Position reports to:


Technical Director

FLSA classification status:


Full time/Seasonal; overtime eligible, IATSE Local 15

Pay range:



Application deadline:


Thursday, December 9th, 2021


SEATTLE REP is seeking a resourceful and highly talented Master Scenic Carpenter to join the scene shop. The Master Scenic Carpenter is a vital member of the scene shop team and provides essential support for realizing our artistic visions in every production.



Seattle Rep is committed to producing the highest quality programming, and we believe that our ability to contribute to excellence in the arts depends on building a community whose members come from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and life experiences.

We are part of a growing movement in theater to ensure inclusion of those who have been excluded historically; focusing particularly on racial and ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities and women, ensuring they are at the decision-making table, reflected in our community.


Seattle Rep collaborates with extraordinary artists to create productions and programs that reflect and elevate the diverse cultures, perspectives, and life experiences of our region.


Theater at the heart of public life


Artistic Vitality, Sustainability, Generous and Inclusive Practices



In collaboration with other members of the scene shop and production staff, the Master Carpenter is responsible for scheduling and leading the build and load-in of all the scenery that goes from our shop to our stages.

Typical duties include: 

Lead and participate in scenic builds

  • Dispense build information and project assignments to the carpentry staff
  • In collaboration with Technical Direction, estimate and maintain a schedule of the scenic build
  • Coordinate arrival of scenery to the paint department
  • Read and occasionally create construction drawings working from design drawings, renderings, and models
  • Fabricate scenic elements out of various materials using stationary and hand tools

Coordinate and lead scenic load-in

  • Manage and lead the load-in of scenery onto the stages at Seattle Rep
  • Collaborate with Technical Direction and the Master Stage Carpenter with the creation and installation of theatrical effects and automation

Maintain a clean and safe scene shop and work environment

  • Properly handle, use, and dispose of all scenic construction materials
  • Clean and maintain equipment and tools
  • Observe and follow all rules and safety guidelines

Assist in the maintenance of scenery during load-in and run of Seattle Rep productions

  • Build, install, and maintain the scenery on stage during load-in, tech rehearsals, and the run

Serve as an essential contributor to Seattle Rep’s culture and success

  • Add constructively to the collaborative and collegial health of the organization
  • Add actively and constructively to the equity, diversity, and inclusion work of the organization, including attending all-staff training sessions
  • Engage with and strive to embody Seattle Rep’s mission, vision, and values in all aspects of work


Minimum qualifications

  • 4 years of experience working with the tools and materials typically found in a professional scene shop
  • 2 years in a leadership role in a scene shop environment
  • Advanced knowledge of scenic construction techniques
  • Advanced knowledge of metalworking and woodworking tools
  • A demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member and leader of a team
  • Ability to work extended periods on projects overhead, on saw horses, on floor level, vertically and horizontally oriented
  • Ability to work with materials weighing up to 50lbs unassisted
  • Commitment to racial equity and social justice

Desired qualifications

  • Experience with CNC tools
  • Experience with CAD drafting
  • Advanced knowledge of scenic automation and rigging systems and equipment



  1. Submit a resume detailing related experience and education.
  2. Attach a cover letter that outlines how your related experience and education qualifies you for the position.
  3. Applicants are reviewed the day after the position closes.
  4. First round of interviews tentatively scheduled for Thursday, December 16th, 2021
  5. Position tentatively scheduled to start on Monday, January 3rd, 2022

Seattle Rep has a mandatory vaccination policy for all employees, with accommodations for medical and religious exemptions only.

Contact with any questions regarding the application process.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.