Carpenter/Scenery Technician
Job Details
615 - Houston, TX
Full Time
$16.00 Hourly


Founded in 1947 by Nina Vance, the Alley Theatre is a pioneer of regional theatre, and one of the leading nonprofit theatre companies in the United States. The Alley has been awarded the prestigious Regional Theatre Tony Award® and the Texas Medal of Arts Award. The Alley has transferred productions to Broadway, Off-Broadway, major European Festivals, and to 40 American cities. Unique among regional theatres, the Alley is committed to maintaining a Resident Acting Company and providing them work year-round. Nationally recognized directors, actors, playwrights, and designers from across the country have regularly joined the Resident Acting Company.  

Rob Melrose, Artistic Director at the Alley, took over as artistic leader of the organization in 2019 . His vision for the future of the Alley is both thrilling and ambitious as the Theatre nears its 75th anniversary in 2021-22. When the Theatre reopens, his strategic goals include upholding the Alley’s artistic excellence, keeping longtime Alley Theatre devotees eager to return each season, and creating productions and cultivating new audiences that are as diverse and vibrant as the city of Houston.

Rob Melrose, Managing Director Dean Gladden and the Alley’s leadership team are committed to promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in all aspects of the Theatre’s programming and operations. We are conscious about fostering an environment where everyone is encouraged to bring their authentic selves. We embrace differences and strive to be inclusive of all backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.


JOB START DATE:   9/1/2021

HOURLY:   16/HR Minimum


A Scenery Technician is responsible for the construction and installation of all scenery using a variety of methods and materials as assigned.



  • Perform all duties and projects as assigned by the Scenery Director and/or Construction Charge. 
  • Construction of scenic pieces in wood, metal, plastic and other materials.
  • Develop a complete and thorough understanding of construction drawings and paperwork for each production as assigned. 
  • Actively participate in all builds, strikes and load-ins for each production.
  • Participate in the daily cleaning and maintenance of the scene shop and its equipment.
  • Help implement and practice safety policies in the scene shop.
  • The Scenery Technician will maintain all hand tools distributed to them as outlined in the Scene Shop Policy Manual. 
  • Represent the theatre’s technical resources as required by the Production Manager for theatre programs including, but not limited to: special events, education and community outreach programs, building rentals, and other non-Alley building functions.
  • Act in concert with the theatre’s safety policies.
  • Additional duties as assigned.


  • Preferred minimum 3 years’ experience in theatrical carpentry
  • Construction experience. The ideal candidate has skills in some of the following areas:
    • Woodworking, framing, finish carpentry
    • Metal working, welding, bending
    • Soft goods, sewing skills
    • Small motors, mechanisms and electronics
    • Pneumatics, Hydraulics
  • Training in safe operation of stationary and portable power tools and hand tools
  • Ability to read and interpret working drawings
  • Knowledge and proficiency in theatrical construction techniques
  • Knowledge of standard and safe rigging practices
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, energized and quickly changing environment.
  • A proactive approach to problem-solving with strong decision-making skills.
  • Detail oriented, able to prioritize efficiently and multi-task
  • Ability to be self-directed and take initiative
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Exhibits a positive attitude with good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Understanding of historical and institutional racism in the American theatre, or a commitment to learning, and to be a part of Alley Theatre’s efforts to be an anti-racist organization
  • College degree preferred.
  • Capacity to solve problems and engage in creative thinking about challenges



  • Prolonged periods of standing at work table.
  • Be able to routinely lift 30 to 50 pounds.
  • Regular ladder and MEWP work up to 30 feet.
  • Must be comfortable working in a fast paced environment where directions and priorities can change rapidly.
  • Typical hours are during the day, but the position requires the flexibility to be available for weekend, holidays and evening work hours as needed.



  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Paid vacation, floating holiday and sick  time
  • 401(k) with matching, FSA, HRA (Alley paid deductible)
  • Free  and  discounted tickets to Alley Theatre performances
  • Free parking 
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Employee wellness program & EAP
  • Houston, TX is one of the most affordable cities in the nation with no state or city income tax. 


Alley Theatre is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at



The Alley Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people with disabilities, veterans, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Successful candidates will commit to an equitable and inclusive workplace, including but not limited to: racial equity, accessibility for individuals with disabilities, use of gender inclusive language, and cultural sensitivity. Read more at Alley Theatre Official Website - Equity Diversity Inclusion