Alley Theatre
Houston, TX
Professional Job

Expires: 06/07/23

Job Dates



52,000/yr Minimum biweekly


Founded in 1947 by Nina Vance, the Alley Theatre is a pioneer of regional theatre, and one of the leading nonprofit theatre companies in the United States. The Alley has been awarded the prestigious Regional Theatre Tony Award+reg; and the Texas Medal of Arts Award. The Alley has transferred productions to Broadway, Off-Broadway, major European Festivals, and to 40 American cities. Unique among regional theatres, the Alley is committed to maintaining a Resident Acting Company and providing them work year-round. Nationally recognized directors, actors, playwrights, and designers from across the country have regularly joined the Resident Acting Company.

Rob Melrose, Artistic Director at the Alley, took over as artistic leader of the organization in 2019. His vision for the future of the Alley is both thrilling and ambitious as the Theatre completes its 75th anniversary in 2021-22. When the Theatre reopens, his strategic goals include upholding the Alley+rsquo;s artistic excellence, keeping longtime Alley Theatre devotees eager to return each season, and creating productions and cultivating new audiences that are as diverse and vibrant as the city of Houston.

Rob Melrose, Managing Director Dean Gladden and the Alley+rsquo;s leadership team are committed to promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in all aspects of the Theatre+rsquo;s programming and operations. We are conscious about fostering an environment where everyone is encouraged to bring their authentic selves. We embrace differences and strive to be inclusive of all backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.


The Associate Properties Director is a member of the prop shop, providing positive leadership, organization, communication, and supervision for the prop shop in coordination with the Properties Director. With the Properties Director, the Assistant is responsible for supporting the artistic vision of directors and designers as it relates to the advancement, budgeting, and realization of scenic/properties designs and participates in season and production planning, especially as it relates to the execution of the properties.


Work in concert with the Properties Director to plan the procurement/build of props for each production including scheduling, shop supervision, material ordering, and new product/process research and implementation.
Work with the creative team and production management to manage and maximize the artistic impact of financial resources by evaluating designs and creating material and labor estimates.

Assist scenic designers through entire process, from initial drawings, through the tech and preview process, making suggestions and sharing ideas to solve problems, improve product, and facilitate changes.

Manage and facilitate all properties needs throughout the build, rehearsal, load-in, technical rehearsal, previews, run, and strike of each production and special event.
Serve as Properties Lead on assigned productions.

Run department meetings as necessary and assist in dissemination of all pertinent information to shop staff.

Assist with maintenance and updating of show books, research, notes, photos and other information for all productions. Assist with management of all properties budgets.

Shopping/purchasing, construction, painting, acquiring, and finishing of all properties as needed, including hand props, furniture, furnishings and set decorations for all productions.

Repair, upholstering, and refinishing of properties borrowed, purchased or constructed for productions.

Pulling of properties from stock as needed for productions, rental, or rehearsal, which includes transporting furniture to and from an offsite warehouse.

Assist in maintaining open communication within the prop department and with other production departments.

Attend all technical rehearsals and preview performances as required by the Properties Director. Attend full staff meetings, production department meetings and post mortems as necessary.
Work with the Education and Community Engagement (ECE), marketing, and development departments to help staff and facilitate education shows and special programs. This may include opportunities to teach workshops, talk about the company and your career with students, and meet with constituent groups to discuss +lsquo;behind the scenes+rsquo; activities.

Participate to foster achievement of artistic goals of the theatre, insure quality and consistency, and maintain the highest production values for the Alley Theatre by contributing in group discussion, meetings, post mortems, note sessions, etc.

Physical requirements include routine lifting of 30-50 pounds and occasional work on ladders, scaffolding, and boom lifts.

Foster and supervise staff and over-hire in the practice of safety measures per theatre safety policies and practices.

Actively engage in education and development of anti-oppressive and inclusive practices and policies in the prop shop and theatre-wide.

Additional duties as assigned.

In addition to the duties listed above, the Alley Theatre expects the following of each employee: adheres to theatre+rsquo;s policies and procedures; works in a safe manner; performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; communicates regularly with supervisor about department issues; demonstrates efficient time management and prioritizes workload; demonstrates regular and consistent attendance and punctuality; meets department productivity standards; participates in Alley Theatre events as needed or required; and completes other duties as assigned.


Reports to:

Properties Director

Works Closely with:

Stage Management
Scene Shop Staff
Production Department Heads and Assistants
Production Department Staff
Backstage Staff

Education, Experience and Skills Required:

Three years+rsquo; experience working in a professional theatre and/or a bachelor+rsquo;s degree in technical theatre or a related field preferred
Demonstrated leadership skills, experience working with designers and a strong understanding of other areas of production.
Properties construction and artisan experience. The ideal candidate has skills in the following areas:
Woodworking, furniture building and repair, and metal working
Soft goods, sewing skills
Casting and molding, sculpting, and carving
Experience with small motors, mechanisms and electronics
Scenic painting and finishing techniques
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite. Knowledge of AutoCAD preferred.
Experience and knowledge of power and hand tools and shop equipment.
Working knowledge of decorative history and period styles.
Training and understanding of safe practices for the theatre.
Well-developed communication, organization, and research skills.
Capacity to solve problems and engage in creative thinking about challenges individually and in a group environment, while being able to accept and incorporate feedback.
Aptitude and eagerness to learn new skills and processes when necessary
Clear understanding of the artistic process and excellent interpersonal, teamwork, and diplomacy skills
Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast paced, rapidly changing environment with excellent time and project management skills
Ability to read and interpret working drawings and to disseminate that information clearly and effectively
Ability to supervise and manage a team of artisans
Ability to work long hours and to manage an irregular schedule including weekends and holidays.


Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
Ability to lift and move 30-50 lbs.
Occasional work on ladders, scaffolding, and boom lifts.
Must be comfortable working in a fast paced environment where directions and priorities can change rapidly.
Typical hours are during the day, but the position requires the flexibility to be available for weekend, holidays and evening work hours as needed.

Medical, dental and vision insurance
Paid vacation, floating holiday and sick time
401(k) with matching, FSA, HRA (Alley paid deductible)
Free and discounted tickets to Alley Theatre performances
Free parking
Discounted gym membership
Employee wellness program + EAP

To apply for this position, please go to the following link on the Alley+rsquo;s website and apply.


Alley Theatre is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at HRdept@alleytheatre.org.

The Alley Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people with disabilities, veterans, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Successful candidates will commit to an equitable and inclusive workplace, including but not limited to: racial equity, accessibility for individuals with disabilities, use of gender inclusive language, and cultural sensitivity. Read more at Alley Theatre Official Website - Equity Diversity Inclusion


Scott Groh

Properties Director



(713) 315-3333

Business Address

615 Texas St

Houston, TX 77002

Posted: 12/07/2022 13:51:57 EST

Last Updated: 12/07/2022 22:00 EST

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