Job Opportunities

Summer 2019 Staff Positions

 Chester Theatre Company, is a professional theatre company located in the foothills of the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. CTC produces 4-5 plays each summer, staged and performed by professional actors, directors and designers.  Now entering its 30th season, CTC has earned a reputation for producing the best in contemporary theatre, consistently winning top honors with area critics. CTC productions have gone on to Off Broadway engagements and regional, national, and international tours.

Production Manager / Technical Director 

The Production Manager will report to the Producing Artistic Director as a seasonal, full time position.

  • Organize, run, and participate in scenic load ins and ensure proper execution of the design through the tech process
  • Coordinate bids for scenic construction
  • Work with scenic designers to ensure all on site scenic notes (including paint) are completed
  • Consult on hiring of Master Carpenter and Master Electrician
  • Supervise Master Carpenter and Master Electrician
  • Maintain and distribute Town Hall Theatre ground plans, inventory, and other technical information
  • Communicate with stage management regarding scenic questions and needs throughout the performance run – assist with repairs as needed
  • Develop and distribute production calendar and master contact sheet
  • Set and communicate design deadlines
  • Coordinate and run production meetings
  • Arrange for over-hire crew as needed
  • Coordinate the return of season materials to storage at the end of the season
  • Work with and train interns on assigned technical duties

CTC does not have a scenic shop, so the Production Manager works closely with the off-site shop that builds the sets to ensure a smooth load in and proper execution of the design in the space.  A successful candidate will have knowledge of carpentry and ability to problem solve in a collaborative way.

Dates: June 3 – August 23, 2019

Possible pre-season consultation (compensated additionally)

 

Master Carpenter and Props Charge

The master carpenter will in consultation with the Production Manager:

  • Work all scenic load ins, ensuring proper execution of the design through the tech process;
  • Work with scenic designers to ensure all on site scenic notes (including paint) are completed;
  • Organize and run all change overs and strike – including the final season strike and return of all materials to storage;
  • Work in collaboration with the Production Manager to ensure good communication between the shop and design team through the build process to installation;
  • Work with the Production Manager to staff all load in and work calls;
  • Communicate with stage management regarding scenic questions and needs throughout the performance run and assist with repairs as needed;
  • Work with production manager and scenic designers to procure (purchase, build, or borrow) all props and furniture for both rehearsals and performances;
  • And work with and train interns on assigned technical duties.

CTC does not have a scenic shop, so the Master Carpenter works closely with the off-site shop that builds the sets to ensure a smooth load in and proper execution of the design in the space.  A successful candidate will have knowledge of carpentry and ability to problem solve in a collaborative way.

Dates: June 10 – August 23, 2019

 To Apply:  Please send cover letter and resume including two professional or academic references to:

Tara Franklin, Associate Artistic Director / Director of Education at: tara@chestertheatre.org

Please include in your application if you have any scheduling conflicts, and if you anticipate having a vehicle during your time in Chester.

 

Box Office Manager

Chester Theatre Company seeks well-organized, outgoing box office manager to handle summer season ticket sales and house management.

Box Office Manager’s responsibilities include:

  • Process ticket orders over the phone and in person;
  • Answer phone inquiries and manage customer service needs
  • Supervise house management operations at all performances
  • Coordinate volunteer ushers
  • Generate weekly box office reports for Artistic Director and Marketing Director
  • Coordinate group sales
  • Work with Operations Manager to establish a weekly schedule for administrative interns to cover both office and performance needs
  • And work with and train interns on assigned box office duties

Previous customer service experience and basic computer skills required. Training on our ticket software (Ovation) will be provided.

Dates: May 22 – August 23, 2019.

To apply: Send cover letter, resume, and two professional or academic references to:

Angela Combest, Marketing and Development Director, at angela@chestertheatre.org.

 

Master Electrician

The Master Electrician will be responsible for:

  • Developing working plans from the lighting and sound designs;
  • Work with Production Manager to place material/rental orders in a timely fashion;
  • Collaborate with the lighting and sound designers to ensure all plans can be executed on budget;
  • Load in of all lighting and sound equipment;
  • Lead all change over and focus calls;
  • Operate the light board for all tech rehearsals and conduct dimmer check for performances;
  • Maintain the lighting and sound equipment throughout the performance run;
  • Track Inventory of both owned and rented electrics;
  • And supervise and train all interns on electrics responsibilities.

Dates: May 27- August 23, 2019

To Apply:  Please send cover letter and resume including two professional or academic references to:

Tara Franklin, Associate Artistic Director / Director of Education, at tara@chestertheatre.org.

Please include in your application if you have any scheduling conflicts and if you anticipate having a vehicle during your time in Chester.