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Position: Supervisor- Scene Shop

Grade Department Position type: Position Number
35 2NF – Department not found Full-time A98001

Position Summary:

Under the direction of the department chair or designee, supervises and trains undergraduate and graduate students in the scenic shop environment and in shop processes.  Facilitates the realization of scenic, lighting, and sound designs.

Essential Functions, Major Duties, and/or Accountabilities:
  • Researches period styles and architecture for design and scenic art and assists in the planning of shop work flow.
  • Advises on technical and procedural solutions to construction problems.
  • Maintains lighting equipment and purchases parts as needed.
  • Maintains scenic art inventory, shop supplies, tools, inventory, and workspace.
  • Drafts necessary working drawings; provides sketches and/or scale models of scenery, and provides lighting schedules when requested.
  • Trains and directs student crews in a shop environment for all construction, load-ins, and strikes of a 5-7 production season according to plans produced by and within guidelines set by the technical directors.     
  • Mentors Design/Tech students and assists in improving their portfolio, resume, and interview skills.
  • Collaborates, develops and enforces safety and workplace standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Reviews, approves, and submits time sheets for hourly student employees.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • Undergraduate and graduate students and part-time workers.

Special Requirements of the Position:
  • Required to work variable hours including evenings, nights, and weekends depending on the demands of the production.


Graduation from an accredited institution with a master's degree in the subject matter or closely related area and one year of experience related to the summary of duties; or any combination of education and/or experience related to the summary of duties totaling seven years.

  • Should have a demonstrated commitment to diversity in all aspects of their work.
  • Knowledge and experience in CADD (AutoCAD or Vectorworks).
  • Ability to work/collaborate with a wide range of personality types.
  • Knowledge of period and contemporary theatre history.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Knowledge of standard materials and techniques used in scenic carpentry and stage lighting, MIG welding, rigging, and sound.

This position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to the position.
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