Scenic Charge at Bay Street Theater

Bay Street Theater
Sag Harbor, NY 11963


Mike Billings

Job Details




Bay Street Theater & the Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is a year-round, not-for-profit professional theater and community cultural center which endeavors to innovate, educate, and entertain a diverse community through the practice of the performing arts. We serve as a social and cultural gathering place, an educational resource, and a home for a community of artists.  Bay Street Theater (BST) strives to be a home to the East End’s performing arts community, as well as a professional LORT summer theater festival.  The BST mainstage season features the mounting of 3-4 full theatrical or musical productions, weekly comedy events and musical concerts, Bay Street Under the Stars annual outdoor production, an annual fundraising Gala, an intern produced performance, arts education workshops and camps for children, Goat on a Boat puppet theater performances, and much more.  Check out Bay Street’s website for more info about this season’s programming:


The Scenic Charge (SC) is responsible for providing scenic painting and treatments for the mainstage productions as well as other special events, concerts, galas, outdoor performances.  Duties include purchasing paint and supplies, creating texture and color samples from the designer’s elevations, patterning/layout, priming and base coating, as well as finish work, aging techniques, and mixing/matching colors.  The Scenic Charge is responsible for hiring the Scenic Artist Intern, scheduling paint calls, maintaining the paint shop inventory and supplies, and keeping shop areas clean and organized.  Experience with sculpting/carving a plus.  This position is responsible for maintaining expense budgets, communicating closely with designers and design assistants, and hiring and supervising paint shop personnel.  The SC will help with all paint/scenic related functions to ensure that productions come in on-time and on-budget.  This position requires regular evening and weekend work in conjunction with BST’s performance calendar.


This salaried position reports to the Production Manager and General Manager.  The SC position will begin work with limited coordination (remotely) in Spring 2019 as needed and is on-site, full-time in Sag Harbor, NY ideally from April 29, 2019 – August 26, 2019.  Housing is provided for the duration of on-site work.  The fee is $675/week.


The SC’s responsibilities will include:

– Work with General Manager and Production Manager to interview and hire Scenic Painting Intern.

– Set up paint shops for beginning of season, communicating with Production Manager regarding any general shop and supplies needs.

– Restore paint shops at the end of the season, including updating the stock item inventory and re-stocking general supplies and materials.

– Guide and supervise the overall educational experience of Scenic Painting Interns through regular feedback and three individual review sessions over the course of the season.

– Consult closely with Designers and Design Assistants on the painting and treatment of scenery to ensure design completion and labor efficiency.

– Determine and meet scenic deadlines in conjunction with Production Manager and production schedule.

– Manage the budget and accounting of scenic-related expenditures including collection and coding of all receipts and invoices.

– Works directly with Scenic Designers to balance budget necessities, feasibility, and design integrity.

– Report regularly to General Manager and Production Manager regarding budget tracking progress and concerns.

– Attend post-technical rehearsal and dress rehearsal/ post-preview notes sessions

– Attend all necessary production meetings as determined by the Production Manager.

– Oversee scenic painting needs for other summer season programs including Music Mondays, Bay Street Under the Stars readings, the New Works Festival, and others special events/projects.

– Oversee and support the design and painting of the Scenic Interns’ contribution to the Intern Production.

– The SC must bring their own computer for communication and to access show information.

– Candidates should be self-motivated, have a positive attitude, work safely, efficiently, and quickly and exhibit professional behavior at all times.

– Strong organizational skills are required with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with occasional non-traditional hours. 

– Must have the ability to lift 50 lbs., climb ladders, and work in high places.

– Ideal candidate would have a valid driver’s license and vehicle.


HOW TO APPLY:  Please email cover letter and resume PDF’s to Mike Billings, Production Manager at [email protected].  Please make sure to include “BST 2019 Scenic Charge” in the subject line.  Please no phone calls.


April 29, 2019 – August 26, 2019





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