Theatre Shop Manager
The Theatre Shop Manager is responsible for planning, organizing,
and performing technical and administrative support activities for
the Theatre and Music Departments. The responsibilities include
supporting educators and students to achieve learning goals within
the scope of the Theatre and other related venues. The Theatre Shop
Manager will assist in the safe operation and maintenance of
theatre elements used to support staging musical, dramatic, dance
productions and school assemblies, meetings, and related
Essential Job Functions of Position
The Theatre Shop Manager is responsible for translating designs and
technical drawings, planning the build schedule, obtaining the
construction materials, preparing, building or acquiring paint
scenic elements and props.
Coordinates and supervises student labor during the preparation and
build time. Assigns individual and group tasks, coordinates with
designers and crews, determines how scenic and prop elements of a
production are executed; coordinates the operation of the scenic
and costume shops, all technical equipment; and attends production
Compile information, complete and submit payment vouchers, travel
forms, and other budgetary forms to initiate payment as required by
University policy and procedure. In addition, record and track
invoices and procurement card usage to maintain an accurate record
Procures, stores, furniture used in productions.
Maintains costumes (including laundry and dry cleaning), scenery,
and props during the show run; and supervises strike (tear
Manages and maintains curtains and screens.
Troubleshoots and resolves problems with equipment.
Assists with the securing of all equipment and theatre
Liaise with faculty in the Theatre and Music departments and
Scheduling Office to coordinate activities, including facility
Serves as the technical representative for groups using the
facilities; coordinates with production companies and other
organizations to determine technical requirements.
Coordinates with the Washburn community, visiting artists, and
other guests to use the stage space, sets, props, costumes and
assist in the installation and set-up of props, costume delivery
and set up, and sets.
As needed, provides technical support for tech/design classes and
labs, demonstrates safe tool usage. In addition, provides technical
theatre advice and assistance to students, faculty, and guest
artists on productions and academic projects.
Coordinates students within stage areas and technical areas to
ensure their work is completed safely. Utilizes proper safety
practices and procedures. Provides safety procedures to individuals
Provides administrative support as necessary for the
Operates and maintains equipment, materials, tools, and supplies
used in technical production.
Troubleshoots theatre equipment problems. Evaluates equipment needs
and notifies the supervisor of the need to repair or replace them.
Contacts relevant service providers to complete repairs.
Coordinates routine cleaning of theatre house, wings space,
dressing rooms, scenic shop, costume shop, and storage areas.
Performs other job-related duties as assigned or as
Non-Essential Job Functions of Position
Performs costume construction or other related sewing duties.
Prep, rig, and maintain electrical effects and stage lighting/sound
Education and Experience
High school diploma, GED, or equivalent. Three years of experience
in stage carpentry, scenic design and construction, or related. One
year of supervisory or teaching experience.
Prefer a bachelor’s degree in Theatre.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Effective user of MS Outlook and Word software.
Ability to research and procure materials or other theatre-related
Effective project management, interpersonal and communication
skills and the ability to meet deadlines. Effectively work with
individuals learning about the Theatre.
Knowledge of the principles, methods, materials, equipment and
tools used in technical theatre operations and practices of theatre
Licenses, Certifications & Registrations
Additional Requirements (e.g. Physical Demands)
The general work environment varies between the office, theatre,
and stage environment. This position is expected to maneuver within
these work environments and be exposed to noise, dust, and
Capable of working on scaffolding, ladders, or lifts and work with
and around equipment and machinery.
The position will perform moderate or light lifting, carrying,
bending, stooping, kneeling, and crawling.
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Special Instructions to Applicant
Regular Business Hours, Other - occasional evenings or
Average Hours per Week
Months per Year
Washburn is dedicated to providing a student-centered and
teaching-focused academic environment and a curriculum that engages
the diversity of human experience across the globe. We seek
candidates committed to Washburn’s efforts to create a climate that
fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body. We
encourage applications from members of groups that have been
historically underrepresented in higher education. Application
materials should clearly articulate how the candidate will
contribute to the University’s commitment to diversity and
Washburn University is an EOE . Washburn University provides equal
access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and
employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national
origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital or
Posting Detail Information
Background Check Required?
Driving History Checked?
Drug Screen Required?
Anticipated Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
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Documents Needed to Apply
- * Do you have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent?
- * Do you have a bachelor's degree in Theatre?
- * Do you have three years of experience in stage carpentry,
scenic design, and/or construction, or a related field?
- * Do you have one year of supervisory or teaching experience?
- * Do you understand the practices of theatre stage rigging?
- * Do you have the capacity to work from scaffolds, ladders, and
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