1st Edition

The Scenic Charge Artist's Toolkit Tips, Templates, and Techniques for Planning and Running a Successful Paint Shop in the Theatre and Performing Arts

By Jennifer Rose Ivey Copyright 2022
    258 Pages 111 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    258 Pages 111 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Scenic Charge Artist’s Toolkit is a comprehensive guide to managing a theatrical paint shop.

    This book introduces the many different options available to a scenic charge artist, as well as the fundamental expectations and responsibilities of planning and running a shop. From the pre-production organization, budgeting, sampling, and sealing, to practical lessons in efficiency and shop maintenance, this text provides options to organize a paint shop no matter the size of the shop, show, or company. Filled with templates for labor and time estimation; tips on leadership and collaboration; techniques for painting and planning textures efficiently; and sustainable practices in health, safety, and wellness, this book provides guidance and practices to successfully manage the inevitable changes in theatre planning and production. It also offers tips and reference material on employment options, gaining employment, and excelling in this profession.

    Written for early career scenic artists in theatre and students of Scenic Art courses, The Scenic Charge Artist’s Toolkit fills in the gaps of knowledge for scenic artists in the budgeting, planning, and running of shops at summer stock, educational institutions, or freelance working environments. 

    The text includes access to additional online resources such as extended interviews, downloadable informational posters and templates for budgeting and organizing, and videos walking through the use of templates and the budgeting process.

    1. The Job of the Charge Artist  2. Getting Work  3. Getting Better  4. The Paint Shop; Things and Stuff  5. Health and Safety: Providing a Safe Space  6. The Art Part: Foundations of Techniques  7. Beyond the Art Part  8. The Production Process  9. Treading Off the Boards


    Jennifer Rose Ivey is a passionate and dedicated theatre artist who has worked around the country as a designer, scenic charge artist, prop master, and educator. She has run paint shops for summer stock, professional theatre, and education, and she currently teaches at Florida International University as an assistant professor in scenic design teaching a variety of design and technology courses. Jennifer is an active member of several regional, national, and international, theatre organizations where she regularly presents in workshops, serves as a professional adjudicator. You can find examples of her work at www.jenniferivey.com.