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University of Miami Jerry Herman Ring Theatre
1312 Miller Dr
Coral Gables, FL, United States
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Coral Gables, FL, United States


Theater Technician-Backstage Production


$18.00 per hour

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Job Description:

Transforming Lives

The University of Miami is among the top research universities and academic medical centers in the nation, and one of the largest private employers in South Florida.

With more than 16,000 faculty and staff, the University strives for excellence, and is driven by a powerful mission to transform and impact the lives of its students, patients, members of the community, and people across the globe.

The University is committed to fostering a culture of belonging, where everyone feels valued and has the opportunity to add value. Through values of Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity, and Teamwork (DIRECCT) the U community works together to create an environment driven by purpose, excellence, community, and service.

The Department of Theater Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences has an exciting opportunity for an Scenic Carpenter to work in Coral Gables, FL.

Broad Scope and Function of the Job

The scenic carpenter position participates in the construction, load-in and strike of scenery for Department of Theatre Arts events, as well as the maintenance of Theatre Arts facilities and equipment under the guidance of the Technical Director.

This requires a working knowledge of typical scenic construction methods, carpentry, welding and rigging skills, as well as scenic painting and work in lighting and sound, and the ability to interpret construction drawings. The scenic carpenter will interact with, and in some circumstances train and guide student employees with a wide range of skillsets and training in the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre’s scene shop.

This work requires teamwork, cooperation and an emphasis on inclusion and safe shop practices.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Builds, installs and strikes scenery for Department of Theatre Arts productions and events as instructed by Technical Director.
  • Performs maintenance tasks on Theatre Arts facilities and equipment as specified by the Technical Director.
  • Complies with all Policies and Procedures of the University of Miami.
  • Adheres to all safety and environmental regulations.
  • Collaborates with and assists in the training of Jerry Herman Ring Theatre student employees. Requests training as needed in the areas of responsibility.
  • Keeps to schedule and aids in the development of efficient planning.
  • Assures safety of materials and tools supplied.
  • Plans, lays out, and performs work and special projects.
  • Reads and works from drawings, prints, sketches, and diagrams.
  • Areas in which skilled work may be required include but are not limited to: wood construction, steel construction, scenic painting, theatrical rigging, theatrical lighting, live sound reinforcement, foam carving.

Reporting Relationship

Reports to the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre Technical Director.

The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law. Click here for additional information.

Job Requirements:

 Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Two or more years of work in a theatrical scene shop. Any relevant education, certifications and/or work experience may be considered.
  • Good manual dexterity and ability to follow detailed directions.
  • Sufficient physical ability, strength, manual dexterity, and lifting ability to lift, move, or carry 50 lbs. over a distance of 20 feet. This includes but is not limited to handling of construction materials such as lumber, concrete, power equipment, 50 lb.
  • Nail containers, and equipment to be installed.
  • Willing and able to perform shift work, to work with other crafts and work in environments out of normal duties as needed.
  • Willing to work in conditions which are adverse (hot, dusty, cramped, wet, dirty, enclosed); work from heights and in areas where climbing is required.
  • Able to operate pneumatic and electric power tools in a safe manner.
  • Demonstrated skill in understanding and complying with verbal and written communications in English.
  • Ability to work in a team environment as directed by the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre Technical Director to ensure the timely completion of all production elements for Theatre Arts productions. Possess a valid Florida driver's license, be able to meet the insurance requirements of the University of Miami, and have a good driving record.
  • Must have the ability to read construction drawings and assess necessary materials and time necessary for completion of projects.
  • Proven emphasis on teamwork, cooperation and leadership in problem solving.
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