Associate Properties Master

The Geffen Playhouse

Los Angeles, CA

TITLE: Associate Properties Manager

STATUS: Full Time - Yearly / Regular / Non-Exempt

DEPARTMENT: Production

REPORTS TO: Production Manager

SALARY: DOE + Benefits




The Geffen Playhouse seeks an Associate Properties Manager to assist in the planning and execution of all properties and set decoration of theatrical and event productions at The Geffen Playhouse in both the Gil Cates Theater and Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater. Ensuring the successful interpretation, design, creation and acquisition of all properties and set dressing in a timely, safe and well executed manner.




  • Assist Properties Master with research, interpretation and implementation of designs for all Geffen Playhouse productions, events and rentals.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Research, shop, build, create, modify and install props, special effects and set dressing to convey the designer’s vision, meet the functional requirements 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Represent Geffen Playhouse’s best interest when outside renters are using the facilities.
  • Responsible for keeping high morale, dedication to a high quality of work, sense of pride in the forefront of all crews and over hire staff for all departments.
  • Other duties as assigned.





  • BA in Technical Theater and Design or equivalent professional experience.
  • 2-3 years professional experience, preferably in technical theater.
  • Knowledge of all aspects of technical production.
  • 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 and verbal information as well as visual images.
  • Ability to produce accurate working drawings and/or templates to achieve design concepts.
  • 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 members of the prop department and other departments 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.
  • Knowledge of safety procedures to maintain a safe working environment.
  • Skill in repair and maintenance of standard shop equipment.
  • Experience managing crews.




  • Ability to work long hours, i.e. - 40 hour weeks plus weekends and evenings, as necessary.
  • A pro-active and eager attitude.
  • An ongoing interest in theater technology and construction techniques.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to problem solve and keep a sense of humor under pressure.
  • Ability to frequently lift, carry or otherwise move and position objects weighting up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work on ladders, at heights, and in hard-to-reach places.
  • Ability to travel both inside and outside of the country via plane, automobile, etc.
  • A valid driver’s license, passport, and personal vehicle are required
  • Ability and comfort in driving large vehicles including cargo vans and cube trucks




This position is non-exempt and is subject to overtime. A competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits package offered, including medical, dental, vision insurance, vacation pay, paid sick leave, personal days, and 401(k) retirement program.





To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume in .pdf or .doc format at No phone calls, please.



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.

Geffen Playhouse expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Geffen Playhouse’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

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