American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.)
is the Bay Area’s Tony Award–winning flagship theater. Renowned for a rich variety of programming, A.C.T. presents great plays and musicals, and pushes the boundaries of theatrical storytelling.

Led by Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon and Executive Director Jennifer Bielstein, A.C.T. operates in the historic Geary Theater (1,040 seats) and the modern Strand Theater (283 seats), both in downtown San Francisco. A.C.T. serves 250,000 patrons annually through a mainstage subscription season of seven productions, a holiday production, and various special presentations.

A.C.T. is the only American regional theater to house a professional actor-training program; actors who have studied at A.C.T. include Annette Bening, Benjamin Bratt, Nicolas Cage, Darren Criss, Harry Hamlin, Anika Noni Rose, Anna Deavere Smith, and Denzel Washington. A.C.T. takes pride in its tremendous legacy of performance and training, and plays a vital role in creating the art and artists of the future. 

What we look for in our staff: the ability to imagine, the energy to create and explore new ideas and the freedom of spirit to celebrate our diverse community.

Diversity makes us stronger. A.C.T. is committed to diversity in its programming and creating an inclusive work culture and environment that is reflective of the San Francisco Bay Area. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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Geary Theater Head Carpenter

Classification: I.A.T.S.E Local 16 Full Time, Seasonal Position (40 weeks)

Benefits: I.A.T.S.E Local 16

Reports to: Director of Production

Scope: American Conservatory Theater (LORT A) in San Francisco seeks a venue Head Carpenter for our historic Geary Theater. The Head Carpenter is a working member of the Geary Theater house crew, and is responsible for the safe and efficient load in, installation, setup of scenery and other stage elements as well as supervising and leading over hire stage crew in areas including scenery, automation, fly, rigging. During load- in/outs, technical rehearsals, runs; the Head Carpenter is responsible for maintaining backstage and onstage areas and stage equipment, as well as performing show running duties such as scene changes and stage transitions.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Setup and strike scenery, properties, soft goods and other stage elements for productions.
  • Work with the scene shop supervisor to safely install scenery and properties for productions.
  • Participate as running crew for all productions.
  • Oversee and perform scenic maintenance for productions.
  • Communicate scenery information clearly in collaboration with other production areas for the success of the production.
  • Take responsibility for the cleanliness of the physical stage, grid, counter weight rail system, stage wings, sub-stage, pit and the smooth transition of scenery between the stage and any offstage storage areas.
  • Schedule, oversee and train over hire crew as required.
  • Ensure that scenic automated gear is properly and safely installed.
  • Fabrication or amendment of scenery pieces as required.
  • Maintain venue tools and equipment.
  • Maintain a list of venue consumables that need to replenish for each season.
  • Attend pre-production meetings and tech notes as required.
  • Review, discuss and advise on design and construction drawings for every production.
  • Attend scene shops ahead of installation at Geary as required by production management and actively participate and advise on construction and design methods to help ensure the successful load in and delivery of scenic items.
  • Take a broad view of the load in and tech requirements for each production and work collaboratively with the Geary Theater Crew (including electrics, sound, props, rail, rigging and video) to help ensure the smooth, safe and efficient delivery of all technical aspects of each production.
  • Supervise, manage, direct and work with crew consistent with the I.A.T.S.E. agreement during load- ins, technical rehearsals, runs and load-outs; as well as the setup, operation, run, maintenance and repairs of all scenery for all productions.
  • Accurately spike/mark onstage locations of scenery, props from drawings and ground plans.
  • Actively participate in trouble shooting and problem-solving transitions with running crews and stage management teams on stage transitions throughout the tech process.
  • With stage management, upkeep of running sheets, record notes and changes.
  • Support the production and creative team for all productions to realize designs with accuracy, on schedule and within budget parameters.
  • Actively provide support for the operations of on-stage rehearsals, tech notes, special events, rentals and any additional company functions such as backstage tours, photo shoots, B-Roll, web streaming, etc.
  • Work collaboratively with production management teams to manage crew calls and schedule the work days efficiently to stay within production budgets.
  • Assist Production Management in the recommended maintenance of machinery, equipment, tools, facilities and the reporting of any necessary repair
  • Keep informed and up to date with advanced knowledge about changes, training and technical advancements in the industry
  • Manage personnel safety and uphold safety protocols within the department. Participate in all required training.
  • Any other production related duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications, Education and Experience:

  • Previous and significant experience of three years or more working on theatrical installation, scenic construction, stage supervision in a theater environment (LORT preferred)
  • Strong technical knowledge and skilled experience in running shows, building, repairing, and maintaining scenery for theatrical productions. 
  • Experience installing, repairing, and maintaining floors such as carpet, dance marley and ground cloths.  
  • Strong verbal, interpersonal communication skills and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated skills of theatrical carpentry, welding, rigging, automation, knot-tying, soft goods, scenic props, basic scenic paints.
  • Demonstrated skills to operate carpentry hand tools and power tools, ladders and lifts proficiently.
  • Working knowledge of theatrical rigging practices and chain motor rigging.
  • Experience with and working knowledge of automation systems.
  • Complete understanding of backstage etiquette. A good working knowledge of technical theatre practices.
  • Capable of understanding and interpreting technical plans, and paperwork.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word, PowerPoint, Autocad and Vectorworks
  • Valid Drivers’ license and clean DMV record required.

 

Ability to:

  • Provide hands on leadership, and engage in creative problem solving and critical thinking.
  • Be an excellent collaborator in the process of creating new work and new productions.
  • Interact with a diverse group of constituents including visiting directors, designers, artists, administrative staff, technical crews and students.
  • 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.
  • Effectively problem solve and troubleshoot.
  • This position is physical in nature. The ability to climb ladders, lifts, catwalks, grids, reach above head. Ability to bend, kneel, stoop, push, pull and lift up to 50 pounds and repeatedly ascend and descend stairs is essential.
  • Face demanding situations with tenacity, diplomacy, and sensitivity under pressure.
  • Work comfortably at heights such as catwalks, ladders and lifts.
  • Work independently and as part of team.
  • Work irregular hours, evening hours, long hours and weekend as required.

 

To Apply:

Please send an up-to-date resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position to hr@act-sf.org, with “Geary Theater Head Carpenter Search” in the subject line.

Materials may also be mailed to:

Geary Theater Head Carpenter Search
A.C.T. - Human Resources
30 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108-5834
 

    Deadline: Open until filled. Position is available immediately.


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Prop Shop Assistant

Status: Full Time/Regular/Non-Exempt

Reports to: Prop Shop Supervisor

Salary: Applicable IA Scale + Benefits

A.C.T. seeks individual to assist in organizing and leading a busy properties shop which provides rehearsal and show props, set dressing, and related elements for The Geary mainstage productions. In addition, the prop shop also supports responsible use of stock by A.C.T’s Conservatory programs as well as other departments, other theaters, organizations and individuals outside the Company.

The Prop Shop Assistant will support the properties supervisor in facilitating The Geary mainstage productions. This includes communicating with production team, creating prop lists and sourcing rehearsal and actual props for our mainstage production. Properties assistant will be utilizing their craft skills in creating original prop pieces. Assistant will also participate in the creation, procuring and building of properties and supporting the production with such tasks as procurement of perishables for the period from rehearsals through opening and bulk perishables for the run of the show. They will also aid in repairing and replacing properties which require shop work.  In addition, this position will assist in representing the Properties Department by communicating with Production Management, Stage Management, Geary Theater Prop Head and crew regarding upcoming and currently running shows, assisting in supervising and participate in the load-in, tech and striking of rehearsal props and show props.  In the absence of the Properties Supervisor, the Assistant may be called upon to meet with designers, directors and stage managers or to attend production meetings and technical rehearsals and follow up on information received.

The Assistant will help with the administration and development of the Properties Department, including preparing time and materials estimates, scheduling of projects, maintenance of shop equipment, planning of shop improvements, and safety oversight.  In addition, the Assistant will work with the Props Supervisor to oversee stock maintenance and use, and to review and revise stock-use policies. The Assistant will act as A.C.T.’s agent to rental clients—theaters, production companies, individuals, etc.  This work calls for extensive phone and one-on-one contact, as well as some work by computer (transmitting photos, tracking inventory, processing billing). In the absence of the Properties Supervisor, daily administration of the department will fall to the Assistant.

Position requirements include: Training and experience in a variety of construction techniques such as carpentry, crafts, casting/mold making, in addition to a strong background in soft goods and upholstery; three years of professional prop construction experience with regional theater experience, which should include leading several show builds and running crews; academic training (college level) with an emphasis on theatre history, art history, studio art or design, providing knowledge of periods and styles; and prior experience and demonstrated ability to handle budgets. Knowledge of materials, tools and tool maintenance is required. Additional experience with PCs and MACs using Office, Photoshop is desired. Excellent oral and written communication skills, diplomacy, self-motivation, ability to work well under pressure, multi-tasking, creative problem solving and a sense of humor are all necessary.  Applicants must have valid driver’s license and clean DMV record and be able to lift 75 pounds.

 

To Apply:

Please send an up-to-date resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position to hr@act-sf.org, with “Prop Shop Assistant Search” in the subject line.

Materials may also be mailed to:

Prop Shop Assistant Search
A.C.T. - Human Resources
30 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108-5834
 

    Deadline: Open until filled. Position is available immediately.


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Conservatory Design & Production Associate

Status: Full Time/Regular/Exempt
Reports to: Conservatory Production Manager
Salary: DOE + Benefits

The Conservatory Design & Production Associate will provide technical support for all Conservatory projects or events. The CSV D&P Associate will work closely with the Conservatory Production Manager and the Conservatory Technical Director to achieve all physical production elements for all productions and projects with a primary focus on designing, installing and maintaining the theatrical lighting. The Conservatory is made up of the MFA program, Young Conservatory and the Education departments.

Responsibilities:

  • Work in tandem with the Conservatory Production Manager to oversee the realization of all physical production elements for the Conservatory, Young Conservatory and Education Departments productions and events on and off A.C.T’s campus.
  • Coordinate and implement all technical needs and schedules for any Conservatory productions and other A.C.T projects and events.
  • Oversee theatrical lighting, from initial design through execution and installation, for Conservatory and other ACT projects or events.
  • Create and distribute lighting design paperwork, including light plots and Lightwright documentation.
  • Lead lighting hang and focus calls.
  • Participate in the load-ins, load-outs, and set-up/tear-down of event and performance spaces, for all departments including scenery, video and audio.
  • Act as liaison with designers to determine, in consultation with the CSV D&P Associate, the technical and budgetary feasibility of all designed aspects of the productions.
  • Hire and supervise of over-hire crews for each show in tandem with Conservatory Production Manager.
  • Act as primary technical and production contact for any A.C.T rentals as assigned.
  • Maintain and enforce schedules for all builds, load-ins and strikes.
  • Maintain lighting inventory under the direct purview of the Conservatory Production Manager.
  • Assist in the recommended maintenance of equipment, tools, facilities and the reporting of necessary repairs.
  • Assist the Conservatory Production Manager in the recommended maintenance of machinery, equipment, tools, facilities and the reporting of necessary repairs. Maintain and organize all Conservatory storage spaces.
  • Manage personnel safety and uphold safety protocols within the department. Participate in all required training.
  • Work with A.C.T shops including but not limited to costume, wigs and prop shops to support Conservatory programs.
  • Participate in Conservatory season planning and programming.
  • Production manage other A.C.T events and rentals when assigned.

 

Qualifications, Education, and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in technical theater or equivalent work experience in university production management or stage management is preferred.
  • Excellent work ethic including but not limited to: time management, work flow management, self-motivation, diplomacy, interpersonal and collaborative communication skills, and management of multiple tasks.
  • Hands on leadership, creative problem solving and critical thinking required.
  • Strong verbal, interpersonal communication skills and writing skills. 
  • Experience managing expenditures, creating schedules and meeting deadlines.
  • Experience reading and interpreting drawings and other technical materials.

 

Necessary Skills

  • Proficiency on PC and OSX including MS Office Suite, VectorWorks, and Lightwright. Proficiency in ETC console programming.
  • Valid Driver’s License and a clean DMV report required.
  • Must be able to lift 75 pounds. Must be able to climb ladders.
  • Must be able to drive large vehicles with scenery and equipment between A.C.T. locations.
  • Work irregular hours, evening hours, long hours and weekend as required.
  • Ability to work independently and part of a team.

 

Desirable Skills

  • Knowledge of Q-Lab.
  • Knowledge of production video/Watchout systems

 

To Apply:

Please send an up-to-date resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position to hr@act-sf.org, with “Associate Conservatory Production Manager Search” in the subject line.

Materials may also be mailed to:

Associate Conservatory Production Manager Search
A.C.T. - Human Resources
30 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108-5834
 

    Deadline: Open until filled. Position is available immediately.


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Overhire Wigs Run Crew

Status: Seasonal, Hourly, Production-by-production basis
Reports To:
Wig Supervisor
Salary:
DOE (Not Eligible for Benefits)

A.C.T is looking for seasonal overhire wigs run crew for its upcoming productions in 2018. The Wigs Crew is responsible for the overall execution and implementation of the running and maintenance of the wigs, hair and makeup during A.C.T. productions. They shall maintain the integrity of the wig and hair design throughout the production as established by the Wig Master. They assist actors with the application and removal of all wigs, facial hair and makeup. They are responsible for documenting and updating pre show and run of show paperwork as well as taking photographs of the actors in their character looks for the show bible. They shall participate in the inventorying, upkeep and maintenance of the basement wig room supplies during the production run.

Responsibilities:

  • Running and maintenance of the wigs, hair and makeup during the production from load in until the closing and load out.
  • Completes pre-show and post show duties including: application and removal of wigs and facial hair, styling actors hair and specialty makeup application.
  • Assist Wigs Supervisor in creating wig running crew paperwork to assure that all actor hair and makeup needs are met.
  • Participate in providing updated or amended wig run crew track paperwork to the Wig Supervisor in a timely fashion.
  • Assist in the creation of a Show Bible by providing all paperwork documents to the Wig Master as well as taking archival photos of each characters looks (and as applicable changes to the look).
  • Attend Designer Runs and other pertinent pre-dress rehearsal meetings as assigned by Wig Supervisor.
  • Implement hair and make-up design applications as established by the Wig Master.
  • Work with Wig Master and Stage Management to schedule wig calls for performers during the tech, tech/ preview and performance period.
  • Work with the Sound Department to incorporate any microphone placement into the Wig design.
  • Maintain all wigs and facial hair elements as assigned, including cleaning and restyling as needed.
  • Participates in the inventorying, upkeep and cleanliness of the Geary wig room, stock and common wig/ wardrobe areas to maintain a well-stocked, clean and organized wig room.
  • Notifies Wig Master immediately of any damage to wigs or show-related incidents and issues.
  • Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to; cleaning and resetting the wigs and makeup items, ventilating or fronting hair items.

 

Qualifications:

  • Education and/or significant high level, hands on professional experience (minimum one year) with an emphasis on wig & make-up and theater.
  • Proficient styling and maintaining all types of wigs and facial hair.
  • Applied all lace, human hair wigs.
  • Familiarity with hygiene and sanitation techniques related to make-up, wigs, and hair.
  • Familiarity with period and historical hairstyles and makeup.
  • Excellent work ethic including but not limited to: time management, self-motivation, diplomacy, and interpersonal and collaborative communication skills.
  • Must be able to sit and stand for long periods of time. Job requires continuous and repetitive use of hands and wrists, for fine gripping and forceful gripping. Ability to reach above head, lift up to 15 pounds and repeatedly ascend and descend stairs is essential.
  • Ability to do a variety of men’s haircuts, as needed and cosmetology license a plus
  • Experience with prosthetic application and painting a plus
  • Ventilating and wig making experience a plus


Able to:

  • 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
  • Effective problem solving abilities
  • Face demanding situations with tenacity and sensitivity under pressure
  • Work independently and as part of team
  • Work irregular hours, evening hours, long hours and weekend as required


To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume, including references, to productionjobs@act-sf.org with Wigs Run Crew Search in the subject line.

Materials may also be mailed to:

Wigs Run Crew Search
A.C.T. - Production Dept.
30 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108-5834
 

Non-Union Stage Crew

Status: Hourly, Overhire

American Conservatory of Theater is collecting resumes for upcoming non-union overhire positions working at The Strand Theater, our newly-reopened 283 seat venue in the Central Market area. Overhire for load in/load out positions sought in the following areas:

  • Carpentry/Master Carpenter
  • Rigging
  • Props
  • Electrics
  • Sound/Tech
  • Scenic Artists

Resumes also being accepted for run crew positions.

Candidates should have a well-rounded production background, in addition to the necessary skills and experience in the fields in which they are applying.

Hiring is on per-show basis throughout the season/year and compensation is based on an hourly rate and is commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to productionjobs@act-sf.org.

Deadline: Ongoing



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