Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Cincinnati, OH

Expires: 07/01/18

Job Dates

Starts between 4/1 and 7/1/2018, Ends 5/24/2019


DOE biweekly

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Title: Interim Resident Scenic Designer
Reports to: Production Manager
Start Date: Flexible (between April 1 and July 1, 2018)
End Date: May 24, 2019

About the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) is a resident ensemble theatre company bringing Shakespeare and the Classics to life for audiences of all ages. Producing year-round, CSC executes up to 10 main stage productions, 6 touring productions, and several additional events per season.

Position Overview
The Interim Resident Scenic Designer is essential to the production team at CSC, collaborating closely with resident and guest designers, the Production Manager, and the Producing Artistic Director to ensure that CSC executes all of its projects to the highest artistic standard possible. The Interim Resident Scenic Designer is responsible for several CSC mainstage and touring scenic designs per season and serves as the paint charge for all CSC productions.
The Interim Resident Scenic Designer has a base schedule of 9am-5:30pm, Monday through Friday. Extended hours and modified workweeks are often necessary due to technical rehearsal schedules, rental appointments, special events, and specific production needs.
The Production Department at CSC truly operates as a team. As a collective constantly striving to achieve excellence, it is possible that the Interim Resident Scenic Designer may be asked to assist departments beyond her/his areas of focus or expertise. This effort is requested under exceptional circumstances.
This is a full-time, salaried position. The Interim Resident Scenic Designer is eligible for benefits through CSC, which include health, dental, and vision insurance as well as 2 weeks of paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave. A successful candidate will receive the option to expand this into a permanent position.

Required skills include:
Three years professional scenic design experience or comparable higher-level education/design experience.
Demonstrated artistic and design experience working within a wide range of material budgets.
Demonstrated ability to communicate design ideas and intent (renderings, models, sketches, research, etc.).
Comfortable working on multiple productions simultaneously.
Advanced scenic artistry skills.
Intermediate prop artistry skills.
Intermediate scenic carpentry skills.
Must be able to lift 50lbs, bend, kneel, climb ladders, and work at heights.

Preferred skills include:
Advanced prop artistry skills.
Advanced scenic carpentry skills.
Comfort driving 16-24 box trucks.

A successful candidate will also possess the following attributes:
Strong verbal communication skills.
Effective listening and problem-solving skills.
Ability to thrive and adapt in a fast-paced, detail-oriented environment.
Self-sufficient while also a collaborative team player.
Enthusiasm, integrity, and energy.
Tactful communication under stress.
A sense of humor.

- Serve as the Scenic Designer for up to (9) mainstage productions and (2) touring productions per season with a target of 6-8 design assignments seasonally.
-Read, research, and analyze the scriptwith consideration of cutsto execute a design plan.
-Collaborate with creative team to ensure a cohesive and world-class design product.
-Adhere to production benchmark schedule for design phase executions.
-Design scenic elements as agreed upon between Designers, Directors, and Artistic Director.
-Source rentals required for design execution.
-Collaborate intimately with the Technical Director and Production Manager to ensure timely and accurate execution of designs while being respectful of design budgets.
-Shop and purchase items required for design execution.
-Attend design launches, production meetings, technical rehearsals and first rehearsals.
-Present designs at first rehearsal.
- Present designs at first rehearsal if the productions scenic designer is unable to attend.
- Head the paints department, including serving as the charge artist on all productions.
- Carpentry work as needed.
-Participate in scenic strikes and changeovers.
-Participate in stage cleaning and preparation leading into technical rehearsals and build processes.
-May include build responsibilities depending on project workloads.

- Manage one full-time Prop Master and overhire on an as-contracted basis.
- Regularly oversee CSC interns in production department rotations.
- Assist in the props department as needed for prop execution.
- Oversee paint shop.
-Schedule work in paint department to meet production deadlines.
-Manage equipment and regular maintenance.
-Maintain inventory of expendables; order supplies and stock items as needed.
-Keep shop and storage areas clean and organized.
- Participate in staff annual review processes, both for self-evaluation and direct-report evaluation.
- Maintain and enforce high safety standards.

- Collaborate with Production Manager to establish annual scenic and paint department budgets, including:
-Material and overhire budgets per production,
-Annual shop and expendable supply budgets, and
-Capital expense recommendations.
- Turn in weekly expense reports to the Production Manager.
- Analyze financial reports to observe spending patterns, budgetary issues, identify reporting or processing errors, and avoid overspending.

- Must have a reliable mode of personal transportation.
- Adhere to company policies and regulations per the CSC Company Handbook.
- Maintain a safe, fair, and ethical working environment.
- Collaborate with the Production Manager and Producing Artistic Director to improve overall aesthetic product and production processes.
- Other duties as requested by the Production Manager.

To Apply
To apply send cover letter, resume, digital portfolio, and (3) references and/or letters of recommendation to maddie.regan@cincyshakes.com.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company strongly supports equal employment opportunity for all applicants regardless of race, sex, religion, creed, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or any other legally protected classification.


Maddie Regan

Production Manager


(513) 381-2273

Business Address

217 W 12th Street

Cincinnati, OH 45202

Posted: 02/07/2018 16:25:51 EST

Last Updated: 02/07/2018 20:00 EST

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