Production Carpenter

Date Posted: August 16, 2017
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.
Position Status: Seasonal / Hourly / Non-Exempt / IATSE Local 28 membership required
Reports To: Technical Director, Production Director
Normal Hours: Schedule varies, but average 20 hours per week plus tech period. Evening and weekend hours required during tech and performance periods. Seasonal employment is generally 26 weeks, March through mid-August.

Portland Opera offers productions of the highest artistic quality, bringing the world of opera to the region. Over the past 50 years, the company has presented more than 200 operas, including world premieres. In addition to its annual opera season, the company is also renowned for its outreach and educational initiatives, as well as its Resident Artists Program which supports the next generation of singers.



Portland Opera is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Production Carpenter, a per production, hourly wage position that reports directly to the Technical Director. In this role, the Production Carpenter works with the Technical Director and Director of Production on the logistics and operation of all technical elements of each production. The Production Carpenter is also in charge of overseeing any Portland Opera productions for rental, and serves as road set supervisor when assigned.

Duties will include, but are not limited to planning and supervising load-in; assembly, change-overs and load-out of scenery for rehearsals and performances; planning and supervision of scene changes within each production; and working with other technical managers to solve logistical problems presented by each production.

Ideal candidates have 5 or more years of professional theater experience (opera preferred but not required), ability to manage projects and supervise crew, ability to read and understand groundplans and scenery drawings, thorough knowledge of theatrical carpentry, rigging, maintenance, and trouble-shooting. Knowledge of Vectorworks or other CAD program, and a valid driver’s license are helpful.

Membership in IATSE Local 28 is required. Candidates should be able to start no later than January 2, 2018.


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Our mission is to inspire, challenge and uplift our audiences by creating productions of high artistic quality that celebrate the beauty and breadth of opera.

At Portland Opera, we are committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and we are an equal opportunity employer. POA will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law. We are committed to eliminating barriers to access and equity and see a diverse workforce as a key step toward this goal. We invite you to join us on our journey.

Portland Opera is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and an Equal Opportunity Employer.