Prop Master/Scenic Charge Painter

Position: Prop Master/Scenic Charge Painter

Department: College of Performing Arts

Reports to: Technical Director

Position Summary:
Prop Master/Scenic Charge Painter is responsible for the prep, build and acquisition of properties for the College of Performing Arts, as well as the supervision of painting of all CPA productions. The PM/SC is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the Paint and Prop shops and Prop storage and their contents. He or she is responsible for supervising and teaching students working in these areas.


  • Work with ATD to plan the prep and build of properties for all CPA shows. Insure that the shop is run using proper safety procedures.
  • Serve as Prop Master when one is not assigned (either professional or student) to a particular show. Build and paint props as necessary shows
  • Serve as Scenic Charge Painter when a student is not assigned. Mentor and assist students who are assigned to Charge of serve on paint crews
  • Help supervise and train the lab student labor and work study labor in the prop shop and during the load in and strike process of shows.
  • Supervise over-hire labor as needed. Mentor students in a productive and positive manner.
  • Assist student prop masters in obtaining props. ·Be available to take them to shop or rent props at locations they cannot access on their own.
  • Drivers license is a must
  • Plan the paint process and prop build and to include as many 'green' procedures as is reasonably possible
  • Assist with the load in and strike of all CPA shows. Coordinate with ATD the schedule and needs of each load in and strike.
  • Arrange the daily schedule for the prop and paint shops in conjunction with the ATD to ensure smooth transition of the shared space.
  • Maintain the equipment and cleanliness of the shops. Coordinate with the TD and ATD for maintenance and replacement of inventory or equipment.
  • Assist with other CPA duties including monitoring technical and dress rehearsals of CPA productions, assisting with space upkeep and University functions.
  • Other duties as required by CPA. CPA production is an evolving environment in which duties and responsibilities may change.
  • Employees are expected to be flexible and responsive to changes in the scope of their duties


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Theater with a technical focus is required
  • 3 – 5 of work related experience in Theater with a technical focus or related fields
  • At least 3 years each of Props and Scenic Painting experience (could overlap)
  • Teaching and or mentoring experience.

TO APPLY: Interested, qualified applicants should submit letters of application and resumes to the Human Resources Department via email to Please ensure job title is in the Subject line.

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