Lead Scenic Artist

Posted on April 26, 2024
IATSE Local 488
Seattle Repertory Theatre
 per hour
Seattle, WA
Paid time off, Paid holidays, Employee discount, Unlimited Orca Card
Applications accepted until position filled

Department/Team: Production

Position Reports To: Director of Production

Work Location: In-Person

FLSA Classification: Full Time/Seasonal/Hourly/Non-Exempt

Benefits: Vacation & Personal Days per Union Contract; eligible for parking discounts & free ORCA card

Starting Pay Range: $33.10 per hour (per Union Contract)

Position Classification: Union, IATSE Local 488

Application Deadline: Sunday, May 19th, 2024

You can apply from your phone by texting SRTPaint” to (206) 966-4931



Seattle Rep is committed to producing extraordinary programming. We believe that our ability to contribute to excellence in the arts depends on building and supporting a robust and diverse community.

We continuously work toward inclusion of those who have been excluded historically, particularly BIPOC communities, women, LGBTQIA+ people, immigrants and refugees, and people with disabilities, ensuring they are represented in all parts of the organization, including at the decision-making table, inclusive of their intersectional identities like age, religion, background, political ideology, and veteran or military status. This work is reflected in our:


Seattle Rep collaborates with extraordinary artists to create productions and programs that reflect and elevate the diverse cultures, perspectives, and life experiences of our region.


Theater at the heart of public life


Artistic Vitality, Sustainability, Generous and Inclusive Practices



In collaboration with other members of the paint shop and production staff, the Lead Scenic Artist assists the Charge Scenic Artist in the Supervision of the paint shop and is responsible for painting, sculpting, and finishing all the scenery that goes from our shop to our stages.

Typical Duties Include:

Assist the Charge Scenic Artist in running the paint shop

  • Perform the duties of the Charge Scenic Artist in their absence.
  • Lead the maintenance and upkeep of painting materials, tools, equipment, and spaces.

Paint Drops and Scenery

  • Layout art from scenic designers by gridding, projecting, or freehand layout onto scenic drops and flats.
  • Mix color to match renderings.
  • Apply paint using various scenic painting techniques as required by the renderings and prescribed by the Charge Scenic Artist.

Sculpt and carve scenic elements

  • Layout and carve in foam and other scenic materials from drawings and models.

Maintain a clean and safe paint shop and work environment

  • Properly handle, use, and dispose of all paint materials.
  • Clean and maintain paint equipment and tools.

Build and Maintain a Personal Investment in the Seattle Rep and our EDI work

  • Attend and participate in all-staff company meetings.
  • Attend and participate in Staff Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Training workshops

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Commitment to cultivating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace via decisive action including consistently seeking out opportunities for self and community improvement in the areas of racial equity, accessibility, gender inclusivity, and cultural sensitivity.
  • 4 years of experience painting in a professional scene shop environment
  • Advanced knowledge of scenic painting and sculpting techniques
  • Advanced knowledge of scenic painting and sculpting tools
  • Knowledge of color theory
  • A demonstrated ability to work effectively as a leader, independently, and as a member of a team
  • Ability to work extended periods painting on surfaces overhead, on saw horses, on floor level, vertically and horizontally oriented
  • Ability to work with materials weighing up to 50lbs unassisted


Desired Qualifications:

  • Graphics experience
  • Knowledge of Art History


Seattle Rep is excited about and actively working towards becoming a more diverse, anti-racist organization. We are interested in attracting, developing, and advancing the most talented individuals regardless of their race, sexual orientation, religion, age, gender, disability status or any other dimension of diversity. We strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQIA+, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and others from underrepresented groups to apply.

Every candidate brings something special to the table. If your experience and skills don’t perfectly align with the job qualifications but you are excited about the role, feel your values align well with Seattle Rep, and are willing to strive for excellence in your work, please apply. We will train the right candidate.



  1. Submit a resume detailing related experience and education.
  2. Submit a cover letter that outlines how your related experience and education qualifies you for the position and illustrates why you want to work at Seattle Rep.
  3. Submit at least 5 samples of painting work. These samples must be digital and can be in the form of digital image files, a PDF containing compiled images, or a link to a personal website where images can be found. Physical copies of photos will not be accepted. If you need assistance with this process, please contact Seattle Rep Human Resources.

Applications will be reviewed once the application window has closed.

Workplace accessibility and accommodations can be discussed with HR once an offer of employment has been extended.

About the employer: Seattle Repertory Theatre

Seattle Rep is committed to producing the highest quality programming and we believe that our ability to contribute to excellence in the arts depends on building a community whose members come from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and life experiences.

We are part of a growing movement in theater to ensure that those who have been excluded historically; focusing particularly on racial and ethnic groups, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities and women, are at the decision-making table, reflected in our programming, and represented on our staff.

About your union: IATSE Local 488

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