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Assistant Head Carpenter, Kennedy Center, Opera House
Oct 25, 2022

Job Description

The Kennedy Center Production Operations Department seeks a technician with a thorough working knowledge in all areas of technical theatrical production.  The position is Assistant Head of the Carpentry Department, Opera House.  Applicant must have a minimum of five years’ experience as a technician and have solid working knowledge in all facets of mounting productions with advanced knowledge in Carpentry, Rigging, and layout, for theatrical presentations.  Basic computer skills, setting up and handling of all logistics of setting up and loading out of attractions are also expected. Applicant must have working knowledge of modern stage technology and procedures.  Applicant must be familiar with the safe working procedures of a stage and its related tools and equipment as well as safe working procedures in a production environment.  This position is one of the “staff” recognized positions in the Opera House as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between The Kennedy Center and I.A.T.S.E. local #22.  This position is a full time, hourly position with benefits, vacation, and sick leave.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • As the Assistant Head of the JFKC Opera House Carpenter Department, individual will work as a team member of the minimum basic crew as well as the Assistant to the Head of the Carpentry Department, loading in, setting up, rehearsing, running of performances, taking down and loading out productions.  Individual will need to act as an over all leader to any over-hire employee’s referred to work in the Opera House by I.A.T.S.E. local #22.  Assistant Head Carpenter will work with Kennedy Center Management, as well as visiting “Road Crews” to safely and efficiently plan and schedule pertinent aspects to mount productions presented or visiting the Kennedy Center Opera House. Assistant Head Carpenter technician will perform maintenance on theatrical systems and equipment that pertain to the Carpentry and Rigging systems in the Opera House.  Technician will perform other work as assigned and defined in the CBA.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Key Qualifications

  • A minimum of 5 years’ professional experience in Technical Theater.
  • Bachelor’s degree in technical theatre; advanced degree preferred.
  • The applicant must possess excellent skill levels in set up and operation of theatrical equipment enabling smooth running performances.  Applicant must be able to work well with others, and be able to prioritize in a high pressure environment.  Applicant must have experience working with union crews.
  • Flexibility, the ability to work well under pressure, and the ability to prioritize in a multi-task environment are required. Equally important is the ability to translate the financial concerns of the Kennedy Center while ensuring the successful maintaining and acquisition of theatrical equipment.
  • Assistant Head Carpenter Technician must be able to work odd hours, including evenings, nights, weekends, and frequent work beyond 40 hours per week.  Must be able to spend 10 hours a day standing and walking.

Work Environment

  • The sound and light level in the work environment varies widely from high to low intensity.
  • Loud noises include power tools, sound reinforcement, equipment testing, as well as large orchestras, and loud musical groups.
  • Working on elevated platforms, in aerial lifts, and in lighting positions in high places, will be required.

Anyone interested in applying for this position should follow the link below:


IATSE Local 22
1810 Hamlin St. NE
Washington, DC 20018

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