Scenic Charge Artist

Seeking a qualified individual to serve as a Scenic Charge Artist. Riverside Theatre produces 5 main stage shows in our 692 seat Proscenium theatre and 2 shows in our 250 seat Black Box theatre each season.  This is a full-time position offering a competitive salary, 100% medical & dental insurance coverage, paid holidays and vacation, and other elective benefits.

The Scenic Charge Artist would take lead on and work closely with the Technical Director and a small staff of scene painters in the finishing of scenic elements, primarily through painting, to achieve the designer’s artistic vision.

The Scenic Charge Artist’s duties include the following:

Determining the proper techniques and materials in which to complete the designer’s vision of scenic elements.
Working in direct communication with Riverside Theatre scenic designers to assure accurate and desired finishes
Maintenance and upkeep of the paint finishes during show runs
Managing the paint inventory, equipment and supplies
Coordinating with the Technical Director in managing the paint budget
Coordinating with the Technical Director and Production Manager and production department leaders regarding construction and paint scheduling, and necessary work space allocation
Reading and interpreting the drafting, renderings, models and research materials for proper execution of design finish
Properly handling, using and disposing of all toxic materials in the work space
Performing other related tasks and duties as assigned
Must be willing to work some nights, weekends and/or early mornings.

Ideal candidate is a self-motivated, safety conscious, team player with at least 3-5 years relevant professional experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. The candidate should possess exceptional leadership & management skills and the ability to navigate challenging situations diplomatically.  Interpersonal skills that allow the individual to function in a variety of settings among widely different groups of people are also desired.

Preferred applicants will have a strong background in scenic painting technique, texturing techniques utilizing brushes, sprayers, other tools of the trade, leadership skills and time management. There is a large emphasis placed on the knowledge of surface treatments including, texturing, ageing, foam carving and distressing. Prior experience as a scenic charge is desired. Candidates should be able to lift and carry a minimum of 40 pounds, climb stairs, work on ladders, possess a full range of motion and have a valid driver’s license.


Experience in a professional theatrical environment
Studio artist (sculpting, drawing, painting)
Knowledge of production aspects of theatre

Qualified candidates should submit: resume, 3 references and portfolio (or work samples).  Interested candidates should use the application form below using the subject line of “Scenic Charge Artist” position.

To apply for this job email your details to kathleen.cabanas@riversidetheatre.com

About Riverside Theatre

Built in 1973 on a 54-acre tract of land designated by the city of Vero Beach as a cultural park, Riverside Theatre was erected with $1.5 million raised solely from private donations. For the first few years of its existence, the Riverside Theatre building served primarily as the home to the Vero Beach Theatre Guild, the local community theatre group, and occasional bus & truck tours. In 1980, the Riverside Children’s Theatre (RCT) added education and programming for children to these activities, though it wasn’t until 1985, with the hiring of a full-time education director that classes and productions starring local children truly began. In 1983, the Friends of Riverside Theatre, a fundraising group, started the Celebrity Series with an appearance by Ray Charles, and this series, and appearances by celebrities, became an integral part of the Theatre’s programming.

The inaugural season for the Riverside Theatre Acting Company followed close behind in 1985-86. By 1987-88, Riverside had its first letter of agreement with Equity and had established itself as the first and only Equity theatre company on Florida’s Treasure Coast. Now in its twentieth season, Riverside has moved on to a LORT C (League of Resident Theatre) contract, and has grown to be one of the largest producing professional theatres in the State.

As Riverside grew, so did its facilities. In 1986, a rehearsal hall was added to the west of the Theatre proper. In 1991, the Agnes Wahlstrom Youth Playhouse (AWYP) became the home of Riverside Children’s Theatre and additional funds helped break ground for a scene shop adjacent to the northeast corner of the main Theatre building. In 1998, the Anne Morton Theatre (AMT), Riverside’s second stage, opened. Built primarily as the home for RCT productions, the AMT also serves as the site for Riverside 2, the Acting Company’s second stage series, and the Actors’ Cabaret. In 1999, still more construction renovated the backstage areas and original dressing rooms and moved all the administrative offices out of the Theatre and into the Leonhardt Administration Wing.

All these additions pale however in comparison with what’s to come. In 1999, a Long Range Facilities Planning Committee surveyed staff, patrons and the Board as to the Theatre’s long term facility needs. This survey found that renovation of the audience chamber and the addition of a lobby were the primary concerns of the Riverside faithful. In the summer of 1999, architects were hired to address these concerns. Feasibility studies, three different schematic designs, and fundraising ensued.

Finally on September 1 of 2005, a Building Permit for the all new Riverside Theatre was granted. The new Riverside Theatre opened on schedule in March, 2007, to carry Riverside Theatre to even greater heights, with a permanent home for the Second Stage, a renovated lobby and mainstage audience chamber.

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