Assistant Scenery Director
Job Details
615 - Houston, TX
Admin - Clerical


Founded in 1947 by Nina Vance, the Alley Theatre is a pioneer of regional theatre, and one of the leading nonprofit theatre companies in the United States. The Alley has been awarded the prestigious Regional Theatre Tony Award® and the Texas Medal of Arts Award. The Alley has transferred productions to Broadway, Off-Broadway, major European Festivals, and to 40 American cities. Unique among regional theatres, the Alley is committed to maintaining a Resident Acting Company and providing them work year-round. Nationally recognized directors, actors, playwrights, and designers from across the country have regularly joined the Resident Acting Company.  

Rob Melrose, Artistic Director at the Alley, took over as artistic leader of the organization in 2019 . His vision for the future of the Alley is both thrilling and ambitious as the Theatre nears its 75th anniversary in 2021-22. When the Theatre reopens, his strategic goals include upholding the Alley’s artistic excellence, keeping longtime Alley Theatre devotees eager to return each season, and creating productions and cultivating new audiences that are as diverse and vibrant as the city of Houston.

Rob Melrose, Managing Director Dean Gladden and the Alley’s leadership team are committed to promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in all aspects of the Theatre’s programming and operations. We are conscious about fostering an environment where everyone is encouraged to bring their authentic selves. We embrace differences and strive to be inclusive of all backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.


JOB START DATE:   7/1/2021

SALARY: 45,000 /YR Minimum


The Assistant Scenery Director shall be a member of the Scene Shop, providing positive leadership, organization, communication and supervision for the scene shop in the absence, or at the request, of the Scenery Director.  They will assist the Scenery Director with budget estimations, scheduling, shop supervision, material ordering, construction drawings, new product/process research and implementation, and technical rehearsal responsibilities.



    • Assist the Scenery Director in facilitating communication between the production department and scenic designers; work with designers to advance shows, plan and implement designs, and to prep and provide equipment necessary to tech and run shows
    • Assist the Scenery Director in creating cost estimates, build/load-in schedules, and materials ordering.
    • Work in concert with the TD in order to create the technical drawings for each production.  The majority of the construction drawings will be created utilizing AutoCAD/Vectorworks
    • Develop a complete and thorough understanding of all drawings and paperwork for each production and assist in the dissemination of this information to the shop staff.
    • CNC programming and automation design.
    • Actively participate in the construction, load-in, and strike of all productions and perform scenic carpentry duties as needed.
    • Maintain office equipment and ensure the day-to-day maintenance and cleanliness of the Tech Office.
    • Maintain and update the product / reference catalogues and the drawing storage flat files in the Tech Office.
    • Develop, implement, and help enforce safety guidelines and regulations for the scene shop staff and anyone wishing to use scene shop facilities or equipment.  These safety policies should include but not be limited to the following:
      • Safety Data Sheets (SDS) on all products used by the shop.
      • Maintain proper PPE usage among all staff members.
      • Work with the Associate Production Manager and the Technical Director to ensure Scene Shop staff are up-to-date on their safety training. 
    • Create paperwork on the computer for distribution to the shop staff (i.e. work notes, calendars, budget estimates, inventory spreadsheets, technical drawings, etc.)
    • Attend all technical rehearsals and preview performances as required by the Scenery Director.
    • Other related duties as assigned by the Scenery Director.
    • Carry out related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by direct supervisor or management.
    • Represent the theatre’s technical resources as required by the Production Manager for theatre programs including, but not limited to:  additional performances, special events, education and community outreach programs, building rentals, and other non-Alley building functions.
    • Act in concert with the theatre’s safety policies.
    •  Additional duties as assigned


    • Additional Job Duties during Covid:
    • The construction, maintenance, moving and setting up of scenery and related items as assigned. Tasks will include, but not be limited to: traditional scenic construction techniques, metal working and welding, framing through finish carpentry, Rigging standards and techniques, sewing and stretching of soft goods, Ability to understand and build from both design & technical drawings.
    • Actively participate in all builds, strikes and load-ins for each production.
  • The Assistant Scenery Director will maintain all hand tools distributed to them as outlined in the Scene Shop Policy Manual.
  • Participate in maintenance of the scene shop and its equipment. Such as loading and cleaning scenic material.
  • Implementing and practicing safety policies in the Scene Shop.
    • Including implementing Covid-19 standard cleaning practices and social distancing protocols in the Scene Shop.




  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, energized and quickly changing environment.
  • A proactive approach to problem-solving with strong decision-making skills.
  • Detail oriented, able to prioritize efficiently and multi-task
  • Ability to be self-directed and take initiative
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Exhibits a positive attitude with good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Three years of professional theatre experience
  • Solid background in engineering scenery construction projects in both wood and steel
  • High-level proficiency in stage rigging and automation
  • Capacity to consult and engage in creative thinking with designers and/or supervisors on specific solutions to challenges.
  • Willingness and ability to work within a rigorous time schedule
  • Experience with all theatrical elements, including lighting and sound
  • Ability to read and interpret working drawings
  • Training and understanding of safe practices for the theatre
  • Masters degree in technical theatre preferred


  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Ability to lift and move 30-50 lbs.
  • Must be comfortable working in a fast paced environment where directions and priorities can change rapidly.
  • Typical hours are during the day, but the position requires the flexibility to be available for weekend, holidays and evening work hours as needed.
  • Regular genie and ladder work up to 30 feet



  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Paid vacation, floating holiday and sick  time
  • 401(k) with matching, FSA, HRA (Alley paid deductible)
  • Free  and  discounted tickets to Alley Theatre performances
  • Free parking 
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Employee wellness program & EAP
  • Houston, TX is one of the most affordable cities in the nation with no state or city income tax. 


Alley Theatre is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at



The Alley Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people with disabilities, veterans, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Successful candidates will commit to an equitable and inclusive workplace, including but not limited to: racial equity, accessibility for individuals with disabilities, use of gender inclusive language, and cultural sensitivity. Read more at Alley Theatre Official Website - Equity Diversity Inclusion