Job Dates

November – May


POSITION: Charge Scenic Artist
DEPARTMENT: Production/Scene Shop
REPORTS TO: Technical Director
CLASSIFICATION: Full Time, Seasonal, Exempt
PAY RANGE: $1,000 – $1,200 weekly
DATES: November – May

Working under the Technical Director, the Scenic Charge Artist is responsible for the sculpture, painting, and flame-resistant treatment of all scenic elements for McCarter’s seasonal produced plays as well as the needs of presented events and outside projects. Duties may require night and weekend work as assigned.

Job Responsibilities:

• Oversee the operation of the Paint Shop to execute scenic finishes for all scenic elements of McCarter’s produced shows and outside build projects.
• Coordinate with Designer and other departments in design realization.
• Collaborate with Designer and technical direction team to plan execution of design within determined time frames and show materials and labor budgets.
• Estimate paint and scenic treatment labor and material costs for designs; track cost expenditures.
• Create samples of intended finishes so approach is clear to Designer and technical direction team.
• Hire and supervise necessary casual labor to complete work within labor budget.
• Coordinate the sequence and process of scenic treatments in a framework that meshes with overall construction plan with the technical direction team and the Charge Carpenter.
• Research new or alternative materials and techniques when designs call for them.
• Apply appropriate flame-resistant treatments to scenery as required by applicable codes, regulations and rules.
• Execute touch-ups, finish coats, and repairs to scenery after it is installed onstage.
• Attend production meetings as coordinated with Technical Director.
• Attend technical rehearsals as required to assess results and any necessary fixes with Designer.
• Provide a touch up kit for the stage crew.
• Keep track of and purchase paint and supply inventories; Maintain Paint Shop equipment.
• Move scenery around shop floor and paint deck.
• Maintain overall organization and cleanliness of the Paint Shop.
• Work on stage as run crew/house crew for produced and presented events as scheduled.
• Work on stage to assist with rigging, electrics, sound, and video setup, strike and other specific tasks as assigned.
• Adhere to safe working practices and follow all McCarter safety policies. Serve on the McCarter safety committee.
• Oversee and administer McCarter’s respiratory protection program.
• Participate in the work to make McCarter an anti-racist theater. Actively seek ways to improve our work practices to make the Production Department more Equitable and Inclusive.

Required Qualifications:

• Strong design sense and artistic sensibility.
• Ability to interpret the design and determine appropriate scenic techniques.
• Full knowledge of modern scenic treatments, products, and execution.
• Ability to create large scale scenic drops from raw sewn goods to completed scenic pieces.
• Understanding of design process.
• Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
• Supervisory experience.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to convey information to staff and casual labor painters.
• Ability to estimate labor and material needs for projects.
• Performs tasks in a neat, diligent, and skillful manner.
• Able to lift, push, or maneuver up to 40 lbs. repeatedly, either alone or with a partner.
• Able to work in a positive manner as a team with other full and part-time staff members.
• Willingness to learn new methods of painting, skills, and equipment.
Additional Skills:

• Skilled at foam carving, casting, sculpting, and other artistic techniques.
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office products, particularly Word and Excel.
• Knowledge of photo editing software.
• Understanding of OSHA general industry, OSHA construction industry, and other workplace safety standards.
• Valid U.S. driver’s license.
• Able to climb ladders, utilize lifts, and work in high places.

McCarter requires a COVID vaccination as a requirement for employment. We will ask you to upload proof of vaccination as part of your onboarding process. Also, as a part of McCarter’s full-time staff, we will require you to participate in Princeton University’s asymptomatic testing program, which is a weekly PCR saliva test.

We encourage all candidates to apply, even if they do not currently meet all qualifications. We know there are great candidates who may not have all of the qualifications listed above but possess intuitive knowledge or other fully transferable skills. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. McCarter is committed to on-the-job training and mentorship. We also encourage candidates who do not live within commuting distance to apply. We are eager to tell you about the area, which includes many communities and towns outside of Princeton, and will discuss what it would mean for you to relocate.

To Apply
If you are interested in supporting McCarter’s artistic vision, we would love to hear from you.
Please email production@mccarter.org with “Charge Scenic Artist” in the subject line to introduce yourself. Please let us know your skills and any applicable work experience. You do not need to submit a formal resume, although they are welcome. Please also mention where you heard about the position.

To apply for this job email your details to production@mccarter.org

About McCarter Theatre Center

McCarter Theatre Center, centered between New York City and Philadelphia on the campus of Princeton University, is a creative and intellectual hub that inspires conversations, connections, and collaborations in our communities. We lead with justice and joy, and we seek beauty in belonging. McCarter is an independent, non-profit performing arts center that creates and curates engaging performances, education programs, and community partnerships. We are committed to fostering a diverse, anti-racist company and have begun that work in earnest; this work goes beyond our staff and production teams and includes engaging, educating, and cultivating a broad range of audiences, making the arts accessible to all people, and presenting a variety of entertaining and thought-provoking programming across disciplines. As such, McCarter seeks team members who: contribute to a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to support an expansive artistic vision; are committed to engaging in ongoing anti-racism and anti-oppression work individually; value collaboration, flexibility, and an openness to continuous personal and professional growth. McCarter is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring, supporting, and promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce. Please review our staff-written Framing Statement on equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.