Scene Shop Foreman

Category
Full Time

REPORTS TO: INTERIM TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

DEPARTMENT: PRODUCTION

LOCATION: BELTSVILLE, MD

FLSA STATUS: NON-EXEMPT

POSITION STATUS:  Full Time; Temporary; Paid Hourly - hours are variable. May include some weekends, evenings and holidays. Must be present during all load-ins, tech weeks, strike, and annual gala.

PURPOSE OF POSITION

This position is a temporary position to support the Interim Technical Director (ITD) for the duration of our Technical Director search. The initial duration is January – April 2022, with the possibility of extension until such time as a Technical Director is hired. The Scene Shop Foreman is responsible for assisting the ITD in the execution of all technical aspects of Imagination Stage programming in order to ensure the safe, efficient, and timely production of all events.  The Scene Shop Foreman will also assist the ITD with the daily operations, supervision, delegation of duties, and administration of the Scene Shop.

PRIMARY TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist with the planning, scheduling, implementation, engineering and supervision of all scenic elements involved in organization programming.
  • Construct, load-in, and strike scenery and set pieces, through carpentry, welding, rigging, work with plastics, fabrics, and other set related materials in accordance with plans provided.
  • Supervise part-time carpenters, technicians, and apprentices in conjunction with the ITD
  • Work with the ITD to ensure safe, organized, and efficient working areas in all Imagination Stage scene shops, theatres, and production storage areas.  
  • Maintain tools and equipment in said locations, and assist in making physical improvements as necessary. 
  • Assist with purchasing of scenic materials and supplies. 
  • Assist with maintenance of stock scenery and shop supply inventory as needed. 
  • Assist with all truck rental needs and logistics. May serve as truck driver as needed.
  • Serve as backup emergency technician outside of regular hours in order to assist with the prompt resolution of show-related incidents, and ensure the production can safely proceed.
  • Fill-in for the Assistant Technical Director in their absence, in coordination with the Production Manager.
  • Lead certain projects as needed, in coordination with the Assistant Technical Director.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

Ideal candidates will have experience working in a professional theatre environment, with previous experience as an Assistant Technical Director preferred. Candidates with equivalent experience in carpentry, welding, or construction environments are encouraged to apply.

  • Expertise in carpentry, rigging and welding, using standard theatrical construction techniques. 
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, while meeting deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to take and follow direction.
  • Supervisory and training experience required.
  • Experience operating box trucks (up to 26’ in length)
  • Valid DOT Medical card preferred.
  • Strong understanding of shop safety and PPE usage.
  • Excellent in-person, email, and phone communication skills.
  • Ability to use Vectorworks to obtain dimensions, angles, and other information necessary for construction of scenery.
  • General computer skills, including Microsoft Office products and Google Workspace.
  • Familiarity with CNC router programming and operation.

PHYSICAL CONDITIONS

The physical conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Able to walk and/or stand for long periods
  • Ability to lift, push or maneuver up to 50-70 lbs. repeatedly alone, and up to 100 lbs. with others.
  • Ability to climb stairs and ladders.
  • Ability to work in high places such as catwalks and scissor lifts.
  • Valid driver’s license and able to safely operate a motor vehicle (up to 26’ box truck)
  • Ability to successfully obtain a DOT Medical Card.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job, and are in line with those of the live performance industry. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work will take place indoors in office, warehouse, and stage settings, with occasional outdoor work in all weather conditions. Lighting conditions vary from dim/dark to very bright and ambient sound levels can vary from very quiet to loud, with variations in duration.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

  • Salary: $25/hour, negotiable based on experience 
  • Transit/Parking benefit 
  • Generous free and reduced priced tickets, classes, and summer camps 

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with “Shop Foreman” in the subject line.


Imagination Stage celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive workplace that values members of our whole community. Imagination Stage is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It does not tolerate discrimination against applicants or employees on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.  Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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