Props Artisan for 21-22 Season

Job Title: Props Artisan for 21-22 Season

Central Square Theater
450 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Contact: Cassie Chapados

Reports to: Production Manager, Cassie Chapados

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and work samples to:

Central Square Theater is committed to diversity at all levels: on our stage, in our audience, on our staff, and within our leadership. CST is the oldest female-led professional theater company in New England. We strongly encourage people of color and LGBTQIA+ candidates. 

Job Description

Central Square Theater (CST) is seeking an experienced props artisan for our 21-22 season. This person will serve as the props artisan for three of the four shows in CST’s season. The candidate should have experience both building and sourcing (hand props and furniture), and will have full access to our local props co-op from which to source. We are seeking a candidate who is both creative and practical as a designer, and must have strong collaboration skills. They may be asked to create contemporary, historical, and/or fantastical props depending on each show’s individual needs. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Build or source all props needed for three CST productions
  • Provide rehearsal props for all rehearsals, as requested by the director/stage manager.
  • Attend all production meetings, and technical/dress rehearsals
  • Work collaboratively with each show’s scenic designer to create designs for furniture and set dressings
  • Availability throughout the run of the show to replace or repair broken/damaged props

Knowledge and Essential Skills

A successful candidate for this position will be someone who embraces challenges, finds solutions, sets high expectations and discipline for their own performance, focuses on successful outcomes, and promotes teamwork. More specifically, they should possess the following qualities:

  • Skills related to fabrication of props such as: woodworking, sewing, sculpting, painting, model-building, photoshop, etc;
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment with a positive attitude; 
  • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills required; 
  • Creativity and resourcefulness required; 
  • Strong interpersonal skills to collaborate with production team members across departments;
  • Access to a vehicle for transportation of props is a plus, but not required.


$1000/show, $3000 total

Production Schedules

The Half Life of Marie Curie

Preliminary Design meeting, 8/15-8/25
1st Production meeting, 9/13-9/17
2nd Production meeting, 9/27-10/1
3rd Production meeting, 10/11-10/15
First Rehearsal/Design Presentations, 10/19
Rehearsal Props delivered to theater, 10/20
4th Production meeting, 10/25-10/29
Final Props delivered to theater, 11/5
Tech Rehearsals, 11/6-11/10
Pre-press Performances, 11/11-11/14

Young Nerds of Color

Preliminary Design meeting, 11/22-11/26
1st Production meeting, 12/6-12/10
2nd Production meeting, 12/20-12/24
3rd Production meeting, 1/3-1/7
First Rehearsal/Design Presentations, 1/11
Rehearsal Props delivered to theater, 1/12
4th Production meeting, 1/17-1/21
Final Props delivered to theater, 1/28
Tech Rehearsals, 1/29-2/2
Pre-press Performances, 2/3-2/7

Ain’t Misbehavin’

Preliminary Design meeting, 2/14-2/18
1st Production meeting, 2/28-3/4
2nd Production meeting, 3/14-3/18
3rd Production meeting, 3/28-4/1
First Rehearsal/Design Presentations, 4/5
Rehearsal Props delivered to theater, 4/6
4th Production meeting,4/11-4/15
Final Props delivered to theater, 4/22
Tech Rehearsals, 4/23-4/27
Pre-press Performances, 4/28-5/1