MET Job Opportunities

Master Carpenter & Electrican (MCE)

Maryland Ensemble Theatre is accepting resumes from theatre technicians with skills in carpentry/scenic construction, electrics, sound, and video for a full-time position of Master Carpenter & Electrician (MCE). The MCE is responsible for overseeing the construction of sets, supervision of the scene shop, and is responsible for facility maintenance as well as managing the Production Department’s lighting, sound, video, and atmospheric and special effects systems (SFX) for each show. In addition to these responsibilities, the MCE also assists in the technical needs of the theatre’s programming, as a whole.

Reports to:

  • Production Manager (PM)

Direct reports are:

  • Overhire Crews

  • Apprentices

  • Interns

Primary responsibilities:

  • Serve as the master carpenter and scenic construction liaison, promoting a clean and safe working environment.

  • Attend production meetings and facilitate show development through effective communication of electrics, sound, video, and SFX needs with designers and directors.

  • Lead crews in the changeover of shows, which includes build calls, tech week calls, strike, installing the lighting, audio, video, and SFX needs for MET and guest artist productions.

  • Draft, Hang, circuit, EQ, and focus lighting, sound, and video plots and prepare technical systems for rehearsals, performances, and meetings.

  • Service guest artist technical needs (design, hang, focus, programming, etc.).

  • Stand in Tech / Designer when needed.

  • Help designers with unfamiliar equipment.

  • Construct specialty lighting and gear needs for shows (pull gear, cut gel, rigging etc.).

  • Maintain show documentation for lighting, audio, video and SFX systems.

  • Maintain, service, and repair lighting, sound, video, and SFX inventories.

  • Maintain a clean and safe, work environment and provide recommendations regarding necessary upgrades to maintain safety standards.

  • Maintain and organize the Electrics & scene shop, keeping it in a state of readiness for upcoming shows and events while complying with safety protocols.

  • Serve as show tech support and stage manager understudy as needed.

  • Arrange hiring of overhire crew as needed.

  • Lead training workshops for ensemble, apprentices, and interns.

  • Supervise apprentices & technical theatre interns.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Provide Tech Support for Additional programming including but not limited to: In-School Productions, Comedy Night, Guest Productions, special projects/events.

  • Provide limited tech support for meetings and rentals.

  • Fulfill the technical and scenic needs for other MET activities (events, tours, etc.).

  • Collaborate with PSAM regarding facilities safety & training; consult with outside contractors and project managers as needed.

Physical Demands:

  • Comfortable working on ladders (all spaces have dead-hung grids).

  • Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds regularly.

  • Specific Vision Requirements: Color Vision & Depth Perception.

  • Specific Hearing Requirements: Must have full range of hearing.


  • 2-5 Years of professional experience with 1 year of supervisory experience.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in technical theatre or related field, or equivalent experience.

  • Carpentry & set construction skills, welding preferred.

  • Skills in crew management and scheduling, shop and inventory management; lighting, sound, and video system operations; electrical, audio, and video wiring; problem-solving.

  • Motivated and responsible.

  • Team-oriented attitude.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Vectorworks, Lightwright, Q-lab (audio, video, & automation).

  • Knowledge of theatre drafting standards.

  • Available to work nights, weekends, and possible holidays.

Salary & Benefits

  • Salary: $30,000 annually.

  • Employee-funded Blue Cross health insurance plans (w/dental & vision options) available after 90 days.

  • Other than required work events/meetings, etc: Reasonable autonomy regarding hours worked, so long as deadlines are adhered to.

  • Work/life balance is encouraged; MET’s culture admixes work and personal time: taking off weekday afternoons for kids’ games, but answering emails after dinner, etc.

  • After 1st year, one week of paid vacation & five health/leave days.

  • MD State Arts & Entertainment District Artist Income Tax Subtraction Modification, with 502AE tax form annual filing.

  • Verified employer for Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

  • In-house professional development.

  • Employee class and camp discounts.

  • 2 comps to each MET production.


Submit cover message, attached resume, and work sample images or links (if available) via email to

INCLUDE in the subject line:

  • First 3 letters of your last name, and your first initial separated  by a comma Example: SMI, J., and

  • the phrase “MCE Position”.

NO CALLS, please.

Our ensemble of 40 actors, directors, writers, musicians, technicians, and designers assist in all areas of production and administration. Our facility is a 100 seat black box theatre, a second stage seating 62+, a classroom/rehearsal space, a 16 person dressing room, costume shop, scene shop, and box office. Maryland Ensemble Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, or sex.