Overhire Scenic Carpenter | Steppenwolf Theatre Co

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the temporary position of Overhire Scenic Carpenter (to start immediately).  The Overhire Scenic Carpenter works as part of the scenic team and is responsible for constructing scenic elements for productions, collaborating with staff on the build, load-in, and load-out of theatrical scenery, and maintaining a safe work environment.

Responsibilities:

  • Constructing scenery and set pieces, including mechanically moving pieces, stationary, and flying pieces
  • Collaborating with Technical Director and Scene Shop Supervisor on a regular basis to ensure safe and efficient build, installation, and strike of scenery
  • Reading and interpreting shop drawings
  • Participation in the load-in and strike of productions
  • Maintaining a safe and tidy work and shop environment
  • Performing other duties and responsibility as assigned by Technical Director or Scene Shop Supervisor.

About Steppenwolf:

Steppenwolf Theatre Company, recognized in 2009 as a Top Small Workplace by The Wall Street Journal, is where great acting meets big ideas. The theatre’s passion is to tell stories about how we live now; its mission is to engage audiences in an exchange of ideas that makes people think harder, laugh longer, feel more. The theatre celebrates and honors the core values of ensemble, innovation and citizenship. Steppenwolf has a commitment to diversity and equity, and the organization has a focus on diversifying the artists, audiences, staff and board who make Steppenwolf great.

As a not for profit, ensemble based theatre company operating in the city of Chicago, the company’s activities encompass a wide range of artistic programs including a seven-play season, a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season, Visiting Company engagements, a new multi-disciplinary performance series, national and international tours, professional leadership programs, educational programs, and new play commissions and workshops.  Steppenwolf seeks to engage its community in a spirited dialogue around today’s issues, which results in more than 200 events produced throughout the year.  The company owns five different facilities housing its three theatres, production facilities, offices and other support facilities and is managed under the leadership of Anna D. Shapiro, Artistic Director and David Schmitz, Executive Director.

Compensation:

Compensation is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry. Excellent benefit package offered, including medical, dental, vision insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, vacation pay, paid sick leave, personal days and 401(k) retirement program.

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Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Steppenwolf complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

We are interested in receiving candidates from a broad spectrum of people, including members of underrepresented groups and people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Requirements
Skills & Qualifications: 

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:

  • Working knowledge of power tools and hand tools
  • Knowledge in scenic construction, rigging, automation, and technical drafting
  • Experience in theatrical carpentry, automation, welding, rigging, and sewing
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently and multi- task
  • Knowledge of safe practices relevant to hazardous waste and MSDS.
  • Ability to frequently lift and carry objects weighing 50+ lbs.

Two years of professional carpentry experience is preferred. Candidates with equivalent experience and expertise will be considered.

This position reports to the Technical Director.

To Apply: 

How to apply:

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by following this link.