Brown/Trinity Prop Shop Manager

Job Title: Brown/Trinity Prop Shop Manager

Department: MFA

Reports To: Brown/Trinity Production Manager

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt, Seasonal Part-time

Pay Tier: 3

Compensation: $15/hour

Desired Start Date: September 1, 2021 (could possibly work virtually for the first couple of weeks)

Summary: The Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Program is seeking a part-time, seasonal Prop Shop Manager for our upcoming 2021-22 academic season. The Prop Shop Manager will oversee all properties related operations associated with MFA productions. Duties include purchasing/renting/borrowing appropriate props for all mainstage shows, and maintaining a safe and efficient working environment. The Prop Shop Manager closely collaborates with the Production Manager as well as the full-time and other part-time production staff. They also work closely with student directors and professional designers to attain the common goals of artistic excellence. Must be able to meet deadlines; be self-motivated; schedule over-hire, if needed; coordinate rentals and or purchases; maintain industry standards; and evaluate budget. Knowledge of basic construction and crafts is a plus. Candidate should be able to work calmly and efficiently with others. Priority is given at all times to creating and sustaining an equitable and inclusive environment. Must be based in the Southern New England area – housing and transportation not provided.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Works with the Set Designer to support their design vision.
  • Provides the project with safe and appropriate rehearsal and performance props & furniture.
  • Having all props ready when actors begin working Onstage.
  • Providing all consumables while the show is in production.
  • Works with the Production Manager to hire over-hire staff.
  • Assists designers with knowledge about the use and capability of Brown/Trinity’s facilities.
  • Maintains the prop shop, supplies, and stock.
  • Is present at all production meetings and tech as much as possible to assist with notes, pre-set, and location of costume changes.
  • Works with stage management to provide rehearsal pieces.
  • Coordinates borrowing/renting items from Trinity Rep, Brown, or other sources, and maintaining the rules and contracts set out by those companies.
  • Constructs and/or alters pieces per the needs of a production.
  • When possible, participates in post-show process debriefs with the production team and supporting faculty.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

Two years or more relevant experience in a theatrical environment or relevant employment or internship; interest and/or involvement in an arts related enterprise; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Other Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of basic carpentry skills and comfort using standard carpentry tools and machinery.
  • Knowledge of various crafting techniques.
  • Creative problem-solving.
  • A demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate with a wide variety of artists, technicians, and administrators.
  • Must commit to work in a production department centered in anti-racist policies and practices, and to foster and sustain a culture that values community, social justice, and equity.
  • Excellent follow-through and attention to detail.
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure.

Physical Demands:

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 may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to work well at heights of up to 20’.
  • Ability to safely move objects in excess of 50 pounds.
  • Ability to remain in a stationary position for prolonged periods of time.

Work Environment:

  • The noise level in the work environment ranges from low to high.
  • The light level in the work environment ranges from light to dark.
  • Some night and weekend hours are required.
  • Brown/Trinity is a collaborative work environment, and employees are expected to be open and willing to collaborate across departments and teams.

Brown/Trinity Rep is a rigorous professional training program that combines technical training from Brown University with real-world experience at a Tony Award-winning regional theater. The ultimate goal of the Brown/ Trinity Rep MFA Programs is to produce artists who will be leaders in the world of professional and academic theater, artists who will graduate with a profound belief in the uniqueness of their own imaginative vision as well as with strong confidence in their technical and creative ability to execute it. They will be ready to enter the competitive professional industry with clear-sightedness and hope, and eager to engage in the life-long exploration and discovery that comprises a life in the theater.

Brown/Trinity acknowledges explicitly that we ourselves operate within a culture dominated by structures of discrimination, and that doing so has caused harm in our own community- in particular, to our BIPOC students and faculty members. Brown/Trinity commits without equivocation to continue to develop a program centered in anti-racist policies and practices, and to foster and sustain a culture that values community, social justice, and equity. We believe these are essential components of our- of any- professional training program.

Trinity Repertory Company is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a culturally diverse, equitable, and anti-racist environment. For information about Trinity Rep’s commitment to anti-racism, please visit