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POSITION:  Scenic Artist/Technician

DEPARTMENT:  Pittsburgh Playhouse

REPORTS TO:  Scenic Charge Artist/Scene Shop Supervisor

SCHEDULE:  Work Schedule is August 1 - May 31; June & July off (83% FTE; salary is paid over 12 months)

PRIMARY FUNCTION:  The Scenic Artist/Technician will work with the Scenic Charge Artist to accomplish all texture and paint finishes needed for Pittsburgh Playhouse Productions. This position will also provide assistance as needed for activities occurring in the Pittsburgh Playhouse and the GRW1 Performance Studio. The Scenic Artist/Technician may occasionally work nights or weekends depending on production schedules.  


  • Minimum two years of experience in theatrical scenic painting or equivalent professional and educational experience.
  • Supervisory skills are required.
  • Some experience in the use of hand and power tools.
  • Ability to read and understand ground plans, color rendering, and paint elevations.
  • Ability to communicate painting techniques to others.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office 365 programs.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and collegially.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to communicate clearly both in writing and verbally.
  • Basic math skills.


  1. Artistic Application of scenic arts as required to achieve the final finish (i.e. faux finishing texturing, sculpting, rendering, etc) of each scenic element. (60%)
  2. Assist in determining processes, methods, materials, and handling for all painted scenery, developing paint samples, creating and maintaining paint schedules.  Maintain orderly work and storage spaces.  Assist in maintaining appropriate supply inventories.  (15-20%)
  3. Supervise student crews on an as needed basis.  (10-15%)
  4. Provide assistance as needed for activities occurring in the Pittsburgh Playhouse and GRW1 Performance Studio. (10-15%)
  5. Perform other related duties as assigned. (5%)

WORKING ENVIRONMENT:  Regular exposure to unfavorable conditions such as weather conditions or confined, noisy, or dirty locations.  The Scenic Artist/Technician may occasionally work nights or weekends depending on production schedules.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Job may require lifting heavy weight objects (50-75 lbs) with repetitive bending or stooping.  Ability to work at heights:  ladders and/or personnel lifts.  Mobility within the production shops and spaces.  Ability to walk, sit, stand, and climb stairs.  Ability to use hands and fingers, to handle equipment, tools and supplies.  Occasionally required to reach with arms and hands, and to stoop, kneel or crouch.  Vision abilities required by this job include the ability to read and discern written communications and visual plans.  Ability to communicate.

Qualified applicants should forward a cover letter and resume via email to (preferred) or mail to:  
Point Park University
Human Resources Office
201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

When responding via email please reference - SCENIC ARTIST/TECHNICIAN  - in the subject line.

Please submit documents in Rich Text (.txt) Word document (.doc) or Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf).

All emails submitted will receive an automatic confirmation email.  Due to some junk mail filters, the confirmation email may not reach you.  To ensure receipt of the confirmation email, utilize the return receipt option built into your email program when sending your information. 

  Due to the high volume of resumes received, Point Park University will not be able to respond to inquiries regarding the status of your resume. If we determine that your skills and experience match the position requirements, we will contact you to discuss the opportunity further. If you do not hear from us, we encourage you to revisit our website at for the status of the position and future opportunities. 


Point Park University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.