A Theatre Carpenter is a stagehand (maker/craftsperson) who builds sets and stage elements. They work with materials such as woods and metals and use techniques such as woodworking and welding. The Theatre Carpenter team will include a Master Carpenter who acts as management.
Search our training, experience and funding opportunities in carpentry here.
Responsibilities and duties of a Theatre Carpenter in this area depend on the needs of the Set Designer and Director and also the size of the theatre.
There are no formal qualifications required for this role, however a formal qualification in one of the following subjects would be beneficial:
There are many apprenticeships available where you can learn carpentry and this is normally the route Carpenters take to train this craft. Find opportunities in carpentry here.
Many Theatre Carpenters are self-employed. You must be able to promote yourself within the industry. Once working on a production, if you show your skill set to management you may be employed by a theatre for productions included in their upcoming season. Read our blog 'How to become a freelancer in theatre' here.
A Master Carpenter in theatre can earn up to £18 per hour but can go up to £31 per hour.
You can also search for Theatre Carpenter roles using The Stage Jobs website here.
Published: 23 October 2019