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Assistant Properties Supervisor

Position: Assistant Properties Supervisor
Department: Production
Classification: Full-time, non-exempt


Mission: Geffen Playhouse is a non-profit, professional theater dedicated to enriching the cultural life of Los Angeles through plays and educational programs that inform, entertain and inspire.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Statement: In recognition of the essential examination of systemic racism and injustices, we at the Geffen Playhouse commit to continued analysis and expansion of our own institutional practices in order to be part of the solution. Our vision for the Geffen is that people of all races, faiths, sexual orientations, abilities, genders and backgrounds find it an easily accessible and highly relevant source of art that reflects the dynamic human experience and galvanizes a more equitable and vibrant community. In adopting this statement, we are amplifying our strategic and ongoing commitment to improving and increasing the cultural diversity, equity and inclusion of our audiences, staff, artists, board and programming.

We are committed to the safety and health of our employees, visitors, and the public we serve. As such, Geffen is proud to have implemented a mandatory vaccination policy, requiring COVID-19 vaccination(s) for all employees, including contracted third-party staff, and new hires. In accordance with our mission, we firmly believe that vaccinating all employees is essential for our community’s safety and health. Should you have any questions regarding this, please speak with your recruiting contact directly. The Company understands and respects that a limited number of candidates may have medical or religious reasons for not receiving the vaccine. As such, we are asking those candidates who wish to request an exemption from being required to be vaccinated, submit a request for their exemption through Human Resources once hired.

Position Summary

The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, CA seeks an Assistant Properties Master to join the Production Department. The Geffen produces in two theaters, the mainstage Gil Cates Theater (LORT B) and studio space Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater (LORT D). This position will be second in command of the properties department, responsible for helping translate the plans and paperwork from scenic designers to create fully realized designs onstage. In addition to the Geffen’s regular production season, this position will also provide support as needed for events as directed. This position reports to the Properties Master and the Production Manager.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist Properties Master with research, interpretation and implementation of designs for all Geffen Playhouse productions, events and rentals.
  • Research, shop, build, create, modify and install props, furniture, special effects, and set dressing to convey the designer’s vision, meet the functional requirements.
  • Source props and materials from the Greater Los Angeles region.
  • Support Properties Master in leading prop overhire crews so props are completed in a timely, safe, and well-executed manner.
  • Supervise and lead crews during load-in, technical rehearsals, and strike for all Geffen productions, events and rentals.
  • Become familiar with script, design concepts and construction drawings in order to efficiently address questions from rehearsal and overhire crew.
  • Take an active and positive role in setting and maintaining the levels of production craftsmanship and artistic excellence.
  • Be in attendance for all productions meetings, rehearsals, technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and previews as required.
  • Read rehearsal reports, production/show reports, rehearsal schedules and production calendars. Follow up on and complete applicable notes and communicate information to the appropriate staff of the play and ensure durability and safety standards.
  • Maintain and repair all rehearsal and show related properties as requested by stage management.
  • Help troubleshoot technical notes and problems as they come up.
  • Primary responsibility for the organization of stock and prop shop tools and materials.
  • Organize and direct the weekly and seasonal maintenance and cleaning of the prop stock and work areas. Monitor and participate in this regular practice.
  • Maintain appropriate inventory levels of stock materials and supplies.
  • Keep accurate purchasing records and travel reports.
  • On occasion, and at the discretion of the Properties Master and Production Manager, the APM may be asked to perform as Lead Properties Master on Geffen productions, events and rentals.
  • Take a lead role and be pro-active in providing a safe working environment, including managing and training on equipment, record keeping, incident reporting.
  • Identify practices and procedures that can be changed or modified to make the running of shows or theatre operations at the Geffen Playhouse more efficient and effective.
  • Support official Geffen Playhouse events such as the annual Backstage Gala, and Spotlight events.
  • Support other departmental needs when necessary, such as Education events, Readings, and Photography shoots.
  • Represent Geffen Playhouse’s best interest when outside renters are using the facilities.
  • Possess a dedication to a high quality of work and demonstrate a sense of pride at the forefront of all crews and over hire staff for all departments.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Fill in for the Properties Master in their absence.
  • Follow and enforce the Geffen’s safety protocols and policies.
  • Reflect a commitment to the Geffen’s Mission and DEI Statement.

Skills & Background

  • Knowledge of standard theatrical production practices.
  • 2-3 years professional experience, preferably in theatrical props.
  • Knowledge of periods and styles, theatrical terms and practices to develop accurate and precise props and set dressing.
  • Strong working knowledge of Photoshop / Illustrator, and Microsoft Office Programs.
  • Secondary experience with Vectorworks and AutoCad is beneficial.
  • Advanced knowledge and skills in a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, woodworking, furniture building and restoration, welding/metalworking, foam, casting, electronics, sewing, upholstery, drapery, painting and finishing, special effects, graphics, paper props, weaponry and crafts.
  • Knowledge of advanced construction techniques, tools and materials to produce functional, durable props and set dressing.
  • Ability to create working props from written, visual, and verbal information.
  • Ability to produce accurate working drawings and/or templates to achieve designs.
  • Skill and experience in creative problem solving to meet the artistic needs of the show within time and financial requirements.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and respond calmly and efficiently to frequent changes during the production and rehearsal process.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with production department staff to ensure proper development and completion of props.
  • Ability to effectively communicate by asking informed questions, relaying information to others, and effectively giving and receiving criticism.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license, and be comfortable driving cargo vans and cube trucks.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Comfortable working on ladders and in personnel and scissor lifts at heights up to 30’, and in hard to reach places.
  • Possess leadership skills to lead a crew of 4-6 people with a team-player mindset.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to problem solve and keep a sense of humor under pressure is a plus.
  • A willingness to learn!


  • $26.00-$28.00 per hour + benefits; eligible for overtime


  • Health, Dental, Vision Insurance: The Geffen covers the costs of HMO for health, and PPO for Dental and Vision. The option to “buy up” to PPO coverage and / or to add spouses, domestic partners, and children to their health policy.
  • Life Insurance: The Geffen provides all regular full-time employees with a $25,000 life insurance policy, at no cost to the employee.
  • Section 125 Flexible Spending Plan: The Geffen offers its regular full-time employees the opportunity to purchase additional benefit programs to off-set medical and dependent-care related expenses.
  • Retirement Plan: The Geffen has established a retirement plan commonly known as a code section 401 (k) profit sharing plan which is currently available after one year of service.

Geffen Playhouse aims to build a diverse and inclusive workplace, in which we strongly encourage non-conforming and historically excluded individuals to apply for any and all available positions.

Application Process

To apply, please submit a resume with references in .pdf format at www.geffenplayhouse.org/apply. No phone calls, please.

The Geffen Playhouse, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Geffen Playhouse provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Geffen Playhouse complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us via telephone at 310-208-6500 x148.

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