Scenic Painting Apprentice


Summary of Position

The Scenic Painting apprentice will work with Actors Theatre Charge Artist and Paint Staff daily in the paint shop to sample and execute scenic treatments for all sixteen productions during the season. They will build and refine their color mixing, sampling, layout, trompe l’oeil, and faux finishing skills through work on productions and personal projects. They will also gain experience in 3D textures, staining, spray gun techniques and maintenance, and lettering. The apprentice will observe and practice paint shop management, pricing, and budgeting. They will collaborate with the scenic and prop departments to determine materials and treatments to achieve a cohesive look across all departments. Occasional opportunities to act as the Charge Artist or Scenic Designer for PTC shows toward the end of the season may be available given the apprentice’s interest and skill level.

Responsibilities

  • Assist in the preparation and execution of all scenic art treatments for Actors Theatre productions.
  • Complete personal projects related to learning goals.
  • Maintain proper working order of paint equipment and shops.
  • Attend apprentice seminars and workshops.
  • Occasional evening and weekend work required.

Primary learning goals

  • Prepare apprentice for employment as a scenic artist by tailoring the program to their specific learning goals and building up their skills, both in the paint shop and office.

Qualifications

  • Qualified applicants will have 2 years of academic or professional scenic art experience
  • A willingness to learn and work a flexible schedule
  • Be comfortable working on ladders
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.

Education

Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Professional Training Company is focused on practical, experiential training designed to help young theatre professional’s transition from an academic degree to a real-world career. While completion of a four year degree is preferred, professional work experience in theatre or related fields may meet apprenticeship requirements. Successful candidates enter into the apprenticeship already having acquired basic training and experience in the field and are looking for immersive career development opportunities.

Compensation

A grant of $5,000 is awarded to each full-season apprentice to help defray the cost of living.  We also provide each apprentice with help finding low-cost housing and securing student loan deferral for the season. Apprentices are responsible for all costs associated with living in Louisville for the duration of the apprenticeship. It is possible for the Scenic Painting Apprentice to obtain part-time employment outside the apprenticeship. Additional employment must be approved by their supervisor in advance.

ACTORS THEATRE IS COMMITTED TO RECRUITING AND FOSTERING A DIVERSE COMMUNITY OF STAFF AND APPRENTICES. INDIVIDUALS FROM TRADITIONALLY UNDER-REPRESENTED GROUPS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. AA/EOE

Apprenticeship Dates

July 30, 2018 to April 26, 2019

to apply

Applicants for this position should submit:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. A portfolio (PDF or Website) showcasing a minimum of 10 photos of you scenic art work

If you have any questions about the application process, please email our recruitment coordinator at ptc@actorstheatre.org.

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Actors Theater of Louisville
316 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Box Office: 502.584.1205
502.371.0956 TDD

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