Scenic Crew – Illinois Shakespeare Festival 2024
Work type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois
Division Name: Academic Affairs
Department: School of Theatre and Dance
The Illinois Shakespeare Festival is seeking applications for Scenic crew for its 2024 summer season for the positions listed below.
SCENIC INSTALLATION and CHANGEOVER SUPERVISOR
- Scenic carpentry, metalworking, welding, and crew supervisory skills and experience in a professional environment are required. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated metal and scenic fabrication skills, the ability to read and understand complex construction drawings, be self-motivated, and be able to tech/lead young carpenters and interns.
- We are looking for an experienced supervisor with proven success at overseeing and motivating crews, who will also work hands-on during fabricating and fitting scenery for three shows in rep in an outdoor theatre. This supervisor will stay on for the full season, supervising crews changing over and maintaining the scenery after the productions open.
- This position is available for the full season, May 21 – August 7.
- Significant scenic fabrication experience is required, preferably in a professional environment. Experience with metal fabrication is desirable. The ideal candidates will have demonstrated scenic fabrication skills, the ability to read and understand complex construction drawings, and be self-motivated.
- Positions will be available for both the build period of the Festival and the full season. Carpenters hired for the build period will work from May 21 – July 13. Carpenters hired for the full season will work May 21 – August 7 and be transitioned to a deck crew and/or changeover crew when tech begins.
SCENIC CHARGE ARTIST
- Significant scenic art experience using designer’s paint elevations and supervisory experience is desired, preferably in a professional environment. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated painting and sculpting skills, work well in a fast-paced environment, be self-motivated, have excellent communication/leadership skills, and be able to teach/lead young scenic artists and interns.
- This position is available for the build period of the Festival, May 21 – July 13.
- Significant scenic art experience using designer’s paint elevations, preferably in a professional environment. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated painting and sculpting skills, work well in a fast-paced environment, be self-motivated, have excellent communication/leadership skills, and be able to teach interns.
- Positions will be available for both the build period of the Festival and the full season. Scenic artists hired for the build period will work from May 21 – July 13. Scenic artists hired for the full season will work May 21 – August 7 and be transitioned to a deck crew and/or changeover crew when tech begins.
Housing is available at a reduced cost beginning on May 20.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed, and positions filled as applications are received.
In addition to the required resume and cover letter, interested applicants are encouraged to submit images of their work, uploaded as a Word or PDF document. Alternatively, a link to an online portfolio can be uploaded in a Word or PDF document.
IF YOU ARE AN ISU STUDENT (enrolled in at least 6 undergraduate or 5 graduate credit hours during the Spring 2023 semester): Please do not apply to this posting. You will need to apply to the student employment posting, located here: https://jobsearch.illinoisstate.edu/en-us/job/517890/scenic-crew-illinois-shakespeare-festival-2024-isu-students.
The Illinois Shakespeare Festival is a professional repertory theatre company that produces Shakespeare and contemporary plays in the spirit of Shakespeare every summer at the beautiful Ewing Cultural Center in Bloomington, Illinois. The Festival hires professional Directors, Designers, Actors, and production personnel and offers a variety of internships to students from Illinois State University and other colleges and universities. The Festival sells an average of 10,000 tickets per year, is supported by Illinois State University and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival Society.
Salary Rate / Pay Rate
Positions range from $14.00 per hour to $20.00 per hour
- Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment
- Strong communication skills
- Additional requirements included in the General Summary
Regular shop hours are typically Tuesday through Saturday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Individual schedules will vary based on daily needs. Additional hours may be added during tech weeks. Position may stay through the festival and work hours will shift to evening only hours for performances.
Proposed Starting Date
Required Applicant Documents
Please Note: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"
Optional Applicant Documents
Images of work or links to online portfolio
Certification of Retirement Annuity
Please Note: These documents may be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"
Special Instructions for Applicants
Extra Help employees may only work up to 28 hours per week for all University employment. Employees are only paid for hours worked and do not qualify for most benefits including health insurance and retirement, with Illinois State University. However, Extra Help employees are eligible to participate in the University’s supplemental retirement savings plans (403b). Applicable retirement information is provided at the time of hire. There is no guarantee that working as Extra Help will lead to or secure permanent employment. In addition, extra help employees may only work up to 900 hours total during their employment.
Please fully complete the entire application including, but not limited to, the education and work history portions. Be specific on your work history, including employment dates (if part-time you must list the number of work hours) and duties for all positions held. Applicable part-time work experience will be considered toward qualifying for this position; however, it will be converted to a full-time equivalency to determine combined length of experience. Please do not put "see resume" in the duties and responsibilities section of the work history. This will be considered an incomplete application and incomplete applications will not be considered.
Illinois State University is authorized to do business within the State of Illinois. All work under this appointment is required to be performed from within the State of Illinois.
Contact Information for Applicants
Production Manager, Illinois Shakespeare Festival
Important Information for Applicants
This position is subject to a criminal background investigation and if applicable, an employment history review, based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation and/or an employment history review. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.
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If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.
If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.