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Washington Ballet
Updated On: Nov 02, 2017


The Washington Ballet is seeking to fill the position of Properties Master for its current 2017-18 season

Nineteen (19) weeks of work are being offered during the period from 11/5/17 to 06/30/18

Responsibilities include the maintenance & preparation of props for rehearsals & performance;

the running of rehearsals & shows, including supervision of props crews (union & non-union) and the installation & care of Harlequin Dance floors.

A complete Job Description follows

To apply please send resume & cover letter to

Please put the words PROPERTIES MASTER in the title block of the-mail

The position is represented by the contract between The Washington Ballet with IATSE Local 22.

Union membership is not a requirement for application.

The Washington Ballet is an equal opportunity employer




The Properties Master is responsible directly to The Production Stage Manager or his/her designee


  • Preparation, maintenance & repair of TWB & rental props for use in rehearsals and performance
  • Acquisition of props as needed for rehearsal & performance
  • Packing props for delivery to rehearsal studios & venues
  • Maintenance of inventory of floor & spike tape, floor cleaning supply, dancer amenities, and other items as needed
  • Attendance at studio rehearsals as needed for supervision & hands on execution of props presets, run of rehearsal details, and cleanup
  • Supervision of and/or hands on truck loading and unloading at TWB warehouse, studios, and other facilities.
  • Assisting the Production Carpenter; as well as other tasks assigned by the Production Stage Manager


                LOAD IN & SET UP

Supervision and/or hands on

  • Truck loading & unloading at the venue
  • Receiving All Props, Barres, Dance floor, dancer amenities and all other prop items
  • Receiving & distribution of all wardrobe boxes
  • Installation cleaning & spiking of dance vinyl floor (marly)
  • Organization & set up of props, ballet barres, rehearsal keyboard and other items as required; including but not limited to loading snow/petal bags, ground cloths.
  • Provide tables & chairs to each department as needed
  • Coordinate & work with other departments regarding the reloading of storage trailers as well as storing non-performance items in the venue space
  • Establishing orchestra pit & studios sessions with music stands, risers, conductor lectern & podium as well as assisting musicians with large instruments (e.g. harp & percussion)
  • Serving as an assistant to the Production Carpenter
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Production Stage Manager


        Supervision and/or hands on

  • Pre-class/performance sweep & mop
  • Continual maintenance of a clean & safe floor; both on & off stage
  • Checking/refreshing all spikes as needed.
  • Checking/repairing floor seams
  • Setting stage for class/warm up with barres & keyboard/or upright piano
  • Running props presets & cues in rehearsal and performance.
  • Replenishment of dancer amenities and dancer ice cooler as needed.
  • Make all props presets; live moves etc
  • Check for missing & broken props; Repairs as needed
  • Intermission Moves include: preparing for the next act; sweep (snow recycle), damp mop (if needed), & pit maintenance


-      Reverse of load in


  • The ability to lift 50lbs, have a good sense of humor, and the composure to work among and with children are assets deemed essential to the execution of responsibilities
  • The tasks associated with assisting the Production Carpenter require knowledge of scenery assembly (not construction) and an understanding of rigging basics. This is not a Riggers position and certification is not required
  • A valid Driver’s License & the ability to drive trucks (for local use only) up to 25’ in length is considered a “plus”
  • Although the title is departmental the TWB Production members are accustomed to working, with and assisting one another as needed.
  • Finalist candidates will be expected to undergo a background check at the expense of TWB

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