Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: M6008 / Supv,Theatre/Stage Production
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 09

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The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Oversees the construction, placement, and rigging of stage scenery for theatrical productions. Performs general maintenance and upkeep of shop machinery and tools, helps plan and organize construction projects, and instructs and supervises student employees and/or lower-level staff in construction of theatre scenery.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversees the production of quality theatre scenery and sets that complement and support the desired product outlined by technical/artistic directors, scenic designers, and/or faculty; coordinates the integration of production elements onto the stage, including scenery and all rigged elements
  2. Assists faculty in providing a comprehensive learning experience in theatre practicum courses by participating in instruction on technical aspects and safety procedures in theatre set construction, as well as the safe operation of power tools
  3. Assists technical directors and other production personnel with the formulation of work drawings, the development of budgets and the establishment of production schedules
  4. Trains and supervises stage crew personnel in technical and safety procedures for theatre; ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices
  5. Supervises personnel which typically includes recommendations for hiring, firing, performance evaluation, training, work allocation, and problem resolution.
  6. Directs the activities of the scenery shop by planning and organizing construction projects utilizing rough sketches, basic blueprints, or verbal instructions; oversees and performs scenic and properties maintenance for all performances and rehearsals
  7. Seeks the most artistically appropriate solution in the completion of projects by utilizing industry-accepted practices and tolerances when working with such materials as wood, metal, plastics, and canvas
  8. Ensures the ongoing maintenance and safe operation of the stage space, fly system, and other production elements, in coordination with technical directors and/or faculty
  9. Establishes, implements, and ensures adherence to safe practices and procedures of all set construction activities; maintains shop and shop equipment to established standards
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 4 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of scenic construction, carpentry, and all aspects of theatrical rigging
  • Ability to read ground plans, sections, and other theatrical plans
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Knowledge of theatrical staging techniques, materials, equipment, and facilities.
  • Ability to design scenic components from scale drawings, models, plans, sketches, and verbal ideas scale designs to larger sets
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
  • Organizing and coordinating skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to install and calibrate specified machinery and/or technical equipment.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) Oversight of the production of scenic elements for theatre/stage productions; b) participates in theatre practicum courses, ensuring standards of safety are adhered to; c) supervises and trains personnel.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds and/or standing and/or walking an average of four (4) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 10/21/2019