Position Summary:

    •  This position functions as the functions as the Scenic Charge Artist for the Schools of Theatre and Music and Oklahoma Children’s Theatre. The Charge Artist supports assigned productions through collaboration with staff, faculty, and students to execute all painting and scenic treatments. The Charge Artist also designs scenery for selected productions and supports the scene painting curriculum.

Essential Functions

      • Demonstrate an attitude and behavior that reflects the values and mission of the department and University.
      • Execute scene painting, sculpting, faux treatments, and textures for assigned scenery and properties projects
      • Train and supervise students and other staff members in basic theatre artistic skills
      • Work independently and exercise creative judgement and discretion on a regular basis
      • Participates in curriculum delivery for scenic painting including practical training and instruction of student assignments and projects
      • Design scenery for selected productions; typically, Oklahoma Children’s Theatre shows
      • Collaborate with technical director to project budgetary needs for scenic painting area
      • Work flexibly to work in all areas as needed
      • Other duties as assigned

Physical Requirements

      • Constantly lifts and carries equipment and supplies weighing up to 50 lbs.
      • Constantly bends, stoops, and reaches.
      • Constantly climbs ladders and scaffolding.
      • Constantly uses fall-protection equipment required in the workplace.
      • Constantly paints theatrical scenery from a standing position.
      • Constantly visually identifies, observes, and assesses.
      • Frequently operates a computer and other office machinery.
      • Frequently moves to accomplish tasks and/or to get from one worksite to another.
      • Occasionally wears a respirator, when appropriate.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


Working Conditions

      • Work is primarily indoors, but requires the incumbent to be in an outdoor environment when traveling between campus buildings or off campus.
      • Standard office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, when not in production.
      • Attendance at evening and weekend events is regularly required.
      • Off-campus, state and regional travel is sometimes required.
      • Incumbent will be exposed to frequent noise caused by shop machinery, musical equipment, telephones and office machines.


It is expected that the hourly rate for this position will be between $15.44 and $16.00 depending upon the qualifications of the selected candidate.  Overtime hours and pay will be required during production weeks.

Required Skills


      • Experience with a variety of styles and techniques of painting
      • Color mixing, layout, and faux treatment skills
      • Interpret designers’ paint elevations and develop them into full-scale scenic treatments
      • Ability to organize and maintain inventory of painting supplies and tools
      • Excellent time management skills
      • Excellent organizational and leadership skills
      • Ability to teach scene painting
      • Ability to use an industrial sewing machine
      • Scenic design skills: drafting and drawing skills, familiarity with Vectorworks or AutoCAD software is a plus
      • Ability to work with an active production program and supervise groups of students
      • Proficiency in MS Office suite
      • Excellent problem solving abilities
      • Clear, correct, and effective communication using the English language

Required Experience


A bachelor’s degree in fine arts is required.  A MFA is preferred.

Two (2) years of scenic painting and scenic design experience is required.

A suitable combination of education and experience may be substituted for minimum requirements.

FLSA Status
Benefit Eligibility
Available at full-time university rates
Additional Required Application Materials
List of Professional References, CV or Resume, Cover Letter
Special Instructions to Applicants
In addition to a resume, cover letter, and list of professional references, please include a link to your portfolio website or other digital portfolio format.
Scheduled Hours
Standard office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, when not in production. Attendance at evening and weekend events is regularly required.