The Studio Theatre

Master Carpenter - Washington

Washington, DC

Job Description

Master Carpenter

Posted: Friday, 2/9/2024
Thank you for your interest in employment at Studio Theatre. Studio is a unique workplace, one that combines the ambitions of an accomplished arts organization with the agility of a midsized theatre, small enough to foster a real sense of community among our staff and dynamic enough to remain an important force in the theatre scene, both in DC and nationally. Every member of our staff contributes to this work, helping us meet our many deadlines and challenges with ingenuity and passion. Studio Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

TITLE: Master Carpenter
STATUS: Full-time Non-Exempt
DIVISION: Production
REPORTS TO: Technical Director


Reporting to the Technical Director (TD), the Master Carpenter is responsible for the construction and installation of all scenic elements for productions and presentations at Studio Theatre. In collaboration with TD, the Master Carpenter will help direct part-time scene shop employees and apprentices/fellows in the execution and installation of scenic elements. They may also assist in shop organization, maintenance, and suggested improvements. This position requires a highly capable carpenter with demonstrated experience accomplishing complicated projects and detailed finish carpentry.


  • Act as Master Carpenter on all shows presented at Studio Theatre.
  • Develop a complete and thorough understanding of all drawings and paperwork for each production and assist in the dissemination of that information.
  • Collaborate with the TD to plan and schedule workflow for construction and installation of scenic elements.
  • Foster organization and communication in the scenic department with the Technical Director.
  • Collaborate with the Technical Director and scene shop staff to solve production challenges.
  • Collaborate with the Technical Director to organize, schedule and maintain the function, cleanliness, and safety of shop, storage areas, and theatre spaces.
  • Assist in overseeing the safe and effective construction of shop projects, and lead overhire and the Technical Direction Fellow through the process.
  • Help train the Technical Direction Apprentice/Fellow in construction techniques and safe and efficient work habits.
  • Attend Studio related meetings as necessary
  • Participate in Studio Theatre’s on-going anti-racism work.
  • Other duties as assigned.


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

  • Significant physical needs - able to lift upward of 75lbs
  • Comfort working on ladders up to 12 feet.
  • Ability to work on lifts and ladders preferred.
  • Comfort working in loud or bright environments.
  • Flexibility to work weekends and evenings on critical weeks.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license (preferred but not required)


  • Loud noises and bright lights
  • Exposure to adhesives, coatings, and other similar chemicals as well as dust and debris
  • Moderate work on a 20-foot high tension grid
  • Interfacing with vendors
  • Irregular schedules with long hours during tech and preview weeks


Studio Theatre is seeking an individual with considerable talent, passion for the theatre, and ability to advance institutional aims. We expect a candidate will have:

  • Comfort with and working knowledge of basic shop tools.
  • Working knowledge of finish carpentry and installation techniques
  • Comfort producing scenery from standard theatrical drawings.
  • Ability to monitor needs and inform supervisors accordingly.
  • Knowledge of regular theatrical practices
  • Creative problem solving
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and enthusiasm to work with teams with diverse identities.


This position is a full-time salaried non-exempt position with an annualized salary between $45,000 and $49,000.

Studio Theatre offers a generous benefit package including medical with a partial employer contribution and a funded HRA, dental, and vision insurance and FSA; long-term disability insurance; life insurance; 401K with an employer match; and commuter benefits. Studio Theatre time off policies include ten paid holidays, five floating holidays, separate sick leave, and annual vacation leave accrual starting at ten days for new hires.

SCHEDULE: Studio Theatre’s production hours are Monday thru Friday 8am to 4pm. Studio Theatre’s remote work policy allows certain positions to work remotely up to two days a week plus exceptions on a case-by-case basis; however, this position works primarily on-site. Due to the nature of live entertainment, all positions may require some evening and weekend work.

IRREGULAR SCHEDULE NOTE: During tech and preview weeks, this position often works 12-hour days, six days a week. These long days do include breaks and downtime.


Interested applicants can apply using the application form.

If you need assistance filling out the form, please email [email protected] or call 202.232.7267 x 0 for assistance.

Studio Theatre is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theatre field are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, and all qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.

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