Properties Artisan

Posted on April 26, 2024
IATSE Local 15
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: Properties Director

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 15

Application Deadline: Sunday, May 19th, 2024

You can apply from your phone by texting SRTProps” 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



Seattle Rep is seeking a highly skilled Properties Artisan to join the Properties Department Team. The Properties Team consists of 5 people which provide essential support for our high-quality productions.

Typical Duties Include:

Show specific:

  • Reads and interprets scaled drawings, sketches, models, and pictures for the engineering and building of properties.
  • Furniture building, repair, and refinishing.
  • Sewing draperies.
  • Upholstery and re-upholstery
  • Assists in the pickup and delivery of furniture and hand props from storage, place of purchase, and rehearsal.
  • Builds, upholsters, casts, paints, and electrifies all props that are used in Seattle Rep productions.
  • Assists in the maintenance of production props.
  • As applicable and/or assigned, orders materials for specific projects.
  • Creates mockups and samples to help determine the best execution of the final product.
  • Assists other properties staff as needed.
  • Assists in striking and putting away all show props.

Shop specific:

  • Properly handles, uses, and disposes of all toxic materials in the workplace.
  • Assists in the training of the Properties Apprentice.
  • Attends to other assignments as identified by Properties Director, including but not limited to activities in the Theatre.
  • Attends meetings pertinent to production, props, Seattle Rep all-staff, and EDI work.


  • Other duties as assigned.


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.
  • Proven skills and working knowledge of theatrical props or similar craftmanship, and techniques and materials acquired through education and/or experience.
  • Proven ability to work in many mediums: wood, metal, plastics, paint, and fabrics.
  • Proven ability to work with power tools-saws, sewing machines.
  • Ability to lift and move furniture and appliances safely.
  • Ability to climb and work from a ladder.
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, and kneel for extended periods of time.
  • Must process a full range of motion.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Photoshop.

Desired Qualifications:

  • 3 or more years professional prop building experience or the equivalent.


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 photo samples of 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 15

IATSE Local 15 fields the best technical talent in the Puget Sound area – no one matches the knowledge and experience of our Technician. From staging very large International Conferences or Touring Acts to small Business Presentations or Club Events,  we can help. We’ve been behind the scenes each day and night, making stage magic happen for over a hundred years.

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