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House Carpenter

STATUS: Full-time
DEPARTMENT: Production
SUPERVISOR: Director of Production

The Paramount Theatre, a 100 yr. old Historic Theatre and one of the few remaining hemp houses in the United States, is seeking a qualified Fulltime House Carpenter

As a working member of the Paramount Theatre house crew, the Head Carpenter is responsible for managing/overseeing the safe and efficient operation of all stage equipment during work calls, load-ins, and load-outs for all productions at the Paramount Theatre, including events and rentals. The Carpenter is also responsible for oversight and management of the maintenance and upkeep of all stage systems and equipment in the Paramount Theatre. This is a staff position; you are expected to commit to a schedule of 40 hours per week, attend meetings as required, work independently, and help plan for the long-term preservation of the theatre.

Responsibilities: (in no particular order of importance)

  • Act as Crew Chief, aiding the Production Managers in running the crew for each event. The Carpenter is responsible for confirming times sheets are filled out correctly and managing the crews in a safe and efficient manner. They are responsible for ensuring that schedule is maintained and breaks are adhered to and will inform Production Management of changes in a timely manner. On calls with an IATSE Steward, the Carpenter will work closely with the Steward.
  • Read and understand the CBA and assist Production Management in adhering to its conditions.
  • Keep the weekly work schedule for House Heads and consult with Production Managers to determine call times.
  • Have a working knowledge of all other departments (Lighting, Audio, Fly & Projection)
  • Safe and efficient operation of the Theatre and Stage systems
  • Participate in the planning and safe installation of all stage systems at the Paramount Theatre, including but not limited to Audio, Rigging/Fly, and Electrics
  • Communicate with Production Manager at half-hour and top of show to confirm FOH is clear to start show. In most cases, you will make the calls to Lighting, Audio, Fly & Projection as required to start the show.
  • Work as part of the non-departmentalized show crew for all productions at the Paramount
  • Actively provide support for presented and rental productions and events. This includes, but is not limited to, company functions such as backstage tours, on-stage parties and events, photo shoots, etc.
  • Consult with Production Management with respect to purchase/rental of equipment and expendables needed for upkeep of the stage/theatre and individual needs of shows.
  • Schedule, perform and/or assist in inspection of all Paramount Theatre systems and inform Production Management of any upkeep, repair, or routine maintenance to be performed in a timely manner. Work with the Dept. Heads to schedule required maintenance/repairs.
  • Coordinate with other Dept. Heads to budget needs throughout the year
  • Work with and communicate with other House Dept. Heads (Audio, Lighting, Fly, Projection) to maintain a unified and organized house crew
  • Keep informed and up to date with training and skills including changes, technical advancements, and safety protocols in the industry.
  • Manage personnel safety and uphold safety protocols within the department. Participate in all required training.
  • Attend production meetings as required.
  • Report directly to Director of Production & Technical Services (and Asst. Director of Production & Production Manager when appropriate)
  • Other duties as assigned

At a minimum, the House Carpenter must:

  • Manage and prioritize the day-to-day duties of the House Crew on non-show days
  • Supervise a crew of up to 50 in a safe & efficient manner during load-ins, load-outs, work, & show calls.
  • Have the ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and multitask. Must be able to see the bigger picture.
  • Have the ability to work independently & as part of a team
  • Be able to act as liaison between visiting production and local crew
  • Efficiently communicate to crew what is required/expected and keep them motivated through completion of tasks
  • Understand budgets, estimates, and scheduling and the importance of adherence to all
  • Be able to efficiently supervise and instruct assistants.
  • Be able to direct others.
  • Maintain a clean, safe, unobstructed theatre/stage.

Qualifications, Education, and Experience:

  • 3-5yrs experience as a Head Carpenter either in a House or Road position (or comparable experience)
  • Understanding of the safe use and application of power tools and hand tools
  • Exemplary carpentry skills and working knowledge of stage carpentry and the skills required to build a variety of scenic elements, as well as the application of such elements. (We are not a producing house, and as such we do not build sets for shows. We do build individual items as required for certain self-presented events). Must also possess the ability to make repairs to the stage and house as required.
  • Knowledge of and experience with a single purchase counterweight and a hemp fly system
  • Working knowledge of chain motor rigging
  • Complete understanding of backstage etiquette and a good working knowledge of technical theatre practices
  • Exceptional collaborative attitude. Exceptional customer service attitude.
  • Excellent work ethic, including but not limited to: time management, work flow management, self-motivation, diplomacy, and interpersonal and collaborative communication skills
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds unassisted. Must be able to climb stairs & ladders, kneel, bend at the waist, and stand for extended periods of time. Must be able to climb 50’ straight ladder to the grid and not have a fear of heights.

Requirements also include, but are not limited to:

  • An intimate knowledge of knot tying (including but not limited to: bowline, belays, prussic hitches, clove hitches), block and falls, and the basic laws of physics.
  • Working knowledge of Fly system, Sound, Lighting, and Projection (digital & film). Carpenter may be called upon to assist in these areas as needed.
  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to organize and communicate information clearly, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work in a detail oriented manner, be resourceful and flexible, and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to apply feedback to improve performance
  • Ability to face demanding situations with tenacity, diplomacy, and sensitivity under a lot of pressure
  • Ability to work independently AND as part of a team
  • Availability to attend staff meetings as scheduled by Production Management
  • Flexibility to work irregular hours, evening hours, long hours, late hours, and weekend shifts as required

Send cover letter, resume, and references to: and include “HOUSE CARPENTER POSITION” in the subject line. No calls, please.

Deadline: Open until filled

This is a salaried 10 month, 40hr week contract (August 1 – May 31) and then hourly/on-call from June 1 – July 31.

Texas is a right to work state; you do not have to be a member of the union to accept this position.

The Paramount Theatre, Stateside at the Paramount, & Austin Theatre Alliance are a family. We spend a lot of time together in these buildings, and as such the ideal candidate will be able to mesh technical proficiency with social skills and a love for preserving this 100yr old gem. To learn more about The Paramount and Stateside at The Paramount, visit our website at We are host to 2 Film Festivals & 1 TV Festival each year. We have a diverse season of shows, plus we produce/present a 4 day, 10 venue Comedy Festival each April, and our annual Gala every May takes over 2 city blocks in Downtown Austin.

The Paramount Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

Teaching Artists

STATUS: Part-time


 Commensurate with experience

We will have two rounds of auditions – Thursday July 27th from 1-3 or 6-8 at the State Theatre (719 Congress, Austin, TX 78701). Teaching opportunities generally occur between 8 am and 2 pm Monday through Friday and include the following programs:
Pre-show Workshops – one teaching artist visits a classroom for a 45- minute lesson that prepares students for the show they will soon see at the Paramount Theatre. These workshops are fast-paced, active and change in content, age of students and schools at which we teach from show to show.
Literacy to Life – a team of 3 teaching artists facilitate a 7-week residency in 2-3 third grade classrooms on a particular campus. This residency teaches the fundamentals of writing as well as creativity in an active, imaginative and exciting 90-minute workshop. The residency culminates in a live performance of the students’ writing by the Paramount Story Wranglers.
STEM Through the Arts – a team of 2 teaching artists facilitate an 8-visit residency in elementary classrooms on a particular campus. This residency uses drama, film, music, and dance to teach math and science content. The residency culminates in a digital story created by the students.

For the audition, please prepare a five minute lesson or activity to share with the group that relates to one of the programs above. When preparing a lesson, please structure it to be interactive (you will be teaching other auditioners in the room) and aim it at a specific age group and/or subject area (i.e. “this activity could be used to teach 4th grade social studies,” instead of “this is a game I played with my nephew once.”)
Even if you are not sure of your availability in the upcoming semester, you are encouraged to audition. Teaching placements are tailored to your schedule. Auditions are to join our roster of professional teaching artists, not for one specific slot or placement. However, preferences, previous experience and specific interests are taken into account. Once on the roster, you are eligible for further teaching opportunities such as special events and teaching positions for summer camps. All positions are paid. Bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. 

To secure an audition slot, please email Mitch Harris ( with your resume and which audition slot you would prefer (1-3 or 6-8).

Organizational Background

Built in 1915, the Paramount Theatre has served Austin for more than a century now. It stands next door to the State Theatre, constructed in 1935. Together, as the Austin Theatre Alliance, these spaces are acoustically more intimate, visually more appealing, and historically more significant than just about any other theatre in the region. Both are contributing structures to the Congress Avenue National Historic District, and the Paramount Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Theatres continue to serve as anchors in the downtown area for performing arts events, film screenings, and our education and outreach programs. Artists like Harry Houdini, Katherine Hepburn, and Helen Hays graced the Paramount stage in its early days. The venues continue to remain relevant to the community with a contemporary line-up of stars such as Lyle Lovett, Sheryl Crow, and Dr. Maya Angelou. Each year, more than 200,000 people pass through our doors to take in first-rate performing arts events and films.

Our Mission: Inspired by the power of the arts to change lives, the Austin Theatre Alliance strives to engage all Central Texans through extraordinary live performances and films, to ignite the intellect and imagination of our youths, and to ensure the preservation of the historic Paramount & Stateside Theatres; the crown jewels of downtown Austin.

To this end, the Austin Theatre Alliance has maintained its longstanding commitment to provide access to the arts for all Central Texans. Through our Education & Outreach programming, formally organized in 2008, we impact more than 18,000 children annually, seventy-five percent of the students are from the low-income, Title I schools most in need of our support. Our programs give students the thrill of attending a live performance at our historic venues, engage them in their classrooms, and provide an important resource for teachers wishing to incorporate creative learning techniques into their pedagogy. In a time of steep budget cuts, there is no more cost-effective way for students to reap the benefits of a comprehensive, integrated arts education than through the collaboration between schools and our education and outreach programs.

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