Scene Shop Supervisor

University of Oklahoma

Oklahoma, OK

ID: 7114914 (Ref.No. ta222952)
Posted: October 27, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Description


The Scene Shop Supervisor is responsible for supporting the artistic vision of directors and designers across four of five schools within the Weitzenhoffer College of Fine Arts as it relates to the realization of scenic designs for School of Drama and University Theatre. The Scene Shop Manager manages all aspects of scenery construction and the coordination of technical elements.  With this the supervisor oversees backstage operations, maintains department equipment, and manages the physical spaces of the scenic studio, theatres, and support areas.  Proven ability in personnel management and budgeting; excellent work ethic including time management, workflow management, self-motivation, and interpersonal communication skills; ability to collaborate and work as part of a team; flexible schedule, including weekends and evenings as necessary. Other duties as assigned.

Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Supervise build, load-in, strike and storage of sets and props
  • Fabricate sets and props
  • Supervise student employees and lab students
  • Maintain scene shop equipment and equipment and storage
  • Assist with events in University Theatre
  • Manage scene shop budget
  • Teach and implement safety and security procedures for the Theatre
  • Assist with upkeep and maintenance of theatre space in University Theatre

Job Requirements


Required Education: Bachelor Degree 

Equivalency/Substitution:  Will accept 48 months of related experience in lieu of the Bachelor's degree.


  • Ability to accurately read and understand written materials and instructions
  • Read and understand complex written materials such as blueprints, metrics or technical manuals
  • Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects and deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively and patiently with students
  • Ability to collaborate with all departments and collegues
  • Experience with power tools
  • Experience with scenic carpentry techniques
  • Welding experience
  • Ability to read and construct from theatrical drafting
  • Current knowledge of safety practices for scene shops
  • Experience supervising construction crews.
  • Familiarity with OSHA Standards for safety and compliance


  • Driver's license required for relocating large set items

Advertised Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to climb, crouch, pull, push, engage in repetitive motions, communicate, stand and see including color, depth perception and clarity.

Departmental Preferences:

  • Graduate degree in Technical Theatre or professional equivalent.
  • Automation experience
  • Advanced carpentry skills
  • Furniture construction
  • Theatrical rigging experience

Supervision: Scenic Studio Undergraduate assistants and lab students

Special Instructions: If you are selected as a final candidate for this position, you will be subject to The University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Tuberculosis Testing policy.  To view the policy, visit

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