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Head Mechanist (Head Carpenter), WOW, Wellington

2 May 2024 12:39 | Anonymous

World of WearableArt (WOW) is the world’s leading wearable art experience, and encompasses a renowned international wearable art competition, and Aotearoa’s single largest theatrical production.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Head Mechanist to join WOW on a fixed term contract basis for the 2024 Show.
You will need to be on-site in Wellington from Monday 15th July 2024 to Thursday 31st October 2024. Prior to 15th July there will be remote work of up to 40hrs. In total this will be a 17 week fixed term contract.

These are the requirements of the role:
    •    Using best practice, ensure the safe and efficient operation of all staging, scenic equipment during pack in, performances and pack out. To advise the Technical Manager and the Show Producer of any concerns regarding the safety of all performers and crew
    •    To be responsible for the realisation of all the stage production requirements of the 2024 World of WearableArt Show including the prebuild of the stage and the installation of any scenic elements as required.  
    •    To manage the installation of all scenic elements and staff associated with the required install.
    •    To actively participate in all staging and performance requirements; this may include acting as a fly-man, mechanist, or any other duties as may from time to time be required. 
    •    To manage, with the Technical Manager, the pack in, set up and pack out of both the staging and rehearsal elements of the show.
    •    To manage the safe loading and unloading of any props, scenic elements or staging, ensuring compliance with venue codes and best practice of Health & Safety obligations.
    •    In consultation work with the Technical Manager to decide how much labour is required
    •    Use Vectorworks to plan out the positions of steels decks, revolves, trapdoors, smoke vents.
    •    Quantify the materials required to build the stage and other scenic elements as required.
    •    Produce a schedule of the stage build to be integrated into the master production schedule.
    •    To perform maintenance on the revolves – working with supplier.
    •    Organise the workshop to allow for loading of trucks and/or containers to transport kit from the warehouse to TSB arena.
    •    Build new revolve surrounds to allow for LED strips to be integrated into the stage.
    •    Work with the all the Heads of Department's but especially with the Stage Manager and Head Rigger as required.
    •    To assist during the lighting and sound pack in and out as directed by the Technical Manager.
    •    To ensure that any requests that relate to either Health & Safety issues or have financial implications are promptly brought to the attention of the Show Producer.
    •    To assist the Technical Manager with duties as required.
    •    To manage the crew in their install, rehearsal, and performance tasks, maintaining high standards of safety and performance etiquette.
    •    Anything else that WOW may reasonably require the Contractor to undertake from time to time.

Ideally applicants will live in New Zealand, and with that have unrestricted rights to work in New Zealand, however WOW will discuss any temporary work visa requirements as applicable with the preferred applicant.
Travel, Accommodation and PDs will be discussed and offered as required.

Please send your application letter and CV to

Applications close Friday 17th May 2024.

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