The Scene Shop Supervisor provides operational and company coordination support for both the Theatre Studies academic program and Wellesley Repertory Theatre’s professional theatre season to ensure smooth running. Acts as a crucial liaison between program chair, production manager, faculty, students, theatre company and the public with respect to all production-related needs. This position requires a skilled, flexible, proactive and focused organizer who can solve day-to-day production-related challenges, complete projects on a strict timeline, maintain and upkeep all scene shop equipment, supervise and advise student workers, and operate within all safety protocols. all while managing long-term goals in support of a creative environment.
Maintaining the Scene Shop in Alumnae Hall, including basic facilities, materials, machines and hand tools. Maintaining the Department’s stock of scenery, props and furniture.
Assisting the production manager with construction drawings and engineering for various productions, including building scenery as necessary for various productions.
Overseeing safe working practices for students with tools and equipment and when necessary, overseeing scenery and prop borrowing and returns by student organizations and 3rd parties. May also advise students on academic projects and student-run extracurricular productions as necessary.
The Employee will work with actors to ensure the safety of the pieces and the actors. This may mean documentation of construction practices during the fabrication of various and specific pieces of scenery.
Assisting the Production Manager with whatever tasks may be at hand on a day-by-day basis. Staying within budget on projects which will be set by the Production Manager.
Post secondary education in Theatrical Technical Direction or equivalent preferred, High school degree required.
3 years’ experience as Scene Shop Supervisor or equivalent required.
Skills and Abilities
Ability to respond to varied responsibilities and competing multiple projects
an awareness of the demands of theatre creation within both an academic and professional environment.
An ability to supervise student workers for their safety, efficacy and growth
An ability to advise students as needed/requested
Theatre Studies at Wellesley College offers our students an immersive learning with a robust roster of experiential courses in many aspects of our craft: acting, design, playwriting, directing, critical analysis, and a production practicum. Wellesley College Theatre’s academic program annually introduces 300 students to their creative autonomy. An average of ten productions per year are created in Wellesley's theatre spaces, including student-led shows, showcases for course-driven original work, guest artist residencies and curricular Mainstage performances (THST 345/355). Presenting a diverse and varied program, all theatre at Wellesley intends to challenge its participants, enlighten and enrich its audiences, and be a supportive community presence in the MetroWest area.
It is crucial that the person in this coordinator position be a proactive, motivated and public-facing member of the team, able to address day-to-day challenges while working towards project-oriented and longer-term goals. No two days will be the same! But consistency, reliability
and communication are imperative, so that the team you are supporting can focus on the creative realization of our educational goals.
All employees hired are strongly encouraged to be up to date with all vaccination and boosters against COVID?19.
Wellesley College offers a wide variety of benefits programs and resources to its employees, including:
Generous paid time off
Following one year of employment, Wellesley College will contribute up to 10.5% towards your 403B plan for eligible employees
Resources to navigate student loan forgiveness
Free use of the athletic/fitness facilities, including onsite fitness classes
Free on-site parking in an enclosed parking garage
Wellesley is known for the excellence of its education, the beauty of its setting, its gifted faculty, and the uniqueness of its campus culture. But most of all, Wellesley is known for the thousands of accomplished, thoughtful women it has sent out into the world for over 100 years women who are committed to making a difference. Every year, some 2,400 of the world's top undergraduate women are challenged to exceed their own highest personal and intellectual expectations. The mastery Wellesley graduates demonstrate across the professional and vocational spectrum, and the influence they wield, whether in their own communities or on the world stage is testament to a singularly empowering undergraduate experience. Wellesley's lively academic community places a high value on rigorous, probing inquiry, and creative, cross-discipline thinking. Its collaborative approach to scholarship encourages students to question, debate, and refine their points of view, not only with each other, but with our world-class faculty, often by working directly with them on groundbreaking projects. A Wellesley education fosters the highest standard of readiness for the real world in its graduates, in terms... of ability to think, act, and contribute meaningfully and effectively in their chosen areas of interest.