Totem Pole Playhouse, Pennsylvania’s premiere professional summer theatre, located in the spectacular 1,200-acre Caledonia State Park between Gettysburg and Chambersburg, PA, is seeking a full slate of technical staff positions (including Equity Membership Candidates) for this legendary A.E.A./COST summer theatre’s 68th award-winning 4-show [plus 1 bonus show] season.

  • The Totem Pole Playhouse 2018 season schedule runs May 25th thru August 26th. Contract dates vary with some flexibility in regards to start dates and end dates, but applicants should ideally be available for the entire season.
  • Internships include housing (with roommates) and a $150.00 weekly stipend. Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) points are also available for certain internships.
  • This is a fully professional Equity summer theatre with an excellent reputation within the industry. Please be honest about your abilities. Inability to follow through with prescribed duties will result in termination.
  • If required, most staff positions provide housing in private bedrooms within shared staff houses.

Competitive salaries with housing are provided in a fun and rewarding environment.

Please submit letter of interest along with resume and three references to: Robert Towarnicki, Production Manager, via E-mail: [email protected].

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
The Technical Director is responsible for the construction, load-in, and strike of scenery for the 5-show season. The candidate will manage the shop crew, consisting of an Assistant Technical Director, several Carpenters, and a Scenic Charge Artist, and supervise all builds. Responsibilities include the drafting of scenery, managing the scenic budget, and maintaining clear communication with the Scenic Designer and Director.. Proficient knowledge and experience in scenic construction, rigging, and shop safety is required. This position requires strong organizational, technical, leadership, and communication skills.  The candidate will also need to be capable of working on tall ladders, capable of lifting at least 50 lbs., working long hard hours, and have a valid driver’s license.

ASSISTANT TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
The Assistant Technical Director is responsible, in conjunction with the Technical Director, for the construction, load-in, and strike of scenery for a fast-paced 5-show season.  The candidate will assist in managing the shop crew and supervising daily activities.  Other duties may include the budgeting, drafting, and building of scenery.  Proficient knowledge and experience in scenic construction, rigging, and shop safety is required.  At any time, the ATD will need to run crews and have enough understanding of current events to answer questions in the absence of the TD.  This position requires strong organizational, technical, leadership, and communication skills.  The candidate will also need to be capable of working on tall ladders, capable of lifting at least 50 lbs., working long hard hours, and have a valid driver’s license.

MASTER CARPENTER
The Master Carpenter will work as part of a team under the Technical Director and Assistant Technical Director, and build or modify scenery for a fast-paced 5-show season.  The candidate will work with power tools on a daily basis and be required to move scenery between the shop space, storage areas, the rehearsal hall, and the stage for load-ins, strikes, and build periods.  Applicants should have moderate knowledge and experience in traditional scenery construction, rigging, and safe wood shop practices.  The candidate will also need to be capable of working on tall ladders, lifting at least 50 lbs., working outdoors in the sun, and working long hard hours.

SCENIC PAINTER
The Scenic Painter is responsible for painting all scenic elements (scenery, drops, floors, etc) for the 5-show season. The candidate will work with the scenic crew on a daily basis under the supervision of the Technical Director, and must be self-motivated. Responsibilities include providing paint samples to the Scenic Designer, creating and following a scenic paints schedule, and budgeting on a per-show basis. The ideal candidate will have experience in scenic treatments including, but not limited to, faux finish, texturing, aging, and distressing, as well as possess the ability to work with/mix scenic paints and latex paints. The candidate will also need to be capable of working on tall ladders, capable of lifting at least 50 lbs., working long hard hours, and have a valid driver’s license.

PROPERTIES MASTER
The Properties Master is responsible for the construction, alteration, and organization of all properties for the 5-show season. The candidate will collaborate with designers, oversee all aspects of property procurement and stock usage, construct/purchase/borrow all properties required for each production, provide rehearsal properties for the start of each rehearsal cycle, and provide show paperwork in advance. Applicants should have a strong knowledge of theatrical properties construction, experience with period-appropriate designs, and possess attention to detail. The candidate will also need to be capable of working on tall ladders, capable of lifting at least 50 lbs., working long hard hours, and have a valid driver’s license.

COSTUME SHOP MANAGER w/ DESIGN OPPORTUNITIES
The Costume Shop Manager is responsible for the construction, manipulation, and organization of the costumes for a fast-paced 5-show season. The candidate will collaborate with designers, oversee all aspects of costume construction and stock usage, organize build/fitting schedules, maintain materials/labor budgets, oversee fittings, supervise shopping, and supervise wardrobe crew with daily show paperwork and maintenance. Applicants should have superior knowledge of costume construction, costume administration, ability to work with a wide range of personalities, and display strong leadership and communication skills.

Furthermore, the applicant will be offered the opportunity to provide the Costume Design for the following productions: Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Murder for Two. A strong background in theatrical costume design, and knowledge of rental packages and procedures, is required for these opportunities to be offered.

COSTUME SHOP ASSISTANT
The Costume Shop Assistant will assist the Costume Shop Manager in daily activities in the costume shop and around the theatre.  The candidate will maintain the dressing rooms and costumes for all productions, and help fabricate, modify, and acquire costumes for a fast-paced 5-show season.  The applicant must be a practiced stitcher, and have costume or clothing construction knowledge and experience. The candidate will also need to be capable of working on tall ladders, capable of lifting at least 50 lbs., and working long hard hours.  College students are encouraged to apply as this position could be considered an apprenticeship.

WARDROBE ASSISTANT
The Wardrobe Assistant will assist the Costume Shop Manger in maintaining costumes during the run of shows.  The candidate will attend every performance during the 5-show season, assist in costume changes backstage, be responsible for the upkeep of costumes and the dressing rooms, and perform the daily show laundry.  There will be opportunities for the candidate to work in the costume shop stitching and altering costume stock.  The candidate will also need to be capable of working on tall ladders, lifting at least 50 lbs., and working long hard hours. College students are encouraged to apply as this position could be considered an apprenticeship.

MASTER ELECTRICIAN
The Master Electrician is responsible for the planning, load-in, and strike of lighting equipment for a fast-paced 5-show season.  The candidate will work closely with designers to execute lighting plots.  A firm understanding of instrumentation, rigging, electricity and circuiting, and programing (ETC) are required to accomplish the difficult task of changing over plots quickly and efficiently.  This position requires strong communication skills and the ability to work under pressure.  The candidate will also need to be capable of working on tall ladders, lifting at least 50 lbs, and working long hard hours.  The running of the light board for the majority of the season’s performances is expected.

SOUND ENGINEER
The Sound Engineer is responsible for meeting the expectations of house playback and sound reinforcement for a fast-paced 5-show season.  The candidate will work closely with designers, directors, and artistic staff in order to achieve proper amplification with the house system, and will assist in planning the acquirement of rental equipment or new equipment as needed.  Duties include planning and organizing equipment needs, creating sound plots, loading-in and striking equipment, programming and running the audio console and playback computer for the majority of performances, and maintaining wireless mics for each performance.  The candidate must possess knowledge and experience in sound equipment and plots, trouble-shooting problems quickly, Mac OS X, and QLab.  This position requires strong communication skills and the ability to work under pressure.  The candidate will also need to be capable of working on tall ladders, capable of lifting at least 50 lbs., be asked to work in other departments as needed, and working long hard hours.  The ideal candidate displays a desire and background for potential design opportunities in the season, and may be asked to assist in other areas of production.

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT – NON AEA/AEA (Stage Management Internship)
The Production Assistant will assist the AEA Stage Manager(s) and Assistant Stage Manager(s) with scheduling, and running rehearsals and performances.  Duties will include:  producing daily rehearsal schedules, reports, and fitting schedules, as well as producing and communicating run sheets and all paperwork for the production crew.  The candidate will also work closely with the Props Master and/or designers in order to maintain property lists, storage, and use for a fast-paced 5-show season.  Qualifications are to have a good sense of humor, strong organizational, leadership, and management skills, the ability to work well with people, and to function calmly under pressure, with demanding personalities, and working long hours.  The candidate will also need to be capable of working on tall ladders, and lifting at least 50 lbs,.  This position may earn EMC points as desired.

PRODUCTION INTERNSHIP
Production Internships are available in all areas of technical production.  All production interns will participate fully in the day-to-day operations in all departments and gain practical experience working and training with professional designers, directors and production personnel.  In order to encourage better-rounded artists, all interns will work in multiple areas of production in order to gain awareness and appreciation of all the elements of theater production.  Duties as assigned will be to build/strike/load-in scenery, work in costumes, work in properties, do lighting strikes and hangs, and be run crew (such as deck crew, A2, light/sound board op, spot op, or wardrobe).

The ideal candidates are energetic and in the early to intermediate stages of their careers and display a strong interest in furthering their professional development and a commitment to working as part of a team in a rigorous summer stock schedule.  The candidates will also need to be capable of working on tall ladders, capable of lifting at least 50 lbs, and working long hard hours.

Interns will receive a weekly stipend and housing is provided in a shared staff house.  College credit may be available.  Check with your school for further details.

MEDIA INTERNSHIP
The Media Intern is responsible for the research, development, and execution of content for the Totem Pole Playhouse’s social media presence. The candidate will work closely with the Marketing Director and the Producing Artistic Director, assisting in the creation, revision, and uploading of media content. Other duties may include the attendance at any rehearsals or marketing events where video/photography is required, the tracking of Totem Pole Playhouse’s media coverage, updating and maintaining contact lists, distributing publications, drafting press releases, and assisting other departments with videography/photography as required.

USHERS
The Front of House mission is to cater to the needs of our patrons and provide a welcoming experience.  The mission also includes following safe and efficient rules and procedures that make the Front-of-House operations standardized and proper. We pride ourselves in giving an unsurpassed presentation to our patrons as they make their journey from the Box Office, to our Front-of-House Team, and all the way down the aisle to the performance on stage.
To apply for an Usher position, please contact Front of House Manager Wes Jackson at [email protected].

 

*Totem Pole Playhouse is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.