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.

Available Positions

Costume Crafts Master

Barter Theatre is seeking a Costume Crafts Master, responsible for the production of all costume crafts for each show according to the Costume Designer’s artistic vision.

Essential Duties:

Creation and completion of assigned crafts including but not limited to:

fabric modification — dye, paint, coat
millinery and headwear
footwear — maintenance, alteration, rubbering
specialty costume pieces – armor, gunbelts, swordbelts

Proper fitting of all craft related costume pieces
Collaboration with the Draper as needed
Collaboration with the Wig and Make-up artisan as needed
Completion of craft notes from costume fittings
Completion of craft notes from rehearsal reports
Completion of craft notes from technical rehearsals
Completion of craft notes and repairs from performance reports if wardrobe is unable to do the work
Updating the Costume Bible with information regarding maintenance of craft related costume pieces
Source craft supplies and report to the Shop Manager for purchase
Other duties as assigned

Required Education/Experience:

A BA, BFA, or MFA in costume technology and a minimum of two years professional experience. OR five years professional experience.

Necessary Skills:

Knowledge of patterning and draping
Basic sewing skills – hand and machine, particularly millinery
Textile modification and use of various methods of fabric dyeing and painting
Millinery and headwear construction and modification
Jewelry making and repair
Mask making
Leather work: tooling, shaping, stitching, dyeing, etc.
Foam – carving and sculpting
Use of related materials and equipment for each task
Use of home and industrial sewing machines
Use of basic hand-held power tools
Basic computer skills
Creative problem solving
The ability to work within a team
Proven leadership skills
Excellent communication and diplomacy
The ability to lift at least 40 lbs.

Interested parties please send resume and photos of work to:

Alice Sullivan, Costume Shop Manager, costumesmgr@bartertheatre.com PO Box 867 Abingdon, VA 24212

Camille Davis, Director of Production, dirofproduction@bartertheatre.com PO Box 867 Abingdon, VA 24212

Properties Carpenter

Barter Theatre is seeking qualified and passionate applicants for the full-time position of Properties Carpenter to start April of 2017. The Barter Theatre produces a fast paced 29-show repertory season between two theaters and a children’s theater tour group.

Summary of Position:

The Properties Carpenter is responsible for completing projects having to do with the construction, restoration, or modification of furniture, set dressing, and hand props using a variety of materials and methods.

Requires very strong carpentry skills as well as experience with welding, upholstery, furniture construction and repair. Sewing, computer graphic and craft skills are desired as well.

Essential Functions:

Build necessary furniture/set dressing/hand prop pieces needed for a production using a variety of tools, materials and techniques.
Repair and/or modify stock items needed for a production.
Assemble, prepare and deliver rehearsal and/or show props to designated rehearsal or theater spaces on a daily basis.
Respond to daily rehearsal and show reports as needed.
Maintain cleanliness in shops.
Maintenance of tools and supplies in the work area
Help improve and maintain organization of stock.
Work within the department to constantly improve and upgrade facilities
Assist with all load-ins, set dressing calls, technical rehearsal calls, and strikes.
Assist other artisans with projects when needed.
Carry out other duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by direct supervisor or management

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Strong carpentry and welding skills a must.
Minimum 3 years of professional experience as a Properties Carpenter in a LORT theater or equivalent.
Skill in crafts, painting, soft goods, computer graphics, and electronics a plus.
Ability to read and comprehend plans or renderings and fabricate a prop from them without supervision
Intermediate knowledge of power tools, building materials, and hardware used in a professional carpentry setting (i.e. table saw, sliding compound miter saw, screw gun/drill, router, pneumatic staplers/nailers, sanders, drill press, jigsaw and skill saw).
Physically capable of climbing ladders, scaffolds, and able to balance, crawl, crouch and kneel.
Must be able to lift, pull, push and carry 50lbs. or more.
Must be willing to work a flexible schedule that includes weekdays, weekends, evenings and holidays.
Willing and able to walk and stand for long periods of time
Valid drivers license.
Exceptional attention to detail with strong organizational and time management skills.
Ability to multitask under pressure, with a positive, pro-active problem-solving attitude.


Compensation will be competitive with similar positions throughout the country. Benefits include: Housing, medical insurance after 90 days, paid time off, and a 401(k) retirement plan after 90 days.

Interested parties please send resume and photos of work to:

Helen Stratakes, Props Master, props@bartertheatre.com, PO Box 867 Abingdon, VA 24212

Camille Davis, Director of Production, dirofproduction@bartertheatre.com PO Box 867 Abingdon, VA 24212

Barter Youth Academy Instructor

Barter Youth Academy (BYA) in Abingdon, Virginia is seeking energetic, passionate, and skilled instructors for our growing programs in Abingdon VA., Bristol, TN., Johnson City, TN. Kingsport, TN., and Marion, VA.! Successful candidates will have at least two (2) years of teaching experience with one or more of the following class levels: Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle School, or High School, with a fluent working knowledge of theater (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 an 8 week workshop period), and also putting together a final “demonstration” performance at the end of the course which will include minimal light, sound, costume, props, and set design. Some community outreach is included with job duties.

Successful candidates must be self-reliant, motivated, adaptable, and willing to receive and implement input from the Artistic Director and Associate Director of BYA. Strong class-management skills are imperative as well. Reliable transportation and willingness to commute are a must.

This position is paid by a flat-fee per class taught.

Please send cover-letter and resume/C.V. to youthacademy@bartertheatre.com

Production Intern

Barter Theatre (founded 1933) – a LORT / AEA resident repertory company producing shows almost year-round, located in the mountains of Southwestern Virginia, is seeking a full-time production intern with an emphasis in props. Duties will include (but not be limited to) working as part of the backstage deck crew, show changeover, and filling in other areas as needed. This position will work primarily in the SM and Props departments. 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: February 18 to mid-August 2017. Position has the potential for extension.

Please send resume and references to Stage Management at stagemgt@bartertheatre.com.

Apprenticeships and Internships

Acting apprenticeships and The Barter Players: Katy Brown barterplayers@bartertheatre.com

Technical Internships: Camille Davis dirofproduction@bartertheatre.com

Marketing Internships: Department of Marketing dirofmarketing@bartertheatre.com

Advancement Internships: Katherine Foreman dirofadvancement@bartertheatre.com

Volunteer Opportunities

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 volunteer@bartertheatre.com.

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: advancementassoc@bartertheatre.com.