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Assistant Properties and Rentals Director

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Illinois, United States
$40,000.00 - $43,000.00
Posted Date
May 24, 2022

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Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks an Assistant Properties and Rentals Director to assist in management and production in the Properties Shop, manage rentals, and serve as an instructor in the Department of Theatre Level 21 Design and Production area. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Properties Director as necessary in coordinating prop shop projects, managing graduate assistants, extra help, and undergraduate student crews, hiring of extra help, oversee graduate student, undergraduate student, and over hire labor, review and approve time cards and coordinate work schedules, organizing and maintenance of prop stock/facilities, Safety Data Sheets (SDS) tracking, tool training records, and other duties necessary to effective management of a working theatrical prop shop.
  • Oversee the organization and creation of rental agreements and rentals for the prop shop.
  • Manage the creation of a new rentals database for all KCPA rental units including costumes, scenery, and props. Participates in preparing for the biennial costume and prop sale.
  • Directly oversee students enrolled in THEA 100 and THEA 400 who are assigned to the props department as well as mentoring and facilitating students working in the props shop for other theatre classes in fabrication.
  • Production

  • Serve as production properties master for one or more productions per year and/or act as a production advisor to student properties masters and assistants.
  • Serve as special consultant in the areas of properties construction, furniture upholstery, and other special areas as necessary.
  • Participate as an artisan or craftsperson in the construction, acquisition, and innovative creation of all props used in a production through mediums such as carving and sculpting, painting, mold making and modeling, polymer clay, upholstery and furniture making, woodworking, etc. while providing hands-on instruction to students
  • Participate in the load-in and striking of resident department productions as necessary.
  • Production duties involve lifting props, tools, and other items up to 40 pounds and working at varying heights on either a ladder or Genie style lift. Possible daily exposure to loud noises, dust, and a variety of building materials and artistic mediums in the performing arts center.
  • Academic

  • Zero% Teaching Appointment in the Department of Theatre? may teach up to one course per semester.
  • May be asked to serve as guest instructor, oversee independent studies and oversee thesis projects as time permits.
  • Participate in other duties related to the educational mission of the theatre department and KCPA as available, including attending faculty and area meetings and sitting on committees.
  • Organize and supervise students and their work in the properties shop and in the theatres of Krannert Center as appropriate to assigned duties.
  • Position Requirements and Qualifications:
    Required -

  • Bachelors Degree
  • Two years of education, training and or work experience in a professional or educational theatrical prop shop. Master’s Degree in an area consistent with the duties of the position may be substituted for one (1) year of work experience.)
  • Preferred -

  • MA or MFA in properties artistry and/or management, scenic design, or related artistic/technical theatrical field.
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    • Knowledge of theatrical prop materials, construction techniques, and historical styles required.
    • Must be capable of independent judgment and discretion.
    • In addition, must have a demonstrated ability and dedication to properties design and construction in all of the performing arts.

    Salary and Appointment Information: 

    This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, civil service Program Coordinator position. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the close date. Salary will be $40,000 - $43,000 per year.

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