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BOX OFFICE STAFF

We are looking for outgoing and motivated people to be responsible for box office phone sales, and in person customer service.  This is a fun, challenging position in a creative environment that requires a readiness to learn, an ability to make decisions, solve problems and engage customers.  It’s a great summer job in a creative team environment. You will be processing sales using our Ticketing Software, managing phone sales, directing customer services, and other tasks.  The ability to learn and use software, take directions, be friendly, engage customers on the phone and in person and have fun doing it is a must. 

Flexible hours.  May through September.

Send resume to JobSearch@Shakespeare.org.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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. Apply to JobSearch@Shakespeare.org.

2017 Internships:

PUBLICITY & SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN (stipend with possible housing)

We are seeking a Publicity & Social Media Intern to work in our busy marketing department. The intern works closely with the Director of Marketing and Communication and other marketing department staff and interns.

Publicity & Social Media Interns assist with all press related materials as well as spearhead social media posts related to Shakespeare & Company productions, events, and other related content. Projects include:  

  • Assist Publicity Director with Press Releases, and Press Interviews (as needed)
  • Coordinate all press information for productions and events (Press Kits, Press tickets, etc.)
  • Maintain press clippings and Shakespeare & Company press archive information
  • Develop content and post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 
  • Provide weekly social media reports 
  • Maintain the Shakespeare & Company Social Media calendar on Google Drive
  • Some box office hours may be required 

Ideals candidates are passionate for theatre and the arts. They are ambitious and a creative thinker, with a strong see-through ability to multitask projects and deadlines. Applicants should have a good understanding of social media channels mentioned above, and have strong communication and grammar skills. They also must have proficiency in Microsoft Office (including Word and Excel), and Google Drive. Experience with Photoshop is a plus.   To apply send cover letter and resume to jobsearch@shakespeare.org

GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN (stipend with possible housing) 

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 may be 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 jobsearch@shakespeare.org

Marketing/Box Office Intern (stipend with possible housing)

The marketing/box office Intern works closely with the Patron Services & Box Office Manager.  Interns will gain a comprehensive knowledge of box office policies and procedures including customer service, ticketing operations, and sales reporting and analysis. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to learn more about behind-the-scenes activities at a major Shakespeare theatre festival, and to gain valuable, practical skills in leadership, customer service, non-profit marketing, event planning and management, as well as a general overview of arts administration.

Qualifications:

Paid or volunteer experience in the areas of box office, customer service, and/or marketing

Ability to work efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced office environment; demonstrated communication skills

Excellent computer skills; high-level proficiency in Microsoft Office applications

Familiarity with SRO or other Ticketing and CRM software

Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills are a must.

Previous cash handling experience is preferred.

Job Responsibilities:

Greet and engage our patron in a friendly and pro-active manger

Handle in person and over the phone patron communications. Provide excellent customer support

Process orders, assist in will call ticket distribution.

Maintain consistent and accurate database entry and reporting standards

Communicate seating availability, dates and times of performances with customers.

Send cover letter and resume to jobsearch@shakespeare.org.


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. Apply to jobsearch@shakespeare.org.

PAID ELECTRICS INTERN:

The Paid Electrics Intern would work closely with the Master Electrician and the Stage Manager in 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 work with the Master Electrician in an learning environment in the general maintenance and troubleshooting of the lighting system, assisting with hang and focus of light plots as well as learning about practical wiring. Applicant must be willing to work special events and nights based on the production schedule.

Ideal applicants will have a familiarity of standard theatrical electrical systems and instruments. Familiarization with ETC’s Ion console is a plus. Some experience with practical wiring and soldering would be helpful. Programming knowledge is not necessary. The contract runs approximately from late-June through mid-August. Shorter availabilities will be considered. Shared housing may be available for non-local applicants.

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.

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.

Shared housing may be available for non-local applicants. Candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and references via email 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. Apply to jobsearch@shakespeare.org.

 

 


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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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