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Theatre Shop Manager

Washburn University
Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 23, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Other Arts, Performing Arts, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Arts Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Facilities Management & Physical Plant
Employment Type
Part Time
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Position Title

Theatre Shop Manager

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Position Summary

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 events.

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 meetings.

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 of expenditures.

Procures, stores, furniture used in productions.

Maintains costumes (including laundry and dry cleaning), scenery, and props during the show run; and supervises strike (tear down).

Manages and maintains curtains and screens.

Troubleshoots and resolves problems with equipment.

Assists with the securing of all equipment and theatre spaces.

Liaise with faculty in the Theatre and Music departments and Scheduling Office to coordinate activities, including facility scheduling.

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 upon request.

Provides administrative support as necessary for the department.

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 appropriate.

Non-Essential Job Functions of Position

Performs costume construction or other related sewing duties.

Prep, rig, and maintain electrical effects and stage lighting/sound systems.

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 items online.

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 stage rigging.

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 electrical energy.

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

Advertised Pay

$18.84 Base

Work Schedule

Regular Business Hours, Other - occasional evenings or weekends



Part Time

Average Hours per Week


Months per Year






EEO Statement

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 inclusion.
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 parental status.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a bachelor's degree in Theatre?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have three years of experience in stage carpentry, scenic design, and/or construction, or a related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have one year of supervisory or teaching experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you understand the practices of theatre stage rigging?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have the capacity to work from scaffolds, ladders, and lifts?
    • Yes
    • No
Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
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