The MSMT Journeyperson program offers training for early-career technicians, artists, and administrators at one of the country’s most well-respected regional theatres. MSMT journeypersons have usually already served as an apprentice or have some on-the-job experience. Journeypersons are expected to be able to work independently, with less supervision than an apprentice.
MSMT puts journeypersons to work alongside an accomplished company of artists, administrators, and designers in their specific area of career interest and are designed to enhance skills that will lead to higher levels of employment in the theatre industry.
A variety of educational seminars are available throughout the season. Past topics have included: Audition Techniques, Song Interpretation, Resume Preparation, Contract Negotiation, Costumes, Lighting, and Set Design.
MSMT 2020 Journeyships
Company Management: works with the Company Manager assisting in a wide-range of tasks. Duties include, but are not limited to: housing and travel arrangements, transportation, craft services, adjusting company calendars, creating/filing reports, facilities, workers’ compensation, unemployment, shipping and receiving, mail processing, and payroll. All applicants must be able to work on their own; have exceptional multitasking and organizational skills; proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel; be able to work in a fast-paced environment and have basic knowledge of theatre management. This position requires driving MSMT company vehicles. Proof of a valid driver’s license and clean driving record must be provided when applying.
Costumes: works with the entire collaborative team in the costume shop, and reports directly to the Costume Shop Manager and the Assistant Costume Shop Manager. Duties include, but are not limited to: construction of costumes, draping and pattering, alteration of costumes, textile painting and modification, jewelry repair and creation, basic millinery, crafts projects and shop organization. The ideal candidate should be at the nearing the end or have recently completed their college degree relating to theatre and focusing in costumes. They should have knowledge of the duties listed, and be comfortable working with stitchers to complete them. They should have some professional experience as a costume technician working in a costume shop.
Electrics: As the electrics journeyperson, advanced students will hone their skills as electricians. Responsibilities include running shows as spot operators and console programmers, but additional emphasis is placed at this level upon developing supervisory skills and practice in developing paperwork/preparation for load-ins and changeovers. Preferred Skills include: Wiring knowledge, ability to read a light plot, experience with scrollers/moving lights, basic rigging knowledge, and familiarity with ETC Ion Console. Knowledge of QLab, Video Signal distribution, and projections is a bonus
Paints-Scenic: works in the Paints Department on the painting and finishing of all scenic elements and backdrops for each production in the season, and sometimes helping to supervise shop staff while acting as Lead Scenic on individual projects. Must be able to work independently or on a team, follow directions, and learn new skills quickly. An ideal candidate should have at least some experience in the following areas: stagecraft, art history, architecture, drawing, drafting, color theory & value, scenic tools & techniques, foam carving, texture coatings, faux finishing, painting of hard scenery, backdrops, translucencies, scrims, etc. Please include a PDF showcasing your drawing skills and scene painting experience.
Props: works in a collaborative team of properties artisans and reports directly to the Props Master and Assistant Props Master. Journeypersons participate in the construction and acquisition of props for each production, installation of props and set dressing, striking of props, and general shop up keep and maintenance. Preferred candidate will have advanced knowledge of and skills in the following: hand and power tools; industry standard theatrical construction techniques; machine and hand sewing; scenic painting techniques. Must have intermediate knowledge of: furniture construction; crafting materials and crafting techniques; digital media skills (i.e. Photoshop/Vectorworks, etc); and electronics and pneumatics. The ideal candidate would be in the finishing years of school with a focus in Props and/or Design or with an equivalent in professional experience. Must have the ability to work independently or as part of a team, read and understand designer/construction drawings, and follow verbal instruction, ability to learn new skills quickly while asking appropriate question, and have a strong follow through.
Scene Shop/Carpenters/Welders: works in a collaborative team of carpenters, reporting directly to the Technical Director and Asst. TD. Preferred candidate will have: significant experience working with hand and power tools; advanced knowledge of industry-standard theatrical construction techniques; advanced knowledge of theatrical rigging techniques, experience with single-purchase counterweight systems preferred; significant experience MIG welding, cutting, prepping and jigging steel frames. Must have the ability to work independently or on a team; lead peers and/or unskilled labor in team projects; read/understand build drawings, and follow verbal instruction closely; learn new skills quickly, asking appropriate questions, with strong follow-through.
Stage Management: works with the stage management department assisting with the prep and running of all rehearsals and performances for all productions. Preferred candidate will be very experienced and have experiences at other professional theatres outside of school and be on the path toward their equity card or looking for an intensive deck responsibility. Preferred skills include: ability to read a scale rule and groundplan; call full musicals; take instruction and politely give feedback; take extensive notes and communicate them; communicate with stage management team and other departments. Must be able to lift 30 pounds or more; coach and lead other members of the team in special projects; be very apt and competent at computer paperwork and following directions. Have competent office skills and basic stage management skills.
Stage Management (2): works with the stage management department assisting with the prep and running of all rehearsals and performances for off-site productions, Theatre for Young Audiences shows and Monday Performance Series. Preferred candidate will be very experienced and have experiences at other professional theatres outside of school and be on the path toward their equity card or looking for an intensive deck responsibility. Preferred skills include: ability to read a scale rule and groundplan; call full musicals; take instruction and politely give feedback; take extensive notes and communicate them; communicate with stage management team and other departments. Must be able to lift 30 pounds or more; coach and lead other members of the team in special projects; be very apt and competent at computer paperwork and following directions. Have competent office skills and basic stage management skills.
Stage Operations/Deck Crew: works with the stage operations/deck crew with the install of all scenery for each production. Work on run crew- moving scenery and working the rail. Also works with the scene shop. Assists with load-in and strike of all shows. The Journeyperson acts as the direct assistant to the deck Chief and will be responsible for leading the crew when the deck Chief is at production meetings. Thorough knowledge of stagecraft, rigging/flying, carpentry, and show running required. Must be a team player while not being afraid to take the lead with some projects. Most of time will be spent in the theatre loading in, running/maintaining and loading out shows. Will also be asked to build scenery with the carpentry department when needed. Interdepartmental communication skills are essential as this person will be the stage ops representative on deck while the deck Chief is running the rail. Preferred skills: carpentry, basic stage procedures and rigging helpful.
Wardrobe: works with the Wardrobe department on the wardrobe run-crew for each main stage show. Will act as the Wardrobe Supervisor on select Monday Performance Series shows and/or Theatre for Young Audiences performances. Assists in the maintenance and laundering of all production costumes. Will work in costume shop on 1-show days. Assists with load-in and strike of show costumes. Preferred skills include stitching, wig maintenance and application, specialty makeup skills, and great organizational skills.
|Apprenticeship Dates:||May 18 or 25 – August 23 – based on position.|
|Meal Per Diem:||$55/day; $385/weekly|
|Housing:||Private bedroom in shared apartment|
|College Credit:||Check with individual schools|
|Age Requirement:||Must be 18 by May 18, 2020|
|Deadline to apply:||On a rolling basis until filled.|
APPLYING FOR MSMT JOURNEYSHIPS
All positions require driving MSMT company vehicles. Proof of a valid driver’s license and clean driving record must be provided when applying.
Email resume, cover letter with the position you are applying for, copy of driver’s license and driving record, and 3 professional references with their name, title, where they work, and email address.
Send all materials to:
email@example.com, or Employment Department, Maine State Music Theatre, 22 Elm Street, Brunswick, ME 04011
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