Geary Theater Head Carpenter
Job Details
The Geary Complex - San Francisco, CA

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.  

Qualifications & Qualities:

  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment. 
  • Alignment with A.C.T.’s Mission, Values and commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
  • Previous and significant experience of three years or more working on theatrical installation, scenic construction, stage supervision in a theater environment (LORT preferred) 
  • Strong technical knowledge and skilled experience in running shows, building, repairing, and maintaining scenery for theatrical productions.  
  • Experience installing, repairing, and maintaining floors such as carpet, dance marley and ground cloths.   
  • Strong verbal, interpersonal communication skills and writing skills.   
  • Demonstrated skills of theatrical carpentry, welding, rigging, automation, knot-tying, soft goods, scenic props, basic scenic paints.  
  • Demonstrated skills to operate carpentry hand tools and power tools, ladders and lifts proficiently.  
  • Working knowledge of theatrical rigging practices and chain motor rigging. 
  • Experience with and working knowledge of automation systems. 
  • Complete understanding of backstage etiquette. A good working knowledge of technical theatre practices.  
  • Capable of understanding and interpreting technical plans, and paperwork.  
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word, PowerPoint, Autocad and Vectorworks 
  • Valid Drivers’ license and clean DMV record required.  


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated skill in understanding of cultural differences. 
  • Ability to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with A.C.T. colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Provide hands on leadership, and engage in creative problem solving and critical thinking.  
  • Be an excellent collaborator in the process of creating new work and new productions.  
  • Interact with a diverse group of constituents including visiting directors, designers, artists, administrative staff, technical crews and students.  
  • Organize and communicate information clearly, both verbally and in writing.  
  • Excellent working knowledge of manual counterweight flyrail systems and rigging practices
  • Work in a detail-oriented manner, be resourceful and flexible, and be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. 
  • Effectively problem solve and troubleshoot. 
  • This position is physical in nature. The ability to climb ladders, lifts, catwalks, grids, reach above head. Ability to bend, kneel, stoop, push, pull and lift up to 50 pounds and repeatedly ascend and descend stairs is essential.  
  • Face demanding situations with tenacity, diplomacy, and sensitivity under pressure. 
  • Work comfortably at heights such as catwalks, ladders and lifts. 
  • Work independently and as part of team. 
  • Work irregular hours, evening hours, long hours and weekend as required. 


*A.C.T. requires all employees to be fully vaccinated. Medical and Religious exemptions will need to be approved by Human Resources. 


Diversity makes us stronger.  If you’d like to learn more about A.C.T. EDI values, Mission, Vision and culture go to Mission, Values, and EDI | American Conservatory Theater ( ACT is committed to diversity in its programming and creating an inclusive work culture and environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.