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Master Carpenter

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Troy, NY
Categories: Staff, Trades, Service, and Maintenance

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Job Summary

The Master Carpenter and Rigger will be responsible for rigging, scenic and staging elements of EMPAC’s artistic, research, campus, and rental activities and will assist in the ongoing research of performance technologies and media applications.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Associate’s Degree with an equivalent 5 years of experience in theatre carpentry and rigging in a high level production environment.
  • Experience with managing crews for production, load-ins and strikes.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with wood and steel scenery construction, shop and stage operations, and typical theater rigging methods as well as computer controlled rigging.

  • A relevant combination of education, training and directly related experience may be substituted for a degree.

Relevant combinations of education, training and experience may be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in (BA/BFA) in Theater with emphasis on production technology (Technical/Staging, Theatrical Design, or related Performance Arts) plus 2 years combined experience in theater carpentry and rigging in a high level production environment. 

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to work in a high-pressure environment for fast paced productions in a four-venue performing arts center with avant-garde programming.
  • Detailed construction knowledge of wood and steel scenery along with rigging and staging methodologies are expected.
  • Must be self-motivated, able to organize construction time and crews effectively to support a wide range of artistic mediums, while delivering consistent quality in a production schedule.
  • Requires substantial expertise and knowledge with scenic and staging technologies, shop operation, and implementation of state-of-the-art rigging.
  • Is versed in CAD aspects of design, and preferably experience with the mechanized systems of stage events.
  • Knowledge and experience with tour methods, construction and stage operations.


Business Hours with weekends or evenings occasionally required


Incidental driving possible, but not required

Application instructions


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Job Posted Date

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

COVID-19 Pandemic Protocols

Rensselaer welcomes undergraduate and graduate students to campus for an in-person academic experience.  To support this experience, all faculty and staff are expected to work onsite, with no remote work allowed.

Rensselaer requires all faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national and international perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.




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