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Lead, Carpenter

Alberta Ballet Company

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  • Position Type: Contract
  • Posted Date: Posted 4 months ago
  • Closing Date: June 21, 2023
  • Location: Calgary, AB
  • Salary: $32.00 / hour +

Company Overview

Alberta Ballet thrills and inspires audiences with unparalleled productions. As a resident company of the Jubilee Auditorium, it reaches over 60,000 Albertans each year with performances in Calgary and Edmonton. 

Alberta Ballet was founded in 1966 in Edmonton by Ruth Carse and Muriel Taylor. Today, it is a holistic ecosystem: a major professional performing arts company with an integrated and internationally renowned ballet training institution.  

Alberta Ballet’s standing company of artists are classically trained and renowned for wide-ranging versatility. These dancers come from across Canada and around the world. 40% of the troupe are alumni of Alberta Ballet School, Alberta Ballet’s training division. 

The most powerful part of our work is what you’ll walk away with feelings, memories and connection. 


To uplift Albertans in every community through dance. 


To ignite the curiosity and imagination of people in all communities across the province, championing their stories and experiences through dance training, creation and performances. 

Job Description

Job Title:  Lead, Carpenter

Reports to:  Technical Director

Employee Type:  FT Term Contract (August - May)

Location: Calgary, AB

  • PurposeReporting to the Technical Director, the incumbent is responsible for the maintenance and installation of company scenery in performance venues. The incumbent ensures good relationships with a variety of interest groups, including casual labour, IATSE locals and personnel, the performing arts industry, and the community at large.


    Key Deliverables/Responsibilities
    • Leadership and Mentorship
    • Build and prepare for new creations and re-mounts/rentals.
    • Expense tracking, budget management and
     1) Leadership and Mentorship
    • Provides a comfortable and safe place to
    • Motivates and develops direct
    • Contributes to good inter-departmental communication and interpersonal
    • Communicates our mission and values to all

    2) Build and prepare for new creations and re-mounts/rentals.

    • Maintaining a build schedule based on the budget provided.
    • Construction, maintenance and pre-tour maintenance of all theatrical equipment, properties, scenic elements and cratage as required.
    • Supervise and assist in installation of productions in venues locally and on tour.
    • Organization and delegation of all work in the carpentry department in each performance venue.
    • Assisting the Technical Director in issuing crew calls (yellow card) by liaising with International Alliance business agents in the jurisdictions in which performance venues are situated.
    • Supervise and assist in loading of the trailer prior to a tour and the unloading following the tour.
    • Must be fully versed in the operation of all theatre fly floors and the operation of a theatre (backstage) and on occasion will be called upon to operate theatre equipment.
    • Supervise and assist at load-ins and loadouts in performance venues.
    • Assist in the unloading and loading of the trailer at performance venues.
    • Supervise and assist at all technical rehearsals, cueing sessions, and performances.
    • Assist in the Design breakdowns for new builds, helping to determine build hours/piece.
    • Compiling all new design information including materials used, vendors and material pricing.
    • Determining if any supplemental pieces are required to fulfill the show’s set requirements.
    • Managing the rebuild/maintenance requirements for the Nutcracker on a yearly basis as determined by the age and functionality of the set pieces.
    • Acting as the buyer for the department and gathering supplies as needed.


    3) Expense tracking, budget management and reporting.

    • Tracking all expenses for the department including invoices and visa statements.
    • Entering all expenses into a shared expense tracking worksheet as required.
    • Submitting all construction crew timesheets to the Technical Director biweekly as determined by the payroll schedule.

     4) Administration

    • Responsible for the general organization of information contained within the carpentry department.
    • Managing all digital and hard copy files, digital archives are preferred over hard copy.
    • Maintain the company set inventory at the company warehouse location and in the venue. 
  • RequirementsQualifications:
    • Sound interpersonal, team building skills, and a positive attitude.
    • Strong leadership skills.
    • 2 years minimum set carpentry experience that may include but not limited to theatre and film production.
    • 2 years minimum carpentry shop management experience preferred.
    • A post-secondary education in set construction is of benefit, but not required.
    • Strong understanding of the set build process.
    • Must have good working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
    • Budget management skills are an asset but not required.
    • Must be a full member of IATSE 212 or have sister status with IATSE 212 if from an outside local.
    • Must be Pink Card eligible.


    Working Conditions / physical requirements:
    • The schedule for prep in the warehouse is Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:30pm and is outlined in the production schedule for days of work required.
    • The Lead Carpenter will be required to travel with the company primarily between September and May (including December, no exceptions) or as outlined in the production schedule.
    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands, speak, and hear. The employee must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
    • Must be prepared to use his or her own personal vehicle for occasional company business and will be reimbursed for such use on a per kilometer basis.
    • A demonstrable ability to handle a deadline oriented, fast paced environment.
    • The Lead Carpenter is expected to be punctual, personable, and work well with others. This position requires strong organizational, leadership and problem-solving skills and a self-motivated attitude towards the work.
    • Primarily (but not limited to) working at the Alberta Ballet Warehouse for prep and the Southern and Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditoriums during performance weeks.


    Key Relationships:
    • Ensure working relationships with the Artistic Director, Artistic Operations Manager, Rehearsal Directors, Production Department, Stage Management, Dancers, and Wardrobe as well as with representatives of the School of Alberta Ballet.
    • Ensure working collaboration with Alberta Ballet administrative staff.
    • Foster good relations and communication with a variety of interest groups, these include suppliers, IATSE locals, the performing arts industry, and the community at large.
    • Act always in the best interest of Alberta Ballet in promoting its artistic objectives.

Please submit your cover letter and resume via our career opportunities portal.

  • Position Type: Contract
  • Posted Date: Posted 4 months ago
  • Closing Date: June 21, 2023
  • Location: Calgary, AB
  • Salary: $32.00 / hour +