Opportunities at Barter Theatre
Barter Theatre (founded 1933) is a full-time, year-round AEA resident repertory company of theatre artists, a founding member of LORT and located in historic Abingdon, Virginia. Bartertheatre.com.
The position of the stitcher in the Barter Theatre costume shop is essential to the success of any Barter production. The shop operates year round, producing close to 30 productions in rotating repertory.
- To work all hours assigned in a prompt and efficient manner
- To quickly and accurately construct new garments as instructed by the Draper and/or First Hand
- To quickly and accurately alter existing garments as instructed by the Draper and/or First hand
- Other duties as assigned
- Advanced sewing skills - machine and hand work
- Ability to read and understand sewing patterns and instructions
- General working knowledge and basic maintenance of sewing and pressing machines
- Ability to efficiently self-manage time and resources
- Willingness to cheerfully fully participate as a team member in a fast paced, stressful environment
BA, BFA, MA or MFA preferred but not necessary. At least two years professional experience, or four years academic experience, required.
Start Date: September 1, 2015
All resumes and cover letters should be submitted to Alice Sullivan at email@example.com
Barter Youth Academy Instructors
Barter's Youth Academy in Abingdon, Virginia, is seeking energetic, passionate, and skilled instructors for our growing programs in Abingdon, Bristol, Kingsport, and Elizabethton! Successful candidates will have at least 2 years of teaching experience with one or more of the following age groups: Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle School, or High School. Must also have a fluent working knowledge of theater (with stage-direction experience as a plus.)
The position will involve teaching students in Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle or High School fundamental and intermediate acting/stage skills. The position will involve 1 to 3 hours of class-time per week (during a 6 week workshop period), and also putting together a final “demonstration” performance at the end of the course which will include light, sound, costume, props, and set design.
Professional development and training is available and an initial 8 hour initial training/orientation session is required (Date TBD).
Successful candidates must be self-reliant, motivated, adaptable, and willing to receive input from the Artistic Director and Associate Director of BYA. Strong class-management skills are imperative as well. Reliable transportation with proof of auto insurance required.
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Assistant Scenic Artist
The Scenic Artist Assistant assists the Charge Artist with painting and sculpting sets/ scenes as well as other duties as assigned by the Charge Artist or Technical Director. This is a paid postion.
Qulified applicants should possess knowledge of all aspects of scenic painting and sculptural techniques, ability to work off of designer paint elevations, ability to work in fast paced professional environment. Applicants must also be able to maintain all scenic tools and equipment, organize paint schedule to be able to paint the shows on time, must attend all paint calls for strike and load-in times, must show up for paint calls on time and ready to work. Strong self-motivation is essential to success in this position. Job may require heavy lifting, ladder work, and long hours.
Additional jobs may be assigned by Charge Artist or Technical Director.
- B.A. in Theatre or Fine Arts or at least two years professional work experience is preferred.
Resumes, cover letters and references should be sent to email@example.com
The Barter Theatre is looking for a Scenic Carpenter to join our team. Applicants should have a good working knowledge of many types of theatrical construction (both wood and steel) as well as experience in rigging and a fundamental understanding of automation. We operate in a fast paced professional environment. The Scenic Carpenter position works with the rest of the shop under the direction of the Technical Director and the Assistant Technical Director to build scenic elements for all productions associated with the Barter Theatre. Primary job functions include building scenery, Load-Ins, Strikes, and the maintenance of the scene shop and it’s associated areas. This position is a full time, year-round staff position with benefits. The ideal candidate will have either an MA/MFA or BA in Theatre as well as and a strong drive to work quickly, accurately, and safely by themselves and with others. The ability to lift 50+ lbs. is required, Arc/Mig experience skills preferred. Interested applicants should contact the Technical Director with a cover letter and resume.
Position Start Date: August 01, 2015
Position Salary: DOE
Contact: Caspar Eichin
Barter Theatre (founded 1933) is a full-time, year-round AEA resident repertory company of theatre artists, a founding member of LORT and located in historic Abingdon, Virginia. Bartertheatre.com
Barter Theatre (founded 1933) – a full-time, year-round LORT – AEA resident repertory company located in the mountains of Southwestern Virginia, is seeking two full-time Production Interns. Duties may include (but not be limited to) running a spotlight, working as part of the backstage deck crew, show changeover and filling in other areas as needed. These positions will work in various departments, including Props, Electrics, Scene Shop, Sound and Stage Management. Candidates must be energetic, possess willingness to learn and work well within a team. Responsibilities will include working during changeovers and running shows. This is a full time position involving six days of work per week and includes work at night, on weekends, and occasionally on holidays. Relevant experience and/or degree is desired for all positions. Contract dates are: one to start early/mid-July and the other to start early August in 2015 and go until August 2016. Both positions have the potential for extension. Please send resume and references to Stage Management at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barter Player Scenic Designer
The Barter Players are a group of professional artists who perform world-class theatre for young audiences. The troupe presents high-energy and original productions that capture the imagination of today's youth while providing the best in the classic literature and beloved story adaptations. In the grand tradition of Barter Theatre, The Barter Players perform with a unique combination of education and entertainment, plus the commitment to bring world-class theatre to young people of all ages and backgrounds.
Summary of the Job:
The Barter Players pride themselves in creating imaginative, artistic productions with a less is more mentality while striving for quality and maximum impact. Ideal candidates should possess the ability to come up with creative, elegant solutions in a collaborative environment. Candidates should have experience working creatively in both small and large spaces with limited resources. Position requires a professional, self-motivated individual with a strong work ethic. Knowledge and experience in scenic painting is a must.
The primary roles of the Player Scenic Designer will be to:
- Design all scenic and prop elements for 11 productions annually (5 Stage II, 2 Mainstage, & 3 small tours and 2 large tours.)
- Design scenery to rep in conjunction with the Barter Technical Director and Player Technical Director
- Scenic painter for Barter Player productions
- Prop construction in conjunction with Player Technical Director
- Read scripts and discuss potential concept ideas with Director and fellow designers.
- Research imagery, periods, styles, etc. that are in line with the determined concept.
- Completion of a full design package for each production (Draftings, Renderings, Paint elevations, etc).
- Paint and surface treatment of backdrops, groundcloths and all scenic elements.
- Carve and/or sculpt scenery as well as create soft goods when necessary.
- Attend necessary rehearsals/tech rehearsals.
- Help create and abide by design and build schedules.
- Work within established budgets.
- Maintain strong lines of communication with both the Player and Barter Technical Directors
- Strong time management skills.
- Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Arts
- Problem Solving/Creative Thinking
- Ability to accurately construct scale scenery models
- Knowledge of the principles of color mixing and scenic art techniques
- Light carpentry, soft goods and props crafts experience is a plus
The start date for this position is flexible and can be determined upon hiring. Please submit a résumé and cover letter to Camille Davis at email@example.com.
Apprenticeships and Internships
Acting apprenticeships and The Barter Players
Katy Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
Technical Internships: Camille Davis email@example.com
Marketing Internships: Kalonn Gentry Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org
Advancement Internships: Katherine Foreman email@example.com
Barter depends on its amazing group of volunteers! There are many ways to help support Barter with your time.
Volunteer ushers assist patrons, take tickets, answer questions, sell concessions and ensure the safety and comfort of all of our guests. For more information about ushering, contact: Kenny Davis, House Manager firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Advancement Office counts on dedicated volunteers to help with mailings, events and special projects. It’s a great way to make new friends and make a difference at Barter. To sign up, contact: email@example.com.
Guidelines for the Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (AFPP)
The usually takes place in July and August, and play submissions are accepted through March. The next AFPP deadline will be in March 2016. Click here for more information on the AFPP.
Plays may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or mailed to
Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights
P.O. Box 867
Abingdon, VA, 24212-0867
Guidelines for Barter’s Shaping of America Initiative
America began as an idea. Who are we? Where did we come from? How did we get there? “The Shaping of America”: The stories you won’t find in history books. What’s your idea? Submit a proposal for Barter Theatre’s “Shaping of America” Series. Existing full-length scripts are not accepted.
Submissions may be emailed to email@example.com
Or mailed to
Shaping of America
P.O. Box 867
Abingdon, VA 24212-0867
Guidelines for other play submissions
Barter also accepts new play proposals that do not fit in to either of the above programs. Please note: Barter does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. Barter does not generally produce one-act plays nor plays with extremely urban themes. Barter does produce plays for Young Audiences, whether one-acts or full length. Plays with an Appalachian theme or by an Appalachian playwright are encouraged to submit via Barter Theatre’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. To submit your play for consideration, please use the following guidelines.
Submissions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or mailed to
P.O. Box 867
Abingdon, VA 24212-0867
Emory & Henry College Theatre Department Partnership
Committed to the education and training of future generations, Barter Theatre, a professional LORT D Equity company, aids in the operation of the Emory & Henry College Theatre Department, in Emory, Va., 10 minutes from Barter Theatre. This association offers theatre majors opportunities for professional internships, mentoring, workshops, and master classes throughout their college career. Barter staff members and artists often serve as adjunct faculty and guest artists in the Theatre Department.
In addition, E&H theatre majors have the opportunity to attend professional rehearsals, participate in “talk backs” with the actors and crew after Barter performances, and serve as understudies in Barter Theatre productions. With this partnership, Emory & Henry Theatre Department offers students the combined strengths of a small liberal arts college and the type of pre-professional experiences often found only in large conservatories.
To learning more about the Emory & Henry Theatre Department and the educational offers available, visit ehc.edu or theatre.ehc.edu.