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
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.
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
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
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.
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:
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.)
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
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