Artisan Center Theater is looking for a SHOP FOREMAN. 

This is a full-time position to the right candidate.


Job Summary: Under the supervision of the Technical Director, the Shop Foreman serves as chief carpenter and fabricator of scenery, is the immediate supervisor of the shop technicians, and serves as collaborator with the Technical Director and Designers in sharing ideas and methods of producing scenery and making that scenery operational. 


Shop Foreman Responsibilities:

  • Implementing and maintaining safety standards with regard to work in the scene shops, performance spaces and storage areas. 
  • Assist in the construction and mounting of stage scenery for all productions and special projects. 
  • Overseeing good and safe day-to-day working conditions in the scene shop construction area and other work area and the general appearance of those areas. 
  • Upkeep and maintain PPE equipment inventory. And make suggestions to the Technical Director for new safety equipment. 
  • Issuing daily work assignments to all shop personnel and in association with the Technical Director, ensuring shop schedules are met. 
  • Along with other Technical Staff members, instructing and working with volunteers in areas of set construction and operation and care of scenery. 
  • Be available after hours for emergency trouble shooting and repairs of scenery and stage equipment as needed. 
  • In association with other scene shop staff members, ensure secure storage and proper use of Artisan Center Theater property. 
  • Immediate supervision of technicians & volunteers during load ins. 
  • Assist in post-production strike and storage/disposal of scenic elements. 
  • Conduct shop orientation of new technicians & volunteers to ensure safety and shop procedures are being adhered to on a daily basis during their residence. 
  • As production build schedules allow, assist other departments in non-production related technical tasks i.e. Gala, Fashion Show, Awards Night, outdoor displays, lobby displays and Volunteer Picnic preparation, etc. 
  • Conduct inventory of shop supplies on timely basis and inform Technical Director of needed supplies.
  • Conduct inventory of shop hand and powers tools and inform Technical Director of any missing or broken tools in a timely manner.
  • Submitting in timely fashion, all shop expenditures to the Technical Director. 


Work Conditions:

  • Ability to work long hours and work with a flexible schedule. 
  • May have to work at heights, around moving machinery, and with exposure to noise, vibration, and dust. 
  • Must be willing to travel and work at various sites. 
  • Must be willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions while using the appropriate safety procedures. 
  • Ability to work safely in an environment containing potentially hazardous electrical equipment, fumes, and/or materials. 


Physical Demands:

  • This position may move/carry theatrical scenery, wood and steel deliveries, load scenery onto and off trucks weighting up to 50 pounds. 
  • This position will need to frequently communicate withstaff in a noisy shop and theater environment. 
  • This position will need to ascend/descend machinery used and scenery created for the production. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre or equivalent experience. 
  • Excellent skill level in carpentry and metals fabrication. 
  • Good organizational and supervisory skills. 
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook.
  • Willingness to adapt to a very flexible work schedule.
  • Working knowledge of all aspects of the theatre process – production and technical as well as performance.
  • Ability to work productively under severe time pressures and meet deadlines.
  • Understanding of scenery and structural design, engineering, and construction process and styles, elements and practices – i.e. proscenium, thrust, arena, black box; wood, metal, plastic, adhesives; construction, painting, purchasing, rigging, CAD, etc.
  • Knowledge of mechanical physics, fundamental electricity, modern construction practices/materials, and stage crafts including rigging, lighting, and stage carpentry.
  • Use power and hand tools accurately and effectively.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two years of experience shop foreman in a producing theatrical venue or scenic studio.
  • Knowledge of hydraulic and pneumatic equipment.
  • Experience working in a scene shop of a regional theatre.
  • Understanding of AutoCAD, Vectorworks, or otherCAD software.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license by time of employment. 
  • Ability to work well with people.
  • Has personal and professional integrity and an exemplary work ethic.
  • A supporter of Artisan and its guiding principles.
  • Excellent organizational skills; track multiple projects.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Has a positive can-do attitude and is a team player.


To Apply:

Send cover letter, portfolio, and resume to Chris Speer at