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Theater Scenery Specialist Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Provides technical support for productions and/or special events. Designs, constructs and oversees the construction of stage scenery. Designs and installs lighting equipment. Supervises work of students who assist with the technical aspects of a performance. Incumbents also monitor the budget and may design special lighting and/or special effects equipment. This classification requires a flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of each performance. Incumbents may be required to lift heavy equipment.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is second in a series of two classifications and is distinguished from the Theater Technical Assistant in that designing and constructing stage sets is a large part of the job.

Examples of Duties:

  • Coordinates the activities of student workers.
  • Consults with faculty to discuss desired theatrical objectives.
  • Designs and constructs specialized stage scenery such as stair units, furniture and flats, which includes the selection of material, methods of construction and installation.
  • Designs and installs special lighting and builds special effects equipment.
  • Establishes circuits, troubleshoots and mixes front of house audio.
  • Hangs machinery or scenic equipment from a variety of structures.
  • Supervises students working in theater scenery construction and/or lighting installation.
  • Designs, constructs, repairs and modifies equipment such as shelving, furniture, storage units and tables.
  • Monitors the budget ensuring the expenditures stay within budgetary guidelines.
  • Maintains and repairs construction shop equipment.
  • Ensures equipment is used in a safe manner.
  • Inventories and requisitions supplies and equipment; recommends purchase of new equipment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Skill in supervising and coordinating the work of others.
  • Skill in the use of hand tools and power tools.
  • Skill in carpentry and construction techniques for building theatrical sets.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Technical Theater or related field; OR, Four years directly related experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Possession of a current Arizona Type D driver's license is required upon employment.


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