Production Positions:

Chautauqua Theater Company invites applications for production positions for its 2020 summer season. Contracts run 9-12 weeks starting in early June, with housing provided. To apply, send a cover letter, resume and three references to Jobs@CTCompany.org. Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line. Once we begin reviewing resumes in February, you will receive a link for an online application portal prior to an interview.

Master Carpenter
The role of the Master Carpenter is quality control, making sure that the scenery being produced in the shop lives up to a safe and appropriate standard. Responsibilities include supervising the shop (including safety and cleanliness), generating cut-lists, executing difficult build projects, teaching, leading parts of strike and load-in, doing purchasing runs, and maintaining the shop and tools. Skills Needed: MIG Welding, Ability to read and comprehend draftings, Rigging Experience (preferred). Professional Experience required.

Carpenters
These entry-level Carpenter positions are responsible for building and loading in the shows, under the direction of the TD, ATD, and Master Carpenter. They must be able to understand working drawings and have a working knowledge of basic shop tools. Responsibilities include building 2 Main Shows, 3 NPWs, and one traveling Shakespeare. Should be enthusiastic and ready to build, load-in, and strike the shows for the summer. They will work in close contact with the Master Carpenter and ATD to execute the designs. Welding experience is helpful but not mandatory. Skills Needed: Standard Carpentry, Finish carpentry, MIG welding (preferred), Sewing (preferred).

Assistant Scenic Painter
The assistant scenic painter is responsible for assisting in the interpretation of the set designer’s elevations concerning the color and texture of the scenery surfaces. The Assistant Scenic Painter is responsible for interfacing with designers and painting on two mainstage shows, three NPWs, and one traveling Shakespeare. The paint team will also join the carp team for load-in and strike if time permits.

The assistant scenic painter will work closely with the charge artist, TD, master carpenter, and other members of the build crew to develop a schedule for completion of each piece, and to understand which materials work best on various surfaces. Skills Needed: Color Mixing/Color Theory, Drawing, Advanced/Complex Faux Finishes, Drop Painting Experience (preferred).

Assistant Props Master
The Assistant Prop Master assists the Prop Master with research, design and construction of props, furniture and set dressings for 2 mainstage productions, a traveling Shakespeare production and three new play workshops. The ideal applicant will have at least 2 seasons of professional experience and be skilled in carpentry and/or soft goods construction, general prop fabrication and prop shop organization. Candidates must have organizational skills, problem solving abilities and be detail-oriented. Duties include: assisting in building, buying, borrowing, and altering hand props, furniture and set dressing; maintaining stock and storage areas; have a valid driver's license; maintain shop tools and work areas; maintain a safe work environment; assisting in receipt tracking and adhering to budgetary parameters; reading all seasonal scripts; checking daily stage manager rehearsal and performance reports for notes concerning props, furniture or set dressing pieces that need to be procured, repaired or replaced; helping maintain quality control and production value; and other related duties as assigned.

Properties Artisan
The Props Artisan is expected to participate in the research, acquisition and construction of props, furniture and set dressings for 2 mainstage productions, traveling Shakespeare production and three new play workshops. The ideal applicant will have some professional experience, be proficient with hand and power tools, carpentry or soft goods construction and general prop fabrication. Candidates must have organizational skills, problem solving abilities and be detail oriented. 

First Hand/Stitcher
This position will carry the majority of the hands-on work within the Costume Shop, as both the Costume Shop Manager and Assistant Costume Shop Manager/Cutter/Draper will also be responsible for some administrative duties.Though primarily a Stitcher position, this person should expect to fulfill other duties within the shop as assigned (cutting, draping, crafts, dye work, etc.)

Duties include but are not limited to: working closely with cutter/draper on build tasks; instructing apprentice on new techniques; maintaining a clean and safe environment; helping with tasks assigned such as: shop opening and closing, load-in, strike, sewing, pulling and restocking, crafts, and dye work; working with great accuracy and speed on fitting and dress notes; cutting and patterning when needed. 

Ideal candidates should have strong stitching skills, some cutting and draping experience, craft and dye skills, as well as previous professional experience.

Master Electrician
The Master Electrician acts as the department head for the lighting department. As such, they are a crucial component of the production team, making sure that all appropriate measures are taken to ensure a successful lighting design execution for each show throughout the season. Previous professional experience is desired.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: supervise and schedule the electrics crew, including IATSE and non-union labor, in conjunction with the Production and Facilities Manager; facilitate the planning and load-in of production lighting equipment at the top of season as well as for each production; facilitating the maintenance all production lighting equipment; managing the budget of the lighting department; providing detailed expenditure information to the Production and Facilities Manager; ordering all equipment and supplies for the lighting department upon approval; facilitating and supervising the removal of all lighting equipment, attending all production meetings. 

Lighting Technician/Programmer/Board Operator
The Lighting Technician/Programmer/Board Operator is responsible for the complete and safe build and run of multiple lighting designs. The responsibilities of the Lighting Technician include but are not limited to: assisting with the hanging and focusing of lighting equipment; serving as light board operator and programmer for all shows as needed; maintenance and repair of lighting instruments and equipment; hanging, rigging and focusing all lighting equipment along with other electrician staff that includes IATSE and non-union labor; programming lighting console in conjunction with other staff during technical rehearsals; maintaining a clean and safe workspace.

Non-AEA Assistant Stage Manager(s)
Assistant Stage Managers at Chautauqua Theater Company will work directly with AEA Stage Managers on mainstage, traveling Shakespeare, and/or new play workshop productions. They will see a show through from pre-production to closing, working with the stage manager to manage the rehearsal room, and running the deck in technical rehearsals and performances while also serving as a member of the run crew. Expectations include, but are not limited to: creating and maintaining SM production paperwork; working with prop and costume shops to facilitate rehearsal needs; tracking props & costumes in rehearsals & performances; creating and maintaining deck running sheets & preset checklists; maintaining master scripts on new works; helping to inform the learning experience of Stage Management Apprentices. Candidates should be comfortable with Mac & PC computers, and proficient with Microsoft Office Suite. Ideal candidates will be self-motivated individuals, with the ability to maintain a positive and supportive attitude, to multitask efficiently, to delegate when needed, and with a great attention to detail. ASM contracts in 2020 vary in length from 9 weeks to 11 weeks.


Administrative Positions:

Chautauqua Theater Company invites applications for administrative positions for it’s 2019 season. Housing provided. To apply, send a cover letter, resume and three references to Jobs@CTCompany.org. Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line. Once we begin reviewing resumes in February, you will receive a link for an online application portal prior to an interview.

Assistant Company Manager 
The Assistant Company Manager reports directly to the Company Manager, but also serves each member of the company by helping to create and maintain a safe, comfortable, positive working environment.  This person runs many errands, assists in company hospitality, organizes and executes company parties and events, and assists with company housing. A warm and care-taking personality is necessary for this position, as well as the ability to multi-task, prioritize, and re-prioritize.  Strong organizational and document creation skills are helpful. The Associate Company Manager must be the type of person who is able to “find the right tool for the job”.

Business/Office Manager
The Business and Office Manager serves as the primary contact for accounting and office related.  They assist the Managing Director with general management needs, manage receipt entry, check requests and payroll and helps out in various administrative areas.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Process and maintain financial documentation and contract compliance.
  • Coordinate IT services for theatre and administration offices.
  • Serve as Office Manager in areas of supplies, signage, and office organization.
  • Collaborate with the marketing, artistic, and company management team as necessary
  • Must be familiar with Quickbooks online budgeting software

Marketing Associate
The Marketing Associate serves as right hand support to the Marketing Director. They oversee creation and printing of marketing materials, manage social media accounts and assist with interviews and photo shoots. 

  • Coordinate all printed materials orders including: show posters, dramaturgical posters, handouts, informational postcards, program inserts, magnets, etc.
  • Adapt show poster graphics to appropriate print and media dimensions using Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign
  • Ensure all branded messaging including images, video, social media, and any other published media remains consistent and aesthetically in the CTC voice and image
  • Design, draft and print all show program inserts using InDesign, following the brand style guide and template from previous seasons
  • Film and edit promotional/dramaturgical videos in Premiere
  • Schedule all WJTN radio interviews with artists and CTC staff, and communicate appropriate talking points and press prep for interviewees
  • Assist Marketing Director with social media brainstorming, press releases and content publishing
  • Advise and assist Marketing Director with on and off grounds strategies/campaigns to optimize ticket sales (i.e. find ways to sell out shows!)
  • Manage all print and digital media archives (i.e. upload videos and photos to the Google Team Drive, CTC server, and external hard drive, and archive all printed materials for the season)
  • Track ticket sales and data using Sharepoint and in-house CTC ticket reports
  • Manage all comp ticket and VIP ticket requests with the CHQ ticket office, CTC Marketing Director, Company Management, and Senior Staff/Leadership
  • Act as mobile CTC photographer/videographer at show Meet & Greets, Invited Dress Rehearsals, Opening Nights, select performances, and other social/casual gatherings
  • Act as Box Office Manager at the Ticketing Kiosk before every performance in a professional and customer-first-friendly manner, managing waitlists, comp tickets and patron questions/concerns
  • Proficiency in Google Drive products and Adobe Creative Suite 2019 highly encouraged

House Manager/Community Engagement Coordinator
The House Manager/Community Engagement Coordinator serves as a key public face to patrons at every single performance. They oversee everything from making sure the theater is ready to open to ensuring that patrons have a safe and enjoyable time. They field questions, complaints and brainstorm solutions in the moment. When they are not in the theater they assist the Marketing Director with promotion on and off-grounds. 

  • Coordinate and schedule all volunteer ushers for the season
  • Coordinate with Marketing, your Co-House Manager, as well as Stage Management to proactively and efficiently run the Front of House for every performance
  • Prepare the House for every performance: place signage, clean the space, etc.
  • Complete Front of House Reports for every performance, and archive them accordingly
  • Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Assist the Marketing Office in daily tasks and office work
  • Coordinate, manage, and schedule all Student-Volunteers with their respective volunteer skills and departments with the Theater Company
  • Complete Daily Ticketing Reports and file them accordingly
  • Coordinate community engagement outreach by flyering posters and show specific information on and off the Institution grounds, connecting with communities via social media, and by discovering connections and interest groups within the community that would appreciate and connect with our material
  • Assist and advise with show/theme specific engagement events and connections on and off grounds 
  • Assist with the updating of social media and informational blasts
  • Assist with the design of small informational and promotional materials throughout the season

House Manager/Touring Stage Manager
This split role will act as Stage Manager for CTC’s traveling outdoor Shakespeare production and as House Manager for all of CTC’s productions in the Bratton Theater. Stage Management duties will be front-loaded on this contract, with rehearsals and performances only in the first five weeks of the contract. In addition to typical stage management duties, the SM will also be responsible for: 

  • Organizing the packing of the van in preparation for & following performances
  • Driving one of the rental vehicles for the touring production
  • Monitoring maintenance needs for the production elements throughout the tour 

It is worth noting that performance conditions may be dependent on natural elements, and can vary greatly throughout the performance schedule. The SM will have the support of a non-AEA ASM and a Stage Management Apprentice to fill out the team for all rehearsals & performances. 

The House Manager serves as a key public face to patrons at every single performance, Brown Bag, and special event in Bratton. They oversee everything from making sure the theater is ready to open to ensuring that patrons have a safe and enjoyable time. They field questions, complaints, and brainstorm solutions in the moment, and coordinate with Marketing, the Co-House Manager, and Stage Management to proactively run the Front of House. Specific duties can include:

  • Co-Manage 4-8 volunteer ushers at shows
  • Lightly clean the theater before and after performances (take out trash, sweep, restock, make the place presentable!)
  • Greet patrons, answer questions - you are the face of CTC Staff
  • Work with the Co-House Manager on completing front of house reports after every show

Candidates should be comfortable with Mac & PC computers, proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, have a clean driving record, and be comfortable driving a 15-passenger van or large truck. Ideal candidates will be self-motivated individuals, with the ability to maintain a positive and supportive attitude, to multitask efficiently, to delegate effectively, and with a great attention to detail