Performing Artist, T.rex and Quadruped Puppeteer

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The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is seeking two Performing Artists (T.rex Puppeteer and Quadruped Puppeteer) to work with our Education and Exhibits Department. The Performing Artist is responsible for creating and presenting imaginative, performance-based programming inspired by the Museum’s halls, exhibits and collections. Performing Artists work collaboratively with interpretive staff and the Performing Arts Staff to create and present content for the Dinosaur Encounters program, performing as the puppet operator during shows. Performing Artists work with the Manager of Performing Arts and other Education staff to create and present performance and movement-based content for the Encounters shows, special events, school groups, as well as Museum programs and activities. Performing Artists interact with Museum guests and are expected to maintain a friendly, approachable and inspiring demeanor at all times.

These positions have the following requirements:
  • 5 years as a dancer, gymnast, actor or performance artist.
  • 3-5 years of physical and movement based training.
  • Dress in costume and assist other puppet operators to dress in costume and perform in interpretive theatre.
  • Experience as a full-suit puppeteer desired.
  • Performer must be able to stand, bend and hold physically challenging positions while in costume for extended periods of time.
  • Stilt walking and light gymnastic activity required for some of the museum characters.
  • Extensive theatre training and experience as an educator preferred.
  • Audition required.
  • Height and lifting requirements based on puppet.
  • Ability to interact with the public while in and out of costume.
  • Keep notes and report any observations affecting performance and impact on audience.
  • Performing Artist must have a willingness and ability to learn about prehistoric animals: when they lived, how they moved and behaved in order to create an authentic character.
  • Performing Artist must have a willingness to assimilate and creatively interpret content from NHM’s exhibits, collections and halls, and collaborate with museum interpretive staff and education department policies to create performance based programming.
  • Performing Artist must also have the ability to interact with the public while in or out of costume.
  • Experience in education preferred.
  • Work schedule may include weekends and evenings.
  • Basic computer skills necessary.
  • Performing Artists must pass a physical examination from a medical doctor provided by the Museum.

The position has the following physical requirements (T.rex Puppeteer):
5’10” to 6’3”, Men’s shoe size 8-10; Women’s shoe size 10-12. Medium athletic build. Must be able to lift and carry 73 lbs. on back in standing, bending and crouching positions. All weight on shoulders and waist. Extremely hot, claustrophobic, full-suit puppet with limited sight range. Job requires wearing a T.rex costume with internal mechanisms for movement and sound amplification.

This position has the following physical requirements (Quadruped Puppeteer):
5'3" to 5'7", Women's shoe size 6-8; Men's size 7-10. Small to medium athletic build. Must carry 70 pounds on back in a crawling position, supported by arm stilts for periods of 20 minutes, multiple times during the day. Weight distributed on forearms, shoulders and back. Restrictive straps at chest, waist, arms and thighs. Extremely hot, claustrophobic full-suit puppets with limited sight range. Triceratops has internal mechanisms controlled by puppeteer, while Saber-toothed cat has animatronics, which are run by an external remote control operator.

Salary is commensurate with experience. This is a part-time, non-exempt position.

Review of applications begins immediately and continues until position is filled.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please, No Phone Calls, No Fax.
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