Temporary Production Employees

Deadline June 30, 2022

Position Summary

Temporary production employees work in the production departments at Portland Center Stage, including lights, sound, costumes, carpentry, painting, props, and backstage. PCS keeps a list of qualified technicians and will offer temporary work when available. Please review the short job descriptions below and submit a resume and/or statement of interest through our online system. Resumes/statements should include clear indication of which positions/departments you are interested in and qualified for.

Hourly rate is between $18 and $20 per hour, depending on the position.
To Apply: https://www.pcs.org/about/employment

Carpenters: Assists in scenic, steel, and mechanical layout, fabrication, installation, maintenance and construction, motion control, and moving scenery projects. Essential responsibilities include reading and consulting plans and working drawings, performing mathematical calculations in the construction of scenic elements, and maintaining familiarity with basic scenery construction materials and methods. Maintaining standard safety and health practices and a clean, organized, and safe work environment is a must. Applicants must have proficiency in the use and maintenance of saws, drills, staplers, nailers, hand and power tools, all woodworking tools, and metalworking tools.

Prop Artisans: Constructs props, furniture, scenic soft goods, and paper goods. Knowledge of hand and power tools, carpentry, welding, casting, sewing, upholstery, sculpture, faux finish, and furniture building required. Applicants should have an understanding of how projects must meet the aesthetic, functional, and scheduling needs of the show. Experience with photoshop, electronics, pneumatics and stage weapons a plus.

Painter: Paints, textures, and finishes scenery and props. Ability to use drawing, plastering, painting and sculpting tools, air and pump sprayers, ladders, scaffolding, and lift systems. Applicants should have good knowledge of paint color mixing theories and practices, ability to independently translate designer’s renderings, notes, and color elevations into full scale painted scenery.


Stitchers: Assists in the implementation of costume sketches under the supervision of the Cutter/Drapers. Personnel must be able to sew, either by hand or machine, the costumes assigned by cutter/drapers. Experience in costume construction and a variety of hand/machine sewing techniques.


Wig Technicians, Wig Artisans, Makeup Technicians: Assists in the building, alterations, and fitting of wigs for productions. Works as a backstage crew member to assist actors with putting on wigs and facial hair pieces. Works with wardrobe crew to implement quick changes. Maintains wig styles throughout the run of a production. Assists with specialty stage makeup and temporary tattoo application. Experience with wig maintenance and working with multiple hair types and textures.

Electricians: Installs, strikes, and maintains lighting equipment needed for productions. Responsible for hanging, cabling, focusing, and maintaining lighting equipment as directed by Lighting Supervisor and Master Electrician. Essential responsibilities include reading and consulting plots and working drawings, and maintaining a safe, organized work environment. Ability to use ladders and lift systems strongly preferred; ability to work safely at height a must. Experience running and programming lighting consoles a plus.

Sound & Video
Sound & Video Technicians: Assist in the installation, testing, troubleshooting, maintenance/organization, and striking of sound and video equipment as assigned by Sound & Video Supervisor and Associate Sound & Video Supervisor. May be asked to read and consult plots and working drawings May be asked to climb ladders and use personnel lifts. Knowledge of signal flow and troubleshooting required. Knowledge and understanding of digital and analog mixing consoles required. Knowledge of dante networking protocols a plus. Ability to program and operate QLab and/or Isadora a plus. Experience board op-ing shows a plus. A2 experience a plus.

Mixing Engineers: Serves or substitutes as A1 for larger musical performances, varying from bands and DJs in the Lobby to full-scale Mainstage musicals as directed by Sound & Video Supervisor and Associate Sound & Video Supervisor. Knowledge of signal flow and troubleshooting required. Knowledge and understanding of digital and analog mixing consoles required. Knowledge of Yamaha digital consoles a plus. Ability to program and operate QLab a plus. Theatrical A1 experience a plus.

Stage Crew
Deck, Wardrobe, Run Crew: These positions perform duties as assigned to provide backstage support during technical rehearsals and performances of productions at Portland Center Stage. These positions vary in focus from moving props and scenery, dressing actors, performing quick changes, maintaining the care of costumes, moving materials on and off stage, cuing personnel, or supervising the general safe operation of backstage material and personnel.

Portland Center Stage is committed to advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. PCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, veterans, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Successful candidates will commit to an equitable and inclusive workplace, including but not limited to: racial equity, accessibility for individuals with disabilities, use of gender inclusive language, and cultural sensitivity. Learn more about our commitment and expectations at https://www.pcs.org/idea and https://www.pcs.org/social-justice-at-pcs-our-commitment-to-anti-racist-theater.

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