Now Hiring for our 2019 Season! 

 

Production Positions:

Chautauqua Theater Company invites applications for future production positions for its 2019 summer season. Contracts run 9-12 weeks starting in early/mid June, subsidized 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.

Assistant Production and Facilities Manager

The Assistant Production and Facilities Manager is a key role in the smooth operation of Chautauqua Theater Company for each summer season. At Chautauqua, we present fully produced and designed shows in a very short amount of time. The Production & Facilities team work in support positions - making sure that all departments are supported to produce their best work every time within budget and resources. Top traits desired: a creative spirit, MacGyver-like problem-solving skills, and the ability to convey information in a clear, concise, and effective manner. A sense of humor and some college education wouldn’t hurt.

Responsibilities, including but not limited to: assisting the Production Manager in all aspects of running the production department; serving as Production Manager for Special Programming events; assisting other production departments as needed (especially in changeover); assisting Company Management with large events; assisting with maintenance of facilities; acting as a key facilitator for capital projects and facilities issues with the larger institution staff; organizing the disposal and recycling systems for the theater; managing signage and safety issues at all theater facilities; and, keeping an open conversation with the Production and Facilities Manager about any issues or concerns from the company.

 

Assistant Technical Director

The ATD acts as the liaison between the TD and the shop. They will work closely with the Scene Shop Supervisor to make sure that the shop has all the supplies that it needs to complete the all scenic builds. Responsibilities include, assisting with drafting the shows if needed, TD-ing at least 1 NPW, specialty skills projects, keeping up with inventories, helping with ordering/purchasing, attending portions of tech, teaching skills as necessary, leading rigging install, maintaining the shop and tools, running things while the TD is in tech/fulfilling other responsibilities. Skills Needed: Computer Drafting, Automation/Pneumatics (preferred), Experience with Budgeting, Finish Carpentry, MIG Welding. Professional Experience required.

 

Master Carpenter

The role of the Scene Shop Supervisor 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 Scene Shop Supervisor. 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).

 

Scenic Charge Artist

The Scenic Charge Artist works in conjunction with the Technical Director. The Scenic Charge Artist is responsible for interpreting the set designer’s elevations concerning the color and texture of the scenery surfaces. This person supervises the scenic artist and apprentice and is tasked with devising a budget for materials and labor related to painting the sets and applying faux finishes. The Scenic Charge Artist is responsible for interfacing with designers and leading the paint team on two mainstage shows, 3 NPWs, and one traveling Shakespeare. The paint team will also join the carp team for load-in and strike if time permits. The charge artist will work closely with the 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, Budgeting Experience, Drop Painting Experience (preferred).

 

Assistant Scenic Charge Artist

The assistant scenic charge artist 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 Charge Artist 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 charge artist 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 is expected to assist 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 should have at least 2 seasons of professional experience and be skilled in carpentry, soft goods construction, general prop fabrication, and prop shop organization. Candidates must have organizational skills, problem solving abilities, and be detail oriented. Duties may include: assisting in building, buying, borrowing, and altering hand props, furniture and set dressing; assuming Prop Master responsibilities on individual productions if needed; maintaining stock props in storage areas; responsible for shopping when asked; maintaining shop tools and work areas; maintaining 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, performing other related duties as assigned.

 

Properties Artisan

The Prop Artisan is expected to participate in the research, acquisition 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 some professional experience, be familiar with hand and power tools, 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.

Wardrobe Supervisor
The Wardrobe Supervisor is responsible for insuring smoothly-run performances and preserving the integrity of the original costume design for each production. Responsibilities include coordinating and conducting costume changes, maintaining and repairing costumes. When not in production, the Wardrobe Supervisor assists in the costume shop as needed and must have basic costume construction skills.

The ideal candidate should excel at meeting deadlines, be dependable, flexible, self-motivated and have excellent communication skills. Strong organizational skills are a must. Basic wig maintenance and makeup application is required. Positive attitude is essential.

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

The Lighting Technician 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 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.

Sound Engineer

The Sound Engineer assists the Sound Supervisor during all work calls. The Sound Engineer is more of a “hands on” role than the supervisor. The Sound Engineer is primarily responsible for maintaining the configuration of Bratton's audio systems during each production. For all productions, the technician engineer serves as the mix engineer and is responsible for running the show track as well as performing daily system power-up and shut down procedures, system checks, maintaining wired and wireless intercom, and auxiliary audio systems (dressing room monitors, assisted-listening devices, etc.). The Sound Engineer is also responsible for the bulk of equipment maintenance during the course of the summer season – cable repair/soldering, repairing broken intercom equipment, maintaining CTC's QLab system, etc.

 

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 focused during the first few weeks and brush-up rehearsals and performances then scattered through the remaining weeks of the season. In addition to typical stage management duties, the SM will also be responsible for organizing and packing the van in preparation for & following performance, driving a renatl vehicles for the tourning production and monitoring maintenance needs for the production elements throughout the summer.

It is worth noting that performance conditions may be dependent on natural elements, and can vary greatly throughout the summer. One of our Stage Management Apprentices will act as ASM for the production during rehearsals.

 

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. 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 and proficient with the 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 effectively, and with a great attention to detail.

 

Non-AEA Assistant Stage Manager(s)

 

Assistant Stage Managers at Chautauqua Theater Company will work directly with AEA Stage Managers on mainstage 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 the 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 2019 vary in length from 2 weeks to 7 weeks.


Administrative Positions:

Chautauqua Theater Company invites applications for future administrative positions, 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.

 

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

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.

  • Adapt show poster graphics to appropriate print and media dimensions using Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign, or other similar programs
  • 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 or another like program, following the brand style guide and template from previous seasons
  • Update the ctcompany.org website with accurate information and images using Joomla, and/or coordinating with the CHQ Digital Communications office
  • 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 and content publishing
  • Assist Marketing Director with merchandise purchasing and tracking
  • Manage all print and digital media archives
  • Track ticket sales and data using Sharepoint and in-house CTC ticket reports
  • Manage all comp ticket and VIP ticket requests
  • Act as mobile CTC photographer/videographer at show Meet & Greets 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 CS6 or CC 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.

  • Manage 4-8 volunteer ushers at shows, and plan usher schedules via email
  • Lightly clean the theater before and after performances (take out trash, sweep, update marketing materials)
  • Oversee and print all audience surveys
  • Complete front of house reports after every show and send to Senior Staff
  • Flyer for performances on and off-grounds
  • Create and find connections and interest groups in local communities/on grounds
  • Assist with social media and merchandise planning
  • Complete daily ticketing reports in tandem with the Marketing Associate