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Property Master - University of Alberta - Department of Drama

This is a Permanent, Full-time position.

Category: Technical
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Position: Property Master
Deadline: June 1, 2012
Posted: May 10, 2012

Job Description / Duties

The Property Master forms part of a team of highly experienced theatre production professionals that mentor students as they learn in an apprenticeship-style manner within a busy production environment. The Department produces a season (Studio Theatre) of six public productions within the Timms Centre for the Arts - an outstanding theatre facility which contains a main-stage (proscenium configuration with full fly tower), black box theatre, fully equipped workshops, and large rehearsal hall. Another 20 small scale productions are produced in theatres and studios in the Timms and the adjoining Fine Arts Building.

Reporting to the Production Manager, the Property Master is primarily responsible for the construction and maintenance of the properties for the Department’s public presentations within the Studio Theatre season, and provides assistance to many other productions culminating out of classes within the Department. The Property Master provides direct demonstration to students within the BFA Design, Technical and Stage Management programs.


Works effectively with creative and production team members (students, faculty and professionals) during design development and implementation processes
Assists faculty in developing ideas to enable design concept; this may require research, developing prototypes or interpreting sketches into workable drawings or techniques
Budgets, sources and fabricates hand props, special effects, furnishings and set dressing as well as expendable prop items
Oversees the costing of hand and furniture properties for productions to ensure it stays within the budget
Monitors, maintains and repairs the property shop equipment and facilities; develops stock lists as necessary to keep the area fully equipped
Maintains and repairs hand and furniture property collection
Demonstrates property construction techniques to students; ensures proper safety procedures and protective equipment are properly used
Ensures that the running crew for properties is properly trained to fulfill the requirements of each production
Manages upkeep of and access to hand and furniture property inventory
Acts as consultant to faculty, staff and students in the area of properties
Performs other related duties with respect to productions and administration

Qualifications / Required Skills


Post-secondary diploma in Theatre Arts including training in technical theatre; undergraduate degree preferred; equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered
Five years experience as a head of properties within a theatrical setting including supervision and budgetary control responsibilities
Demonstrated mastery of various types of power tools, woodworking tools, rigging equipment, theatrical systems, and computer equipment, and a strong knowledge of risk assessment procedures for each
Ability to lift upwards of 50 lbs regularly
Demonstrated ability to multitask
Ability to consistently meet deadlines, create accurate cost projections as well as monitor progress and supervise students and/or staff
First Aid Certificate training; CPR training an asset
Excellent verbal and written communication skills with attention to detail
Experience working within a post-secondary learning environment an asset

Additional Information

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: www.hrs.ualberta.ca

This recurring term position works annually from approximately mid-August to mid-June.

Salary: $4,207 to $5,766 per month

Contact Information

Please visit: www.careers.ualberta.ca/Competition/S110117424/ to apply.

Employer Profile

Since its inception in the 1940s, the University of Alberta’s Department of Drama has been a visionary leader in Canadian theatre, recognized as one of the foremost university theatre programs in Canada. The first university in Canada to have a Playwright-in-Residence, the Department of Drama is home to a roster of expert faculty members with extensive professional credentials. With five undergraduate programs (B.A and B.F.A specializations), five graduate-level programs (M.A and M.F.A specializations) and English Canada’s first PhD in Performance Studies, the Department of Drama continues to develop emerging artists into members of the professional theatre community.

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