House Carpenter

Chicago Shakespeare Theater seeks a House Carpenter to work as a member of the Scenic team. While primary responsibilities center around the installation and maintenance of scenic items, House Carpenters address a variety of duties and responsibilities across multiple departments at CST. The House Carpenters are under the direct supervision of the Scenery Supervisors, but will be required to independently execute tasks and manage projects both efficiently and accurately, while leading over-hire crews in conjunction with the Technical Coordinator. CST produces an average of 14 productions each year with a $15 million budget between three stages: a 500 seat Courtyard Theater, a 200 seat Studio Upstairs, a new flexible performance space of up to 800 seats, in addition to multiple touring venues.  The position is compensated at a highly competitive hourly rate, with a benefits package and annual hourly guarantee.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Installation, maintenance, and removal of scenic items in CST venues or alternate spaces being used by CST
  • Rigging or supervision of rigging for hanging and/or flying elements
  • Installation and commissioning of scenic automation equipment
  • Safe loading and unloading of trucks, and transferring of goods to and from stage or storage locations
  • Leading of over-hire Carpenters during change-overs, maintenance calls, or other work as necessary
  • Proactively contributing to technical solutions and troubleshooting challenges as they arise
  • Construction of scenic, prop, or other elements as necessary and as assigned
  • Collaborating effectively across shared workspaces and projects with Scenery staff and other Production Departments
  • Occasional facility maintenance work
  • Maintaining an advanced knowledge of best practices regarding stagecraft and material usage
  • Working comfortably at height in locations including but not limited to catwalks, grids, and personnel lifts
  • Working in a variety of environments including but not limited to stages, trap rooms, grids, warehouses, exposed loading docks, and outdoors

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Carpentry and wood working
  • Power and hand tool proficiency
  • Stage rigging techniques including familiarity with arena style rigging
  • Proven aptitude for creative problem solving in both scenic and props carpentry
  • Strong time management skills and the ability to further projects independently when required
  • Basic computer skills
  • Labor management
  • Strong Inter-personal communication skills and an active interest in collaboration
  • OSHA and industry safety standards for:
    • Work at heights
    • Materials safety information
    • Use of power tools
    • Personal protective equipment

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Familiarity with and an interest in the installation and operation of motion control systems
  • An understanding of the mechanics and design of automation systems
  • Driving of large vehicles including 24’ box trucks
  • Operating forklifts and other material handling equipment
  • Experience with integration of electrical elements into props or scenery

Physical Demands

  • Lift at least 50 pounds on a repetitive basis
  • Work at heights of up to 50 feet in bosuns chairs, and occasionally walking trusses
  • Work on personnel lifts as tall as 50 feet
  • Work calls of up to 12 hours
  • Operate power tools, counterweight rigging systems, and other stage machinery
  • Tolerate occupational exposure to paints and other chemicals

The House Carpenter position is full time involving up to six days of work per week including nights, weekends, and occasional holidays.  Hours and scheduling will vary and are subject to change based on the needs of each production or project.  Though current IATSE membership is NOT a prerequisite, the position will be covered under an IATSE Local 2 contract. 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to

No calls please.

Chicago Shakespeare is committed to building diversity and inclusion onstage and throughout the organization.  We especially encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.

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