Master Carpenter

Master Carpenter

CATEGORY: Technical

The Play Group Theatre
White Plains, NY 10601


Jill Abusch

Job Details


The Play Group Theatre (PGT), a White Plains, NY based non-profit theatre for children and teenagers entering its 25th year, is currently seeking a part-time Master Carpenter. PGT is a conservatory quality program for young actors, producing 7 MainStage shows annually, in downtown White Plains, NY.

We are seeking applicants with a BA/BFA (MA/MFA preferred) in technical theatre or equivalent experience. Applicants must possess a mastery of carpentry skills, a working knowledge of construction, shop safety and project management, be proficient and should have experience in a supervisory position. Preferred applicants also possess experience with and working knowledge of both theatrical lighting and basic sound design. Experience in an educational theatre setting and facility in scenic design is a plus.

We are seeking applicants who possess imagination, flexibility and the desire and ability to work with children and teenagers of varied ages in a creatively charged and artistically demanding, yet nurturing environment. Applicants must be prepared to work as a member of a strong creative team, and to work quickly towards the end goal, while still giving focus to the artistic process. The ideal candidate is not afraid to get dirty or climb tall ladders and possesses grace and a sense of humor under pressure.  Ability to safely lift and carry 50 pounds is a must. 

Successful candidates will be able to manage PGT’s busy production calendar alongside an active rentals calendar.

Master Carpenter responsibilities include:

- Communicating with designers. Interpreting and/or creating floorplans/draftings.

- Building sets and properties for all PGT MainStage productions.

- Coordinating overhire for the build/painting of sets and properties.

- Organizing and seeing to technical needs for all PGT MainStage productions.

- Scenic/tech for Theatre Lab productions, in PGT’s Black box Theatre, as needed.

- Instructing and overseeing students in our Design/Tech Track (middle- and high-school aged) including basic scenic construction and safety, and technical theatre, and involving them in the process of building the show

- Supervising college-age interns and parent volunteers as available

- Ensuring a safe, clean and organized workspace

- Ensuring the safety of students, staff and audience members regarding scenery, props, special effects and backstage spaces in both the MainStage and Blackbox Theatres

- Attending all necessary production meetings and staff-wide events

- Working with Rentals Coordinator to ensure technical needs of Rentals Events are met

PGT’s Theatre Facility includes:

- 228 seat MainStage Theatre

- 100 seat Jonah Mac Blackbox Theatre

- Scene Shop

- Costume Shop

- Rehearsal Studios

- Design Studio

- Green Room and Dressing Rooms

- Offices and Storage

The Play Group Theatre has a core value of inclusion. We believe that a truly diverse arts community is necessary to serve all students, make meaningful art, and reflect the broad range of cultures within our wider community.                      

The Play Group Theatre is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, age, or sexual orientation.

Please send a letter of interest and resume to Artistic Director, Jill Abusch: Please include ‘MC’ in the subject of your email. No phone calls please.





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