Master Carpenter (Tucson)

Master Carpenter (Tucson)

Full time seasonal (non-exempt)
Reports to Technical Director
Compensation: $15.50/hr
Updated 4/24/2019

Arizona’s first professional theatre company, Arizona Theatre Company is the state’s only member of the respected League of Resident Theatres (LORT) – and the only LORT theatre nationally that operates in two cities, Tucson (at the historic Temple of Music and Art) and Phoenix, (at the Herberger Theater Center). ATC maintains offices in both Tucson and Phoenix.


The Master Carpenter will assist the Technical Director and Assistant Technical Director (TD Staff) in the day-to-day operation of the scene shop. They will oversee the efficient movement of scenic elements through the build process and construct scenic elements for ATC productions and outside contracts. This position is based in Tucson, AZ. Candidates from populations underrepresented in technical theatre are strongly encouraged to apply.

Essential Functions

  • Assist TD staff in the development of production build schedules and with technical design.
  • Lead scene shop staff members, overhire, and interns to ensure scenic elements are constructed safely, efficiently, and according to ATC’s expectations and standards.
  • Assist in developing the load in and strike plans for shows in both Tucson and Phoenix.
  • Assist in leading the scene shop staff, overhire, and interns to achieve daily load in and strike goals.
  • Assist TD Staff in the planning and lead crews in the execution of truck packs for ATC productions.
  • Collaborate with TD Staff to ensure that all scene shop staff members have sufficient training, information, materials, equipment, and floor space needed for assigned projects.
  • Maintain inventory of all necessary equipment and materials used in the scene shop, Scenic Road Boxes, and for load in/remount/strike.
  • Alert Technical Director and Assistant Technical Director of any low stock materials, hardware and shop consumables for purchase and restock.
  • Maintain organization and cleanliness standards in the shop to ensure a safe and hazard-free work environment.
  • Assist Technical Director and Assistant Technical Director in purchases locally in town
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Mastery of standard scenic construction techniques including finish carpentry, rigging, and welding.
  • Skilled utilizing a range of materials and techniques.
  • Skilled with all hand and power tools, scenic carpentry and welding, and rigging practices.
  • Able to lead IATSE and overhire crews independently.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and supervisory skills
  • Self-motivated, energetic, and an effective and efficient communicator
  • Attentive to detail, accountable and able to meet deadlines consistently.
  • Able to uphold a tone of collaboration, respect, optimism and professionalism, both internally and externally, while maintaining composure in a fast-paced setting.

Preferred Competencies

  • Basic understanding of automation systems and Creative Connors automation control software.
  • Basic knowledge of CNC (ShopBot and VCarve Pro Software)
  • Basic knowledge of AutoDesk AutoCAD drafting software.
  • Able to or willingness to learn to drive a 26’ box truck.
  • Able to or willingness to learn to drive a forklift.


  • College degree or equivalent work experience preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in theatre carpentry. 2 years in a supervisory capacity.
  • Eligibility to obtain a valid driver’s license.
  • Occasional overtime and night and weekend work are required.
  • Long periods of sitting, standing, bending, and kneeling are required.
  • Able to lift and move items weighing 80 pounds.
  • Able to work at heights (Grids, catwalks, personnel lifts, loading bridge).
  • Short Phoenix residencies are required based on production schedules. Shared housing provided.

This is a full-time, seasonal position and is eligible for ATC’s benefits package which includes paid holidays, vacation, and sick time and health, dental, and vision insurance.

To Apply

Submit a resume, cover letter, and three professional references via email to productionjobs@arizonatheatre.org. Please include “Master Carpenter” in the subject line.

Arizona Theatre Company is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis.