Properties Master

Properties Master

Full time, Exempt
Reports to Production Manager
Supervises: Assistant Prop Master, Properties Artisan, PropsOverhire
Compensation: $850/week
Updated 6/10/19

Arizona’s first professional theatre company, Arizona Theatre Company is the state’s only member of the respected League of Resident Theatres (LORT) – as well as the only LORT theatre nationally that produces shows in two cities, Tucson (at the historic Temple of Music and Art) and Phoenix, (at the elegant Herberger Theater Center). ATC maintains offices in both Tucson and Phoenix.


The Properties Master serves as a senior member of the Production Staff and is responsible for the supervision of all aspects of the Props Department. They are responsible for the creation and acquisition of all properties and furniture elements required for ATC productions as well as outside build contracts. This position acts as a liaison between the scenic designer, the Properties department, the artistic staff, and all other production departments. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, organized, able to meet tight deadlines and have the ability to move easily from one project to the next in an efficient manner. Candidates from populations underrepresented in technical theatre are strongly encouraged to apply.

Essential Functions

  • Collaborate with artistic staff to determine property design for all productions.
  • Supervise the daily operation of the property shop and maintain a safe working environment.
  • Manage and administer the creation, fabrication, purchase, rental, or procurement of all properties and furniture.
  • Collaborate with all production department heads on the inter-departmental elements of each production.
  • Maintain fiscal balance and check systems to ensure budgetary compliance.
  • Supervise and coordinate all load in, technical rehearsals, strikes and re-mounts for all productions.
  • Supervise the property shop seasonal personnel maintaining ATC personnel rules and procedures.
  • Supervise and coordinate all over hire personnel alongside Production Management.
  • Manage and authorize all payroll, budget, fiscal reports, and personnel information in property department.
  • Manage and coordinate stock, tools, supplies, and equipment in the property shop.
  • Supervise rentals for the property department in conjunction with the Assistant Production Manager and Assistant Prop Master.
  • Creates rental policies and coordinates the same.
  • Meets with renters and pulls from stock items selected
  • Maintains and/or repairs items so that they can be rented
  • Restock returned rental items.
  • Track rentals, fees, renter’s information
  • Assess any damaged goods and coordinates repair or replacement of items.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Self-motivated, energetic and an effective and efficient communicator.
  • Attentive to detail, accountable, and able to meet tight deadlines.
  • Able to uphold a tone of collaboration, respect, optimism and professionalism, both internally and externally, while maintaining composure in a fast-paced setting.
  • Comfortable working around tools and in a scenic and paint shop environment.
  • Able to stay task focused and positive under stress.
  • Comfortable with and knowledgeable about graphic design basics and Photoshop.
  • Sewing skills and knowledge of standard upholstery techniques.
  • Able to craft the unusual out of unconventional materials.
  • An understanding of period appropriateness for furniture, hand props, and printed materials.
  • Spatial Awareness and a sense of design.
  • Knowledge of and ability to operate standard prop shop carpentry tools.
  • Painting, sculpting, sewing, upholstery, furniture crafting, and gadgetry skills preferred.


  • College degree or equivalent work experience preferred.
  • A Minimum of 3 years of experience in regional theatre management and theatrical prop acquisition and construction preferred.
  • Supervisory skills to supervise overhire, IATSE crews, and interns.
  • Eligibility to obtain a valid driver’s license.
  • Frequent overtime, work days could be long and include long periods or sitting and standing.
  • Must be able to lift 50-70 pounds.
  • Short Phoenix residencies required based on production schedules.

This is a full-time position. Due to the nature of professional theatre, periodic evening and weekend work is expected. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Submit resume and cover letter, with three professional references via e-mail only to productionjobs@arizonatheatre.org. To learn more about Arizona Theatre Company, please visit www.arizonatheatre.org.

Arizona Theatre Company is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability or national origin.