Assistant Scenic Artist Sought by Playhouse in the Park

PIP_logoCincinnati Playhouse in the Park is an equal opportunity employer and encourages inquiries about this position from a broad spectrum of candidates reflecting the diversity of the community we serve.

Job Title: Assistant Scenic Artist
Reports to: Scenic Charge Artist
Position Overview: The Assistant Scenic Artist will work directly with the Scenic Charge Artist on all productions in the 2019-20 season for the Marx and Shelterhouse theatres, as well as 3 touring productions for our educational outreach program.

Position Responsibilities include:

  • Creating highly-sophisticated textural and faux-finished scenery for all productions.
  • Producing a full range of theatrical finishes, from traditional backdrop painting to highly realized sculpture, realistic interiors to childhood fantasies.
  • Maintaining shop cleanliness, equipment and tools.
  • Documenting paint recipes, colors, and multi-step paint techniques.
  • Preparing samples for scenic treatments

Competencies include:

  • The equivalence of 5 years artistic experience in scenic painting: whether professional, academic or a combination of the two.
  • Positive attitude and a drive to produce painted scenery with skill and efficiency.
  • An artistic eye and the ability to be flexible with projects that are ever-changing and challenging.
  • Must be able to work with many different personalities and styles in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Color mixing with tints and dyes.
  • Translating Painter’s Elevations into finished scenery.
  • Image transfer techniques.
  • Faux Finishes – woodgrain, stone, bricks, marble, rust, dust, aging, etc.
  • Sculptural skills – additive and reductive sculpting, carving, mold-making, basic carpentry.
  • Stretching and sizing backdrops, scrims and other fabrics.
  • Custom stamps, stencils and appliques.
  • Knowledge of paint types, stains and sealants.
  • Knowledge of paint sprayers and air tools.
  • Knowledge of hand tools and power tools.
  • Working knowledge of scenic construction processes is preferred.
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative software is preferred

Physical Demands:

  • Able to lift at least 25 lbs.
  • Able to stand for long periods of time and kneel, stoop, bend, crawl, or squat frequently.
  • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, ability to adjust focus, and strong hand-eye coordination.
  • Able to sustain repetitive motion with hands and wrists (paint brushing and rolling, handheld sprayers).
  • Comfortable working on ladders, lifts and scaffolding.

This is a full-time, seasonal, non-exempt position with a start date of July 22, 2019. The typical work week (Monday-Friday) is 35 hours; however, overtime is possible based on the demands of a show and some flexibility with the time a workday begins or ends will be required occasionally. Benefits include medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, paid time off, and 401k/403b pension plans.

To Apply:
Submit your cover letter, resume, three (3) work references, and five (5) sample work images (or a link to your website) to:
Sharon Weber
Human Resources Manager
No phone calls, please.
Deadline to apply: July 3, 2019


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