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Theatrical Scene Shop Assistant (117355)

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University of Illinois
Physical Address
616 East Green Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Job Description


Theatrical Scene Shop Assistant

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

College of Fine and Applied Arts

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a Theatrical Scene Shop Assistant to work in the Scene Shop, an educational team environment, alongside professional theatre personnel and students to perform all necessary work required in the construction, routine maintenance, operation, load in, and removal of all theatrical stage scenery and equipment for all academic resident productions.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit

Duties and Responsibilities:

Academic Production

  • Demonstrate proper procedures to students while completing the following duties:Construct scenic elements using common theatrical wood and steel construction methods and practices
    Serve as a primary welder within the Scene Shop
    Adhere to scenery construction schedule and deliver on time clean and correct scenic units, communicating delays in a timely fashion
    Problem-solve building projects using working and/or designer drawings to translate designs into physical scenery
    Operate various hand and power tools in a safe manner, including wood and metal working tools
    Participate in the installation and removal of all academic resident productions within the Krannert Center theatres
    Install and remove scenery mechanics and stage rigging using standardized safe practices and procedures
    Ensure safe operation of theatrical rigging using both manual and motorized counterweight systems, including the loading and unload of weight
    Participate in the annual rigging safety maintenance and inspection

Academic Instruction

  • Work alongside students serving as a mentor in professional practices and procedures
  • Support the academic mission through the advisement of student employees, THEA 100 practicum students, the scenery section of THEA 103, and labs associated with THEA 126 or other Scene Shop-based courses
  • Adhere to, and exemplify, expected standards of quality and safety policies and procedures
  • Assist in providing safety training for staff and students in the scenery area


  • Maintain integrity of design and ensure building methods are accurate and up to the highest level of quality
  • Work collaboratively with other Production areas
  • Use and maintain the space and equipment in a safe working order including maintenance and repair
  • Assist in keeping the scene shop and theatres in a clean and organized condition
  • Communicate depletion of stock inventory and hardware to direct supervisors, in a timely manner
  • Communicate damaged or faulty equipment to direct supervisors, in a timely manner

Position Requirements and Qualifications:


Required: Bachelor’s degree in theatre technology (Scenic Design/Technical Direction, etc.) or related field


Required: One year of experience working in a theatrical scene shop

Preferred: Experience working in an educational theatrical scene shop

T*raining, Licenses or Certifications:*

Preferred: 10-hour or 30-hour OSHA General Construction Certification; fall protection; personnel lifts; forklift; Haz Comm; PPE; proper lifting techniques

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of safe theatrical construction techniques – including wood and steel construction; Practical theatrical welding and metal working experience; Knowledge of safe theatrical rigging practices; Ability to read, interpret, and understand working drawings, theatrical drafting conventions, and build from plans; Strong collaborative, organizational, interpersonal communication skills; Ability to communicate with and effectively organize the work of students; Knowledge of theatrical and shop health and safety; Ability to supervise varying skill levels; Ability to work at heights; General computer proficiency.

Environmental Demands:

Work will be done in lab spaces shared with other staff, students, and production personnel. Night and weekend hours are occasionally required. Position involves moving upwards 50 pounds unaided or with the assistance of others.


Advanced scenic technology tools and methods

Salary and Appointment Information:

This is a full-time academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after December 1, 2019. Salary is commensurate with experience.


To ensure full consideration, please apply at and upload your cover letter (which specifically addresses all qualifications listed in the position posting), resume, and the names/contact information for three professional references by November 11, 2019.

For further information about this specific position, contact Andrea Stewart at For questions about the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

College Name or Administrative Unit:
Fine and Applied Arts

Education and Student Services

Theatrical Scene Shop Assistant (117355)

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