Scenic Lab Foreman ( Fireside Assistant )

Code: 15515 Posted: 05/13/2019

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites applications for the position of Scenic Lab Foreman ( Fireside Assistant ).

The Theatre Arts Department is seeking to hire an Academic Staff position for Scenic Lab Foreman and Assistant Technical Director for the Fireside Theatrical Partnership. This 12-month position would be responsible for the scenic construction of all Fireside Dinner Theatre sets, and the day-to-day working of the Scenic Lab, ensuring completion of theatrical sets and organization of tools, equipment, and supplies in the Scenic Lab. This individual will also be involved in additional supervision and mentoring of students through shop work, as well as other job duties as determined by the Scenic Lab Supervisor.

Essential Job Functions

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Design, read, engineer, and construct scenery drawing plans for the Fireside Dinner Theatre

  • Design and read plans for construction fo sets and scenery
  • Construct sets and scenery
  • Prepare and meet timelines for work needed to complete scenery and sets

Assist with the supervision and scheduling of Fireside Shop Assistants

  • Determine personnel needs for each Fireside production and recruit student workers
  • Supervise Fireside shop assistants and students filling academic laboratory hours in the scenic lab in safe construction techniques and shop practices

 Maintain tools, equipment, and shop organization

  • Ensure tools and equipment are in safe operating condition.Repair and/or request replacement of tools and equipment when needed.
  • Keep workspaces and shop clean and organized for employees and students.

Installation of Fireside theatrical sets

  • Aid in transporting scenery and sets Fort Atkinson, WI for theatrical load-ins at the Fireside Theatre
  • Assist in the coordination, installation, and strike of theatrical sets for the Fireside Theatre.

Other Duties as assigned

  • Assist with Parkside Theatrical productions if time allows
  • Additional job duties as assigned by the Scenic Lab Superviso

Standards of performance

  • Soundness of judgment and operational decisions.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work while being responsive to University personnel.
  • Timely and effective communication of problems and opportunities. This includes the responsibility for identifying and communicating information of importance as soon as possible.
  • Integrity in dealing with customers, students, vendors, employees, and management.
  • Punctuality, attendance, effective use of time, and willingness to work overtime when necessary.
  • Maintaining confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Willingness to assist with special projects and other duties as assigned.

Essential Knowledge and abilities

  • Draft theatrical drawings, read and interpret design and technical drawings.Construct scenery at a professional level.Train students in the safe construction practices of a scene shop.
  • Schedule and estimate the construction time of scenery.Knowledge of theatrical rigging and installation practices for professional scenery.
  • Knowledge of Carpentry, electrical, welding abilities and MIG Welding.
  • Ability to learn Vectorworks design software
  • Ability to create CAD drawings of theatrical sets
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds regularly.Ability to maneuver, lift, twist, bend, reach, and handle theatrical scenery and sets.

Education, Experience, Training And/or Certifications


  • Bachelors degree in theatre Arts or Related Field.
  • Proven experience building Theatrical Sets and Scenery
Salary and Benefits

Commensurate depending on qualifications and experience.

The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan. 

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Application Process

Applications must be submitted electronically through our employment portal. If you need additional assistance you may contact Human Resources at (262) 595-2204. Hours 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants: (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

Internal Applicants: (Currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

STEP 2: Submit application materials

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. All materials must be added at one time, once submitted you may not edit/add to profile. Please include the following documents:

  • CV/Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Names and emails of three professional references upon hire.


Review of Applications

Applications received by 11:59 p.m. Saturday June 1st, 2019 are ensured full consideration. Position is open until filled.

You must select "SUBMIT". Selecting "Save" will not forward your application materials to the search committee. 

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials.

In instances where the Review Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidates application materials whether she/he meets all of the required qualifications, or if all of the application materials are not submitted, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications and may be excluded from further consideration.


Joe Lambin

Diversity Jobs Employer Member
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