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Bringing Experience and Expertise to the Stage

IATSE is the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts

Because Local 28 has had a long history in Portland’s theatrical venues, our members have worked with and supported some of the greatest names in the entertainment industry, including Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Sade, Barry Manilow, and even corporate giant Nike, among others. Currently IATSE 28 members support shows in Portland at the Keller Auditorium, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Moda Center, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and the Newmark and Winningstad Theaters. And we don’t just work in theaters—we also support business conferences and live concerts in arenas and outdoor venues throughout the Portland metro area and southern Washington.

Our members are highly qualified and skilled individuals, dedicated to making your event a huge success. We take pride in our history of providing first-rate technical and logistical support, even as technology evolves. Lighting and sound systems have become more complex, scenic shops are using new materials to build sets and displays, and costumes are now designed for lightning quick changes. IATSE 28 members have the diversity of knowledge and technical skills to stay ahead of those changes.

So whether your next event is a private corporate function, fundraiser, theatrical show, trade show or concert, the Stage and Wardrobe employees of IATSE Local 28 can provide all of the expertise you need to make your event a rousing success.

We’re just one call away

All you need to do is contact us. We will provide a crew of the most highly-trained and professional trades people in the entertainment industry when and where you need them, leaving you free to focus on making your production the best it can be. Contact us today for a complimentary estimate for your production.

Contact examples

General Theater Agreement (PDF) This is an example of our area standard contract for live theatrical stage or concert shows.

General Commercial Agreement (PDF): This is an example of our area standard contract for corporate functions, trade shows, and private events.

Please contact the Business Representative for more information at 503-359-5928 or email  businessagent@iatse28.org

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Quick Facts about IATSE Local 28

We are not a company

IATSE Local 28 is simply an organization of industry professionals with common goals. IATSE Local 28 does not make a profit, and your payroll does not get split up within the organization. As employees, we cover our own operating costs. There are no middlemen. You do not pay a percentage to a labor broker. The benefit percentages go directly to the employees, and because they appreciate the work environment, we see higher productivity.

Payroll

If your company is not set up to take care of payroll, IATSE Local 28 has a working relationship with a payroll services company that can take care of your payroll and workers’ compensation needs.

Where we work

Local 28 provides highly skilled rigging, carpentry, lighting, audio, wardrobe, hair, makeup, and AV personnel to major venues, producers, and promoters throughout the Portland Metro area, including Northern Oregon and Southern Washington.

Who we work with

We take great pride in our long-term partnerships with groups such as the Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet Theater, Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Oregon Symphony, ACME Scenic and Portland Center for the Performing Arts, among others.

You get what you pay for

Some employers see the hourly rate for each position, plus the benefits cost, in our contracts and feel that their show cannot incur these costs. However, the experience that IATSE Local 28 crews bring to your show means that you have fewer crew members who get the work done in less time. Plus, you won’t see the damage to your equipment that a non-union crew can bring. You will quickly find that in the end, IATSE Local 28 will produce your show for a lower cost than with non-union personnel. Because we are career professionals, we enjoy our work, appreciate our co-workers, are highly efficient with our time, and ensure a safe workplace. That’s who we are.