Lead Carpenter

Lookingglass Theatre Co.

POSITION: Lead Carpenter for 2022-2023 Season

REPORTS TO: Technical Direction team and Head Carpenter

CLASSIFICATION: Part Time, Non-Exempt

Theatre Overview

As one of the country’s largest ensemble theatres dedicated to the creation of new work, Lookingglass Theatre Company seeks to redefine the theatrical experience and to make theatre more exhilarating, inspirational, and accessible to all. Founded in 1988 by a group of Northwestern University theatre graduates, Lookingglass moved into its permanent home in the historic Water Tower Water Works on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue in 2003. Now in its 35th Season, the Company is a respected source for story-centered theatrical work that is evocative, physical, and visually rich.

With a roster of 29 Ensemble Members and 22 Artistic Associates, Lookingglass productions are centered on ensemble with training in theatre, dance, music, and circus arts. Through its powerful, original theatre, the Company’s goal is to fire the imagination with love, to celebrate the human capacity to taste and smell, weep and laugh, create and destroy, and wake up where we first fell—changed, charged and empowered.

Position Summary

As a member of the production team and reporting to the Technical Direction team and Head Carpenter, the Lead Carpenter collaborates with Lookingglass, production staff, and contracted personnel to ensure the implementation of Lookingglass’ Scenic element, rigged elements, and audience configuration in a safe and efficient manner. The Lead Carpenter may need to take on more leadership in the absence of the Head Carpenter.

Key Responsibilities

–          Agree to abide by organization-wide anti-racism guidelines and incorporate an anti-racist lens into daily practice.

–          Adherence to and participation in the implementation of Lookingglass’ COVID protocols, including providing proof of full vaccination before the first day of employment.

–          Fabricate scenery using standard theatrical construction methods, including various woodworking and metalworking techniques.

–          Act as shop foreperson when the Head Carpenter is engaged in offsite tasks

–          Take lead on projects during strike, load-in, and reconfiguration of LTC’s seating risers and balcony for each production

–          Assist in minor maintenance of production facilities

Required Qualifications

–          Actively working towards Anti-racist ideals

–          Has intermediate knowledge of theatrical building techniques

–          4 years’ experience working in professional and/or collegiate theatre.

–          Ability to read and interpret shop drawings

–          Ability to repeatedly ascend/descend stairs

Desired Qualifications:

–          Intermediate Experience in metal working including, cutting, grinding, and MIG welding (Steel & Aluminum)

–          Advanced Experience in fine woodworking including, detail oriented high precision work, joinery, and working with hardwoods.

–          Intermediate Experience with theatrical rigging, single point rigging, chain hoists, truss, fall arrest, fall arrest rescue.

–          Ability to ascend/descend and works atop ladders and at a catwalk height of 20’ above deck height

–          Experience with the maintenance of standard theatrical shop tools

–          Valid Driver’s License

–          Experience leading crews of 1-6 during builds, load-ins, and strikes

–          Knowledge of safe practices relevant to hazardous waste and SDS

–          Ability to move and transport scenery weighing up to 75lb across theatre or scene shop

Producer commits to the following:

–          Opportunity to participate in Anti-racism training

–          First Aid/CPR Certification

–          Fire Extinguisher training

–          Sick Leave in line with the Chicago Sick Time Policy

–          Lookingglass Safe and Sick Program offers 24 hours of paid sick time every quarter


ASAP – February 24th, 2023

April 3rd  – June 2nd

Candidates with partial availability will be considered.

Typical schedule is M-F, 8:00am-3:45pm (45 minute unpaid lunch) during build periods.

Typical schedule is M-F 8:00am-4:45pm ( 45 minute unpaid lunch) during change over/load in periods.


COMPENSATION: $21.00 per hour, with a guaranteed weekly minimum to encompass up to 40 hours of work; OT begins after 40 hours/week and is paid at time and a half of the regular rate.

Lookingglass Theatre Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetics, or status as an individual with a disability.  We welcome applications from all qualified applicants.

Current COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory before onboarding, unless a reasonable accommodation is requested and granted in accordance with Lookingglass policy.


Shop: 2040 W. Carroll Ave.

Theatre: 163 E Pearson St.

Instructions to Apply:

Submit all application to: sceneshop@lookingglasstheatre.org
In subject line: LTC- Lead Carpenter Application
Body of email: Short description of your interest in the position.
Attach: PDF Resume & 3 References

To apply for this job email your details to sceneshop@lookingglasstheatre.org

Pay Rate/Range*: $21/hour, OT after 40 hours