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Be aware of your surroundings at all times; including work which may be going on overhead or pieces hanging overhead.

Be concerned with the safety of your co-workers.

When pieces are being flown out or in, remain silent so that the motor operator and rigger can hear each other and communicate easily. Keep at least one eye on any piece while it is moving.

Do not stand UNDER pieces while they are being flown, or under any work being performed overhead. Comply immediately when instructed.

When working on the grid, aboard a truss, in a personnel lift or installing or adjusting equipment on the catwalks or building structure you must be wearing the appropriate OSHA approved harness and lanyard(s).

When going aloft empty your pockets of all unnecessary objects. Carry only what is necessary for your job. Any tool you carry overhead must have a lanyard, or a safety line attached to it and to you or your belt.

When working on the deck while other work is being performed overhead an OSHA approved hard hat must be worn.

Pay attention to the forklift operator at all times and be aware of the area around the lift. Keep the area clear of extraneous gear and people. The operator has final say on all decisions and should only listen to their two assigned un-loaders. When a forklift has a full load, the operator's vision is very limited. A spotter should escort any loads that limit the driver's vision. Other hands should standby to move cases away from the lift when un-stacked.

During a load out, DO NOT push pieces ONTO the truck until they are called for by the person responsible for calling the truck pack. If the wrong piece arrives at the wrong time or in the wrong order, or is unexpected or unattended, people on the truck can be hurt.
Once a truck is more than half emptied, a maximum of two other hands, at any time, may enter the truck to assist the Loaders in clearing cases from the truck by forming a pass line to reduce foot traffic within the truck. At the direction of the head carpenter or production, additional hands may enter the truck to assist with large or awkward objects.

ANY injury must be reported to the Job Steward. Minor first aid is available. If you are seriously injured, don't try to continue working.

If requested to do something you feel is unsafe, don't do it. Find the Job Steward or department head that will make a final determination.

Professional Conduct

You are expected to be at the work site at least 10 minutes before actual Call Time. The Call Time is when work commences. This is to provide time to sign-in, confirm your departmental assignment, and ready yourself for work.

You are expected to have on your person the tools required for your departmental assignment. You are expected to have nearby the tools required for any department you have been advised you may be "rolled" into.

You are expected to be wearing call appropriate clothing and shoes.

You are expected to be familiar with and abide by the Venue Policies promulgated by the management. (Copies available upon request)

Check in with the Call Steward as soon as you arrive at the work site. If you are late, or are not prepared, you may be replaced on the call. In case of an unanticipated delay, contact the Call Steward immediately after seeing to your own safety or the safety of others.

Ask questions. The go to person for any questions would be your department head. Always be open to opportunities to improve your skills and knowledge.

Strive to be clear, to the point and respectful in all communication. When asked a question, respond in the most positive and helpful manner you are able, but restrict your conversation to the matter at hand.

Refer all technical policy/practice questions to your Department Head. Refer all work-rules related questions to either the head carpenter or Shop Steward.

Everything said on the headsets or walkie-talkies must be in language that would be acceptable anywhere children are present.

In this facility, once the show has started, there is no talking on the headsets unless it is specifically related to a cue or other operational issue. Operators should refrain from pointing or an error or correcting another operator on the headsets.

DO NOT assume that all breakfast, lunch, or dinner is provided, unless so notified by the steward.

DO NOT assume that any food or beverages brought in by catering is for you.

Water is provided on the dock.

Beverages are not allowed on stage or near equipment. What the traveling crew does is their business; they are responsible for their own equipment.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a Smoke Free Facility. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas which have a cigarette ash receiver. No smoking permitted on the dock.

The use of cell phones to make or receive calls during the working times of a call is prohibited except in cases of emergency. Cell phones must be set to "vibrate only" or turned off during the working times of a call.

The ise of iPods, MP3 equipment or similar dduring the working times of a call is restricted to uses involved with testing equipment.

If you are assigned a show call, or will return for the Load-Out before the conclusion of the performance you will be required to carry a backstage pass and display it when requested. These passes are for your own use only.

Soliciting the road crew or the talent for swag, tickets, set lists, autographs, and similar; or posing for photographs etc. is "Conduct Unbecoming a Member", and will not be tolerated. Moreover, it is contrary to the personnel policies of our employer and may subject you to dismissal as well as other penalties.

If you are a member of another IA local and are working here on permit, you are expected to be current with all your obligations to your home local.


Upon accepting a call to work, you will be provisionally assigned to a department and advised if you are likely to be rolled over into another department during the day.

Each department has a Department Head. Heads will determine and assign you to the task at hand. We assign hands to "departments" as required and requested by Production.
Since contractually we do not have strict department lines, you may work in more than one department during a call or day.
Once you have been assigned to a department, stay with it unless you are reassigned by your Department Head or the head carpenter.

If reassigned by the head carpenter confirm your reassignment with your current Head. When you have completed an assigned task, return to your original Department Head for another assignment.

Our departments work at the direction of the corresponding departments of the Production. If you are released by the Production department to whom you have been assigned, confirm with your Department Head.

Any out of the ordinary questions from Production personnel, should be referred to your Department Head.

  • Carpentry: Responsible for making sure hanging set pieces and good at Bethel Woods are safely and properly hung. Sets up staging, trusses, scenery, backdrops. During a show, the Head Carpenter is responsible for and coordinates, set changes.
  • Electrics: Provides electric power for all equipment on the stage, and other areas around the venue. In addition they set up lighting instruments, lighting control equipment, and run all necessary cables.
  • Sound Department: Sets up loudspeakers, mixing consoles, microphones, and runs necessary cables.
  • Loaders: Local 353 unloads and loads all trucks as required. On a load-in call, once the loaders are released, they may be "rolled into" other departments. On a load out call, some loaders may be asked to assist in packing up and pushing the FOH, assisting in striking back line gear or in pushing cases to the dock.
  • Backline: Those involved with the setup and teardown of the musical instruments and accessories supervised by production. Local back line crew members may be assigned to work directly with a touring stage manager or a specific touring crew member.
  • Video: Deals with the setup of any video devices and runs necessary cables for video and tour cameras and may be assigned to operate a camera or page cable.
  • Wardrobe: Coordinates with a production's costume and wardrobe needs.

Tool Requirements

Bethel Woods is a road house. For in house productions, most power tools will be supplied by Bethel Woods. We expect that tools required for a specific visiting road show will be provided by that touring production. You are NOT expected to lug a full toolbox or bag to every job, but having basic tools on hand and knowing how to use them is the hallmark of the professional. Our tool needs are not extensive, but we do require some basic hand tools, and you are expected to carry them with you on each call.
And always bring that most important tool: an excellent Attitude.

Required of all Hands

  • Adjustable wrench for hexagonal nuts/bolts with a removable lanyard. Jaw capacity must be at least 1".
  • Good folding knife or retractable utility razor knife (with a lockable blade)
  • Flashlight
  • Clothing and footwear suitable for stage work that is durable, comfortable for extended hours and weather appropriate.
  • Sturdy shoes are required.
  • Shoes with holes, loose fitting shoes or Open-toe shoes/sandals of any kind are prohibited while working anywhere in the venue.
  • Hard Hat (ANSI Approved)

Recommended for all Hands

  • Work gloves that improve the grip, while permitting the handling of nuts/bolts and the typing and untying of knots
  • Multi tool
  • Flashlight
  • Fine or Ultra-fine fiber tipped marking pen
  • Eye and hearing protection
  • Rain gear

Recommended for Electricians

  • Screwdriver w/multiple blade types
  • Voltage tester

Recommended for Carpenters

  • Hammer
  • 3/8" Ratchet drive with 9/16" 6 point deep socket
  • Tape measure 25' and 100'
  • 5/16 Coffin Key

Recommended for Riggers

  • Rope at least 65' in length. House rope is available but limited.
  • Laser level

Required when Up-Rigging

  • Full body harness with double safety lanyard (all OSHA approved)
    Required when working in lifts, aboard trusses or installing/removing equipment on the catwalks: Full body harness with minimum of one safety lanyard (all OSHA approved)

Show Call

All hands on show call are expected to be at the work site at least 10 minutes before actual call time; or as directed by their Department Head

Show Blacks

  • Long black pants, black short or long sleeve shirts, and black shoes
  • Sleeveless shirts are not acceptable
  • For calls on warm evenings, Spot Operators may wear black shorts. Deck hands may wear black shorts on Show Calls only if approved by the department head in advance.

Spot Call

  • All spotlight operators must be on the loading dock at Call Time to check in with the department head and possible spot meeting with Production.
  • Operators must be at their spotlights ready to work at the specific time given at the spot meeting. If no specific time is known, all operators must be in position and ready to work no later than 15 minutes before ticketed show time; or as directed by their Department Head.
  • Operators must be sure to allow enough time to completely check out their lights before the beginning of the performance.
  • Unless otherwise told by the department head, at the end of the show, all operators must bag their headsets, cable and belt pack and return them to the department head or where specifically designated.
  • Operators must police their immediate area before coming down; all garbage, water bottles, etc. must be brought down.
  • Any spotlight problems must be reported to the department head immediately after the show.
  • After completing a Show Call, spot operators may receive a 15 minute break before rolling into the Load Out.

Deck Call

  • All deck hands must be on the loading dock at call time to check in with the department head and possible set change meeting with Production.
  • Deck Hands will meet 10 minutes before each change at a designated area.

Employer Policies

As employees of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, we are bound by its venue policies, a copy of which will be provided to you.

We are also required to comply with other descrimination, harassment, substance abuse, and ticketing policies as set forth in the Employer's general policies, in applicable law, and per the terms of our contract with the Employer.


  • Parking is in the first grass lot located on your right as you come down Hurd Rd from 17B.
  • Parking inside the wrought-iron security gate is restricted to production staff and talent unless otherwise informed ahead of time.