Scenic Charge

Scenic Charge


Point Park University
Pittsburgh, PA

Job Details


Scenic Charge




REPORTS TO: Production Manager


PRIMARY FUNCTION: The Scenic Charge (SC) for the Pittsburgh Playhouse is a 10 month (August thru May) position responsible for accomplishing, supervising and coordinating the scenic paint and treatments for the Pittsburgh Playhouse and GRW in support of Playhouse events and productions. The SC ensures safe and proper use and maintenance of all theatrical painting and application materials. The SC works in conjunction with the Production Manager and other production heads to develop production schedules, over hire and staffing needs, budget needs, and advance work with designers, directors, and artists’ representatives for a wide variety of performances and events. The SC mentors students and supervises full-time, part-time, and over-hire production staff within the paint department. This position may teach as an overload consistent with Point Park University policies



Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience with a minimum 3 year related professional work experience as a theatre artisan in a producing theatre or performing arts facility. Skilled at painting techniques and applications, mechanical skills in the use of hand and power tools. Supervisory skills and the ability to read and interpret ground plans required. Strong oral and written communications skills and the ability to instruct on material relevant to scenic applications is required. 



  • Responsible for the artistic integrity of all paint and surface applications for all playhouse productions & events to the satisfaction of designers and production manager.
  • Oversees and mentors students enrolled in theatre practicum including apprentice, federal work studies and production students by instructing and supervising them in the technical aspects and safety procedures of the scenic paint department. Assigning tasks to student assistants and crews, supervising students in the operation of various technical theatre assignments.
  • Oversee and maintain facility areas and support all events within Playhouse production as it relates to the scenic paint department.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Working Environment: Occasional exposure to objectionable conditions or variations such as those found in variable weather conditions or light industrial settings.


Physical Demands: Job requires repetitively lifting average weight objects with repetitive bending and stooping. Frequently lifts heavy objects but alternating with lighter activities. Job may require physical exertion such as long periods of standing. Job may require above-average agility and dexterity. Frequent work at a fast pace with unscheduled interruptions. Mobility within the office. Ability to walk, sit, stand and climb stairs. Ability to use hands and fingers. Required to reach with arms and hands, and to kneel, stoop or crouch. Vision abilities required by this job. Ability to talk and hear. Ability to lift up to 15 lbs.


Point Park University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.