The Properties and Scenic Artist is responsible for all acquisition and construction of properties including furniture, hand props, and practical elements for six operas and three ballets produced yearly by the Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater. This position will work closely with professional stage directors and scenic designers to advise and accommodate their artistic concept and vision for each production. This position will execute all processes to take a concept to actualization and has decision making responsibilities as to how best to achieve the desired results as conceived by the stage director and designers.

The Properties and Scenic Artist will maintain a budget as outlined by the Executive Director of Production and Director of Paint and Props, supervise and instruct hourly and student personnel in the paint and props shops on a daily basis. Position will update files to maintain accurate production prop assignments and maintain shop, storage facilities, and an extensive props inventory. This position will sew all soft goods including prop items, drops, floor cloths, and other scenic elements. The position will also perform the role of assistant scenic artist for the paint shop and will act in support of the Director of Paint and Props in completing all scenic painting and set dressing for each production. This position will attend all staff and production meetings and meet daily with stage management team to ensure that all props, furniture, and props personnel are prepared for all rehearsals and performances.

Preferred Education: BFA/BA in theatre with an emphasis in design/scenic painting or a fine art field related to 3D construction and painting.
Portfolio review required.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Typical computer skills as well as Adobe programs.

Driver’s license.

Must be familiar with all types of materials and their usage in a theatrical setting such as wood, metal, plastics, foams, paints, finishes, and casting materials.

Must be able to function independently as a scenic painter and props master in designing and finishing props and scenery.

Must be skilled in all aspects of sculpture, mold making, customizing, and reproducing various surface treatments including faux finishes.

Ability to weld and bend metal helpful.

Ability to read blueprints.

Knowledge of historical periods with regard to everyday items, furniture, and architecture.

Excellent sewing skills needed.

Knowledge of furniture construction techniques.

Must be skilled with typical power tools such as drills, saws, and sanders. Scenic paint brushes and tools. Industrial sewing machine. Hand tools.

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