Shakespeare and Company, located in Western Massachusetts, is looking for a Scenic Charge to join our scene shop staff. Our season features 8 shows on four different stages. Shop spaces include natural light in 2nd floor, air-conditioned Costume Shop and our Scene Shop is 110′ x 60′ and includes a 20’ x 40’ Paint deck. We have separate Sound and Lighting facilities as well as 3,500 sq. ft. of costume stock and 12,000+ sq. ft. of props and scenic storage. The Props Department has a separate shop from the Scenic Department. Shakespeare + Company has an Equity LORT D playhouse seating approximately 400, an Equity SPT 4 black box theater with a 200 seat house, and two outdoor theaters, one LORT D and the other non-equity, both which have a capacity over 290.
The Scenic Charge would take lead on and work closely with the TD, ATDs, Designers and a scenic artist in the finishing of scenic elements, primarily through paint, to achieve the designer’s artistic vision. The Scenic Charge is tasked with determining the proper techniques and materials in which to complete the look of the set. The person in this position will find their time split between leading the scenic artist, liaising with directing and design teams, and determining materials and techniques that will be needed. The Scenic Charge may take on the task of creating small murals or paintings. Must be willing to work some nights or early mornings.
Preferred applicants will have a strong background in scenic painting technique, leadership skills, Photoshop, and in time management; especially estimation. 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 required. Candidates should be able to lift 50 pounds, and be comfortable working at heights, and have a valid driver’s license.
The contract runs approximately from mid-May through mid-September. It is important to note that shorter availabilities will be considered. Housing for non local applicants is available. Pay rate is $490 per week with the potential to earn overtime.
Shakespeare + Company is an E.O.E. and this is a salaried position with overtime. Send cover letter with dates of availability, resume, and 3 references with e-mail contact to: Kevin Harvell, Production Manager at Jobsearch@shakespeare.org. More information on the season and company can be found at Shakespeare.org.
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