POSITION TITLE:  Assistant Charge Scenic Artist
CREATED:  March, 2024
SUPERVISOR’S TITLE:  Charge Scenic Artist
FLSA STATUS: Seasonal Non-Exempt
SALARY: Starts at $19/hour, DOE, $65/month parking stipend, Benefits
DATES: 7/29/24-4/13/25

To work with the Charge Scenic Artist to realize the finishing of the Set Designer’s vision.  While this will primarily mean painting it can also include other forms of cover including wallpapering or other texturizing methods.


·        Assist in the preparation and finishing of scenery for all IRT productions, including special projects undertaken by IRT, such as Development or Marketing events or rentals.

·        Help maintain the safety and cleanliness of the Paint Shop, performance spaces, and other areas used by the Paint Shop.

·        Assist in the supervision and training other members of the Paint Department, including any overhire.

·        Assist the Charge Scenic with ordering, budget tracking, and designer communication.

·        Perform such tasks, services, duties, and responsibilities in accordance with IRT policies, rules, regulations, and instructions now in force, or which may be adopted from time to time during Employee’s employment at the IRT.



·        Other duties as determined by Charge Scenic Artist and Production Manager.

·        Other duties may include the covering of a run crew position in an emergency situation.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the following education and/or experience.

·        At least 2-3 yrs. experience as a valued member of a professional theatre paint department or related work environment with firm deadlines and multiple team and individual projects.

·        Experience with safely handling scenic items and materials.

·        Experience developing samples and implementing processes.

·        Experience leading a project from conception to completion, staying within time, labor, and monetary budgets.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. We will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.

·        Proficiency with standard tools, materials, and processes of scenic art.

·        Ability to discern nuance in color and value. Technical knowledge of, and experience using multiple paint/color media.

·        Communication: timely and meaningful response to, and initiation of, thoughts relating to work and work environment through spoken and/or written English. In person voice, phone, email, and text are commonly used within the company and department.

·        After traditional skills, a preference for candidates with proof of digital skills such as creating/preparing stencils for digital replication either onsite or by outside vendors (submit research/starting point and finished files), and organizing and analyzing (submit formatted spreadsheet for an inventory, calendar, or accounting (include formulas as appropriate).

·        Ability to analyze reference material to develop and implement samples.

·        Ability to perceive and replicate line, shape, color and value using media different from reference.

·        Ability to read and interpret construction drawings.

·        Effective and safe use of tools such as scale rulers, stencils, lining sticks, projectors, electropounces, various kinds of sprayer and paint application equipment, MEWPs and other elevation equipment, etc.

·        Developed talents such as representational drawing, painting, sculpting (from life, projection, scaled references; any media)

·        Process development: assessing reference material (visual and verbal) and resources to choose media, tools, personnel, etc. and complete samples for approval.

·        Ability to manage overhire labor on projects

·        Working knowledge of Microsoft Suite, specifically Outlook and Excel.

·        Ability to work in a team and maintain a problem-solving attitude. Mental flexibility, creativity, and curiousity about assigned tasks, potential training and sourcing.

·        Self-organization including developing, accepting, and implementing priorities.

·        Ability to work nights, weekends and Overtime as needed.

·        Valid vehicle operator’s license and willingness to drive cargo van preferred.


·        COVID-19 vaccination and proof of vaccination are required for employment at the IRT.


The physical demands described here are representative of those an individual must meet in order to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. We will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.

·        This position requires the ability to discern nuance in color and value.

·        This position requires the ability to communicate effectively both orally and by e-mail with production team members.

·        This position requires the ability to reposition and/or transport objects of 50 pounds.

·        This position requires the ability to be able to consistently position oneself in a stooping, kneeling, or crouching manner.

·        This position requires significant periods of working while standing.

·        This position may require significant periods of repetitive arm and hand movements.

·        This position requires the ability to ascend/descend ladders and personnel lifts and work at heights.

·        This position occasionally requires working in confined spaces.

Please send a cover letter and resume with 3 references to ProductionJobs@irtlive.com.  Included should also be 5 annotated photos (date, responsibility/role, context, and why you have chosen the image) of your work that display your skill with drawing from life or copy, faux finishes (paint only or texture), portraiture, general paint handling skills or other.  Photos of the reference you worked from will be appreciated.  Please include the position for which you would like to be considered in the subject line. You may also mail them to the Indiana Repertory Theatre ATTN: Production Manager, 140 W Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. A representative of IRT will be present at USITT in St. Louis and available for in person interviews.

To apply for this job email your details to productionjobs@irtlive.com

About Indiana Repertory Theatre


The Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) was founded in 1972 and is the only theatre in Indiana to belong to the League of Resident Theatres (LORT).  Currently, the IRT produces six productions annually in two stages (the OneAmerica Mainstage, and the Upperstage) for diverse audiences. The repertoire includes work varying from world premieres to classics. The IRT serves audiences of multiple generations including students from early elementary through twelfth grade. With a significant endowment, the IRT is financially stable and looks forward to many more years of creating art for the Indianapolis community. Following many decades of diverse programming, the IRT leadership, in the past four years, has focused on further diversifying its staff and board, including ongoing anti-racist training for all. To learn more, visit our website at www.irtlive.com.



Rooted in the heart of Indiana, Indiana Repertory Theatre is committed to building a vital, vibrant and informed community through the transformational power of live theatre.  The Indiana Repertory Theatre produces inclusive, top-quality, professional theatre and community programming to engage, surprise, challenge and entertain members of the whole community.


The Indiana Repertory Theatre will welcome the whole community, becoming a place of belonging for an ever-expanding audience of all ages and backgrounds seeking meaningful and enjoyable experiences. Using theatre as a springboard for both personal reflection and community discussion, our productions and programs will inspire our neighbors to learn about themselves and others. As the largest non-profit theatre in the state of Indiana, IRT’s goal is to help make Indiana a dynamic home of cultural expression, economic vitality, and a diverse and engaged citizenry.
The IRT is committed to building an inclusive, welcoming Theatre that celebrates diversity in all areas of our work.  Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theatre field are strongly encouraged to apply.  This includes, but is not limited to, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women, transgender, and non-binary