Job Description

Scene Shop Supervisor/Theatre Program Technical Director/Lighting and Scenic Designer (Theatre)
Danville, KY, United States of America


Centre College is a premier national liberal arts college that serves approximately 1,400 students and provides a supportive community and a flexible, personal academic path to a meaningful life and career. Founded in 1819, Centre accomplishes its goals in an atmosphere of caring and respectful relationships among faculty, students, and staff. The College has an endowment in excess of $420 million and an operating budget of more than $65 million.

Centre welcomes and supports diversity. The College strives to create an environment where differences are celebrated, where individuals can exchange ideas and share in the richness of mutual experiences. Please view our Statement of Community.

Located in Danville, KY, the historic, picturesque 150-acre campus is 30 miles from Lexington, in the famed Bluegrass Region of Central Kentucky.

For information concerning the College, visit our web site at


Job Skills / Requirements

A 10-month (August-May) staff position in a dynamic liberal arts college Theatre program. Individual reports to the Head of Design of the Theatre Program. Theatre Program produces a three-show mainstage season and a spring dance concert at the end of the academic year.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Individual will train theatre students in the best practices on scenic construction and lighting production, supervise them in safe and efficient execution of these elements for program productions.
  • Individual will be responsible for executing technical drawings, and managing scenic construction and load-in.
  • Individual maintains, oversees, and organizes scenic and prop inventory, materials, and stock.
  • Individual will supervise a work-study crew of 45+ labor hours.
  • Individual will participate in instruction for Scenic and Lighting practicum sections.
  • Individual will serve as lighting or scenic designer for 1-2 productions per year as determined by the professional goals of the individual and artistic needs of the program, and participate with program faculty in the mentoring of student designers.
  • Individual will work with faculty, student, and free-lance designers on the execution of their designs, sometimes communicating long-distance for significant portions of the process.
  • Individual will work closely with the staff of the Norton Center for the Arts technical staff to maintain the facilities and equipment associated with theatre production facilities.
  • Individual demonstrates an appreciation of and commitment to further an inclusive culture for those of diverse backgrounds such as ability, age, class, ethnicity, faith, gender, neurodiversity, race and sexual orientation.  


Marginal Job Functions:

  • Contribute to the overall success of the program by performing other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • BA or BFA in Theatre with production focus
  • MFA in theatre production
  • Comparable experience will be considered
  • Experience in associated areas (sound technology, stage management, etc.) is desirable

Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge of C.A.D.D. (Vectorworks™ preferred)
  • Proficient with carpentry, metal fabrication, and rigging
  • Proficient with entertainment lighting technology and practice
  • Demonstrated ability to work with untrained labor

Physical Requirements:

  • Mobility on campus required.
  • Individual would be required to lift 50 pounds or more at times.



Interested applicants must apply through the Centre College Human Resources site at Employment at Centre | Centre College (with a cover letter, resume, and list of references).  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled.  For full consideration, application materials must be submitted online by March 30, 2023.


Education Requirements (Any)

Bachelors degree preferred

Additional Information / Benefits

Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Long Term Disability, 401K/403b Plan

This job reports to the Head of Design of the Theatre Program

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift, some evenings and weekends.

Number of Openings for this position: 1