Overview

Position Overview

A Scenic Artist will work collaboratively and independently to prepare, layout, paint and texture all scenery and props for OSF productions.

All OSF employees are expected to respect diverse ideas, races, genders, sexualities, abilities, cultures, and religions, contribute to working in an anti-racist social justice theater, and value Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA).

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement with IATSE Local 154.

Shop Structure: The Scenic Art shop is set up within the Scenery Department with Scenic Artists, reporting to a Charge Scenic Artist. The Scenics are split up into Scenic Artist I and Scenic Artist II, based on skills and experience.

Pay Rate: $26.75 or 29.35/hr

Start date: Sep 3rd, 2024

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions)  

  • Paint, texture and finish scenery and props according to design information.
  • Model and support OSF IDEA values by:
    • Demonstrating inclusive behaviors and creating an environment of belonging.
    • Maintaining a safe and anti-racist working environment
    • Recognizing micro-aggressions and interrupting othering behaviors.
  • Interpret drawings, paint elevations and research to achieve the look of the set design.
  • Generate paint samples and touch up kits.
  • Accurately label paint colors and document all processes.
  • Follow Scene Shop / Paint Shop safety practices and procedures, including using appropriate PPE and safely disposing of all hazardous materials.
  • Adheres to OSF Safety and Scene Shop Safety protocols.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain and clean shop spaces and tools.
  • Perform touch ups and notes on scenery and props as needed.
  • Pick up and deliver supplies.
  • Attend company, department and shop meetings, including safety trainings, as assigned.
  • Support Marketing and Development efforts
  • Mentor colleagues as requested.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by shop managers.

Supervision Received

Supervised by Charge Scenic Artist, Technical Director, and other shop managers.

Supervision Exercised

No direct reports

Qualifications & Skills

Work Experience: Two years of professional experience in scenic art or faux finishing. Four years of educational experience in scenic painting will be considered in lieu of professional work experience.

Physical Ability: Must be able to: Lift and move materials and equipment weighing up to 65 pounds, regularly squat and maintain position while painting scenery, regularly crawl and kneel while painting scenery, regularly reach above shoulders, and stand and walk for up to 8 hours. This position requires the occasional use of ladders and personnel lifts, fall arrest harnesses, and respirators.

Skills and Qualifications

Scenic Artist I will have demonstrated skills in the following areas. This is a non-comprehensive list:

  • Basic knowledge of paint mixing
  • General knowledge of using different types of rollers, brushes, and applicators.
  • Early practice of various scenic art techniques including distressing, tromp l’oeil, faux finishes and texturing.
  • Basic drawing and layout skills
  • Basic knowledge of carving and sculpting with a variety of materials
  • An understanding of the work schedule and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Basic ability to work with computers (emails, spreadsheets, cloud-based information services)
  • The ability to create positive work relationships with designers, colleagues and staff in other departments.
  • Basic experience with spray guns, including HVLPs, airbrushes, P50s and airless sprayers, including maintenance and cleaning.
  • Proficiency in laying out and painting backdrops.
  • Introductory knowledge of painting a variety of materials including metal, wood, fabric and plexiglass.
  • Demonstrated creative problem-solving skills.
  • An understanding that identity informs every individual’s human experience in a way that may differ from one’s own personal experience.

Scenic Artist II will have demonstrated skills in the following areas. This is a non-comprehensive list:

  • All Scenic Artist I Skills
  • Ability to mix paint to precisely match swatches and renderings.
  • Knowledge of best practices for painting a variety of materials including metal, wood, fabric and plexiglass.
  • Expertise in using different types of rollers, brushes, and applicators.
  • Experience in various scenic art techniques including distressing, tromp l’oeil, faux finishes and texturing.
  • Advanced drawing and layout skills
  • Intermediate knowledge of carving and sculpting with a variety of materials
  • Ability to create finished work against tight deadlines.
  • Proficiency in understanding all aspects and nuances of a given project, including communicating that information as needed.
  • Demonstrated experience with spray guns, including HVLPs, airbrushes, P50s and airless sprayers, including maintenance and cleaning.

Special Hours Requirements

Standard work week is Monday – Friday.  Occasional night-time and weekend hours are required for notes and overtime.

 

About Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Organizational Background

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) was founded in 1935 in Ashland, OR, and has grown from a three-day festival of two plays to a nationally renowned theatre arts organization that presents a rotating repertory season of up to 10 plays and musicals, including illuminating interpretations of Shakespeare, other enduring classics, and new works. OSF productions have been presented on Broadway, internationally, and at regional, community, and high school theatres across the country. OSF received the 1983 Special Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre and is one of the largest nonprofit theatres in the nation with three stages, including an outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre.

Statement of Purpose

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival creates world-class theatre, revealing our collective humanity through illuminating interpretations of new and classic plays, and inspiring a love of our art form for current and future generations.

Company Values 

We are committed to working toward inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility, creating a space of belonging for all audiences and employees—through concrete actions and systemic improvements.
We nurture and support our artists, attracting and retaining diverse, innovative talent across the organization.
We believe in the transformational power of collaborative artmaking and performance.
We recognize the importance of responsible stewardship of resources and sustainable business, financial, and environmental practices.
We serve the public good and engage with and respect our community of artists, audiences, staff, local citizens, patrons, donors, and the greater theatre community worldwide.