DESIGNERS & TECHNICIANS

The Forestburgh Playhouse offers great opportunities for young designers and technicians to add real world experience to their formal education. Designers will have the opportunity to work with experienced directors as they work to create a successful design within the limits of time, budget, and staff. Technicians will likewise learn by doing in both building and running large musicals. Salaries for design and technical positions range from $275 to $500/week, and all include housing, meals, and transportation from New York City.

 

Emailed resumes are preferred.  Please click here to email us. 

The tech and design staff at the annual "Pig Roast" (soy pig for the veggies!)

The tech and design staff at the annual "Pig Roast"
(soy pig for the veggies!)

Job Descriptions

 

The Set Designer will design and draft the sets for selected shows. The set designer also executes most of the scenic painting.  Although the set designer will not be directly involved with building, he or she should be comfortable and experienced in a small scene shop environment. He or she should have good communication skills and be able to work closely with the directors, the TD, the props master, and the rest of the technical staff. In terms of experience, our set designers usually have an MFA, or are MFA students, with some previous experience in summer theatre preferred. Set Designers are contracted by show, rather than for the whole season.

 

The Technical Director requires a hands on person responsible for the construction of all seven sets for the season. Will work closely with the set designer to execute the designs. Will supervise the assistant TD and two or three carpenters. Will schedule and supervise all changeovers in consultation with the stage manager and set and lighting designer. Contract runs approximately May 19 — September 10, 2017.

 

The Master Electrician/ALD will work under the supervision of the Lighting Designer and is responsible for maintaining the electrics, the board, focus, etc. as well as possibly running board during the shows.  He or she will also have the opportunity to design the lighting for the cabaret and Children’s Theatre shows.  Depending upon experience, he or she also may be given the opportunity to design one or both of the straight plays. Contract runs approximately May 20 — September 10, 2017.

 

Carpenters will work under the supervision of the TD or ATD to construct the sets and load in and out the sets during changeover. Although most of the job involves carpentry, some electrics may be involved. Carpenters will be part of the running crew.  Contract runs approximately May 20 — September 10, 2017.

 

The Sound Designer/Operator will design all seven of the shows for the season. Also responsible for setting up the theatre sound system, including cables, area mikes, speakers, amplifiers, and a multi channel sound mixer. Will also set up cabaret sound system. Responsible for mixing during the shows. In terms of experience, our set designers usually have an MFA, or are MFA students, with some previous experience in summer theatre preferred. Contract runs approximately May 20 — September 10, 2017.

Technical Interns are usually undergraduates with limited experience but unlimited enthusiasm. Often interns work in multiple technical disciplines:  costumes/props, carp/props, electrics/carp, etc.  Contract runs approximately May 20 — September 10, 2017 or sometimes earlier when school resumes for the fall semester.

The Master Carp requires an individual with excellent carpentry skills as well as the ability to assist the TD in supervising the carpenters. Depending upon the show, he or she may be part of the running crew. Contract runs approximately May 20 — September 10, 2017.

 

The Properties Master will work with the TD and under the direction of the Set Designer to shop, borrow, and/or build the props for each of the shows. Some set painting may be involved.  Depending upon the show, may be part of the running crew. Contract runs approximately May 20 — September 10, 2017.

 

The Lighting Designer will design lighting for selected shows and will collaborate closely with the directors, and will work with the stage manager and the TD in organizing the changeovers. Will supervise the staff electrician. Will be responsible for ordering the annual lighting equipment rental, picking it up with the electrician, and returning it.  In terms of experience, our set designers usually have an MFA, or are MFA students, with some previous experience in summer theatre preferred. Lighting Designers are contracted by show, rather than for the whole season.

 

The Costume Designer will design selected shows for the season. This is a hands-on position requiring sewing skills as well as organizational skills. Most costumes are rented, pulled from stock, borrowed from actors, etc - very few are constructed. Will collaborate closely with the directors. Will supervise the wardrobe supervisor who works as the assistant to the designer. In terms of experience, our set designers usually have an MFA, or are MFA students, with some previous experience in summer theatre preferred. Includes housing, meals, and transportation to and from New York City. Costume designers are contracted by show, rather than for the whole season.

 

The Wardrobe Supervisor/ACD works under the supervision of the Costume Designer to execute the costumes for the season. Responsible for costume laundry and repair. Some design opportunities usually arise.  Contract runs approximately May 20 — September 10, 2017.

 

Emailed resumes are preferred.  Please click here to email us.