Head Carpenter

Dates of Employment: May 26 – August 13, 2023

Reports To: Technical Director, ATD, Director of Production

Supports: Carpentry Department, Opera Productions, Orchestra Productions, Special Events


The Master Carpenter, under the supervision of the Technical Director, is responsible for the construction, mounting, and rigging of scenery for Janiec Opera Company productions. The Master Carpenter supervises a crew of carpenters/carpentry apprentices in the construction of scenery and scenic elements. They are also responsible for the maintenance of the scene shop equipment and supplies. A solid knowledge of scenic construction is required with strong knowledge of technical design for stage. Holistic effective communication and dissemination of information is essential to the successful execution of this position.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain a safe, productive scene shop.
  • Train or supervising the training and education of each staff member in proper safety procedures in conjunction with the Technical Director and Assistant Technical Director.
  • Ensure excellence and quality of work in all scenery produced.
  • Ensure shop standards including: timeliness, cleaning up at EOD, and accurate materials tracking.
  • Regular communication with TD and ATD about the progress of the shop.
  • Regular communication with TD and ATD in the assignment of daily and weekly tasks of the staff.
  • Regular communication with paint charge to ensure scenery has been properly prepared for paint.
  • Work under the TD and ATD to oversee the daily run of the shop.
  • Oversee Carpenters, Apprentices, and work-studies in the shop.
  • Oversee and assist in construction and rigging for main stage productions.
  • Oversee all load-ins and outs of productions as directed by TD and ATD.
  • Run or assist in the run of overnight crews as needed.
  • Run shows as required.
  • Assist ATD in pre-season preparation of the scene shop.
  • Creation of construction drawings (especially in the pre-season) as directed by the TD.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • Supervised by the TD, ATD, and Director of Production.


  • Strong communication skills. 
  • Highly motivated. 
  • Good attitude and work ethic. 
  • Willingness to take ownership of your position and not blame other staff members or outside circumstances for your degree of success on individual tasks and on your position as a whole.
  • Able to take instruction and feedback from supervisors and use it to improve your job performance. 
  • Understanding of channels of communication and the importance of clear and open communication.
  • Maintain calm under pressure and receive/ intake information from multiple sources that you quickly prioritize and relay to Technical Director or Director of Production/ act upon if deemed appropriate.
  • Above all, must possess a positive attitude, a sense of humor, and ability to work well in a team dynamic.


  • Complete satisfactory background check
  • Must have valid state driver's license and possess a clean driving record


  • Includes a season stipend paid bi-weekly, full board, and on-campus housing

To apply, create an account and start an application using MyBMC. Please upload a cover letter and resume (with references listed) to be considered for this position.

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. 

Any questions can be directed to:

Andrea Boccanfuso
Director of Production
Brevard Music Center

Please note: As Brevard prepares for the 2023 season, we continue to work with local and state health officials, along with campus and venue safety specialists, to develop and implement guidelines and protocols designed to keep our students, faculty, staff, and patrons safe. For the 2022 season, BMC's COVID-19 protocols included social distancing measures, indoor mask-wearing, and vaccination requirements. We will share updated policies for 2023 as more information becomes available from public health agencies.

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