Head of Scenic Art - Northampton, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom,

We have an exciting new opportunity for a Head of Scenic Art to join our team here at Royal & Derngate!

The purpose of this role is to paint / decorate scenery, to work on props & furniture and produce other scenic items for Royal & Derngate productions.

  • To manage the Scenic Art team
  • To paint / decorate scenery, floors, furniture and other stage effects, texturing, making cut cloths as required.
  • To consult with the Designer, Head of Workshop and Head of Production/Production Manager on the most effective way of realising the design of each production.
  • To provide the Head of Production/Production Manager with a cost estimate for every production.
  • To consult with the Head of Production/Production Manager and Head of Workshop on the build/paint schedule for each production.
  • In consultation with the Head of Production/Production Manager to engage additional staff for labour-intensive projects.
  • To advise the Head of Production/Production Manager of developing technical or timescale problems at the earliest opportunity.
  • To attend all read-throughs and production and design meetings.
  • In consultation with the Head of Production/Production Manager to order materials for Royal & Derngate productions and to work within the budget set by the Production Manager.
  • To ensure that all scenery etc. is completed to the Designer's satisfaction prior to fit-up.
  • To be available for paint calls as required after the fit-up, including overnight calls.
  • Actively inspect the set and props of shows during run and repair as needed
  • To paint props as requested by the Company Manager.
  • To read all show reports and carry out work as required.
  • To maintain stock levels of basic materials and equipment.
  • To ensure that own time and that of team is used as cost-effectively as possible.
  • To assist in hiring the paint frames out when there is spare capacity.
  • To maintain the paint shop in good state of tidiness.

Additional Information

To apply please submit your CV and when you receive your application acknowledgment email, please follow the link to submit your Covering Letter and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

One Year Fixed Term Contract

Closing Date: Wednesday 29th May 2019

Interview Date: Friday 14th June 2019

Head of Scenic Art | Scenic Art | Art | Paint | Decorate

Essential Skills


  • Proven competence in a producing theatre or a permanent basis in a set workshop to at least Deputy HoD level
  • Proven competence in a range of production styles and techniques·
  • Proven competence in the safe use of relevant equipment.


  • Knowledge of Health & Safety
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, live performance


  • To be able to paint scenery
  • Able to plan work effectively
  • Able to work creatively
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Texturing
Desirable Skills


  • Proven competence in a producing theatre at HoD level


  • To have trained at a recognised drama college in theatre design, or scenic decoration
  • First Aid at Work certificate


  • Computer literacy
  • Full Driving Licence
  • Cut Cloths
About Company

Royal & Derngate, Northampton is the main venue for arts and entertainment in Northamptonshire, welcoming more than 378,000 show and film audience members last year. Our diverse programme of drama, music, dance, comedy and film, and our co-produced work was seen by 115,000 people across the country. We were named Regional Theatre of the Year by the inaugural Stage 100 Awards in 2011, and was nominated again in 2016. We also won the Management Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre in the 2015 UK Theatre Awards for our Made in Northampton work. The Herbal Bed (a co-production with English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston) won the 2016 UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production. Other recent highlights include nationwide tours of The Jungle Book, Love from a Stranger and Death of a Salesman. Previous acclaimed productions have included Shakespeare's King John, world premieres of Arthur Miller's The Hook and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. As a registered charity, we remain ambitious about ensuring that our theatres are for everyone. We encourage young people to take part in our creative learning opportunities via bespoke schools partnerships and weekly activity at the theatres. This weekly programme, reaching more than 21,000 participants last year, attracts a broad section of our community, and also offers opportunities for nurturing new talent through our commitment to artist development.