Ford's Theatre
Assistant Stagehand

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Assistant Stagehand

DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Assistant Stagehand

REPORTS TO: Production Supervisor

JOB TYPE: Seasonal, hourly, guaranteed up to 28 forty-hour weeks per year

START DATE: on or about January 4, 2022

SALARY RANGE: per FTS/IATSE 22 agreement $43.42/hr, OT after 40


  • Pension, health, and annuity contributions per IATSE agreement

  • Up to two week vacation payout

  • Staff employee transit benefit (currently $130/month metro contribution OR 50% parking)

  • Paid sick leave

  • Two comp tickets per production

Position Summary


Ford’s Theatre is hiring Assistant Stagehands to provide general technical support to the theatrical productions on stage, working closely with the Department Heads, Production Supervisor, Designers, and Stage Managers.

Essential Duties

  • Actively participate in the Society’s ongoing efforts to become an anti-racist organization. These efforts include staff-wide conversations, new programming, development of new resources for staff and audiences, and an expectation that all staff will keep themselves informed of resources and trends in the field of anti-racism and DEAI and how they can be applied to their own work on a day-to-day basis.

  • Provide general technical support for rehearsals, performances, load-ins, work note sessions, and strikes.

  • Provide labor in setting up, shifting and striking all props, scenery, lighting, sound, projection and stage production equipment, as well as other run crew duties, as assigned.

  • Organize and maintain the backstage spaces as per individual needs of each production.

  • Maintain and repair all production equipment, including scenery, props, and lighting, for each production.

  • Execute a daily safety check of all stage equipment during production runs.

  • Maintain the stage and backstage areas in a clean, orderly, safe and effective manner.

  • Assist Staff Heads in the creation and coordination of any special effects required for each production.

  • Working closely with Staff Heads, create and maintain a current inventory of theatre-owned tools and special equipment as well as a current list of future purchases and projects to enhance the production department.

  • Other duties as required by the Production Supervisor and Staff Heads, including but not limited to the load-in and strike of lighting, projection, rigging, scenery, props and sound equipment.

  • Attend rehearsals, meetings (including departmental and staff), trainings and notes sessions as required.

  • Consult with Staff Heads and Production Supervisor on specific solutions to technical challenges and problems to resolve in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Maintain and initiate repair of equipment.

  • Coordinate safe use of all equipment and safe working procedures with co-workers.

  • Work respectfully and collaboratively with FTS staff, visiting artists and outside vendors and contractors.

  • Promote and support the Ford’s Theatre Society’s safety and company policies.

  • Serve Ford’s Theatre Society’s best interests in the coordination and supervision of needs for all non-Production events.

  • Approach and carry out duties, as designated above, with a positive and collaborative attitude.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience is required in theatrical electrics, stage carpentry, theatrical audio systems and stage rigging

  • Related experience in production video projection and scenery automation is desired

  • Ability to work independently, but, collaboratively as a team member


Physical Requirements

  • Must be available to work extended hours as needed

  • Frequent physical activity

  • Frequently move items weighing up to 50 lbs with team assistance

  • Climbing: Ladder work as well as climbing in cramped and otherwise limiting spaces

  • Heights: Ability to work at heights up to 30 feet

  • Valid Driver’s License required

  • Experience with driving rental box trucks preferred

About Ford's Theater

Ford’s Theatre explores and celebrates the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln and the American experience through theatre and education. During the Civil War, Ford’s Theatre was one of Washington’s top entertainment venues, giving Washingtonians a much-needed break from the realities of war. President Lincoln, who loved theatre, opera and Shakespeare, visited Ford’s Theatre on at least 10 formal occasions.


On April 14, 1865, Lincoln and his wife decided to visit the theatre to see the comedy Our American Cousin. John Wilkes Booth, a Confederate sympathizer, snuck into the President’s Box and shot Lincoln with a single-shot Deringer pistol. Booth fled into the night, and Lincoln died the next morning in the Petersen House, a boarding house located just across the street from the theatre.


Lincoln’s assassination shocked the nation, and Ford’s Theatre remained closed for more than 100 years. In 1968, Ford’s Theatre officially reopened as a national historic site and theatre producing live performances. Today, Ford’s offers inspiring theatrical productions, interactive museum exhibits and engaging education programs. Here, you can immerse yourself in America’s past while finding meaningful connections to our world today.


Ford’s Theatre is operated through a public-private partnership with the National Park Service.


Ford’s Theatre explores and celebrates the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln and the American experience through theatre and education.

Anti-Racism Statement and Action Steps

Ford’s Theatre Society condemns all forms of racism, white supremacy, racist language, hate speech, police brutality and acts of violence against BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) individuals and members of the LGBTQ+ community. We wholeheartedly believe that Black lives matter and support the international cry for equity and social justice. Ford’s Theatre Society is fully engaged and committed to dismantling racism, exclusion and systemic and social oppression. We strive to be an anti-racist, equitable, diverse and inclusive institution.


Artistic Production Commitment We commit to creating and supporting impactful theatre that educates, entertainments and inspires. We employ our diverse skills and points of view to create an inclusive and equitable theatre experience for our company, patrons and staff.

Covid Safety Policy

Ford’s Theatre Society has a mandatory vaccination policy for all employees. The policy is designed to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws.