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The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) teaches performance as a mode of critical inquiry, creative expression, and public engagement. Through performance training and research, we create liberal arts graduates with expanded analytical, technical, and imaginative capacities. As a public institution, we make diversity and inclusion a key part of our teaching, art making, and public programming.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: December 7, 2021
Execute, construct, and install scenery and scenic properties for all Department productions. Construct scenery from design and construction specifications provided by scenic designers and Technical Director. In collaboration with and under the supervision of the Technical Director, determine the best way to construct, rig, and install stage scenery in order to realize the scenic designs for simultaneous productions. Devise, in consultation with the Technical Director, techniques and approaches that will assure quality, paint-ready scenery. Analyze the stresses and loads on scenic elements to ensure the safety and structural integrity of the completed set and all rigging systems. Strive to ensure that work is of the highest professional standards.
Review and evaluate in consultation with the Technical Director the working drawings for construction, rigging, and installation for issues and concerns. Be able to offer solutions and feedback on such issues. As directed by the Technical Director, draft and submit for approval, working drawings from set designs showing construction and rigging methods. In consultation with Technical Director, schedule construction projects and student labor. Order materials as directed. Prepare cut lists, detailed drawings, fixtures or jigs, and/or other documentation necessary for the construction of projects. Apply base paint and other simple paint treatments to finished scenery when necessary and appropriate as determined by the Technical Director. Attend weekly production meetings as directed. Participate in all strikes.
Research new materials and techniques to fulfill designers' concepts. Consult with and advise supervisor, colleagues, designers, and directors as to variations in designs that can lead to economical solutions of problems; may design new techniques to promote efficient working of scenery on stage or in shop.
Responsible for daily maintenance of scene shop; ensure the orderly storage of all equipment, scenic materials, and supplies. Assist in maintaining the scene shop in a neat, orderly and safe condition. Participate in daily clean up. Inspect, repair, and maintain carpentry, welding, rigging, and drapery tools and equipment. Maintain inventory of sharp saw blades, drill bits, chisels, and router bits. Maintain, as directed, inventory of expendable supplies including hardware, fasteners, adhesives, and lubricants. Coordinate all tool repairs. Recommend expenditures for equipment. Advise on planning of major alterations of existing facilities or development of new facilities. Assist in the maintenance and cleanliness of the backstage areas, including, but not limited to, backstage proper, rigging system, trap room, and assorted storage areas.
Supervise temporary (casual) employees and ensure that all employees meet all safety requirements.
Supervise, train, and instruct in the work of approximately 4-5 work study and 20-30 registered students per semester assigned to work in the scene and paint shops and theater facilities for laboratory courses including but not limited to THR 168 (Shop Practice), 169 (Advanced Technical Practice), 173 (Scene Design for the Theater), 182 (Summer Laboratory), and 176 or 179 (Applied Theatrical Design). Train in construction and decoration of scenery from working drawings or renderings to ensure accuracy, including tool use, standard painting and construction techniques, safe working practices, and techniques and practices of rigging and installation.
On occasion, train, instruct, and supervise students completing laboratory practice as stage technicians on run crew, including standard methods and operations of the theater machinery and rigging, gripping of scenery, lighting and sound operation, wardrobe and make-up crew, etc. and duties associated with technical support for live theater including standards of professional conduct.
Evaluate student performance for grading purposes. On occasion, participates in lectures or demonstrations for various courses.
Serves as back-up to Technical Director. Supervises in theaters, shops and related facilities in Technical Director's absence. Is present at technical and dress rehearsals, as back-up to Technical Director or Theater Production Supervisor as needed, for supervision and training of student operators and for consultation with directors/designers regarding notes, changes, and additions.
Must have working knowledge of (or can quickly learn) significant number of University policy groups, financial (procurement card, purchasing policies), Environmental Health and Safety (chemical inventory, shop safety manual, shop inspections, personal safety equipment, staff safety training), and computer use and security issues. Must have knowledge of (or can quickly learn) Department internal policies regarding same areas.
Must have knowledge of non-university policies and guidelines, including some building codes, OSHA, Fire Marshall, etc.
Significant (mastery level) knowledge in the professional field of scenic art and painting: Knowledge of the history of standards and current applications of theatrical techniques in scenic treatment and the history and techniques of fine arts (painting and sculpture). Knows and applies techniques of sculpture in a variety of media. Knowledge of properties of materials to ensure effective use, and workability of various materials to achieve desired looks and functions of designs.
Knowledge of techniques of commercial and industrial finishing materials and techniques.
Knows and applies principles of mathematics, especially geometry.
Knowledge (journey level) in the professional field of scenic construction and fabrication for the theater and related industries and knowledge of theater practice, including, but not limited to knowledge of techniques of scenic carpentry and soft-goods construction, rigging, properties construction and craft-making, and theater facilities. Knowledge of standard operations and uses of basic theatrical machinery (elevators, traps, rigging, fly systems), stage equipment, and construction tools of all kinds. Knowledge of architectural/mechanical and theatrical drafting techniques.
Additional knowledge of tool use and maintenance specific to the scene and paint shops, and theater facility. Knowledge of standards of practice in field and standards of safety and safe operation in theater and related fields (concert, dance, opera, film, etc.).
Standard techniques and practices of scenic artistry and treatments including: traditional and digital rendering; color mixing; freehand painting techniques; painting and paint treatments (spattering, translucencies, marbleizing, texturing, wood grain, etc.), in and on wood, metal, fabric, foam, plastic, etc.; sculpting; finish techniques; proper use of hand and power tools particular to paint shop such as air brush; spray equipment; texturing devices (feather, sponge, graining tools), etc. Good color sense. Specialty skills (e.g. foam carving, sculpting, model building).
Standard techniques and practices of scenic construction including: carpentry and scenic carpentry; knowledge of hand and power tool, and stationary power tool operation; jig construction; sewing and construction of soft goods and scenic drops; furniture building; welding and metal working of steel and aluminum; fabrication in other media (e.g. plastics, concrete, copper-mesh); electrical wiring; safe lifting; drafting.
Operation of theatrical rigging equipment including: counter-weight purchase systems (single or double); hemp systems (block and tackle, block and fall, sand bag picks); Proper identification and assemblage of rigging components and knots; hanging and flying of scenery and/or lighting equipment.
Must be familiar with all aspects of production. Coordinate across all technical areas to ensure timely realization of event. Advanced knowledge of production methods and techniques:
Lighting (some knowledge preferred):
Hanging and circuiting of a light plot.
Basic operation of most lighting components (followspots, ellipsoidal spotlights, PARs, fresnels, dimmers, control systems).
Troubleshooting of lighting systems and plots.
Basic operation of standard theatrical lighting control consoles.
Sound (some knowledge preferred):
Correct and appropriate installation of a sound system.
Operation of most sound system components, esp. communication systems, and industry-standard control consoles).
Troubleshooting of sound systems and plots.
Multi-Media(some knowledge preferred):
Correct and appropriate installation of various multi-media systems. Basic operation of most multi-media components (slide projectors, dove units, film projectors (16mm and 35mm) video projectors (RP and front), VTRs, VCRs, video cameras and SVGA projection).
VectorWorks (CAD), Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, email and network, etc.
Ability to lift up to 100 lbs.
Demonstrated problem solving skills.
Ability to supervise and delegate.
Ability to prioritize competing needs over time between short (production based) and long term (organizational) goals.
Effective oral communication and interpersonal skills.
Ability to communicate complex instructions and information to disparate constituencies.
Can work independently.
Demonstrated time management skills.
Can teach and train.
Two years of college and three years of experience in theater production; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledges and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.
Salary & Benefits
Hourly rate will be commensurate with experience within the range of $31.58 - $33.82 (stepped rates).
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