Properties Master

Shakespeare On The Saskatchewen, Saskatoon
Deadline: January 11, 2024 - February 18, 2024
Join our dynamic team as the Properties Master for our upcoming Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival. This exciting role involves overseeing the props department and supporting the building and maintenance of the Set Designer's vision for the production's properties. 

Reporting to the Production Manager the Properties Master will ensure the seamless execution of all props-related aspects throughout the summer performance season. While under contract the duties will include, but won’t be limited to working with designers, liaising with relevant departments to ensure communication of production needs, sourcing materials, overseeing and coordinating the management of the props, its equipment, supplies and inventory. Designs will be approved before the contract starts with the intent to rent or use company assets appropriate for the shows.  

This is a seasonal contract position starting May 28th, 2024 and ending on July 13th, 2024 The successful candidate should be able to work independently under pressure and collaboratively and lead in a team environment. 


The ideal candidate will be able to identify capabilities in each of the following areas:

Prop Design and Execution: 

- Source, acquire, or create all props needed for productions, ensuring they align with the artistic vision of the project. 

- Work closely with the art department to ensure seamless integration of props into set design. 

- Awareness of safety regulations and protocols related to the use of props, ensuring a secure environment for the cast and crew. 

- Understanding of materials, construction techniques, and relevant software/tools used in prop design and management. 

Budget and Time Management: 

- Proficiency in managing budgets for props, including cost estimation, negotiation, and tracking expenses to ensure financial efficiency. 

- Efficient time management skills to meet tight production schedules and deadlines. 


- Solutions to support backstage crew to address any issues that may arise with props during live performances 

- Keen eye for detail to ensure accuracy and authenticity in selecting and placing props, considering historical periods, styles, and cultural contexts. 

Responsibilities and Duties:

Build period (May 28th – July 5th) 

Identify and budget prop requirements 

Research and sourcing (rentals, borrows, online shopping etc) 

Set up shopping/pull schedule with designer 

Performing modifications on props from rental or company inventories 

Building properties 

Set up a schedule with stage management to incorporate props into rehearsal periods 

Manage purchasing and expense reconciliations 

Tech Week/Opening week (Hamlet: July 5th &/Undone: July 13th) 

Available for q-2-q, tech dress, first dress rehearsal, and previews 

Create paperwork (storage plot, maintenance) 

Have all properties available for Q-2-Q, tech dress, etc 

Provide a maintenance list for performance run 

Address notes during tech period 


Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival (SOTS) is a vibrant part of the Saskatoon theatre community. Our festival has been a staple of summer in Saskatoon since 1985, attracting over 10,000 visitors annually. Each year, our audience joins us to enjoy dynamic interpretations of classic Shakespeare plays, as well as other works by local and Canadian artists all on the backdrop of the beautiful South Saskatchewan River and our brand-new festival site on the Meewasin Trail.

Our Purpose

We engage our community through professional and innovative productions that draw inspiration and energy from Shakespeare’s works and their legacy.

Our Guiding Values

These principles are accountabilities that guide our decision-making, our interactions with each other, and how we work with those we serve.

Collaboration: Our commitment to listening and cooperating with each other and our community in the pursuit of shared goals. We actively contribute to our community and strive to be good neighbours.

Innovation: Our commitment to challenging and improving the status quo with open minds that explore the merits of new ideas and perspectives. We engage in experimentation and are committed to continuous learning.

Play: Our commitment to foster celebration and fun.

Professionalism: Our commitment to fostering the traits that make our people and productions exceptional. Integrity and quality are fundamental to who we are and how we do things. Our commitment to employ and develop local theatre practitioners endures.

Reconciliation, Equity & Inclusion: Our commitment to fairness and consideration of diverse peoples and perspectives to foster a sense of safety and belonging. We create work that strives to impact people from all backgrounds. We respect the need to make right with all our relations and recognize that we are all Treaty people.

Stewardship: Our commitment to the careful and responsible management of all that is entrusted to our care.

SOTS strives for a welcoming and inclusive environment where each team member can have a voice and be heard. We welcome the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, and beliefs. We encourage submissions from members of underrepresented groups, including Indigenous Peoples, people with disabilities, and visible minorities.


Rate of pay $21.01/hour

Flexible hours of work

Access to festival parties and dress rehearsals

Complimentary ticket package for festival season

Opportunity to work at a unique and beautiful venue


Willingness to stay informed about industry trends, new materials, and techniques related to prop design, and a commitment to continuous learning and improvement. 

Experience and ability to build properties. 

A broad range of experience and knowledge in all aspects of theatrical Production techniques 

Knowledge and experience in textile construction techniques 

Must have strong time management, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills 

Proficient computer knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and internet research 

A valid driver’s license 

Application Process

Application deadline February 18, 2024

Prepare a cover letter, highlighting your qualifications for the position, including how you would promote the values of SOTS within the role.

Email a single PDF file with your cover letter and resume to Production Manager Jonathan Cestnick as

Please put in the email subject line: Your last name followed by 2024Propsearch. For example, Jones2024Propsearch