scope of work

Crave Theatre is seeking a Set Designer for the stage premiere of Our Dear Dead Drug Lord written by Alexis Scheer and directed by Cambria Herrera.

This position serves as a collaborative role with the Director. All of the responsibilities below will be shared with the Director as they see fit.


  • Work with the creative team to develop a cohesive design concept upon which to base a complementary set design.
  • Produce plans, drawings and models to guide the set construction by the Technical Director and to ensure creative team understands Contractor’s design concept.
  • Prepare an estimate of set costs while working within the budgetary restrictions.
  • Manage the Set Budget in collaboration with the Technical Director.
  • Attend Set Meetings with the Technical Director as needed.
  • Work with Technical Director to ensure timely construction of set.
  • Be present to aid in strike unless agreed upon otherwise.
  • Attend tech week in-person to install set to ensure accurate interpretation of your design.
  • Abide by Crave Theatre’s Code of Conduct throughout the contracting period.
  • Adhere to all OSHA and CDC health and safety protocols to avoid injury and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Desired skills

  • Detail-oriented 
  • Leadership and collaboration
  • Creative, outside-of-the-box vision
  • Adaptability
  • Willingness to experiment
  • Basic understanding of theatrical design (to better communicate with design team)
  • Multitasking & interpersonal skills (personal and artistic sensitivity, networking skills, aesthetic acuity, communication, listening and organization skills)

work timeline

Preparation meetings in advance of and during the rehearsal process will be set by the director. Design meetings are also TBD.


Rehearsals 7/18/2023 – 8/10/2023:

Tuesday July 18th

Wednesday July 19th

Thursday July 20th

Saturday July 22nd

Tuesday July 25th

Wednesday July 26th

Thursday July 27th

Saturday July 29th

Tuesday August 1st

Wednesday August 2nd

Thursday August 3rd

Wednesday August 9th – Invited Dress


Friday August 4th Load-in

Saturday August 5th – Tech

Sunday August 6th – Tech

Tuesday August 8th – Tech



Thursday August 10th – Preview


Friday August 11th



Saturday August 12th

Sunday August 13th


Friday August 18th

Saturday August 19th

Sunday August 20th


Friday August 18th

Saturday August 19th

Sunday August 20th


Friday August 25th

Saturday August 26th

Sunday August 27th

Loadout Same Day

About the show

The Story:

“Our Dear Dead Drug Lord” tells the story of four teenage girls who organize the Dead Leaders Club meetings, hoping to summon the spirit of Pablo Escobar and gain power over their own lives. As they perform a makeshift ritual, they are forced to confront their own secrets and desires, leading to a thrilling and unexpected climax.

Since its premiere in 2019, “Our Dear Dead Drug Lord” has received many accolades, including being named a New York Times Critics’ Pick and winning the 2019 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script.

We look forward to reviewing your application soon!


This is a contract position. Compensation is $2200, $450 paid on signing, $450 paid upon show opening, and the remainder paid at the end of run.

how to apply

  • Submit a letter of interest to  and include “Set Designer” in the subject line. 

  • Attach your resume and a link to your website (if applicable)

  • Include two professional references

Submissions will close on May 30th and applicants will be contacted regarding next steps by June 2nd.

non-discrimination policy

Crave Theatre Company is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, citizenship status or any other classification protected by Federal, State, or Local law. We strive to collaborate with a range of individuals who are representative of the community we serve and we are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. BIPOC, LGBTQ2IA+, and Disabled persons are encouraged to apply.


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