Scenery Supervisor
Williamstown, MA Scene Shop
Job Type
Full-time
Description

POSITION:   Scenery Supervisor   

CLASSIFICATION:  Seasonal - Full Time

STATUS:   Exempt

REPORTS TO:   Director of Production and Operations

SUPERVISES:  Scenery and Props Staff 

LOCATION:   Williamstown, MA

COMPENSATION: $1200-$1500 Weekly 

HIRING TIMELINE: Applications to be accepted until filled with a priority application deadline of 2/2/2024. Application review and interviews to be conducted starting 2/5/2024 with an anticipated start date of 06/03/2024 and end date of 8/17/24.


JOB SUMMARY: 

The Williamstown Theatre Festival, renowned for its commitment to artistic excellence, is seeking a dynamic and experienced professional to join our team as the Scenery Supervisor for the 2024 Season. As a department head within the production department, this position offers an exciting opportunity for an individual to lead and mentor a team of talented emerging designers who will take charge in designing for productions this summer. 

Reporting to the Director of Production and Operations, the Scenery Supervisor will play a crucial role in shaping the visual aesthetic of our performances and ensuring the seamless execution of technical aspects related to scenic and props design. This position will begin remotely on a part-time basis on March 3rd. 


RESPONSIBILITIES:

Scenery and Prop Design and Execution:

  • Collaborate closely with production directors to understand desired production aesthetics and determine prop and scenic design possibilities within the given constraints.
  • Conceptualize and design a ground plan and seating chart for 3 theaters that will serve and enhance the artistic vision of multiple productions in each venue.
  • Assign emerging designers to individual projects and oversee the design process between them and the production directors. 
  • Oversee the building, installation, and operation of scenic and prop elements during load-in, technical rehearsals, and performances. Troubleshoot and resolve technical issues related to scenery and props as they arise. 
  • Coordinate any necessary rentals for the season, including trucking to and from campus.
  • Assist with the load-in and load-out of campus spaces including offices and workspaces, counting of equipment, and storage of items for off-season. 

Team Leadership:

  • Lead the hiring process for all Scenery department staff and work in conjunction with other production department heads to assist as a second opinion for hiring decisions in other departments. 
  • Supervise and lead the scenery team, providing guidance and support to ensure a collaborative and efficient working environment.
  • Coordinate with other production departments to integrate Scenery seamlessly into the overall production designs.
  • Provide training and mentorship to scenery team members, fostering a culture of continuous learning and skill development through reviewing and editing paperwork, providing guidance on best practices, and sharing professional experience.

Management:

  • Set weekly working hours for scenery department staff, coordinate overtime needs and time off requests, and manage weekly staff hours approval. 
  • Track Scenery department budgets, materials purchasing, and any required equipment maintenance.
  • Ensure that safe working practices are maintained in any facilities used by the scenery department staff. Follow all festival safety protocols. 
  • Partake in season debrief meetings and create documentation of notes that will better serve the position and scenery department next summer.
  • Customarily and regularly directs the work of two or more other employees, and whose suggestions and recommendations as to the advancement, promotion, or any other change of status of other employees are given particular weight.
Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • The Williamstown Theatre Festival does not require a specific number of years of experience or have a minimum for educational credentials. 
  • Proven experience in a scenery role in a professional theatre setting with demonstrated success in designing and executing scenery for a variety of theatrical productions with a keen eye for detail and a commitment to artistic excellence.
  • Technical drafting. Must be proficient in Vectorworks or AutoCAD.
  • In-depth knowledge of methods for the creation and acquiring of scenery and props.
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, and management skills, with a track record of leading diverse teams through a supportive and collaborative approach to management.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic production environment, with the flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and timelines.
  • Must be able to work long shifts on feet.
  • An essential function of this job is in-person work in Williamstown, MA.
Salary Description
$1,200-$1,500/week