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If you need labor for your production, call 

Business Agent Ryan Chavka:


When you hire IATSE Stagehands you are hiring more than a labor force.

You are hiring men and women with experience, who arrive on time, with the right tools, and who want the production to go just as smoothly as you do.

IATSE Local 22, chartered in 1894, has over 300 members and over three times that number in our referral database available to work with you.

Our contracts include the Kennedy Center, National Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Warner Theatre, Wolf Trap, and Strathmore Concert Hall.

In addition to our theatrical venues we have working relationships with Verizon Center Arena, the Washington Convention Center, and many of Washington’s hotels.

We facilitate the shooting of live TV shows such as the Kennedy Center Honors, the Mark Twain Prize, A Capitol 4th, and every four years, Presidential Inaugurations.

  • Production staff are key to production quality, which is #1 in affecting bottom line revenue. We are the source for the most highly trained, professional, experienced labor in the area; some of our members have national reputations and many have experience in venues worldwide.
  • Retaining and attracting quality staff can be central to the efficiency of production budgets, again a key to bottom line performance. Our contracts promote employment of professional, quality staff with better wages, benefits, and work conditions.
  • Any production business has to deal with constantly changing labor needs.  Any production’s labor force fluctuates daily. Access to the Local 22 database and referral list, as a condition of any contract, will supply staff or over-hire labor on a 24-hour basis, trained, experienced, and reliable.
  • Our contracts are in most of the best venues and with the most professional employees in the area. Association with Local 22 attracts better employees to all our venues.  They learn, not only from our training program, but also on the job, from their peers and from other industry professionals, and take that experience to all the venues where they work.
  • Association with Local 22 and the IATSE International will attract other benefits:

1.   Association with staff professionals in other area prime venues

2.   Access to professional training through Local 22’s Training Department, and our partnership with Prince Georges Community College in our Entertainment Technology Certificate program.

3.   Access to the extensive knowledge base and professional contacts of Local 22 members, who are open to consultation on any kind of technical problems.

4.   We are members of PLASA, USITT, InfoComm, ASSE, NFPA, and NSC, all professional industry organizations.

5.   We are members of area political groups, and stay active in relevant political developments.


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