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COSTUME POSITIONS:

Seasonal Costume personnel sought for an Equity L.O.A. 7 show season at Shakespeare & Company.

Season runs from late April through mid-September. Most contracts for shorter duration. Late season and early start contracts may include theater-in-education support. Housing available for most applicants, local transportation negotiable, though preferred candidates will have own transportation. Experience in fast paced Summer Theater helpful. E.O.E.

Please send cover letter,  resume, 3 references with e-mail contact, and include your dates of availability to:

 jobsearch@shakespeare.org  

Assistant Costume Shop Manager: Applicant should have strong organizational and people skills, Costume Shop management experience, a thorough knowledge of costume & fashion terminology and time periods and solid stitching and wardrobe skills. This position is in effect a full time assistant to the Costume Director. Responsibilities include: administration of the established rental system, stock management, training younger staff and interns in  stock maintenance and wardrobe methods, helping coordinate work with other departments and shops, assisting in the running of the Costume and Wardrobe Department with a staff of 21, a large shop and four large rooms of  carefully organized, 39 years of  stock.  Position may also require attendance at meetings & planning sessions, stitching and wardrobe work, guiding tours and helping with shopping or displays. Preferred candidates will be available May 1 – Sept 16, 2017

Wardrobe Staff  Looking for individuals to work as dressers during shows. Applicants will be responsible for assisting actors into and out of costumes, presetting backstage changes, performing quick changes, resetting costumes at end of show, maintenance and cleaning of finished costumes and wigs for assigned productions from technical rehearsals through closing. Preparation of costumes for each performance.  Previous experience, good sewing skills, some understanding of garment construction preferred. Dates are June 26 – Sept 3, 2017.  

Draper:  The applicant should have solid experience as a draper/cutter, a strong knowledge of costume history, a solid background in costume construction, and  be  proficient in interpreting costume sketches and the ability to manage a team of technicians with a scheduled deadline. Responsibilities include: Working directly with Guest Designers and Costume Director to ensure execution of all aspects of costume designs, fitting actors in custom made and purchased clothing, supervising a team of first hands and stitchers in the sewing and altering of garments and coordinating fitting schedules with team and the Costume Director.

First Hand: Applicants should have a strong background in costume construction and some experience with draping and cutting. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to all tasks related to being a first hand for construction & alteration of costumes for productions as assigned, working directly with drapers, Guest Designers and Costume Director to ensure execution of all aspects of costume designs. Participation in fittings, consultations, and shop work as needed. Other duties as assigned. 

Stitchers: Applicants should have strong stitching skills, familiarity with all types of basic sewing machines and construction techniques. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to all tasks related to being a stitcher for construction and alteration of costumes for productions as assigned, working with Drapers, First Hands and shop staff as assigned to ensure execution of all aspects of costume designs. Participation in fittings, consultations, and shop work as needed and other duties as assigned.

Interns: Assist in the Costume Shop in a hands-on way with day-to-day needs of the Costume and Wardrobe Department, gaining experience (sewing, crafting, and more) in a full time fast-paced environment. They learn about the functions of a Costume Shop, from costume builds and alterations to wardrobe responsibilities and stock management. Internships offer housing & training in a professional costume shop and exposure to the company’s offerings and expertise, in the form of performances, open rehearsals, lectures. Applicants should have a demonstrated capacity to develop & maintain effective working relationships with individuals & organizations.

Local Costume Intern: Shakespeare & Company is currently accepting applications for a local Internship in the Costume and Wardrobe Departments. This is open to those students just finishing High School or in the first years of college who are 17 or older who lives nearby in the Berkshires. Preference will be given to those with some sewing skills and theatre experience.   The Intern will work in the Costume Shop alongside the professional costume staff for 8 weeks on the normal shop 40 hour work schedule. The Internship dates are June 6 through August 20.  This internship offers a small stipend, training in a professional costume shop and exposure to the company’s offerings and expertise, in the form of performances, open rehearsals, lectures, meetings and discussions. 

Production Department Positions:

Our season features 7 shows on four different stages.  Newly renovated shop spaces include natural light in 2nd floor, air-conditioned Costume Shop and our Scene shop is 110' x 60' and includes a 20’ x 40’ Paint deck.  We have separate Sound and Lighting facilities as well as 3,500 sq. ft. of costume stock and 12,000+ sq. ft. of props and scenic storage. The Props Department has a separate shop from the scenic department. Shakespeare & Company has an Equity LORT D playhouse seating approximately 400, an Equity SPT 4 black box theater with a 200 seat house, and two outdoor theaters with a capacity over 250.

Shakespeare & Company is an E.O.E. and these are typically salaried positons with the potential overtime unless noted. Send cover letter with dates of availability, resume, and 3 references with e-mail contact to: Kevin Harvell, Production Manager at JobSearch@Shakespeare.org.

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: The Technical Director would take lead on and work closely with the ATD in the creation of working drawings from designer drawings. He or she would collaborate with the ATD and PM to determine materials and methods that should be used to build the scenic design. He or she would then lead in creating shop drawings and then ensure its proper construction and installation. The person in this position will find their time split between determining the build and supplies, drafting, attending production meetings, and solving problems in the field. The ATD may lead the build of complex projects. This position may also be responsible for digitizing scenic drawings from our designers if necessary. This person may also be required to take the lead in any complex rigging and be present at load ins and strikes in the theater according to the production schedule. 

Preferred applicants will have a strong background in technical direction with experience in wood construction, welding, and rigging. A level of proficiency in Vectorworks or AutoCad is needed. An applicant with experience in welding aluminum and with Vectorworks is strongly desired. Completion or near completion of a degree in technical theater is preferred. Candidates should be able to lift 70 pounds, be comfortable working at heights, and have a valid driver's license.

Contract runs from early-April through early-September. Shorter or different availabilities will be considered. Housing for non-local applicants is available. There is a possible extension to work on our Fall Education program that ends just prior to Thanksgiving. 

ASSISTANT TECHNIAL DIRECTOR: The ATD would take lead on and work closely with the Technical Director in the creation of working drawings from designer drawings. He or she would collaborate with the TD to determine materials and methods that should be used to build the scenic design. He or she would then lead in creating shop drawing and then with the scene shop staff oversee the build. The person in this position will find their time split between drafting, ensuring quality on the shop floor, and solving problems in the field. The ATD may lead the build of complex projects. This position may also be responsible for digitizing scenic drawings from our designers if necessary. This person would take the lead in rigging any scenic elements in the air and be present at load ins and strikes in the theater according to the production schedule. 

Preferred applicants will have a strong background in technical direction with experience in wood construction, welding, and rigging. A level of proficiency in Vectorworks or AutoCad is needed. An applicant with experience in welding aluminum and with Vectorworks is strongly desired. Completion or near completion of a degree in technical theater is preferred. Candidates should be able to lift 70 pounds, be comfortable working at heights, and have a valid driver's license.

Contract runs approximately from mid-April through early-September. Shorter or different availabilities will be considered. Housing for non-local applicants is available. There is a possible extension to work on our Fall Education program that ends just prior to Thanksgiving. 

CARPENTER/WELDER: The Carpenter/Welder would work closely with the TD, ATD, and the scene shop staff in the building of scenic elements efficiently and to shop drawings. This position would take the lead on all metal working projects and experience in rigging is also desired. In addition to the build in the shop the Carpenter/Welder will also assist with Load-ins, strikes, and notes of all of the sets.

Applicants must have a good knowledge of standard theatrical wood construction and of shop tool operation. An extensive MIG welding history is required. Previous work with aluminum MIG welding and roll bending is helpful. The Carpenter/Welder must be able to read and interpret technical construction drawings.  Candidates should be able to lift 70 pounds, be comfortable working at heights, and have a valid driver's license.

The contract runs approximately from mid-April through mid-September. Shorter availabilities will be considered. Housing for non local applicants is available. There is a possible extension to work on our Fall Education program that ends just prior to Thanksgiving.

CARPENTERS: The Carpenters would work closely with the TD, ATDs, and the scene shop staff in the building of scenic elements efficiently and to shop drawings. In addition to the build in the shop the Carpenters will also assist with Load-ins, strikes, and notes of all of the sets.

Applicants must have a good knowledge of standard theatrical wood construction and of shop tool operation. Some experience with welding and rigging would be helpful. The Carpenter must be able to read and interpret technical construction drawings. Candidates should be able to lift 70 pounds and be comfortable working at heights, and have a valid driver's license. Preference will go to those who have USITT’s ESET certification though not required.

One contract runs approximately from late April through mid-September; another runs early may through mid-September; and the last runs early May though late August. Shorter availabilities will be considered. Housing for non local applicants is available. There is a possible extension to work on our Fall Education program that ends just prior to Thanksgiving.

PAID CARPENTRY INTERN: The Carpentry Intern would work closely with the TD, ATDs, and the scene shop staff in the building of scenic elements through an educational process and assist in inventory control in the shop and shop tool maintenance. Classes, lecturers and other events for the internship company will be held throughout the summer season.

Applicants must be familiar with standard theatrical wood construction and of shop tool operation. Some experience with welding and rigging would be helpful. The Carpenter must be able to read and interpret technical construction drawings. Candidates should be able to lift 50 pounds, be comfortable working at heights, and over 18 years of age. This position is geared for those early in their college career. This is a weekly stipend position. 

Internship runs approximately from early-May through end of August. Shorter availabilities will be considered. Housing for non-local applicants may be available through local applicants are preferred.

 

SCENIC CHARGE: The Scenic Charge would take lead on and work closely with the TD, ATDs, Designers and a scenic artist in the finishing of scenic elements, primarily through paint, to achieve the designer’s artistic vision. The Scenic Charge is tasked with determining the proper techniques and materials in which to complete the look of the set. The person in this position will find their time split between leading the scenic artist, liaising with directing and design teams, and determining materials and techniques that will be needed. The Scenic Charge may take on the task of creating small murals or paintings. Must be willing to work some nights or early mornings.

Preferred applicants will have a strong background in scenic painting technique, leadership skills, Photoshop, and in time management; especially estimation. There is a large emphasis placed on the knowledge of surface treatments including, texturing, ageing, foam carving and distressing. Prior experience as a scenic charge is required. Candidates should be able to lift 50 pounds, and be comfortable working at heights, and have a valid driver's license.

The contract runs approximately from early-May through mid-September. Shorter availabilities will be considered.   Housing for non local applicants is available.

SCENIC ARTIST: The Scenic Artist would work closely with the Scenic Charge in the finishing of scenic elements, primarily through paint, to achieve the designer’s artistic vision. The person in this position will follow the Scenic Charge’s lead on projects and must be willing to work some nights or early mornings. 

The applicant should have a background in scenic painting technique and surface treatments. This position involves the frequent maintenance of the paint department’s tools. Candidates should be able to lift 50 pounds, and be comfortable working at heights.

The contract runs approximately from early-May through early-September. Shorter availabilities will be considered.  Housing for non local applicants is available.

PAID SCENIC INTERN: The Paid Scenic Intern would work closely with the Scenic Charge in the finishing of scenic elements, primarily through paint, to achieve the designer’s artistic vision through an educational. The person in this position will follow the Scenic Charge’s lead on projects and must be willing to work some nights or early mornings.  Classes, lecturers and other events for the internship company will be held throughout the summer season.

The applicant should have a familiarization in the scenic painting. This position involves the frequent maintenance of the paint department’s tools. Candidates should be able to lift 50 pounds and be over 18 years of age. This position is geared for those early in their college career. This is a weekly stipend position.

The Internship runs approximately from early May through early September. Shorter availabilities will be considered.  Housing for non-local applicants may be available through local applicants are preferred.

PROPS ARTISAN: The Props Artisan would work closely with the Props Master and other Props staff by assisting in the acquisition and building of all of the summer seasons properties. The Props Artisan would also assist in the maintenance of the props inventory and the shop.

Ideal applicants will have knowledge of shop tools, paints, sewing, crafts and preferably some carpentry experience. All candidates should be able to lift up to 50 lbs, be comfortable working at heights, and ideally have a valid driver’s license.

The contract runs approximately from early-June through late-August. Shorter availabilities will be considered. Housing for non local applicants is available.

PROPS CARPENTER: The Props Carpenter would work closely with the Props Master and other Props staff by assisting in the acquisition and building of all of the summer seasons properties. The Props Carpenter would also assist in the maintenance of the props inventory and the shop.

Ideal applicants will have knowledge of shop tools, paints, sewing, and crafts. General carpentry experience is required and a history of furniture building is desired. All candidates should be able to lift up to 50 lbs, be comfortable working at heights, and ideally have a valid driver’s license.

The contract runs approximately from mid-May through mid-September.  Shorter availabilities will be considered. Housing for non-local applicants is available. There is a possible extension to work on our Fall Education program that ends just prior to Thanksgiving.

PAID PROPS INTERN: The Paid Props Intern would work closely with the Props Master and other Props staff by assisting in the acquisition and building of all of the summer seasons properties through an educational process. The Paid Props Intern would also assist in the maintenance of the props inventory and the shop.

Ideal applicants will have a familiarity with shop tools, paints, sewing, crafts, and carpentry. Candidates should be able to lift 50 pounds and be over 18 years of age. This position is geared for those early in their college career.  This is a weekly stipend position.

The Internship runs approximately from mid-May through late-August.  Shorter availabilities will be considered.  Housing for non-local applicants may be available through local applicants are preferred.

ELECTRICAN/BOARD PROGRAMMER/BOARD OP: The Electrician/Board Programmer/Board Operator would work closely with the Master Electrician, Lighting Designer, Director and Stage Manager in setting up the theater’s lighting system for the season followed by the efficient programming and running of an ETC Ion console to achieve the designer’s artistic vision. The person in this position will find themselves preparing and checking the system prior to each performance followed by running the show and ensuring proper shut down procedures are followed. This person would also be responsible for the general maintenance and troubleshooting of the lighting system. Applicant must be willing to work special events and nights based on the production schedule.

Applicants must have a good knowledge of standard theatrical electrical systems and instruments. Extreme familiarization with ETC’s Ion console is necessary for this positon. Most programming will be with conventional units however some scrollers, LED units and intelligent lights have been used in past seasons. Some experience with practical wiring and soldering would be helpful. The Electrician must be able to read and interpret light plots. Candidates should be able to lift 50 pounds and be comfortable working at heights. Preference will go to those who have USITT’s ESET certification though not required.

The contract runs approximately from mid-June through early-August. Shorter availabilities will be considered. Housing for non-local applicants is available.

SOUND ENGINEER/BOARD OPERATOR: The Sound Engineers would take lead on and work closely with the Production Manager, Sound Designers, Directors and Stage Managers in setting up the theater’s sound system for the season followed by the efficient programming and running of the playback software to achieve the designer’s artistic vision. The person in this position will find themselves preparing and checking the system prior to each performance followed by running the show and ensuring proper shut down procedures are followed. Shakespeare and Company’s esthetic is about the actor and the audience and therefore does not use microphone reinforcement in their shows. However we do fairly large and complex playbacks.  This person would also be responsible for the general maintenance and troubleshooting of the equipment. Applicant must be willing to work special events and nights based on the production schedule.

Preferred applicants will have a strong background in sound engineering and knowledge of sound design. Extreme familiarization with qLab3 is necessary for this positon.  Prior experience in sound engineering is required. Candidates should be able to lift 50 pounds, and be comfortable working at heights.

One contract runs from early-May through early-October with the potential need to assist in the scene shop early and late seasons while the other contract runs mid-June through early September. Shorter availabilities will be considered.   Housing for non-local applicants is available.

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: The Production Administrative Assistant would work closely with the General Manager, Production Manager, production department heads, and the Company Manager in providing administrative support in the operations of the summer season. On a weekly basis the assistant would compile, file, and submit production material receipts for each department and update the corresponding budgets. Other duties include generating monthly budget status reports, attending various meetings, liaising with outside rentals, and provide special event support.

The ideal candidate is someone comfortable working with a variety of different people and will have experience with Excel and/or other financial database software. This is an excellent opportunity for an early-career professional interested in production management or general management.

The contract is from approximately April thru September. Housing for non local applicants is available. A valid driver's license is required.

 

Internships at Shakespeare & Company

The new Shakespeare & Company Internship Program is designed to train the next generation of theatre professionals to become successful and well-rounded members of the theatre community. Interns receive one-on-one mentoring from within their department and experience with professional artists and staff. Throughout the internship, in a lecture series designed exclusively for interns, staff members from across the company illuminate the inner workings of a large arts organization. Interns also have the opportunity to observe other departments through weekly self-selected activities and receive career guidance with performance evaluations and resume/portfolio review. 

Winter/Spring and Summer 2017 Internships:

Graphic Design Intern

We are seeking a Graphic Design Intern to work in our busy marketing department. The Graphic Design intern works closely with the Director of Marketing and Communication and other marketing department staff and interns. Graphic Design Interns produce printed collateral and electronic materials to promote performances and events, maintaining a high-quality and brand-consistent aesthetic in all materials.

Seek full-time intern but options available for part-time. Housing available.

Possible projects include:

  • Create graphic pieces and marketing materials for Shakespeare & Company’s season, The Education Department, and special events, as well as for general institutional needs
  • Design social media, email marketing and fundraising graphics

Requirements: working knowledge of Adobe Design Suites, including Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. Understanding of Adobe Lightroom, content management systems a plus.

Candidates must submit a digital portfolio of recent design work applicable to this internship with their application.

To apply send cover letter and examples of recent work to jyoung@shakespeare.org. For more information contact Jennifer Young at 413-637-1199 x 144. 

 

10 Month 2017-18 Internships (April 3, 2017 – February 25, 2018):

Costumes: Work in the Costume Department alongside the professional costume staff for an entire season, assisting with all aspects of our work, supporting our large Theatre in Education and Performance programs, wardrobe work and a full rental business. Preference will be given to applicants with sewing skills and theatre experience, a desire to learn and be part of a large and comprehensive shop. Housing may be available for non-local applicants. This is a full time commitment and a great opportunity for those wishing to pursue a career in costumes.

To apply, please send your resume with references and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in interning with Shakespeare & Company to jobsearch@shakespeare.org. Please include the department for which you are applying in the subject header of the email. All interns must be 18 years or older. Unless otherwise noted, internships are full-time commitments and interns will not be able to maintain outside employment.


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Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.

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