Description: The Props Director leads the props area for Emerson Stage, the producing organization within the Department of Performing Arts at Emerson College. Emerson Stage produces up to ten mainstage productions each academic year. The Props Directors supports all Emerson Stage productions and the student designers assigned to those productions by supporting/understanding and actualizing conceptual goals of directors and designers in tandem with established budgets in order to achieve appropriate realized properties, supporting scenery and effects work for the productions. Strong budgeting and mentoring skills, plus the desire to work with students in a highly-ranked training program, describe our ideal candidate.
Props Director Supervises the Assistant Props Director and both are responsible for the supervision and mentoring of students who are assigned to carry out these tasks and projects in a timely, safe, and efficient manner. The Props area manages/maintains a large prop warehouse (offsite, located four miles from campus), coordinates community borrowing of our inventory and acquires props through rent, borrow, build or purchase for our own productions. The Props Director also maintains a digital inventory of the prop stock. Props Director may also teach up to eight credits of classes per academic year as well as guest lecture in additional classes and seminars.
Campus Location: Boston Campus
Required Knowledge: BA degree with 3 years professional experience.Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask, prioritize.Strong interpersonal and communication skills.Detail oriented with excellent follow-through.Experienced with Word, Excel, Google Drive, Google Sheets and Photoshop;Familiar with or able to learn additional computer software (database programs, design software, calendar/scheduling programs, email programs, etc.)Valid drivers license and comfortable driving trucks up to 27 in length.Ability to mentor and execute the following skills: carpentry, practical electrical wiring, welding, good safety practices, furniture building and repair (including upholstery, finishing, and maintenance), basic graphic arts.
Preferred/Desirable Knowledge: Additional skills: plumbing, food preparation and handling, scenic design, sculpting, research librarian, upholstery, inventory management, graphic arts, jewelry making, casting and molding, model making, magic effects, quilting/embroidering/knitting, prop weapon building and maintenance, photography, animatronics, CAD, animal wrangling, and mechanical repair.
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Diversity Statement: Emerson College believes diversity enriches the educational experience by providing students with the opportunity to learn from individuals who may have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Engagement with diversity in the curriculum, in our co-curricular offerings, and all other aspects of the College enhances the personal and intellectual growth of all members of our campus community. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society.
Emerson College is the nation’s premier private college dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. It is located in the theater district in the dynamic multi-cultural city of Boston in close proximity to major arts institutions, media outlets, and research centers. The College enrolls 3,783 undergraduate students and 641 graduate students from 71 countries and 48 states. Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity – in its people, in the curriculum, and in the College’s intellectual, social, cultural and geographical communities. Our inclusive excellence framework recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities. Members of historically under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.