Position reports to:


Technical Director

FLSA status:


Full-time/Seasonal; overtime eligible, IATSE Local 15

Pay range:



Application deadline:


Thursday, December 9th, 2021


SEATTLE REP is seeking a resourceful and highly talented Shop Foreperson to join the scene shop. The Shop Foreperson is a vital member of the scene shop team and provides essential support for realizing our artistic visions in every production. 



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 inclusion of those who have been excluded historically; focusing particularly on racial and ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities and women, ensuring they are at the decision-making table, reflected in our community.


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 scene shop and production staff, the Shop Foreperson is responsible for managing the materials and tools, and administrating the staffing required in the scene shop for the build of all Seattle Rep shows


Typical duties include: 

Maintain and supervise the use of the scene shop

  • Coordinate maintenance of shop facilities, tools, and equipment
  • Monitor stock of materials and shop supplies and coordinate restocking with the production purchaser
  • Handle deliveries of materials and equipment throughout the shop spaces
  • Help maintain shop morale, safety standards, discipline, and work quality

Support the Master Carpenter in leading, and participate in, the build and load-in of scenery

  • Coordinate the flow of projects through the shop spaces and onto the stages
  • Fabricate scenic elements out of various materials using stationary and hand tools
  • Act as contact point for questions about materials and processes

Lead the staff in maintaining a clean and safe scene shop and work environment

  • Coach and supervise on the proper handling, use, and disposal of all scenic construction materials
  • Enforce and follow all rules and safety guidelines

Train, onboard, and process paperwork for carpentry staff and over-hire

  • Supervise the Apprentice Carpenter
  • Coach carpenters and members of other teams on the use of tools and equipment in the scene shop
  • Distribute and process hiring paperwork and payroll tracking
  • Arrange over-hire carpentry staff when necessary

Serve as an essential contributor to Seattle Rep’s culture and success

  • Add constructively to the collaborative and collegial health of the organization
  • Add actively and constructively to the equity, diversity, and inclusion work of the organization, including attending all-staff training sessions
  • Engage with and strive to embody Seattle Rep’s mission, vision, and values in all aspects of work


Minimum qualifications

  • 4 years of experience working with the tools and materials typically found in a professional scene shop
  • A history of team leadership or mentorship
  • Advanced knowledge of scenic construction techniques
  • Advanced knowledge of metalworking and woodworking tools
  • A demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member and leader of a team
  • Ability to work extended periods on projects overhead, on saw horses, on floor level, vertically and horizontally oriented
  • Ability to work with materials weighing up to 50lbs unassisted
  • Willingness and desire to continue to hone existing skills and learn new ones
  • Commitment to racial equity and social justice

Desired qualifications

  • Experience working with machining tools and CNC
  • Advanced knowledge of scenic automation and rigging systems and equipment



  1. Submit a resume detailing related experience and education.
  2. Attach a cover letter that outlines how your related experience and education qualifies you for the position.
  3. Applicants are reviewed the day after the position closes.
  4. First round of interviews tentatively scheduled for Thursday, December 16th, 2021
  5. Position scheduled to start on Monday, January 3rd, 2022

Seattle Rep has a mandatory vaccination policy for all employees, with accommodations for medical and religious exemptions only.

Contact with any questions regarding the application process.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.