Props Designer

The National High School Institute

The National High School Institute (Cherubs Program) at Northwestern University is a 5-week summer intensive for students entering their senior year of high school.  They come from around the world and spend five weeks receiving a conservatory-style theatre education, culminating in 8 fully-mounted productions that all perform in rep.  Students serve as cast, crew, and stage managers for the productions.  Professional directors, designers, and technicians oversee and guide students through the process.

Props Designer will be primarily responsible for creating props for all 8 shows in our season.  Props Designer (in collaboration with Asst. Props Designer) will help to train and supervise student crews in the afternoon.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Participate in online pre-production process, with flexibility regarding meeting times and meeting style.  We have a Slack channel for communication, but in-person meetings, phone calls, and zoom calls are options for large group discussions or smaller breakout meetings.
  • Attend in-person NHSI orientation at the start of the program
  • Attend in-person production meetings.  We will have one production meeting prior to students arriving on campus; a second meeting once rehearsals start, which will include our student stage managers; and a third meeting just before going into tech, again with our student stage managers.
  • Attend weekly NHSI all-staff meetings.
  • Be present during every afternoon crew session to help train and work with student Props crews in the prop shop.  The Props Designer will be responsible for creating prop lists.
  • Props may be pulled from stock, built from scratch, or purchased.
  • Helping to facilitate student-led Design Challenge.
  • Attend on-stage evening rehearsals.
  • Train student run crews on changeover tasks, as well as specific run crew tasks for each production.
  • Attend tech and dress rehearsals.
  • Oversee props run crews during performances.
  • Participate in strike at the end of the program
  • Attend the final banquet.

Ideal candidates are those who enjoy working with students and have a passion for instruction and understand that our process is more important than our product.  While we do want our shows to look and sound beautiful, that should not come at the expense of anyone’s safety or mental health.

Contract runs from June 1 – August 2, 2024

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Pay Rate/Range*: $5,000