Stage Carpenter
Providence, RI Production
Job Type


Job Title:   Stage Carpenter 

Department:   Production  

Reports To:    Technical Director  

FLSA Status:   Non-Exempt, Seasonal Full-Time

Pay Tier:   4

Compensation:  $17.50-19.50/hour ($700-$780/week) up to 50 weeks. Competitive benefits package including health insurance, dental insurance, voluntary supplemental benefits, 401(k), vacation, sick time, personal time, and paid holidays

Desired Start Date:  August 1, 2024


Trinity Repertory Company seeks a stage carpenter as the key operator of scenic and technical elements of the show onstage and backstage. Working as a team with the scene shop, the stage carpenter constructs, builds, and loads-in the set. During the run of the show the stage carpenter works with the stage management team, facilitating the needs of each performance, including maintenance of scenic and technical elements. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

· Working with the technical director and AEA stage manager to deliver a safe and efficient environment for the acting company

· Understanding and skills in rigging, scenic automation, and general scenic construction

· Monitoring the condition of the scenery and technical elements and either performing the required maintenance and repairs or communicating larger repairs or issues to the technical director

· Ensuring a safe work and performance space for actors and crew

· Touching up scenic paint as needed though the run of a show and informing the charge scenic artist of more involved paint repair needs

· Assisting in construction of the set

· Serving on the run crew for each performance during a full production show run  

· Facilitating problem solving with stage managers, actors, crews, and other theater staff  

· Occasional operation of automation effects and equipment as needed



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

· Ability to respond to changing circumstances quickly and with a positive attitude 

· Analytical thinking and problem-solving skills

· Ability to work long weeks and evening/weekend hours are typically required when running tech/previews and for assigned projects when on show call

Education and/or Experience

High school diploma plus a minimum of two years backstage and carpentry experience.

Technical/Computer Skills

Knowledge of theatrical production practices and procedures. Familiarity with COVID-19 Safety regulations.  

· Knowledge of backstage equipment and activities during the run of a theatrical performance

· General knowledge of tools, rigging, and building

· Good written and verbal communication skills

· Familiarity with computers running Windows/Microsoft Office and email for work use

· Good math skills, including fractions and angles

Language Skills

Must be an excellent communicator with the ability to communicate transparently and effectively across mediums. The ability and passion to work inclusively with all ages and diverse populations.  


· Valid driver’s license 

· Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, including one booster against COVID-19. Medical and religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccination requirements will be granted and reasonable accommodations provided under applicable law

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

· Ability to move, transport, or position objects up to 50-70 lbs. either alone or with assistance.  

· Ability to work safely at heights of up to 20 feet

· Ability to wear and work with appropriate personal protective equipment depending on the requirements of the task at hand

· Ability to remain in a stationary position for a prolonged period  

· Ability to ascend and descend steps, ladders, and scaffolding

· Must be able to carry items while climbing and descending stairs

· Must be able to sit and/or standing for prolonged periods of time

· Must be able to climb a ladder up to 6 feet

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

· Schedule includes regular nights and weekends

· This position may have to work on holidays 

· The noise level in the work environment ranges from low to high

· The light level in the work environment ranges from light to dark

· The Lederer Building (in which the Scene Shop, rehearsal spaces and theaters are located) has a significant number of stairs and many locations that are only accessible by stairs

· Trinity Rep is a collaborative work environment, and employees are expected to be open and willing to collaborate across departments and teams

· Trinity Rep is on an active and ongoing journey to be anti-racist organization, advancing anti-racist policies and practices, and fostering and sustaining a culture that values community, social justice, and equity

· This position will have several weeks off contract each summer based on our season schedule, which will be known in advance and will not disrupt benefits such as medical etc. 

Trinity Repertory Company is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a culturally diverse, equitable, and anti-racist environment. For information about Trinity Rep’s commitment to antiracism, please visit 


Rhode Island’s Tony Award-winning theater company, Trinity Rep has created unparalleled professional theater for and with its community since its founding in 1963. Trinity Rep is committed to reinventing the public square and inspiring dialogue by creating emotionally-stimulating productions and innovative education programs for all ages and abilities. Whether classical or contemporary, all of Trinity Rep’s productions connect audiences with the play and each other in meaningful and sometimes surprising ways. Its annual production of A Christmas Carol has brought families together for 40+ years and made memories for over a million audience members. Trinity Rep shapes the future of the nation’s theater through the development and production of new plays, as well as the tuition-free Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA program – one of the leading programs for actor and director training in the world. 

Trinity Rep strives to facilitate human connection through its commitment to forming meaningful community partnerships, creating a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, delivering exceptional customer service, and connecting patrons with its resident company of artists. Trinity Rep has resolved to place antiracism at the center of its work, and has embarked on a robust planning process to develop and implement a bold new vision for theater making, education, and community engagement, founded on the principles of genuine equity and antiracism. 

Located in downtown Providence, Trinity Rep has long been a driving force behind the creativity that fuels and defines the region. Typically employing over 250 artists, educators, and administrators, the organization generates nearly $21 million in direct and indirect economic activity annually. It is one of 76 theaters nationwide with membership in LORT (the League of Resident Theaters), the organization representing America’s leading professional theater companies. 

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Ranked #1 in Travel + Leisure Magazine’s 2014 America’s Favorite Cities Survey, praised by Architectural Digest as “The country’s best small city,” and named America’s Coolest City by GQ Magazine in 2015, Providence is the capital and most populous city in Rhode Island. Founded in 1636, it is one of the oldest cities in the United States and the third-largest city in the New England region after Boston and Worcester. Providence has a city population of 180,609 and is part of the Providence metropolitan area with an estimated population of 1,622,520. The region is considered part of the Greater Boston combined statistical area, the sixth largest in the country, with over eight million residents.  

Once nicknamed the “Beehive of Industry,” Providence has rebranded itself as the “Creative Capital” to emphasize its educational resources (Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence College, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, and Johnson & Wales University) and arts community. Over the last twenty years, much of Providence has undergone a true civic renaissance, as political leaders and residents have propelled the city into an exciting place to work and live. City streets are packed with boutiques, hotels, renovated lofts, excellent restaurants, and art spaces.  

In addition to being the home of Trinity Repertory Company, Providence has a remarkable arts and culture community that includes nationally renowned community arts center, AS220; the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra; RISD Museum; Providence Athenaeum; Festival Ballet; and WaterFire. Providence is also home to several performing arts centers such as the Veterans Memorial Auditorium and the Providence Performing Arts Center, as well as a number of smaller theaters. The city’s music scene, centered on artist-run spaces, is well known in underground music circles.  

The restaurant scene in Providence is second to none and a source of immense pride for residents, as the city has been consistently recognized as a top city for food. Because of Rhode Island’s proximity to the ocean, many restaurants, grocery stores, and farmer’s markets boast food sourced from the state itself, giving real meaning to the phrase “farm-to-table” dining. From bakeries and coffee shops, to bars and food trucks, there is no shortage of fun, excellent, cutting-edge dining in the city. 

Salary Description
$17.50-$19.50 per hour