Properties Department

JOB DESCRIPTIONS

 
PROP CRAFTSPERSON (ARTISAN)

The Prop Craftsperson (s) is staff position working with a team of staff and apprentice technicians and is responsible for the production of new stage props and the refurbishment of existing stage props for a (5 +) production repertory season. The craftsperson must be prepared to fulfill the following responsibilities throughout the season: Construct stage props from designer’s drawings and research along with research and information from the Properties Director/ Master. Applicant must efficiently manage a schedule for a timely delivery of props to rehearsals, techs and assigned productions; monitor safety and morale; mentor apprentices in prop construction and maintenance; and maintain excellence of product. Applicants must have a wide range of crafting skills which should include some, if not all of the following; hand stitching, soft good construction and upholstery, use of industrial sewing and over-lock machines; mold making and casting; floral arranging; paper goods graphics and construction; woodworking; a willingness and the ability to work rigorous hours; minimum of a BA in production / technology, or comparable professional experience with a minimum of (3) years in prop construction at the professional or academic level.


PROP JOURNEY CRAFTSPERSON (ARTISAN)

The Prop Journey Craftsperson is an entry level staff position working with a team of staff and apprentice technicians and is responsible for the production of new stage props and the refurbishment of existing stage props for a (5+) production repertory season. The Journey Craftsperson must be prepared to fulfill the following responsibilities throughout the season: Construct stage props from designer’s drawings and research along with research and information from the Properties Director/ Master. Applicant must efficiently manage a schedule for a timely delivery of props to rehearsals, techs and assigned productions; monitor safety and morale; mentor apprentices in prop construction and maintenance; and maintain excellence of product. Applicants must have a wide range of crafting skills which should include some of the following; hand and industrial machine stitching, soft good construction and upholstery, mold making and casting; floral arranging; paper goods graphics and construction; woodworking; a willingness and the ability to work rigorous hours; minimum of a BA in production / technology, or comparable professional experience with a minimum of (1) year in prop construction at the professional or academic level.


PROP CARPENTER

The Prop Carpenter (s) is staff position working with a team of staff and apprentice technicians and is responsible for the production of new stage props and the refurbishment of existing stage props for a (5 +) production repertory season. The prop carpenter must be prepared to fulfill the following responsibilities throughout the season: construct furniture and stage props from designer’s drawings and research along with research and information from the Properties Director/ Master. These props will include furniture as well fabricated prop pieces and mounting / rigging of props for stage and rehearsal. Applicant must efficiently manage a schedule for a timely delivery of props to rehearsals, techs and assigned productions; monitor safety and morale; prepare materials ordering lists; mentor apprentices in prop carpentry and furniture construction, welding, maintenance of tools and props; and excellence of product. Applicants must have a wide range of carpentry and welding skills which should include most, if not all of the following; furniture construction and joinery, MIG welding; scenic carpentry; basic cabinetry construction; woodturning; and use of stationary and portable power tools; a willingness and the ability to work rigorous hours; a BA in production / technology, or comparable professional experience with a minimum of (3) years in prop carpentry construction at the professional or academic level.


PROP JOURNEY PERSON CARPENTER

The Prop Journey Person Carpenter is staff position working with a team of staff and apprentice technicians and is responsible for the production of new stage props and the refurbishment of existing stage props for a (5 +) production repertory season. The prop carpenter must be prepared to fulfill the following responsibilities throughout the season: construct furniture and stage props from designer’s drawings and research along with research and information from the Properties Director/ Master. These props will include furniture as well fabricated prop pieces and mounting / rigging of props for stage and rehearsal. Applicant must efficiently manage a schedule for a timely delivery of props to rehearsals, techs and assigned productions; monitor safety and morale; prepare materials ordering lists; mentor apprentices in prop carpentry and furniture construction, welding, maintenance of tools and props; and excellence of product. Applicants must have a range of carpentry and welding skills which should include some, if not all of the following; furniture construction and joinery, basic welding; scenic carpentry; woodworking and turning; and use of stationary and portable power tools; a willingness and the ability to work rigorous hours; a BA in production / technology, or comparable professional experience with a minimum of (1) year in prop carpentry construction at the professional or academic level.


PROP PAINT CHARGE

The Prop Paint Charge is staff position working with a team of staff and apprentice technicians and is responsible for the painting of new stage props and the refurbishment of existing stage props for a (5 +) production repertory season. The prop paint charge must be prepared to fulfill the following responsibilities throughout the season: maintain a prop paint schedule and materials ordering list for the painting of furniture and stage props from designer’s drawings, notes and research along with research and information from the Properties Director/ Master. These props will include furniture, hand props, soft goods; and stage dressing. Applicant must efficiently manage a schedule for a timely delivery of props to rehearsals, techs and assigned productions; monitor safety and morale; prepare materials ordering lists; mentor staff and apprentices in prop painting, maintenance of paint equipment and tools; and excellence of product. Applicants must have a wide range of painting skills which should include the following; scenic and faux-finish painting, staining; aging; sealing and finishing of props; color mixing and matching; and signage/ graphic artwork; a willingness and the ability to work rigorous hours; a BA in production / technology, or comparable professional experience with a minimum of (3) years of Prop / Scenic Painting / at the professional or academic level.


PROP STAFF PAINTER

The Prop Staff Painter is position that works with the Prop Paint Charge and (1) apprentice technician and is responsible for the painting of new stage props and the refurbishment of existing stage props for a (5 +) production repertory season. The Prop Staff Painter must be prepared to fulfill the following responsibilities throughout the season with the Prop Paint Charge: maintain a prop paint schedule and materials ordering list for the painting of furniture and stage props from designer’s drawings, notes and research along with research and information from the Properties Director/ Master. These props will include furniture, hand props; soft goods; and stage dressing. Applicant must efficiently manage a schedule for a timely delivery of props to rehearsals, techs and assigned productions; monitor safety and morale; prepare materials ordering lists; mentor staff and apprentices in prop painting, maintenance of paint equipment and tools; and excellence of product. Applicants must have a wide range of painting skills which should include some if not all of the following; scenic and faux-finish painting, staining; aging; sealing and finishing of props; color mixing and matching; and signage/ graphic artwork; a willingness and the ability to work rigorous hours; a BA in production / technology, or comparable professional experience with a minimum of (2) years of Prop / Scenic Painting / at the professional or academic level. 


PROP BUYER / SHOPPER

This is a seasonal staff position responsible for purchasing and procuring of stage properties and or related materials for the construction and fabrication of stage properties for a (5 +) opera repertory season. The buyer must be able to handle a large petty cash draw and a company credit card which will require frequent and timely balancing of receipts and cash, and submitting necessary paper work for reimbursement. Any shortages or loss in petty cash are the responsibility of shopper/buyer to rectify. The buyer should have experience in money and receipt handling; bookkeeping organization and or retail sales, theatrical production and or crafting. They must be licensed to operate a full size pick-up truck. Knowledge of decorative arts, style and fabrics are a plus. The Properties Director, the Assistant Properties Director and the Properties Administrator direct and assist the Shopper / Buyer with research, schedule, priority setting, organization and bookkeeping. The Shopper / Buyer should possess a passion and patience for shopping for the  stage.


PROP RUN CREW CHIEF

The Prop Crew Chief(s) is staff position working with a team of staff and apprentice technicians and is responsible for the accurate and safe running of rehearsals and performances as they pertain to the prop department, cataloging and recording of notes, production paperwork and narratives for the running of stage properties, and mentoring of run crew prop apprentices in a (5 +) production repertory season. The Run Crew Chief must be prepared to fulfill the following responsibilities throughout the season: Make crew show assignments and schedules, accurately spike/mark on stage and in rehearsal locations the of props from drawings and ground plans; record notes and changes; along with Stage Management produce a production narrative and mini-ground plan; Applicant must efficiently manage a schedule for a timely delivery of props to rehearsals, techs and assigned productions; monitor safety and morale; mentor apprentices in prop performance and rehearsal running and note taking; maintain excellence of product; catalog performance props; support assigned rehearsals and performances. Applicants must have a wide range of skills which should include, if not all of the following; Stage Management skills and experience, tech and rehearsal experience, crew leadership, computer skills; a valid driver’s license and the willingness to drive a step van or truck; willingness and the ability to work rigorous hours; minimum of a BA in production / technology, or comparable professional experience with a minimum of (2) years in a SM / ASM and or crew chief position at the professional or academic level.


PROP CRAFTS AND RUN CREW APPRENTICE

The Prop Crafts Apprentice(s) is responsible for assisting the Prop Staff and other technical apprentices in the construction, maintenance and running of stage props, including but not limited to: furniture upholstery, hand props, soft goods, floral and foliage work; and stage dressing; and to assist in the running of productions with staff and apprentice run crews, for a (5+) production repertory season. The apprentice must be prepared to fulfill the following responsibilities throughout the season: construction and finish of assigned prop craft pieces; maintain excellence of product; maintenance of assigned productions; a willingness and the ability to work rigorous hours and to act as run crew for assigned productions. Applicants must have a college level prop crafts (which should include sewing / stitching) experience or similar experience in other theatrical venues.