Music and Theatre Arts: Scene Shop/Wood and Metal Shop Supervisor

University of Wisconsin

Eau Claire, WI

ID: 7104166
Posted: June 28, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


Art and Design Wood and Metal Shop Supervisor (.30 FTE) and Music and Theatre Arts Scene Shop Supervisor (.70 FTE) academic staff position in the Artist series beginning August 22, 2022.


Bachelor’s degree in art, theatre, or related field, or equivalent professional training and experience. Wood working skills required. Experience with metal work, theatre scenic painting and construction, AutoCAD, art handling, and related safety protocols considered assets. Ability to work collaboratively with faculty, student and guest designers, and directors is desired.


This position works collaboratively with and reports directly to the Shop Manager/Sculpture Professor in the Art and Design Department and the Technical Director Professor in the Music and Theatre Arts Department. In both Departments, this position hires, schedules, and mentors student workers, and supervises students on the proper and safe use of equipment. The Scene Shop Supervisor is the carpenter for the Theatre Scene Shop, including construction of scenery, scenic painting, coordination of all scenic elements, as well as maintenance of shop facilities. The Scene Shop Supervisor works collaboratively with theatre design and technical director faculty, directors, students, and guest designers. The Scene Shop Supervisor may be invited to design for productions dependent upon qualifications and interest for additional compensation. As Wood and Metal Shop Supervisor, this position collaborates with department faculty on incorporating wood/metal shop use into the curriculum; provides students with guidance regarding materials, equipment, and/or technical challenges associated with projects; facilitates safety demonstrations in small group settings; oversees student shop monitors to ensure safe operation of the shop; stays current on state/university safety protocols and updates safety manuals; maintains inventory of materials, tools, and supplies, and repairs tools and equipment; provides gallery support for the Ruth Foster Gallery including building pedestals, support structures, and show installation.


The Department of Art & Design serves about 300 majors and minors in undergraduate programs in studio art, design, and art history. The variety of programs offer opportunities to students in which they can build and tailor their art background with the freedom to explore new avenues of thought and technical skills. The wide array of majors and minors is ideal for those considering interdisciplinary careers or more immersive experiences in a specific artistic emphasis. Our diverse and inclusive curriculum promotes a body of knowledge that supports the individual needs of students while also challenging their minds. We are an integral component of a public liberal arts institution and of our local and regional communities.

The Department of Music and Theatre Arts serves approximately 110 majors and minors in undergraduate programs in theatre arts and dance and offers BA degrees in theatre and musical theatre, as well as a certificate in dance. The Department also serves approximately 330 music majors and minors and is supported by 31 full-time and 7 part-time faculty, specifically 6 full-time faculty in theatre. The theatre scene shop is housed in Pablo Center for Performing Arts which also includes a 1200-seat theatre, a flexible 400-seat theatre, rehearsal, dance and community rooms, labs for sound and lighting, set and exhibit design, recording arts, multimedia production and costume design. The department is highly regarded in the state and region, and our faculty are well known for the quality of their performances and for their innovative teaching. Applicants are encouraged to peruse the department’s website at and the Pablo Center’s website

UNIVERSITY and EAU CLAIRE COMMUNITY: UW-Eau Claire, an institution of approximately 11,500 students and 1,400 faculty and staff, is consistently recognized as a top comprehensive university in the Midwest and is widely known as a leader in faculty-undergraduate research and study abroad. We strive for excellence in liberal education and select graduate and professional programs through commitment to teaching and learning and dedication to our core values of diversity, sustainability, leadership, and innovation.

The City of Eau Claire, situated at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers, is at the center of a metropolitan area of approximately 100,000 people located 90 miles east of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The area features beautiful parks and trails, strong public schools, a vibrant arts scene and local food culture, and abundant recreational opportunities.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications are submitted electronically. Please follow instructions found on the following UW-Eau Claire Web site: You must create an account and login before you can apply. If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login." Click the link to the Music and Theatre Arts: Scene Shop/Wood and Metal Shop Supervisor position (Job ID # 18504) and then click the "Apply Now" button to submit your application electronically. Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed. Please be sure you have included the following in PDF format:

Letter of application
Curriculum vita
Unofficial undergraduate school transcript
Names and contact information for three references.