Festival of Arts Open Positions

Festival of Arts

Laguna Beach

Open Positions at the Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters

The Festival of Arts, a non-profit organization, has consistently been a local leader that has supported the growth and development of the community and the arts in Laguna Beach. Every summer for over 85 years, the Festival of Arts has produced two world-class events: The Festival of Arts Fine Art Show and the Pageant of the Masters. Together both shows attract more than 250,000 visitors.


The Fine Art show, rated as one of the top shows in the nation, offers a breathtaking showcase for artists and a range of activities and events for art lovers to enjoy. The Pageant of the Masters, one of the most unique productions in the world, is a 90-minute stage show of living pictures --incredibly faithful art recreations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look exactly like the original art pieces. It’s held in an outdoor amphitheater with the accompaniment of a live orchestra, an original score, full narration and intricate sets and lighting.


The Festival of Arts is committed to providing a welcome and inclusive environment for all patrons, artists, employees and volunteers. 


Position Title: Carpenter/Technician



Under the supervision of the Technical Director, the Carpenter/Technician provides technical support for the production department. Constructs theatrical scenery using high-quality woodworking and metal-welding skills. Builds sets, props and scenic environments for the Pageant of the Masters. During rehearsals and run-of-show, assumes duties of a theatrical technician and stage crew member. Maintains and repairs sets as required.



This is a full-time, year-round, salary non-exempt position. Work hours for January through mid-July are usually Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and weekly Thursday rehearsals from 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm.  Hours in June are usually Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with some additional nights and weekends. In July and August this position is expected to work every evening from 7:30 to 11:00pm and in addition, must be “on-call” to work as needed, Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Hours from September through December are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.



Four years professional theatrical experience and/or bachelor’s degree in Technical Theatre.

Effective communication and writing skills.

Strong problem-solving abilities.

Must interact with colleagues demonstrating diplomacy and tact.

Ability to abide by all safety and workplace policies and procedures.

Perform duties effectively in a team-based work environment.

Must also work independently on assigned projects, with minimal direction/instruction.

Understanding of backstage etiquette.

Working knowledge of technical theatre practices, equipment and terminology.

Must be able to work in an out-of-doors environment with various temperatures and weather conditions.

Ability to climb ladders, lifts, stairs, reach above head. Ability to bend, kneel, stoop, push, pull, and lift up and carry to 50 pounds.


Other desirable attributes are:

Knowledge and experience in theatrical lighting, sound and video production.

Ability to interpret and follow blueprints and technical drawings.

Basic knowledge of arithmetic and geometry.

Aesthetic/artistic sensibility.

Pride of craftsmanship, excellent work habits and a drive to complete projects.



Position Title: Membership and Special Events Assistant


Department: Membership and Special Events

Reports to: Director of Membership and Special Events

Employment Status: Full-Time (37. 5 hours a week); Non-exempt

Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Must be available to work some nights and weekends during off-season and increased hours, nights and weekends during peak season.


General Description of Position:

The Membership and Special Events Assistant is a fulltime year-round position. Responsibilities include: organizing and maintaining files and contact lists; maintaining working calendar of the department’s events; answering inquiries from members; making changes to membership database; sending out renewal notices. Maintains records and logs for music and entertainment. Coordinates with vendors. Assists manager with creatively planning and coordinating social events (special events as well as membership events) in a style appropriate to an artistic environment. Acts as host/hostess at events, interacts with members or patrons as appropriate.  Other duties as assigned. Competitive salary and excellent benefits, including medical, dental, and vision coverage, 403(b), paid holidays, vacation and sick time.



Position requires excellent customer service skills, a polished personal presentation and ability to be comfortable interacting with all members of an organization. Answer telephones using appropriate etiquette. Excellent computer knowledge, proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel). Excellent overall business-level communication and writing skills.   Must be detail oriented, able to handle multiple priorities and follow through with minimal supervision.  Prior experience in membership service and event planning are highly preferred. Non-profit arts background helpful.


The offer of employment for the final candidate is contingent upon satisfactory completion of and outcomes of a criminal background screening, and upon the acceptance of and returning to Human Resources, a signed original acceptance of the Agreement to Arbitrate.


Compensation and Benefits:

Competitive pay. Employment benefits including medical, dental, and vision, 403(b) contributions, paid vacation, sick time and holidays including additional paid time off during December.


To Apply:

Please apply online www.foapom.com by completing an online application and attaching a resume and cover letter.

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