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Scene Shop Assistant- Goodman Theatre

JOB TITLE: Scene Shop Assistant

REPORTS TO: Technical Director

FLSA STATUS: Full-Time, Non-Exempt

SALARY RATE: This position is full-time and is under the jurisdiction of the Goodman Theatre’s collective bargaining agreement with I.A.T.S.E Local 2.

LOCATION: 363 W Pershing Rd, Chicago, IL 60609


Join the dynamic team of arts professionals at the Goodman Theatre! Chicago’s theater since1925, Goodman Theatre is a not-for-profit arts and community organization in the heart of the Loop, distinguished by the excellence and scope of its artistic programming and community engagement. The theater’s artistic priorities include new play development (more than 150 world or American premieres), large scale musical theater works and reimagined classics. As a cultural and community organization, Goodman Theatre is committed to using the art of theater for a better Chicago. Using the tools of the theatrical profession, the Goodman’s Education and Engagement programs aim to develop generations of citizens who understand the cultures and stories of diverse voices.

We at Goodman Theatre are storytellers who believe that a diversity of people, ideas and cultures in our organization enriches both the art on stage and our civic engagement. In our workplace, we strive to reflect the communities we serve, and make space in which each individual is empowered to bring their full, authentic self to work. The Goodman values equity, diversity and inclusion and is committed to approaching our work through the practice of anti-racism. The inclusion of difference(s) such as ability, age, background, beliefs, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and all other identities represented across staff, board, artists and audiences help make us better equipped to live these values—on stage and off. Learn more at


The Goodman Theatre is searching for a Scene Shop Apprentice to join our scene shop staff. This position provides an opportunity to develop scenery construction skills and gain experience working in a professional theatrical scene shop. The Scene Shop Apprentice will work collaboratively with the Technical Director and production staff to construct, load-in, maintain and load-out scenery for the 9-showsubscription season, including our annual production of A Christmas Carol, at the Goodman Theatre. This position can require some evening and weekend hours on an as needed basis.


· Participate in the build, load in, and load out of scenic elements for the Goodman’s Albert and Owen productions.

· Assist in maintaining a clean and safe scene shop, loading dock, and backstage work areas.

· Follow safety practices including, but not limited to: Eye protection, respirator/masks, blade guards, ladder usage, fall protection, and proper lifting practices.

· Pick up supplies as needed from local vendors.

· Other duties as assigned.


· Knowledge of theatrical procedures used in scenic construction, finish carpentry, metalworking, stage rigging, and automation/motion control is beneficial

· Ability to repeatedly lift, push or maneuver 50-70 lbs either alone or with assistance from others as well as scale ladders and work in high places

· Work collaboratively as a team member and maintain a positive attitude

· Valid driver’s license required


This position is covered by our collective bargaining agreement with IATSE, Local 2. Goodman Theatre offers a benefits package including health, dental, and 401K with this position.

Goodman Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. By dedicating itself to three guiding principles—quality, diversity and community— the Goodman Theatre seeks to be the premier cultural organization in Chicago, providing productions and programs that make an essential contribution to the quality of life in our city.

The Goodman is an inclusive and accessible employer. Successful candidates will have experience working with diverse groups of people and will demonstrate a deep commitment to advancing equity and inclusion at the Goodman Theatre.


Qualified individuals are invited to submit a cover letter and resume by selecting the "Apply to this job" button at the bottom of the page. Please indicate in your cover letter how you heard about this open position by listing the specific website or posting location. No phone calls, please.

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago/Loop