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Temporary Theatre Technician Local Crew Positions - CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT

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Please note, this is a temporary position. The length of the assignment will be based on department need with the possibility of continuation. Employees in temporary positions are not considered permanent state employees and do not earn leave. Temporary employees are subject to the Affordable Care Act guidelines. To receive full consideration, please be sure you have fully completed the entire application before you apply for this position. This is an applicant pool posting. Please be advised that prior applicants need not apply. To receive full consideration, please be sure you have completed the ‘Work History’ section of the application before you apply for this position. Also, please provide a cover letter that describes which specific skill set you are interested in and your work experience that will support being successful in this role. For more info/to apply visit http://jobs.uncw.edu. Applications must be submitted through the online application system to be considered.

Posting Details

Posting Details

Department Academic Affairs - 30000
Vacancy Number
Working Title Temporary Theatre Technician Local Crew Positions - CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT
Job/Career Band Title
Competency Level
Job Category Unspecified
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Brief Description of Work for this Position

UNCW’s Office of the Arts serves the UNCW campus and the Wilmington community by shining a spotlight on the intellectual life of the campus through diverse and unique cultural programming. The Office of the Arts curates the UNCW Presents Series, manages Kenan Auditorium, and advocates for the arts on UNCW’s campus and in the Wilmington community, in collaboration with the five academic arts departments and community partners. UNCW’s Office of the Arts participates in the cultural life of the region as a member of the NC Presenters Consortium and Arts North Carolina.
UNCW is seeking applications of interest from candidates for temporary local stage crew positions to help with the variety of upcoming performances. We encourage applicants to submit an application for these positions if interested and qualified. Please include a cover letter that indicates the type of position interested in based on descriptions noted below. Review of applications will be ongoing and as needed for performances.
Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include assisting with the assembling, disassembling, and maintenance of stages during theater productions. The positions receive general supervision from the Technical Director and have no supervisory responsibilities unless specifically appointed by the Technical Director.
Other Important Functions Include:
•Clothing processes, sewing, cleaning, pressing and steaming, familiarity with construction and repair of costumes and accessories; OR knowledge of wig and hair processes
•Load and unload materials from trucks
•Assemble and disassemble parts
•Set up lighting, props and microphones
•Move and rearrange furniture
•Unload and set up road cases
•Perform spotlight operation during shows
•Construct and paint set pieces
•Set up risers and musical equipment
•Ensure props are affixed properly
•Assist with video, sound and light production
•Disassemble and store set pieces
•Ensure props are present at the beginning of a scene and taken away at the end
•Set up flats
•Dismantle scenery and other set pieces
•Work with electricians and lighting assistants
•Set up lights and microphones
•Operate sound and lighting systems
•Build and install scenery
•Operate scenery-moving machinery
•Clean stage and backstage before and after each production
•Handle, wash and repair wardrobe
•Other duties as assigned
Knowledge of:
•English grammar, spelling and punctuation
•University infrastructure, policies and procedures or ability to learn quickly
•General methods and problems related to theatrical production; Familiar with basic stage directions, terminology and theatrical equipment and materials
•Design principles and the ability to translate specifications, blueprints or drawings into real-world solutions if needed
•Maintenance procedures for lighting and/or sound equipment and routine theater maintenance
•Knowledge of stage properties, familiarity with construction of sets and scenes; OR knowledge of stage lighting techniques, controls and follow spot use; OR knowledge of sound techniques; OR knowledge of video production and playback techniques; OR knowledge of stage rigging techniques
•Safety rules and standards pertaining to backstage theater work
Ability To:
•Work independently in the absence of supervision
•Understand and follow oral and written instructions
•Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for:
-making observations
-communicating with others
-reading and writing
-recognizing and responding to questions
-operating assigned equipment
•Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities that may include the following:
-sitting/standing for extended periods of time
-lifting and/or moving at least 50 pounds
-operating assigned equipment
•Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
•Maintain mental capacity that allows the capability of:
-making sound decisions
-answering questions
-demonstrating intellectual capabilities
•Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
We are seeking people to fill the following temporary local crew positions:
•Wardrobe – is responsible for supervising all wardrobe related activities during the course of the production run. These duties may include laundry, primary dressing assistance, and quick changes. All wardrobe personnel must be proficient at sewing and be able to make quick repairs on the fly. All wardrobe personnel must be proficient in the use of steamers, irons, laundry facilities (washer/dryer), sewing machines and hand darning equipment.
•Carpenters – Carpenters are hired to help load in scenic elements for the production. Duties include unloading trucks, unpacking boxes, loading in scenery, repairing or constructing scenic elements, moving furniture or large scenic props, work as run crew for productions, load out. Carpenters are expected to be able to fill in other roles, such as electrician, flymen, rigger, etc. as needed. Carpenters are expected to provide their own hand tools.
•Flymen – A fly crew is a group of people who operate a fly system from its locking rail during a theatrical production. The responsibilities of a fly crew include bringing battens in and out, keeping the fly system linesets in balance, and ensuring that the fly system’s rope locks are applied when the associated linesets are not moving. Each member of the crew is called a flyman. Loaders are flymen who work high above the stage in the grid, adding or removing counterweights from the fly system arbors.
•Riggers – Assists in the delivery, set up, operation, dismantling and striking of rigging and rigging equipment needed for clients’ live events. Often includes rigging for video systems, audio systems, lighting systems, and scenery. Other duties include ensuring the safe setup, use, and maintenance of rigging equipment used during for concerts and special events, hangs points, calls bridles, ties knots, hangs soft goods and hard set pieces, operates rigging equipment during load-in, show, and load-out, identifies any additional rigging equipment that may be required, ensures compliance with health and safety regulations, always adheres to safety standards for rigging equipment and uses safe working methods, may work as crew during event, operating spotlights, assisting sound crew, moving backline, scenery, etc., unloads trucks and moves gear to set up location in accordance with instructions and strikes equipment upon completion of event, packs equipment cases and loads trucks.
•Electricians – Theater Electricians are responsible for all non-design aspects of the lighting in a theatrical production. They may be also responsible for special effects (such as fog) and powering other electrical items (such as motors) used in production. Electricians install (hang), point and shape the beam (focus), and connect to power (circuit) lighting instruments. Additionally they may add gel to color the light, patterns (or gobos) to create texture or shape a light into a picture, and accessories that give the designer the ability to change some aspect of the light, such as scrollers (color changers) or pattern effects (gobo rotators).
•Master Electrician – The Master Electrician, M.E. or “Chief Electrician”, supervises all other Electricians working on a production or show. They are sometimes referred to as the Head Electrician or in a touring house, the House Electrician.
•Lighting Programmer – The Lighting Programmer is a person familiar with the lighting board being used who sits next to or in communication with the lighting designer during “tech”. He or she is responsible for programming in the lighting cues as dictated to him or her by the lighting designer. This saves the designer the time and attention of using the light board and allows him or her to concentrate on building the cues. Often this person is the Light Board Operator for the show’s run.
•Light Board Operator – The Light Board Operator, Lighting Operator, Board Op or just LX Op is the person who executes cues for a production. They may need to be able to write cues for their lighting board, and to make adjustments quickly to account for equipment failure, or people being in the wrong location. For some live events, such as concerts, this person may also be creating cues and looks on the fly, and functioning both as an operator and a designer simultaneously. Experience with ETC Eos family is expected.
•Audio Crew – The Audio Crew is responsible for the load-in, set-up, and load-out of all things audio/video related. Duties include the unloading and set-up of speakers, monitors, mixing boards, microphones, projectors, projection screens, cameras, and the running of all necessary cable. The audio crew is also responsible for trouble shooting any problems that may occur involving sound and video. The audio crew may also serve on the run crew.
•Soundboard Operator (A1) – The Soundboard Operator is the head of the Audio Crew. The Soundboard Operator is responsible for all sound engineering required during live performances. The Soundboard Operator must have extensive knowledge and training in live sound production. The Soundboard Operator is responsible for all signal routing, live mixing, and execution of any sound cues that are necessary for the production. Experience with Yamaha M7CL Digital Consoles or similar is expected.
•Props – Props personnel are responsible for the maintenance, and repair of all props pieces associated with the production. Duties may also include organization of props table, making sure each prop is functioning properly, making sure each prop piece is set properly, and serving as run crew. Props personnel must be highly organized and have experience in carpentry and craft making.

Minimum Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

•Some experience required
•Must be able to stand for extended periods of time
•Must be able to lift at least 50lbs

Certifications or licensure required to perform the essential functions of the position
Preferred formal education or training, professional skills and work experience

•Experience in Theater or Film preferred
•Audio, lighting, rigging and video preferred
•Degree in Theater or Film preferred

Work Hours Varies
Work Days Varies
Hours Per Week Varies
Type of Position
Recruitment Range $10 - $15/hour Depending on Position Offered
Special Instructions to Applicants

Please note, this is a temporary position. The length of the assignment will be based on department need with the possibility of continuation. Employees in temporary positions are not considered permanent state employees and do not earn leave. Temporary employees are subject to the Affordable Care Act guidelines.

To receive full consideration, please be sure you have fully completed the entire application before you apply for this position. This is an applicant pool posting. Please be advised that prior applicants need not apply.

To receive full consideration, please be sure you have completed the ‘Work History’ section of the application before you apply for this position. Also, please provide a cover letter that describes which specific skill set you are interested in and your work experience that will support being successful in this role.

For more info/to apply visit http://jobs.uncw.edu. Applications must be submitted through the online application system to be considered.

Job Posting Date 01/09/2017
Posting Close Date
EEO Statement

UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Number of Openings Multi-Positions

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Work Sample - News Story
Optional Documents
  1. Resume

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please indicate below what type of position(s) do you have experience in and are seeking?
    • Wardrobe
    • Carpenters
    • Flymen
    • Riggers
    • Electricians
    • Master Electricians
    • Lighting Programmer
    • Light Board Operator
    • Audio Crew
    • Soundboard Operator
    • Props