Stagehand/ Carpenter

Fisher Center at Bard

60 Manor Ave
NY 12504




Jan 05, 2023

Over eight weeks this summer (June–August), Bard SummerScape, a multi-arts festival presented by the Fisher Center at Bard, returns with a full season of dance, theater, opera, music, and the beloved Spiegeltent, staged for in-person audiences from Bard’s idyllic 1,000-acre campus and its Frank Gehry-designed performing arts center while adhering to rigorous health and safety protocols.

Stagehands/Carpenters are part of the Scenic team in the Production Department, and will support the construction and installation of all scenic elements. They report to the Technical Director and Assistant Technical Director, and work closely with other production team members and scenic designers.

We are seeking candidates for both the Stagehand run-crew and the Carpenter run-crew. Run-crew members work in close proximity to company and stage management to support real-time performance scene changes and striking/setting of elements on stage. Positions for both entry-level and experienced stagehands/carpenters are available.

This is a seasonal position from Monday, June 5 - Tuesday, August 15, non-exempt (overtime eligible), paid hourly at a rate range of $16 - 21/hr depending on experience. Hours will average 35–40 hours/week, with potential for overtime. In addition, all employees are able to receive three meals a day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Friday for free via Bard Dining, and twice a day, brunch and dinner, Saturdays and Sundays.

This position requires local residence during the dates listed above. Housing is provided as needed and includes a single bedroom and shared amenities based on availability.


  • Maintain a safe, healthy, and inclusive workplace at all times.
  • Construct and assemble scenic pieces.
  • Support scenic load-in.
  • Perform various tasks/cues during live productions, as needed.
  • Assist with moving scenic set pieces.
  • Assist with handling ropes, wires, or other rigging.
  • Support all productions and special events, as assigned by the Technical Director or Assistant Technical Director.

Company-Wide Responsibilities:

  • The Fisher Center is currently undergoing an organization-wide process of change toward becoming an anti-racist, multicultural institution. All on staff are expected to:
  • Commit to anti-racism and inclusivity at the Fisher Center. This includes participating in any trainings when scheduled, supporting departmental, company-wide, and cross-departmental collaboration in issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and furthering your own independent journey with anti-racism
  • Contribute in meaningful ways to the organizational culture



  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Ability and experience working with hand and power tools.
  • Knowledge of general woodworking and construction techniques.


  • Ability to work in an organized, self-directed, and detailed manner.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays, as determined by the production schedule.
  • Ability to climb stairs and ladders
  • Ability to move and lift up to 50lbs.
  • Ability to safely use hand and power tools.
  • Ability to push, pull, hang, reach, lean and balance.
  • Ability to stand or sit for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to remain calm during high-pressure backstage situations.
  • Ability to work while wearing appropriate PPE for the task at hand.
  • Successful candidates possess strong communication skills and a keen attention to detail. They are collaborative, self-motivated, and bring a positive, can-do attitude!


  • Previous experience on a backstage crew or in a production shop.
  • Experience working with metal and plastics.
  • Experience with theatrical rigging, welding, and basic paint techniques.
  • Experience with running rail and scene shift cues for live theater and events.


  • Regularly exposed to vibrations and noises from machinery.
  • Frequently works at heights above 6 feet.
  • Frequently works in show conditions with theatrical and atmospheric elements including but not limited to: haze, strobes, dim lights, loud sounds, dry ice and more.


Bard’s beautiful 1,000-acre campus is situated on the east bank of the Hudson River, in Annandale-on- Hudson, New York. Community life is defined by numerous cultural and recreational opportunities in the surrounding historic Hudson River Valley and by proximity to New York City. Nearby towns and villages include Rhinebeck, Tivoli, and Red Hook, New York.


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Applications for this position will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.


The Fisher Center develops, produces, and presents performing arts across disciplines through new productions and context-rich programs that challenge and inspire. As a premier professional performing arts center and a hub for research and education, the Fisher Center supports artists, students, and audiences in the development and examination of artistic ideas, offering perspectives from the past and present, as well as visions of the future. The Fisher Center demonstrates Bard’s commitment to the performing arts as a cultural and educational necessity. Home is the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, designed by Frank Gehry and located on the campus of Bard College in New York’s Hudson Valley. The Fisher Center offers outstanding programs to many communities, including the students and faculty of Bard College, and audiences in the Hudson Valley, New York City, across the country, and around the world. Building on a 162-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard is committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow’s thought leaders.

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Founded in 1860, Bard College is a four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences located 90 miles north of New York City. With the addition of the Montgomery Place estate, Bard’s campus consists of nearly 1000 park-like acres in the Hudson River Valley. It offers bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of music degrees, with majors in nearly 40 academic programs; graduate degrees in 11 programs; nine early colleges; and numerous dual-degree programs nationally and internationally. Building on its 162-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College has expanded its mission as a private institution acting in the public interest across the country and around the world to meet broader student needs and increase access to liberal education. The undergraduate program at our main campus in upstate New York has a reputation for scholarly excellence, a focus on the arts, and civic engagement. Bard is committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow’s thought leaders. For more information about Bard College, visit