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Stage Manager/Carpenter


Position Summary:

The Stage Manager/Carpenter is one of three full-time I.A.T.S.E. positions employed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO), Cincinnati Pops (CPO) and May Festival Chorus (MFC) and reports to the Technical Director.  In coordination with the Technical Director, this position manages assigned technical requirements for day-to-day orchestra operations. The Stage Manager/Carpenter also functions as a carpentry specialist as dictated by concert program requirements.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

• Prepare/Plan, setup and work all CSO, Pops and May Festival activities as required, including but not limited to rehearsals, performances, pre-concert lectures, special events, tours, auditions, recording sessions, load-ins, load-outs, changeovers, etc., managing CSO crews as assigned by Technical Director or his CSO Stage Manager designate

• Move and set all musical instruments and related technical equipment as required for weekly productions, such as but not limited to, acoustic shell and ceilings, risers, pits, chairs, music stands, podiums, keyboards, harps, percussion, stringed instruments, set pieces, props, etc., quickly mastering each instrument family/musician and all special repertoire/setup requirements unique to each;

• Manage CSO carpentry department supervising carpentry crews as work dictates

• Design, construct, paint, assemble/disassemble, purchase, rent or borrow all staging and scenic elements, risers, trussing, acoustic shell and ceilings, soft goods, and backdrops; working with show designers and/or artistic leadership on design vision

• Install and oversee installation of orchestra acoustic shell, ceilings and riser systems in all venues

• Oversee all stage deck operations during rehearsals and concerts, performing set changes as required

• Operate and oversee the fly system

• Build sets, props and/or related décor to specification

• Repair, modify, clean, maintain, inventory and oversee storage of set elements, road boxes, domestic and international touring cases and all shop equipment and tools

• Maintain stocked supplies, materials and tools, ordering and re-ordering as needed

• Obtain vendor bids and make recommendations to Technical Director for staging, scenic and design elements and/or other theatrical equipment as requested, maintaining existing and/or developing new equipment vendor relationships

• Remain current on stagecraft and rigging practices, carpentry design and industry trends; demo new technology when opportunities arise, seeking out these opportunities whenever possible

• Load/unload trucks; supervise the loading & un-loading of musical instruments & equipment from equipment trucks;  Supervise the proper handling of Orchestra cargo by cargo companies

• Perform and/or manage general maintenance and repair on all orchestra-owned technical equipment

• Attend weekly production department meetings when assigned, participate in staff team-building exercises, including annual performance reviews

• Other duties as assigned


Job Requirements, Skills, Background:

• Minimum 10 years experience as a stage technician

• Minimum 5 years previous house experience, evidence of proven leadership skills

• Superior knowledge of all facets of stagecraft, with particular expertise in carpentry; a proficient builder and welder with a strong understanding and ability in standard theatrical construction techniques; a craftsman

• Prior knowledge of orchestral production, with willingness to learn further

• Working knowledge of industry practices and standards

• Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work successfully with a multitude of personalities, such as visiting artists, road managers, orchestral/choral musicians, etc.

• Demonstrate collaborative spirit when working with staff and board colleagues; team player who is able to give, take and follow direction

• Detail-oriented and organized, excellent time management skills with the ability to work successfully in a fast-paced, time-sensitive environment; calm under pressure

• Quick learner, with high aptitude and accuracy; critical thinker/problem solver; flexible

• Able to delegate

• Computer (including CAD software) and smart phone literate, possessing basic administrative skills

• Able to travel locally, nationally and internationally, possibly for extended periods of time, based on Orchestra’s schedule

• Able to work long hours with little-to-no schedule flexibility, including most weekends and some evenings/holidays

• Able to frequently move and lift instruments and equipment weighing up to 75 pounds



Per the terms of the CSO/IATSE CBA.


Applicants must be a member in good standing of Cincinnati Stage Employees, IATSE Local #5.  Interested candidates please submit resume and cover letter by noon on Friday, January 12, 2018 to the Business Representative who will then forward onto the CSO Director of Operations.  Interviews commence upon receipt of resumes.


During and/or following the interview process, management reserves the right to offer a “trial week” or “trial weeks” to one or more candidates before making a final hiring determination. CSO also reserves the right to include a probationary period at the onset of employment and to conduct annual job performance reviews.  Employment start date is negotiable.


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