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Head Carpenter

Head Carpenter

  • Full Time
  • Toronto, ON
  • Applications have closed.

Website Tarragon Theatre

Reports to: Production Manager & Technical Director

The Tarragon Theatre is seeking a Head Carpenter, this is a full-time seasonal position.  The Head Carpenter will oversee all construction for the 2018/2019 season.  This position requires a self-motivated individual to exercise sound judgment, to communicate with other departments, and to supervise casual technicians as required on an individual production basis.  The position requires an understanding of technical theatre, managing relationships and balancing responsibilities and time in a manner that is best for the company.


Responsible for the construction of sets and furniture for all Mainspace and Extraspace productions
Attend design meetings as necessary
Attend weekly production meetings and weekly production department meetings
Attend any meetings or rehearsals where actors interact with specific scenic elements
As instructed by the Technical Director, provide suitable and reasonable ‘mock-ups’ of essential scenic elements for use in the rehearsal hall
Conduct a risk assessment for all scenic elements at various phases of construction, installation and final use by actors
Supervise casual crews in the carpentry shop and onstage during load-in
Provide assistance or consultation for Head of Props on any props/furniture requiring use of carpentry shop
Participate in and/or lead load-ins, set-ups, strikes, technical and dress rehearsals, photo/media calls, and previews  as deemed necessary by the Production Manager and Technical Director
Attend all Tarragon Opening Night parties
Act as Health & Safety representative for the Production Department


As deemed necessary by the Production Manager, provide carpentry support to non-production related projects
Maintain carpentry shop tools, equipment and materials stock; order supplies as necessary
Maintain a clean, safe and efficient working environment and an organized and well-functioning materials storage area


Act as a carpentry resource for the Workspace Technician
Work in conjunction with Tarragon Staff to ensure that all Tarragon events have the necessary carpentry support
Participate in an annual performance review conducted by the Production Manager and Technical Director
Adhere to Tarragon’s Health & Safety policies and company policies


Completion of post-secondary theatre production/technical theatre program
MUST have the ability to read and comprehend technical drawings, construction drawings and schematics
Minimum 3 years of experience as a carpenter in a theatrical setting
Ability to generate accurate construction drawings in AutoCAD as required
Knowledge and understanding of theatrical construction methods and best practices
Knowledge and understanding of Health and Safety legislation
Ability to think critically and problem solve
Ability to take an initiative
Ability to lead casual crew
Welding and metal work experience is an asset
Ability to work evenings and weekends as required (occasional)
Have a flexible and adaptable personality
Possess a strong work ethic and attention to detail

Applications should include a cover letter, resume and salary expectations. The deadline for applications is 5 pm Friday, June 15, 2018.  The Contract will start in mid-August 2018.

Interested applicants should apply via email to Carla Ritchie, Production Manager

Tarragon is one of Canada’s oldest and most respected mid-sized theatres and is a leader in the field of new Canadian plays. We are dedicated to discovering and mentoring artists who tell Canadian stories. Tarragon believes in equal opportunities in the arts for everyone. We welcome applications from candidates of diverse cultures and backgrounds.

For more information about the theatre, please visit our website at

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