JOB OPENING: Master Carpenter & Rigger

Review of applications to start immediately

November 21, 2016

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, invites applications for the position of Master Carpenter & Rigger. The full-time twelve-month position is to be filled immediately.

EMPAC offers advanced facilities and resources for media and the arts in production, performance and research. The program ranges from initializing new artistic productions through commissions and extended residencies to supporting science and engineering in the creation of immersive and interactive environments.

The Master Carpenter & Rigger is engaged in avant-garde artistic productions reaching beyond traditional aesthetics and will be responsible for stage construction, rigging, load in and strike of scenic aspects in multiple in-house venues. The position will collaborate with artists, researchers and other production departments to realize project specific needs, while maintaining a budget and resource scheduling across an intensive production schedule. The position will oversee the construction shop, rigging, and stage equipment as an active participant in all phases of a project, and will assist in the ongoing research of performance technologies and media applications.


  • Bachelor’s degree in theater with emphasis on production technology (Technical/Staging, Theatrical Design, or related Performance Arts).
  • Three years combined experience in a production environment, theater carpentry and rigging; or, an Associate’s degree in the arts with an equivalent six years of experience as a theater carpenter and rigger in a high-level production environment.
  • Experience with managing crews and stage equipment for a wide range of production types is essential.
  • 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.

EMPAC is a non-union operation in order to meet its highly interdisciplinary mission to bridge technology and the arts on all levels of production and research. Rensselaer offers a full benefits package, and competitive compensation commensurate with experience.


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.