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House Flyman

Date: August 10th 2015                             Status: Full time
Report to: Director of Production            Salary/Benefits: IATSE Local 205

The Paramount Theatre, a 100 year old historic theatre and one of the few remaining hemp houses in the United States, is seeking a qualified Fulltime House Flyman

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


  • The safe and efficient operation of the hemp fly system.
  • Participate in the planning and safe installation of rigging at the Paramount Theatre
  • Work as part of the non-departmentalized show crew for all productions at the Paramount. This includes but is not limited to working as a spot-light operator during the run of show as required.
  • 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 flyrail and individual needs of shows.
  • Keep accurate lineset schedules as required and update Technical Director as to any changes to plot.
  • Perform inspection of all Paramount Theatre rigging systems. Inform Production Management of any upkeep, repair or routine maintenance to be performed in a timely manner. Work with the Head Carpenter to schedule required maintenance/repairs.
  • Work with and communicate with other House Dept Heads (Audio, Lighting, Carpentry, 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.
  • Other duties as assigned.

At a minimum, the House Flyman must be able to:

  • Independently hang a pipe
  • Supervise a crew in safely and efficiently hanging a pipe
  • Level a pipe before and after it has been bagged
  • Rig the lines in order to hoist the pipe to the grid
  • Counterweight a pipe safely and efficiently
  • Bag a pipe safely and efficiently
  • Supervise and instruct assistants on the rail
  • Maintain a clean, safe, unobstructed flyrail

Qualifications, Education, and Experience:

  • Previous Head Flyman experience in a Hemp House.
  • Knowledge of and experience with a single purchase counterweight and a hemp fly system.
  • Working knowledge of chain motor rigging.
  • Working knowledge and experience with Theatrical rigging
  • Complete understanding of backstage etiquette
  • 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. Must be able to climb stairs & ladders, kneel, bend at the waist, and stand for extended periods of time.

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 & falls and the basic laws of physics.
  • The safe use and application of power tools
  • Working knowledge of Carpentry, Sound, Lighting & Projection (digital & film). Flyman may be called upon to help out in these areas as needed.
  • Basic Computer skills
  • Organize and communicate information clearly both verbally and in writing.
  • Work in a detail oriented manner, be resourceful and flexible, and be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Apply feedback to improve performance.
  • Effectively problem solve and troubleshoot.
  • Face demanding situations with tenacity, diplomacy and sensitivity under a lot of pressure.
  • Work independently AND as part of a team
  • Attend staff meetings as scheduled by Production Management.
  • Work irregular hours, evening hours, long hours, late hours & weekend shifts as required.

Apply to: Please include “HOUSE FLYMAN POSITION” in the subject line

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. No calls please. EOE.

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. To learn more about The Paramount & Stateside at The Paramount, visit our website at



Paramount Story Wranglers

The Paramount Story Wranglers are a troupe of actors, musicians and improvisers that take the original stories written by Austin-area third-graders and turn them into a hilarious, off-the-wall, wild and touching show (something like this).

This is where you come in. The Story Wranglers are seeking ensemble members to join the group and help bring students’ stories to life on stage. Auditions will take place at the State Theatre on Sept 9th from 6-8 p.m.

The audition is to join the ensemble, not for a particular show. We have 10 shows coming up in our 2015-16 season so there are lots of opportunities to get involved. Rehearsal periods last approximately one week and most rehearsals are in the evenings from 6:30-10:30pm. Performances are on Fridays during the day. Actors will be paid a stipend at the end of the show.

Performers who can play instruments, males and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

To audition, simply email Mitch Harris with a headshot and resume and let him know you’re interested.



Research and Evaluation Consultant

Deadline: September 18, 2015                         Status: Part time
Report to: Associate Director of E&O             Department: Education & Outreach                       Salary/Benefits: Weekly Stipend commensurate with experience

Summary: The Austin Theatre Alliance is seeking a Research and Evaluation Consultant for the 2015/2016 school year to assist with an assessment of the STEM Through the Arts program. The Paramount Theatre Education and Outreach Department will conduct a major assessment of our 4th grade program, STEM Through the Arts, which uses the creative arts to teach core science, engineering, and math content while infusing the use of technology. This position will report directly to the Associate Director of Education & Outreach. The ideal candidates will have interest and experience with academic assessment.

Duties may include administering, grading, transferring, collating, organizing, and filing teacher and student surveys.

Please submit your resume and cover letter) by September 18, 2015, to Brian Fahey, Associate Director of Education & Outreach at:

Dates: 10-12 hours per week with some flexibility beginning in September through December, with the potential for some hours in the spring semester.

Skill, Age and Physical Requirement:

  • The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational skills, be self-motivated, and have experience using Microsoft Excel. Data entry experience is a plus.
  • Candidates who are current college students and older will be given priority especially if this internship will fulfill an academic requirement. No candidate should be under the age of 17.
  • Should be able to lift 25 lbs.
  • Should be able to climb stairs.

Apply to: Please submit your resume and cover letter) by September 18, 2015, to Brian Fahey, Associate Director of Education & Outreach at:



Organizational Background

Built in 1915, the Paramount Theatre has served Austin for nearly 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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