$15 - $16 / hr ($600 - $640 / week)

The Carpenter works closely with the TP, PM, and other Carpenters in the creation, installation, and removal of all scenic elements for productions at Shakespeare & Company. The Carpenter is full time, summer season work with two positions that start in mid-August and end in late September. Shorter availabilities will be considered. There is a possible extension to work on our Fall Education program in October and November.

Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. Our summer season features 5 main shows on four different stages as well as three smaller productions. Our Scene shop is 110′ x 60′ and includes a 20’ x 40’ Paint deck. We have separate Sound, Lighting, and Props facilities as well as 3,500 sq. ft. of costume stock and 12,000+ sq. ft. of props and scenic storage. Shakespeare & Company produces on an Equity LORT D in our playhouse seating approximately 400 as well as our 450 person outdoor amphitheater. We also have Equity SPT shows in our black box theater with a 200 seat house, and an outdoor theatre with a capacity over 250. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.


Shakespeare & Company is committed to evolving its approach to diversity and inclusion to engender an active process and positive change toward race equity in its employment and artistry. Our goal is to engage ourselves in endeavors which enrich and promote a more just society, and we seek to engage those who will embrace our vigorous commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility as well as anti-racism initiatives. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically underrepresented in theatre and theatre administration including People of the Global Majority, LGBTQIA+, women, people who are neurodiverse, and people with disabilities.


Shakespeare & Company is also committed to a COVID-safe environment: in most cases employees will have completed their COVID-19 vaccination regimen, will get tested before they start work and re-test weekly. The entire Company will be adhering to local, state, and union safety protocols where and when appropriate.

Roles & Responsibilities
  • Read, interpret, and execute technical construction drawings.
  • Use standard theatrical construction techniques and methods in the build of scenic elements.
  • Assist other scene shop staff in the build of scenic designs.
  • Assist in the preparation of each theatre space for the summer season and off-season activities.
  • Assist in other production related efforts with the Production Manager, and Technical Director.
  • Rig scenic elements and participate in scenic changeovers as needed.
  • Maintain shop inventory, including supply levels.
  • Supply runs as needed in company owned vehicle.
  • Maintain scene shop equipment and perform preventative maintenance and cleaning. .
  • Other reasonable duties that may arise.
Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Characteristics
The successful candidate will have:
  • Knowledge of wood construction, welding, and rigging.
  • Knowledge of shop tool maintenance and repair.
  • Able to climb a 250 lbs. rated ladder and work from heights on ladders, in mechanical lifts, and on top of lighting catwalks.
  • Able to lift 70 lbs.
  • Have experience in professional theatrical work or the college equivalent. Summer Stock experience preferred.
  • Excellent personal, organizational, time management and communication skills.
  • Maintains regular, punctual attendance with a positive attitude and energy.
  • A commitment to values of anti-racism and anti-oppression and personal and/or professional experiences advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility;
  • Willingness to work indoors and outside;
  • Experience in organizing, working, and communicating effectively with groups of individuals from diverse backgrounds, identities, abilities, and experiences;
  • Completion of a COVID-19 vaccine regimen and booster, if eligible, prior to employment term, and willingness to test weekly or more as per Company safety guidelines (at Company expense).
This hourly, non-exempt, at-will employee will receive $16.00/hour (equivalent to $640 per 40-hour workweek) OR $15.00/hour plus local housing (equivalent to $600 per 40-hour workweek), plus applicable overtime.
How to Apply

Candidates who possess the above qualifications, or transferrable skills, are encouraged to apply. Please send cover letter, resume, and references.

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