Harvard University Assistant Stage Operations Supervisor – Lead Rigger in Cambridge, Massachusetts

47946BRAuto req ID:47946BRJob Code:402012 Loeb Technician II Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Assistant Stage Operations Supervisor – Lead RiggerSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade:051Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:

  • High school diploma and five years of experience in professional theater or event run crew work.

  • Valid driver’s license required. Subject to annual review of motor vehicle history screening.

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds.

  • Ability to sit, stand, kneel, climb, and bend.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Detailed understanding of knots, rigging, and chain motor operation.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in Technical Theater or equivalent.

  • Familiar with proper backstage etiquette and care of high level talent.

  • Verifiable hours towards qualification for ETCP Theater Rigging Certification.

  • Motorized chain hoist maintenance certification.

Additional Information:This position requires frequent evening and weekend hours and the ability to work substantial overtime as required. This position is subject to periodic unpaid furloughs based on the production calendar. This position is deemed critical during the production run.Department:Production/Stage DepartmentPre-Employment Screening:DMV, IdentitySchedule:Full Time. Monday through Friday. 40 hours.Job Function:Arts Duties & Responsibilities:Position Summary

American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University is a leading force in the American theater, producing groundbreaking work in Cambridge and beyond. The A.R.T. produces a six-show mainstage subscription season of new work which expands the boundaries of theater by transforming the ways in which work is developed, programmed, produced, and contextualized, always including the audience as a partner. Under the guidance of the Stage Operations Supervisor and stage management, this position provides support for shows that are produced or presented by the ART while at the Loeb Drama Center mainstage, Oberon, or elsewhere while on tour or in residency. The support of these shows will include the safe operation and maintenance of scenery and rigging, assistance with props, participation in technical rehearsals, strikes, and packing of trucks during strike. Show operations include crew supervision, contributions to the creation of show paperwork as well as rigging operation and maintenance, scenic shifts, some automation support, assistance with props, some FX operations, light wardrobe and deck LX assistance as necessary, among other tasks. Comfort with being onstage in front of a live audience as well as respect for artists and their needs is necessary. Proactively leads in the planning, installation, operation, and maintenance of standard and custom rigging systems for show runs. Most rigs are custom built for each production. Show maintenance/upkeep and improvements of the Loeb main stage facility is a part of required practices, as is assisting with truck loading and unloading, warehouse/storage of production elements (sets, props, fly systems), the upkeep of inventories and supplies, and other duties as assigned.

Position Responsibilities

Leadership with show cues and running needs:

  • Supervision of pre-show preparation requirements.

  • Performs show cues before, during and after a performance.

  • Writing and distribution of a Deck Report for each performance.

  • Troubleshoot technical issues in real time during show run.

Leadership in rigging, load ins and load outs.

  • Leads the hanging soft goods, chain motors, other rigging duties, and the hanging of scenery and effects as necessary.

  • Supervision of crews during strike and load out of scenery, rigging, props, and other necessary tasks.

  • Participate with the loading and unloading of trucks with both show related materials and ART operational materials.

Supervision of and participation in technical rehearsal process.

  • Leads the stage crew in creating a safe backstage environment.

  • Participates in pre-tech props hand-offs and non-technical rehearsals as necessary.

  • Assist Stage Operations Supervisor and Stage Management in creation of show paperwork and presets.

  • Anticipate technical issues, problem-solve and communicate with Stage Operations Supervisor and/or stage management team.

Participates in training and maintenance.

  • Supervises and sets the example for maintaining a safe and orderly backstage environment and work spaces.

  • Supervises and participates in inventory, inspection, maintenance and repairs of stage equipment.

  • Participate in warehouse runs and storing of stage operations equipment.

School/Unit:American Repertory Theater EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.