Scenic Charge Artist

Title: Scenic Charge Artist

Term of Employment:  Hourly

Schedule: Per Season Schedule

Department: Scenic

Reports To: Technical Director, Production Manager

Supervises: Scenic Painters, Interns

Consults With: Scenic Designer, Scenic Carpenters, Production Center Supervisor

Overall Responsibility

Create and oversee all applied and painted scenic finishes.

Key Responsibilities

  • In consultation with the Scenic Designer, interpret renderings for all scenic elements, including fly pieces, furniture and stage floor.
  • Mix all paint and textures required to execute each scenic project.
  • Allocate workflow to Scenic Paint Staff and Interns based on workload and skill level.
  • Supervise Paint Staff and assigned Interns.
  • Keep abreast of paint progress and inform the Technical Director of any potential conflicts.
  • Coordinate with Technical Director and Production Center Supervisor in regard to completed scenic elements that are ready to be transported to the rehearsal hall and theatre.
  • Touch up stock scenery as necessary.
  • Appropriately prep scenic surfaces for durability and aesthetic, including filling holes, sanding, priming, and coating foam.
  • Inventory and maintain stock of required paint and supplies.
  • Match wood grains from both painted wood grain finishes and real wood finishes.
  • Create and apply a variety of three-dimensional textures, such as raised wood grains.
  • Authentically age and distress scenic pieces as necessary.
  • Occasionally carve foam for specialty scenic items.
  • Occasionally dye silk and fabric for ground cloths and fly pieces.
  • Touch up scenery that has been damaged in rehearsal or performance.
  • Consult with the Technical Director, Scenic Designer, and Production Manager to determine if the scenic elements as designed can be realized with given staff levels and timelines.
  • Create and maintain a scenic paint bible for each production.
  • Organize, plan, and supervise the painting of the stage floor at changeover.


  • A BA in Theatre, Studio Art, or Fine Art preferred.
  • Professional experience as a Scenic Charge Artist required.
  • Ability to give clear directions, encourage questions, and answer them with patience and clarity when working with staff.
  • Ability to set a standard of excellence and inspire a sense of group responsibility among team members.
  • Demonstrated experience in personnel management, time management and work flow analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and facilitating procedure and creating documentation.
  • Ability to plan ahead and anticipate potential setbacks.
  • Ability to calmly and succinctly resolve conflict and crisis.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, efficiency, prioritization, and multi-tasking.
  • Working knowledge of safety standards and implementation of the same.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. to the height of 3 to 4 feet.
  • Ability to thrive in a high-pressure environment that requires working under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work long shifts and overtime hours while maintaining a positive and collaborative attitude.
  • Remain calm under stress; deescalate when appropriate. Able to regulate emotions and rise above the emotions of others. Have the interpersonal awareness to read a situation and the needs of those involved.
  • Through portfolio presentation, a demonstrated utilization of color, texture and technique.
  • Excellent communication skills and collaborative attitude.
  • Strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Perform work in a manner that is consistent with that commitment. Interrupt behaviors that hinder diversity and inclusion efforts.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

If you wish to apply for this position please carefully read and follow application instructions. All documents must be in Word or PDF format. Only complete applications will be considered. No phone calls please. Seasonal positions run from May through August.

Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter via the form below. Deadline to apply is March 15 although you are strongly encouraged to apply ASAP as the position will fill quickly.