Resident Scenic Designer About the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) is a resident ensemble theatre company bringing Shakespeare and the Classics to life for audiences of all ages. Producing year-round, CSC executes up to 10 main stage productions and 4 touring productions in addition to several workshops and events per season. Position Overview
The Properties Manager is essential to the creative core of CSC, collaborating closely with designers, other production team members, artistic associates, and the producing artistic director to ensure that all properties needs at CSC are executed to the highest possible standard. The Properties Manager will work closely with the Resident Scenic Designer to ensure that all props are executed with superior quality, on time, and within the labor and monetary resources allocated for a given production.
The Properties Manager should have strong artisan skills as well as being self-starting, able to manage a schedule, track and integrate report and design feedback, and work on multiple productions simultaneously. The Properties Manager has no direct reports, but will occasionally supervise overhire and interns. They are responsible for executing all properties needs for every production produced by CSC. This is typically a combination of renting, borrowing, pulling from stock, purchasing, and fabrication depending on the needs of a given production. The position requires solid general prop artisan skills in many areas and techniques (food fabrication, soft good creation, carpentry, metal work, etc.). They are also responsible for managing the rental of CSC props and arranging rentals with other organizations as necessary for CSC production execution.
The Properties Manager is a full‐time, salaried, year-round employee. The base schedule for this position is 9am-5:30pm Monday through Friday. Extended hours and modified workweeks are regularly necessary due to install, technical rehearsal. The Property Manager is eligible for benefits through CSC, which include health, dental and vision insurance as well as paid time off (vacation, holiday, and sick leave). Qualifications
- Bachelors degree in related field with 1+ year of properties experience or 3+ years of properties experience.
- Experience building, purchasing, renting props.
- Intermediate scene shop tool and construction knowledge.
- Highly motivated, detail-oriented, excellent organizational skills.
- Strong verbal communication skills.
- Physical requirements include climbing stairs and ladders, lifting up to 50lbs repeatedly, bending, and kneeling.
- Valid drivers license and reliable mode of transportation. A successful candidate will also possess or exercise the following qualities:
- Effective listening and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to thrive and adapt in a fast-paced, detail-oriented environment.
- Self-sufficient while also a collaborative team player.
- Enthusiasm, integrity and energy.
- Tactful communication under stress.
- A sense of humor. Responsibilities Production
- Obtain all props required for CSC productions.
- This includes a combination of pulling from stock, renting, purchasing, and building.
- Set dressing and furniture are considered props.
- Purchase all materials, equipment, and tools necessary for properties design execution.
- Execute budget passes based on properties design drafts for all productions.
- Source and oversee CSC rentals from outside theaters and companies, ensuring all equipment is maintained, accounted for, cleaned, and returned on time.
- Attend production meetings, technical rehearsals, and other events as required by the Production Manager.
- Communicate closely with Stage Management regarding rehearsal props, additions, cuts, final props, and any prop traffic into and out of the rehearsal room.
- Execute notes from designers and other production team members.
- Manage CSC properties rentals.
- Set-up properties storage areas and inventory system (including weapon armory).
- Manage properties strike and restocking following the close of every production.
- Restore all production spaces to a clean and tidy fashion on a regular basis.
- Engage contractors as necessitated by design execution.
- Manage personnel (staff, overhire, interns) working for the properties department.
- Participate in stage cleaning and preparation leading into technical rehearsals and build processes.
- During production changeovers, the Properties Lead provides a minimum of 1 day/week of assistance to the Technical Director for scenic install and execution.
- Additional scenic duties may be assigned to the Properties Lead depending on the challenges of a given production. These tasks may include, but are not limited to scenic construction, installation, and painting. Fiscal
- Collaborate with Resident Scenic Designer to establish annual prop department budgets, including:
- Material budgets per production,
- Overhire budgets,
- Annual shop and expendable supply budgets, and
- Capital expense recommendations.
- Submit weekly expense reports.
- Monitor budget lines to make financially-informed purchases and avoid overspending. General
- Adhere to company policies and regulations per the CSC Company Handbook.
- Maintain a safe, fair, and ethical working environment.
- Collaborate with the Production Manager to improve overall aesthetic product and production processes.
- Participate production postmortem surveys and season planning efforts.
- Ensure that all properties designs executed by CSC aim to achieve world-class standards.
- Other duties as requested by the Resident Scenic Designer or Production Manager. To Apply
Submit cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Maddie Regan, Production Manager (Maddie.Regan@cincyshakes.com
) with the words “Properties Manager” in the subject line. Cover letters must include available start date. Application deadline is November 25th, 2018.
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company strongly supports equal employment opportunity for all applicants regardless of race, sex, religion, creed, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or any other legally protected classification.