Master Carpenter

Master Carpenter

CATEGORY: Technical

New York Stage and Film
New York, NY 10001

Job Details


New York Stage and Film (NYSAF), a not-for-profit AEA Company which produces its summer season of new plays at the Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, seeks a Master Carpenter for the 2019 Powerhouse Season.  The Powerhouse Season supports 2 fully-produced mainstage productions, 3 musical workshops, 2 play workshops, 10 readings, and a few residency projects in a flexible environment tailored to meet each project’s developmental needs, all of which are open to the public. Salary, free on-campus housing, and transportation between NYC and Poughkeepsie at the beginning and end of the season are provided, as well as access to campus resources such as the gym and library. Positions begin early June and run through early August.  
The Master Carpenter will support the Technical Director and facilitate the build of all scenic elements for the 2019 Powerhouse Season. With the Assistant Technical Director, the Master Carpenter will supervise a small team of carpentry interns and over hires. They will assist with build, load in, and strike of all scenic elements; as well as help maintain department shops and equipment. Successful candidates will have experience in wood construction and counterweight rigging. Previous experience required.

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Ideal candidates must have excellent organizational and communication skills; the ability to prioritize and multitask; familiarity/experience with their department; and a notable interest in supporting the development of new plays and musicals. Staff members will work on a team with supervisors and interns, as well as world-class designers on a tight timeline and budget. 



New York Stage and Film (NYSAF) is a non-profit company dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development and production of new works for theater and film.  Since 1985, NYSAF has played a major role in the development of new plays for the American theater, provided a home for a diverse group of artists free from critical and commercial pressures, and has established itself as a vital cultural institution for residents of the New York metropolitan region.  The people and projects we support go on to shape the landscape of theater in America and around the world; our apprentices and interns mature to become leaders in the performing arts and beyond; and our audiences sustain the work of celebrated artists and newly-discovered voices, as crucial participants in the creation of new work.


The cornerstone of NYSAF’s artistic programming is the Powerhouse Season, an eight-week residency and partnership with Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, where each summer more than three hundred and fifty professional playwrights, directors, actors, and designers as well as close to fifty student apprentices live and work together.  During the Powerhouse Season, NYSAF is deliberately flexible with its production resources and with its three producing venues, to meet the specific needs of artists and projects. The professional artists present mainstage productions with full technical support, as well as workshops and readings of works in progress, all of which are open to the public. 


Nearly 30 projects developed recently by NYSAF have had or will soon have major productions including the 2016 Tony Award-winners Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda and The Humans by Stephen Karam, as well as: 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalists The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe and A 24-Decade History of Popular Music by Taylor Mac; and the upcoming Alice by Heart by Duncan Sheik , Steven Sater and Jessie Nelson; and Hadestown by Anais Mitchell.


June 5, 2019 - August 3, 2019



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