Job Requisition Number: 22862. Cal Performances is the performing arts presenting, commissioning and producing organization based at the University of California, Berkeley.
The mission of Cal Performances is to produce and present performances of the highest artistic quality, enhanced by programs that explore compelling intersections of education and the performing arts. Cal Performances fulfills this mission by presenting, producing, and commissioning outstanding artists, both renowned and emerging, to serve the University and the broader public though performances and education and community programs.
To learn more about Cal Performances, please visit http://calperformances.org/.
The Master Carpenter is a key member of the stage leadership team which also includes the Master Electrician and the Audio Department Head. The Master Carpenter is responsible for the successful implementation of all technical related elements for events under the purview of Cal Performances (primarily in Zellerbach Hall, but also in other venues used by Cal Performances: Zellerbach Playhouse, Wheeler Auditorium, Hertz Hall, the Greek Theatre and other off-campus venues). Duties include, but are not limited to: carpentry, rigging, stage management, vendor coordination, equipment and/or facilities maintenance, department liaison, and stage crew supervision, training and development.
The Master Carpenter reports to the Administrative Manager (Production) and has a high degree of independent and immediate decision making authority as it pertains to the on-site coordination of technical elements and stage labor. The scope of work includes advance work, performance days and post-event summaries and/or reports.
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40% Technical Coordination *Consults with Cal PerformancesÃ staff in various departments (Programming, Operations, Production) as well as with visiting artists or their representatives, concerning production and technical requirements.
*Reviews and edits tech riders, plans labor, technical needs and procurement of technical equipment for various productions both in advance of artist arrival and during residency as necessary.
*Assists Administrative Manager with developing crew schedules and event budgets.
*Coordinates and oversees the implementation of all related elements required by events during pre-hangs, rigging, load-ins, rehearsals, performances, load-outs and/or changeovers.
*Works with touring technicians, designers and/or artists, assessing and resolving event technical problems and budgetary issues.
*Ensures a high standard of safety and craftsmanship is achieved.
*Actively pursues knowledge and training to remain current in technical theater, stage operations, industry trends and best practices to accommodate the needs and requirements of visiting artists.
30% Staff Supervision *Actively participates in the recruitment, hiring and training of stage supervisors and stagehands.
*In conjunction with the Administrative Manager, addresses performance management issues, training and development, and evaluation of staff.
*Ensures stage staff adheres to appropriate work procedures as proscribed by Cal Performances, including work rules, policies, and best practices.
*Conducts training on stage safety protocols, technical equipment usage, best practices in rigging (counter-weight and motorized systems), repair of theatrical equipment, and appropriate facility maintenance.
*Performs on-site supervision of all stagehand staff working on stage, assigning work and overseeing daily work flow, including breaks.
*Actively assists with work duties of stagehands when necessary.
20% General Administration *Works with Administrative Manager to assign crew for calls; assists with labor summary report for events, as requested.
*Attends Operations department meetings, Production meetings and Cal PerformancesÃ full staff meetings when not otherwise occupied with production duties.
*Assists Rental Business Manager in developing labor estimates and reporting actual labor expenses for rental or campus events.
*Conducts quarterly safety training and meetings. Maintains safe working environment. Advises Administrative Manager of possible risks or hazards.
*Works with Administrative Manager or General Manager to develop and solicit competitive bids for equipment, purchase/replacement, capital projects and special vendor services, as needed.
*On occasion, performs some duties that are regularly assigned to other stage supervisors and/or the Administrative Manager, as needed.
10% Equipment and Maintenance *Collaborates with Master Electrician and Audio Department Head in the preparation of an overall maintenance plan.
*Serves as on-site leader for maintenance projects as assigned.
*Maintains equipment inventory and plans for equipment replacement purchases.
*Advises on short-term and long-term capital improvement needs.Ã¯ Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in technical theater and production, primarily in the areas of theatrical carpentry and counterweight systems, with general experience in rigging. Ã¯ Experience in technical theater or stage production including knowledge of protocol, chain-of-command and stage equipment and practices. Ã¯ Experience working with and leading a stage crew with a variety of experience levels, including union members, touring crews and part-time staff, in the completion of their daily tasks. Experience with training, scheduling, supervising and employee performance management. Ã¯ Experience acting as Master Carpenter, fly person and/or rigger for live performances and events (both rehearsed and unrehearsed) in a roadhouse situation. Ã¯ Knowledge of and working experience with sprung-floor constructed stage decks, soft goods, counterweight systems, fire curtains, truss, theatrical motorized systems, chain hoists and motors, fall protection systems, symphony concert shells, and theatrical staging equipment such as portable risers and dance floors. Ã¯ Experience with framed, counterweighted, and motorized fire curtains. Ã¯ Experience reading and interpreting artist riders and stage drawings, including line set schedules, light plots, blueprints, sketches, schematics, ground plans and sections. Knowledge of and experience with AutoCad, Vectorworks, Lightwright and standard MS Office software. Ã¯ General knowledge of stage lighting and audio systems. Ã¯ General knowledge of portable projection screens for both front and rear projection. Ã¯ Strong experience with personnel lifts. Ã¯ Strong experience operating power tools, hand tools, and pneumatic equipment within safety guidelines. Ã¯ Knowledge of and skills with electricity to safely load circuits, identify overloads and short circuits, and diagnose and repair defective equipment. Ã¯ Knowledge of and skills to safely set up temporary 3-phase power distribution. Ã¯ Knowledge of current state and federal OSHA standards applicable to professional theatre environments. Ã¯ ETCP Rigger - Theatre certification or willingness to pursue. Ã¯ Able to coordinate across technical areas to ensure timely realization of event. Ã¯ Positive, approachable attitude; open mindedness and objectivity; and willingness to collaborate. Ã¯ Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to successfully interact with a diverse constituency and ability to work with people with varied skill levels. Ã¯ Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to independently follow through to successful completion of projects in a timely manner. Ã¯ Able to quickly and easily adapt to changing situations and priorities in a calm and professional manner. Flexibility to address emerging critical situations. Ã¯ Able to work under pressure of deadlines in a fast paced environment under performance conditions which require a near 0% failure rate. Ã¯ Able to work long hours, overtime, nights, weekends and holidays. Ã¯ Able to move items weighing up to 75 lbs. Ã¯ Able to work at heights, around moving machinery, and with exposure to noise, vibration, dust, and drafts.
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