Scenic Studio Supervisor

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The University of Texas at Arlington

Department of Theatre Arts & Dance

Scenic Studio Supervisor

Job Summary

The Department of Theatre Arts & Dance in the College of Liberal Arts, the University of Texas at Arlington, invites applications for a Scenic Studio Supervisor.
  • Annual position: Full Time. 12 months.
  • Salary: $45,000 + Full benefits.
  • Official Start Date: Open until filled.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Reports to: Theatre Arts and Dance Department Chair.

Interfaces with: Primarily with Technical Director. Also, students, faculty, staff, university administration, and the community.

Coordinate with the Technical Director to:
  • Organize and maintain scene shop equipment in good working order by conducting periodic inspections, cleanings, and adjustments and by scheduling repairs when required.
  • Maintain scene shop cleanliness and efficiency.
  • Supervise, construct and finish design items according to designers’ intentions.
  • Supervise use of stock materials and inventory to assure effective and efficient use of materials.
  • Conduct and maintain inventories of shop materials and department equipment.
  • Supervise student work-study and practicum student workers in:
  • Equipment operation and construction techniques
  • Shop cleaning and maintenance
  • Show maintenance
  • Proper storage of materials and equipment
  • Safety and security
  • Supervise the theatre storage areas to ensure that materials are properly stored.
  • Supervise show load-ins, rigging and strikes.
  • Provide rehearsal materials as deemed necessary by production.
  • Coordinate the ordering of materials for scenic construction with the T.D.
  • Work with the Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance in supplying support for faculty and other Department and facility projects.
  • Serve on department committees.
  • Other applicable duties as assigned.


  • Required qualifications

    Minimum of B.A. in Theatre. B.F.A. or M.F.A. preferred.

    Knowledge and experience in all aspects of technical theatre including scenery and property construction, scene painting, stage rigging, welding, and drafting (Vectorworks). Knowledge of the set-up and running of light and sound equipment. Knowledge of health and safety issues. Administration/supervisory experience/capabilities and good communication skills.

    Preferred qualifications

    Facilities management, technical and assistant technical director experience.

    University Information

    Situated within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area, UT Arlington is a diverse academic community of students working together with faculty committed to outstanding teaching, research, and scholarship. With a global enrollment of approximately 60,000 students, The University of Texas at Arlington is the largest institution in North Texas. It is one of 131 universities nationwide to receive the R-1: Doctoral Universities—Very High Research Activity designation by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the definitive list for the top doctoral research universities in the United States. In 2021, UTA received the Texas Tier One designation reserved for the state’s top institutions for academic and research excellence and the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED) award for outstanding commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education. The University ranks No. 1 nationally in the Military Times’ annual “Best for Vets: Colleges” list, is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution and has approximately 240,000 alumni making an impact across Texas and beyond.

    UTA currently requires periodic COVID-19 testing for all employees.

    Department of Theatre Arts & Dance Information

    With an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 150 majors, the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance offers a B.A. in Theatre Arts or a B.F.A. with concentrations in Acting, Design/Tech, or Musical Theatre. The Department consists of 32 total faculty and staff, including Tenure, Tenure-Track, Non-Tenure & Adjunct Faculty, administrative and support staff. The Department is housed in the Fine Arts Building with a 400-seat proscenium stage, a 250-seat black box theatre, a 50-seat performance studio, and well-equipped scenic and costume studios.

    Diversity Statement

    Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to diversity and equity in education through their scholarship, teaching, and/or service as well as a strong commitment to teaching, advising, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds.

    Special Instructions to Applicant

    To apply applicants should go to http://uta.peopleadmin.com/ and submit the following materials:
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

    Questions may be addressed to: Mary Grace Held (marygrace.held@uta.edu) & Julienne Greer (j.greer@uta.edu)

    For more information about UTA, please visit: http://www.uta.edu/uta

    EEO Statement The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. The UTA is a tobacco free campus. UTA also encourages applications from veterans.