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].

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.

The Costume Designer is responsible for the construction, manipulation, and organization of the costumes, including rented costume packages, for a fast-paced 4-show subscription season: Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat (rental), Ain’t Misbehavin’, Murder For Two, and Mamma Mia! (rental). A strong background in theatrical costume design, and knowledge of rental packages and procedures, is required. The candidate will oversee all aspects of costume construction and use of the playhouse’s sizable in-house stock, organize build/fitting schedules, maintain materials/labor budgets, oversee fittings, supervise shopping, and supervise wardrobe crew with daily show paperwork and maintenance. Applicants must have strong knowledge of costume construction, costume administration, ability to work with a wide range of personalities, and display solid leadership and communication skills. The ideal candidates are energetic and display a strong interest in furthering their professional career with 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 long hard hours.

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.