Reports to: Technical Director
The Guthrie Theater engages exceptional theater artists in the exploration of both classic and contemporary plays connecting the community we serve to one another and to the world. Through its extraordinary artists, staff and facility, the Guthrie is committed to the people of Minnesota, and from its place, rooted deeply in the Twin Cities, influences the field as a leading 21st century arts organization.
Every year more than 500 people, both on stage and off, help ensure our success in creating and supporting the highest level of theater. As an organization, we are committed to our values of Artistic Excellence; Community; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; and Fiscal Responsibility.
The Guthrie Theater would like to acknowledge that we gather on the traditional land of the Dakota People and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations, including the Ojibwe and other Indigenous nations.
The Carpenter builds, installs, and maintains scenic elements and effects for all Guthrie productions, providing a visual foundation for each production. This position will create, produce, and provide scenic elements that meet the needs of the show, designer, director and actor. The Carpenter also assists in the maintenance and upkeep of the shop and storage areas to provide a safe and efficient work environment. All employees are expected to center, model and champion the Guthrie’s core values of Artistic Excellence; Community; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; and Fiscal Responsibility.
This position is full-time, non-exempt and benefits-eligible. Compensation is $26.17 per hour plus benefits. This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement with IATSE Local 13. The typical schedule for this role is Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
The Guthrie is dedicated to building an equitable environment that is mixed across lines of difference and strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women, transgender and non-binary candidates. This position will remain open until filled and until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Construction, Installation and Maintenance of Scenery & Effects
- Build, create, modify and install scenery, effects and rigging to convey the designer’s vision, meet the functional requirements of the play and ensure durability and safety standards.
- Interpret design and working drawings.
- Work individually or as part of a team on projects as assigned.
- Maintain a running dialogue with the Scene Shop Supervisor, fellow Carpenters and TD staff.
- Provide technical assistance and solutions to address issues of safety, function, aesthetics and fabrication.
- Maintain expected levels of craftsmanship and artistic excellence.
- Become familiar with design concepts and construction drawings in order to efficiently address questions from overhire staff.
- Transition between tasks and projects when designs or priorities shift.
- Create prototypes when necessary to determine the most appropriate construction method and material.
- Complete other duties as assigned.
- Maintenance of Spaces and Supplies
- Participate in load-in and strike of scenic elements.
- Maintain rigging equipment and inventory.
- Restore tools and equipment to the proper location when no longer in use.
- Maintain safe conditions and operable shop tools, notifying the Scene Shop Supervisor and TD staff as needed.
- Clean and organize work spaces, tools, raw materials and scenic elements. Participate in this regular practice.
- Foster a work environment incorporating the Guthrie values of Artistic Excellence; Community; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; and Fiscal Responsibility.
ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Experience in theatrical carpentry.
- Skill in interpreting drawings to reproduce designs accurately.
- Skill in metal- and woodworking.
- Basic knowledge of construction techniques to build scenery.
- Basic rigging knowledge.
- Basic sewing skills.
- Knowledge of a wide variety of materials to offer greater flexibility in executing designs.
- Ability to lift 50lbs desirable.
- Problem solves creatively.
- Fork lift experience preferred.
- Strong commitment to safety and ergonomics in the workplace.
- Experience, ability, and commitment to working with individuals and teams that are mixed across lines of difference such as race, gender-identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class and immigrant status.
- Must be willing and able to work flexible hours/days, including evenings and weekends, reflective of the dynamic schedule of the theater.
A NOTE FROM HUMAN RESOURCES
For the safety of our guests and staff, the Guthrie Theater requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Documentation of vaccination status must be provided if an offer of employment is made.
Applicants must submit a resume to be considered for the position.