Head of Properties, Historic Theatre Group, LLC (State Theatre)

Location:                    State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

Employee Type:         Union: I.A.T.S.E. Local 13; Full-Time, Non-Exempt

Industry:                     Arts; Live Music & Theatre

Job Type:                   Stagehand

Experience:                5 Years

Est. Hire Date:             Will remain open until a suitable candidate is found

Reports to:                 COO and Operations Coordinator, Historic Theatre Group, LLC


Historic Theatre Group, LLC, a division of Broadway Across America, the nation’s leading producer and promoter of live theatrical events is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Head of Properties at the State Theatre.


  • The Head of Properties, responsibilities cover the fabrication, maintenance, repair, placement, handling, setting, striking, and dismantling of any properties used on stage and/or used in association with productions; including any music stands, chairs, tables, tech tables, podiums, musical instruments, ground cloths, dance floors, riser set-ups in the orchestra pit, and the “dressing up” of the stage and associated production areas.
  • This responsibility shall also apply to preparing and/or serving of any food and beverages used as part of a show or production, and in the general upkeep of the stage, off-stage and backstage areas. The intent of the foregoing is to confirm existing conditions that follows traditional theatrical practices.
  • The personnel of the Properties Department under the direction of the Head of Properties will include the Properties Assistants, Stage Properties Personnel, and Shop Properties Personnel.
  • In addition to performance-related responsibilities, the Head of Properties will be required for Employer-scheduled theatre maintenance duties.  During any theatre maintenance hours at any of the Theatres, along with the Operations Coordinator and other Department Heads, the Head of Properties will perform duties that include, but are not limited to:
    • Coordination of the technical needs of future performances at the Theatre,
    • Maintenance of heating, cooling and electrical systems,
    • Care and maintenance of theatrical stage equipment,
    • Protection of the Theatre from damage by temporary employees or traveling crews,
    • Minor repairs to the electrical and plumbing systems throughout the Theatre
    • Bulb replacement within the Theatre (with the exception of the marquee)
    • Repair of the theatre seats, door hardware, and the like,
    • Back-of-house painting and front-of-house touch up painting as directed by Employer;
    • Maintenance of sound and lighting equipment;
    • Set up, running and restore for small meetings and lectures
    • Transport of Employer’s theatre-related equipment from one of the Theatres to another as directed by Employer
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements:

  • High School Diploma required. College degree preferred;
  • Passionate about the live entertainment industry;
  • Experience in the theatre, music and live entertainment business;
  • Willing to work a variety hours including evenings, weekends and holidays;
  • Ability to lead a crew;
  • Highly Organized with attention to detail;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and personalities to ensure work is completed in a timely and productive manner;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written communication on an interpersonal or group level;
  • Knowledge of various types of stage machinery;
  • Ability to solve problems and rethink priorities on the fly in a performance situation;
  • Basic rigging, knots, and stagecraft;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with stagehands, management and promoters;
  • Ability to understand and troubleshoot mechanical systems;
  • Ability to coordinate multiple parts of a project, set priorities and follow through in a timely manner

Physical Requirements: (Per the I.A.T.S.E Local 13 Collective Bargaining Agreement)

  • No physical restrictions noted by any doctor, nurse, physical therapist, or any practicing person in the medical field. (Individuals who are injured in any way should not accept work with the Historic Theatre Group).    Workers must be able to walk, sit, bend, and squat.
  • The worker must be able to lift 50 lbs. overhead.
  • The worker must be able to stand for long periods of time and work in a physically demanding setting which may include all kinds of weather.
  • The worker must be able to work at heights up to 80 feet. This will include work on the theatre’s grid, box booms, cove areas, and any other area within the building that a show may need to complete work.
  • The worker must be able to work on ladders and personnel lifts without restrictions. This includes knowing the safe and acceptable methods of working on this equipment.
  • (The worker must have a general proficiency in methods used for hanging soft goods and scenery.
  • The worker must have a general proficiency in methods used for setting up /striking video equipment.
  • The worker must be able to have a general proficiency in methods used for setting up/striking sound systems and associated equipment.
  • The worker must at minimum be able to effectively use the following knots:
  • Clove hitch, bowline, and bow (shoelace knot).
  • The worker must carry the following tools (minimum equipment): pocket knife, crescent wrench, and flashlight.  Other tools such as a hammer and multi-tool are recommended to have on hand as well.
  • The worker must be able to effectively communicate and take direction from the operation coordinator, department heads and traveling road crews and work in a safe and effective manner.

Persons seeking to be considered for this position should send a resume’, cover letter, and references to [email protected] or mail to Historic Theatre Group, LLC, 800 LaSalle Ave, Suite 120, Minneapolis, MN 55402.

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