• Shakespeare on the Common

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    Weather information:


    Food & Beverages

    • · Vendors available onsite
    • · Personal food & drink welcome
    • · No alcohol
  • Tickets & Seating

    · Performances are free & open to the public

    · Bring a blanket to sit on

    · Bring or rent a chair - rentals $5 + $5 deposit

    · Learn more about sitting in our Friends Section

    · Additional information will be posted in the spring

  • Other Info

    · Parking: Boston Common Garage

    · Restrooms available onsite

Shakespeare and the Law: Measure for Measure

Fear and Misery in the Third Reich

2017-2018 Season

See Calendar for matinee schedule

Employment Opportunities

  • September 26, 2017

    Shakespeare and the Law: Measure for Measure

    • When:

      2 hours

    • Venue:

      Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon Street

    • Need to know:


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  • November 13, 2017

    Fear and Misery in the Third Reich

    • When:

      Monday, November 13, 2017 7pm 2 hours

    • Venue:

      Carling Sorenson Theater, Babson College

    • Need to know:

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  • 2017-2018

    2017-2018 Season

    • When:

    • Venue:

      Babson College, Boston Common

    • Need to know:

      All dates, times, artists, and programs are subject to change.

      * Fear and Misery in the Third Reich, Death and the Maiden, and Old Money are presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

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 Employment Opportunities:


Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC)--best known for its annual free performances on Boston Common--is a non-profit organization founded in 1996, dedicated to presenting the works of William Shakespeare in vital, contemporary productions for the people of Boston, and to exploring Shakespeare’s works with Greater Boston’s youth in innovative and creative ways. In addition to its annual Boston Common production, CSC produces several free play-reading events --Theatre in the Rough, Shakespeare & the Law, and Shakespeare & Leadership--as well as fully-staged classic and contemporary plays presented at Babson College's Sorenson Center for the Arts. CSC fulfills its educational mission with theater-training programs for pre-professional and early career actors, as well as presenting Shakespeare productions geared towards young audiences. CSC has an annual budget of $1.3 million, with nearly 80% of revenue coming from contributed sources. CSC has been the Theatre in Residence Babson College in Wellesley since 2013.


Title: Development Manager


CSC is currently restructuring its Development department, including outsourcing grant writing to a freelance grant writer and engaging a Special Events Firm/Event Planner for its Annual Gala in April. The Development Manager will supervise these outsourced services while providing leadership and management of CSC’s in-house fundraising operations.  A member of CSC’s senior management team, s/he will report directly to CSC’s Founding Artistic Director and Managing Director, and will work closely with CSC’s Board of Trustees and Special Events Committees to maximize support for one of Boston’s most visible and respected performing arts organizations.

In its new Development Manager, CSC is seeking an energetic, entrepreneurial individual who will expand the Company’s existing fundraising efforts, including: individual giving (with special focus on Major Gifts), institutional support, and special events. The position requires a highly organized development professional capable of managing a comprehensive fundraising plan while constantly seeking new partnerships with local foundations and philanthropists. S/he should have a genuine enthusiasm for fundraising and organizational storytelling, and will be responsible for cultivating prospects and closing deals.


Leadership and Department Management

  • Supervise the activities of the Development department, including: the annual fund, major donor cultivation and stewardship, board relations, foundation and government grants, special events, in-kind donations and special projects.
  • Work collaboratively with CSC’s Development and Events Associate on annual giving and special events. Supervise a part-time, freelance grant writer and a part-time, freelance Event Planner. Direct permanent and seasonal development staff, interns, and volunteers in all fundraising endeavors.
  • Establish annual and long-range goals, budgets, projections, and initiatives. Provide monthly reports and financial updates. Track pledges and follow-up on accounts receivable.
  • Supervise maintenance of donor files and records, and the timeliness of donor communications.
  • Research new opportunities for arts/theater funding at the local, state, and national level.
  • Represent CSC by attending civic and cultural events in the community and make presentations, as needed.

Individual Giving & Major Gifts Management

  • Maintain ongoing relationships with current donors, sponsors, funders, and business and community leaders. Work closely with the Board of Trustees to develop new prospects in each category.
  • Provide strategy, negotiation, implementation and stewardship for new and current major donors ($1,000+). Ensure that CSC Founding Artistic Director is regularly meeting and communicating with existing major donors and prospects.
  • Manage CSC’s Board of Trustees, including Development and Special Events Committees – providing clear communication and leadership for all volunteer groups.
  • Provide guidance on annual fund campaigns to be executed by Development & Events Associate, including best practices on segmentation and messaging of mail and email appeals.
  • Strategize and implement a robust fundraising campaign around CSC’s 25th Anniversary in 2020.

Institutional Giving & Grants Management

  • Collaborate with CSC’s Director of Marketing on corporate and in-kind sponsorships.
  • Supervise and collaborate with a part-time, freelance grant writer on foundation giving, including: the development and maintenance of grants calendar; proofing grant applications and reports; providing supplemental materials for applications; ensuring that grant requirements are followed properly, including the collection of reporting data.

Special Events Management

  • Work with Special Events Firm/Event Planner, Board of Trustees and volunteer committees to plan events including the Annual Gala, and oversee the execution of each event.
  • Oversee the recruitment of committee members for special events.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred and/or fundraising certification.
  • At least 6 years experience working in fundraising, with at least 2 in a management or leadership position.
  • Proven success in grants writing/management, major gifts stewardship, board relations and special events.
  • Ability to cultivate strong interpersonal relationships and to articulate the CSC mission to a wide range of audiences in a variety of ways.
  • Experience with Fundraising databases required. Experience with DonorPerfect highly desirable.
  • Direct experience with financial tracking and reporting.
  • Superb communication skills, both oral and written, and strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Enthusiasm for working collaboratively, in a hands-on fashion, with a small but dedicated team.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends staffing performances and events.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience with Boston’s philanthropic community, particularly in the arts.
  • Passion for the arts and theater (including Shakespeare).


This is a full-time position, especially during the summer season when hours are more than 40 per week. Some evening and weekend hours required throughout the year coinciding with performances and special events. Title and compensation commensurate with experience. Includes monthly healthcare stipend, generous time-off program, and 401K retirement plan with 3% employer match.


Please submit cover letter, current resume or CV and contact information for 3 professional references to employment@commshakes.org with the subject line “Development Manager Application”. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, September 5th. No phone calls please.

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Title: Development Intern (Fall 2017)

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) is seeking a fall Development Intern to serve in an exciting
and integral role with CSC’s fundraising operations. The Development Intern will provide administrative
support to the CSC Development Office, located on the campus of Babson College in Wellesley, MA. This is
a fast-paced work environment where you will play an important role in all aspects of fundraising for our
nonprofit theatre company.
This internship is an excellent learning opportunity for an undergraduate, graduate student, or early-
career professional seeking to gain hands-on experience in the fields of development/fundraising and
performing arts administration.


  • Answering phones, taking messages, and responding to general email inquiries
  • Assisting with the coordination of annual appeal mailings
  • Help with the planning and staffing of development events related to CSC’s 2017-2018 fall season
  • Researching grants, individual donors, and other funding opportunities
  • Filing, data entry, and office organization
  • Additional duties as needed


  • Must be an excellent listener and open to asking questions
  • Must be able to work independently
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent email and phone communication skills
  • Ability to be calm and focused under pressure
  • Computer-savvy, with strong knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Background or interest in theatre and/or arts administration is a plus, but not required
  • Access to reliable transportation to Babson College in Wellesley
  • Must be at least 18 years of age

Time Commitment

  • October – December, 2017
  • 15-20 hours per week, including occasional evenings and weekends required for performances or special events
  • Flexible on days of the week, but generally between 10am-4pm, Monday through Friday

College Credit:
We will work with you to receive college credit for this internship, if it is available through your
institution. While this internship is unpaid, it is an excellent learning opportunity for an undergraduate,
graduate student, or early-career professional seeking to gain hands-on experience in the fields of
development and arts administration.

How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to employment@commshakes.org with “Development Intern” in
the subject line. Applications will be accepted through Thursday, October 5th. No phone calls please.
Please note that Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is the Theatre-in- Residence at Babson College.
Applicants must have their own means of transportation to and from the campus in Wellesley.


Assistant Director Intern: Shakespeare on the Common-Richard III: Spring/Summer 2018

The Assistant Director will assist on Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s 2018 Free Shakespeare on the Common production of Richard III directed by Steven Maler.

The Assistant Director will:

  • Assist with scheduling and attend rehearsals, artistic meetings, design meetings and performances

  • Attend CSC staff meetings (Tuesdays, 10:00 AM) and report back to director with any relevant information

  • Assist with scheduling and running auditions and callbacks in Boston and NYC

  • Run and practice implementation of artistic vision in understudy rehearsals

  • Assist on some educational aspects of the production, including program synopses and notes

  • Observe and participate in the early design phases of the production

  • Attend and become familiar with the AEA rehearsal process and protocol

  • Attend production meetings

  • Become familiar with CSC’s director’s artistic methods in rehearsal and collaboration

The position begins on January 8th. The work for the Assistant Director will be relatively light in winter and early spring and average around 3 to 5 hours a week with the exception of auditions which may total about 40 hours (schedule TBD).  The schedule will intensify substantially for Shakespeare on the Common.  The first rehearsal for Shakespeare on the Common will be on June 19th and the last performance will be August 6th. Rehearsals for Shakespeare on the Common will be 48 hours a week, likely running Tuesdays-Sundays with some flexibility.  Technical rehearsals may continue very late into night.

Applicants should be familiar with a typical rehearsal process and understand rehearsal room etiquette.  Directing experience required.  Other related theater experience and experience working with Shakespeare is a plus.  Must be highly organized, have excellent interpersonal skills and be an excellent writer.  This position is ideally suited for an early career director that has completed an undergraduate degree or equivalent experience, with an interest in a career as a director.

Most of the work will take place at Babson College or at other rehearsal spaces nearby. Babson is located in Wellesley, approximately 15 miles west of Boston. The easiest and most convenient way to get to campus is to drive; we can provide a visitor parking pass that will allow you to park for free on campus. The town of Wellesley is easily accessible from the MBTA Green Line stop at Woodland; however the Babson Campus is not within walking distance of this T stop. Technical rehearsals and performances will take place on the Boston Common.  Please note that the intern is responsible for arranging their own transportation and CSC will not reimburse for travel expenses.

This is an unpaid internship.

Please submit a resume and letter of interest to Victoria Townsend at employment@commshakes.org for consideration. No phone calls, please.