The Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF), the State Theatre of Alabama, is currently seeking a creative and experienced Scenic Charge Artist. The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is a year-round professional LORT theatre housed in a $21.5 million theatre complex located in Montgomery, Alabama, that annually produces a vibrant season of Shakespeare as well as the classics, plays, musicals, and new works. In addition to ASF’s stage productions, ASF serves its community through the Festival’s many arts education programs, including SchoolFest, a student-matinee program that provides 30,000 – 40,000 students annually with subsidized tickets for a performance of one of ASF’s plays.
Working closely with the Technical Director and Set Designer, the Scenic Charge Artist will lead a small staff of Scenic Artists to complete work on all scenic elements (primarily through painting) to achieve the Set Designer’s artistic vision.
Duties and Responsibilities:
-Determine the proper techniques and materials necessary to complete the Set Designer’s vision of scenic elements
-Work in direct communication with Scenic Artists to assure accurate and desired finishes
-Coordinate with the Technical Director, Production Manager, and other Production department heads about construction, paint scheduling, and necessary work space allocation
-Read and interpret the drafting, renderings, models, and research materials for proper execution of design finish
-Provide paint touch-up kits for the maintenance and upkeep of the paint finishes during show runs
-Coordinate with the Set Designer and Properties Master on carved foam elements and specialty finishes of properties, furniture, and set dressing
-Maintain, organize, and ensure cleanliness of paint shop space, tools, equipment, and supplies
-Manage the paint budget, including purchasing and bookkeeping for inventory, equipment, supplies, and individual show paint budgets
-Reports an updated budget weekly to the Production Manager
Safety and Maintenance
-Take an active role in the implementation of ASF’s health and Safety policy
-Oversee routine inspection and maintenance of all paint equipment
-Maintain a clean and safe work space for all personnel
-Ensure best practice and use of protective wear by staff and volunteers
-Properly handle, use, and dispose of all toxic materials in the work space
Other characteristics and experience vital to this position:
-Perform other duties as assigned by the Production Manager
-Must be able to lift at least 75 pounds unaided and in repetition
-May be required to occasionally work in extreme conditions, such as at various heights, in confined spaces, in high temperatures, and during adverse weather conditions
-Must maintain a safe and orderly working environment
-Must maintain a valid driver’s license
-Must be willing to work some nights, weekends, and/or early mornings
Please send a cover letter and resume to Michael DiLaura, Human Resources Director, at email@example.com.
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard for age, race, religion, gender, identity, or disability.
About Alabama Shakespeare Festival
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Founded in 1972, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival began as a summer theatre festival in Anniston, Alabama. The theatre moved to Montgomery in the 1980s after philanthropist Wynton “Red” Blount offered to build a new home for the theatre in a 250-acre park. The state-of-the-art performing arts complex, christened the “Carolyn Blount Theatre,” represented the largest gift by an individual donor in the history of American theatre ($21.5 million) at the time. Mr. Blount’s gift of the theatre complex set ASF on the path of continuous artistic success and community service.
Carolyn Blount Theatre houses a Festival Stage (seats 792) and Octagon Stage (seats 262), outdoor amphitheater and garden, production shops, rehearsal halls, and administrative offices. More than one million bricks were used to build the complex, which contains more than 100,000 square feet of space. The late Russell Page, famed landscape architect, planned the English-style grounds and lake that surround the building and make up the stunning core of the Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park.
ASF is the largest professional, producing theatre in Alabama and one of the largest Shakespeare festivals in the world. Since the theatre first opened, millions of adults, children, and families have experienced the joy of theatre by attending ASF productions. ASF produces seven to 10 plays each season, including at least two by William Shakespeare along with a broad offering of contemporary works and large-scale Broadway musicals.
Mission and Values
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival builds community by engaging, entertaining, and inspiring people with transformative theatrical performances and compelling educational and outreach programs.
As the region’s most valued arts leader and community resource, we strive to build upon our reputation for artistic excellence, broaden our reach throughout the state and beyond, and expand public participation and support.
Our core values include heritage: producing work that speaks to the richness of human experience and the uniqueness of our region; excellence: sustaining a nurturing, supporting, and creative work environment; community: serving as a cultural conduit for community interaction; accessibility: embracing diversity and opening our doors to everyone in the community; life-long learning: providing unique avenues for personal and collective discovery; and stewardship: being reliable stewards of the marvelous resources provided to us.
The New York Times recently recognized Montgomery, Alabama, as one of the top 52 places to visit in the United States, citing revitalized neighborhoods, a bustling downtown, and the many museums and historical sites focusing on the evolution of civil rights.
Montgomery is rich in both historic and cultural offerings for residents and visitors alike, including ASF and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts located in the Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park. In addition, other local attractions include the recently opened National Memorial for Peace and Justice and Legacy Museum of the Equal Justice Initiative, National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture, the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, Freedom Rides Museum, and Alabama Nature Center.
As the state capital of Alabama, the city is populated by many state government agencies along with Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, the home of Air University. Montgomery has a vibrant academic community that includes public institutions Alabama State University, Troy University (Montgomery campus), and Auburn University at Montgomery, as well as private schools Faulkner University and Huntingdon College. High-tech manufacturing is also part of the diversification of Montgomery’s economic base, which includes such international companies as Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama among others.
Montgomery has won several national awards including Best Historic City by USA Today, All-America City in 2014 by the National Civic League, "Top City for Job Growth" in 2014 by ziprecruiter.com, and the "happiest city in Alabama." Montgomery has also been recognized nationally for its downtown revitalization and new urbanism projects. It was one of the first cities in the nation to implement Smart Code Zoning.