setup, operation, run, maintenance and repairs of all scenery for all productions.
- Accurately spike/mark onstage locations of scenery, props from drawings and ground plans.
- Actively participate in trouble shooting and problem-solving transitions with running crews and stage management teams on stage transitions throughout the tech process.
- With stage management, upkeep of running sheets, record notes and changes.
- Support the production and creative team for all productions to realize designs with accuracy, on schedule and within budget parameters.
- Actively provide support for the operations of on-stage rehearsals, tech notes, special events, rentals and any additional company functions such as backstage tours, photo shoots, B-Roll, web streaming, etc.
- Work collaboratively with production management teams to manage crew calls and schedule the work days efficiently to stay within production budgets.
- Assist Production Management in the recommended maintenance of machinery, equipment, tools, facilities and the reporting of any necessary repair
- Keep informed and up to date with advanced knowledge about changes, training and technical advancements in the industry
- Manage personnel safety and uphold safety protocols within the department. Participate in all required training.
- Any other production related duties as assigned.