Tarragon Theatre is seeking a Head Scenic Artist to fill a part time seasonal position in the Production Department. Tarragon produces a season of between seven or eight productions in our Mainspace and Extra Space theatres, with a focus on the production of new Canadian plays. The scenic art for each production varies widely ranging from simple flat colour to large, detailed sets involving full scale trompe l’oeil finishes. The Head Scenic Artist reports to the Technical Director and Production Manager. The position requires a self-motivated, organized individual with the ability to work independently, multi-task and prioritise. The position is called on an as-needed basis per production and hours will vary considerably depending on the need for scenic art with each production.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Interpreting set designs and working with designers to produce samples of each painted finish
- Preparing materials and time estimates to present to the production manager and designer
- Coordinate assistant painters for each production with Production Manager
- Liaise with Technical Director in order to respond to rehearsal and show notes and to keep up with the changing needs of the production
- Liaise with Technical Director and Scenic Carpenter to schedule painting of various set pieces
- Maintain Tarragon’s paint room and stocks of materials and tools
The ideal candidate will have experience as a lead scenic artist on a number of productions, or as a Head Scenic Artist, have the ability to work independently, be comfortable working with and directing assistants, have excellent communication skills and be highly organized. The position requires a high degree of flexibility and the willingness to work with a team to accomplish a goal. As with most positions in the theatre the hours of work can be extremely variable. The seasonal contract usually runs from mid-August to early-May.
Interested applicants should apply via email to: Michael Freeman, Production Manager, email@example.com
Applications should include a cover letter and resume and applicants should be prepared to show portfolio photos or a selection of samples. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. The deadline for applications will be Monday March 7th, 2011 at 6pm.
Tarragon Theatre is one of Canada’s oldest and most respected mid-sized theatres and is a leader in the field of new Canadian plays. Tarragon Theatre is dedicated to discovering and mentoring artists who tell Canadian stories. Tarragon believes in equal opportunities in the arts for everyone. We welcome applications from candidates of diverse cultures and backgrounds.