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Romeo & Juliet

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Employment Opportunities

  • July 19 - August 6, 2017

    Romeo & Juliet

    • When:

      Tuesday – Saturday performances at 8pm; Sundays at 7pm (Off Mondays). There will be one 3pm matinee performance on Saturday, August 5.

    • Venue:

      Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common

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Employment Opportunities:


Associate Production Manager- Shakespeare on the Common- Summer 2017

The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company seeks as Associate Production Manager to join the production team for this year’s Shakespeare on the Common production of “Romeo & Juliet”. Job runs from beginning of May 2017 to mid-August 2017. This is CSC’s 22nd annual summer production and we would love for you to be a part of it!


APM is responsible for:

  • creating and maintaining production calendar
  • managing site plan and site layout
  • interfacing with vendors
  • managing cast/crew/vendor contact info
  • trailer inventory and supervision
  • managing onsite paperwork
  • scheduling, attending and taking minutes at production meetings
  • vendor delivery and payment schedule
  • managing volunteers onsite
  • assisting with payroll and vendor payments
  • assisting with contract management
  • other duties, as needed, to assist the Production Manager and the production

Required:

  • Excellent organization and communication skills.
  • Comfortable phone manner.
  • Ability to create and manage schedules and budgets.
  • Ability to interface with cast/crew/vendors in a confident, timely and professional manner.
  • Some technical theater experience in sound/lighting/set is preferred. Experience with Vectorworks also preferred. 

Only local applicants will be considered. No housing, travel or transportation is available. Must have driver’s license, access to car, and be comfortable driving a cargo van.


To apply, please send your resume and a short letter of interest to Production Manager Kat Alix-Gaudreau at kalix@commshakes.org. All applications received before May 1 will be considered.


AEA Stage Manager & AEA Assistant Stage Manager- 2 positions - LOCAL HIRES ONLY

REPORTS TO: Production Manager

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is seeking an AEA Stage Manager for its upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet. The production will take place on The Boston Common and the dates of employment run from June 12 – August 6. this is an outdoor production. Rehearsals will take place at the Carling-Sorenson Theater at Babson College in Wellesley, MA. 

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Stage Manager is expected to perform all those functions normally performed by a stage manager, including but not limited to coordinating and managing rehearsals, technical rehearsals and performances; attend production meetings; maintain a prompt book for the production; supervise and train the stage management team (AEA assistant stage manager and stage management intern); collaborate with the director and other artistic and production staff as needed to coordinate the various aspects required to rehearse and perform the production.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Works with Director and Production Manager to achieve artistic goals, ensuring consistent quality, guaranteeing a high level of performance maintenance and preserving highest production values.
  • Attend/manage all rehearsals and performances; attend all production meetings.
  • Coordinate rehearsal schedule with director’s needs and post the rehearsal schedule aswell as record daily announcements on the rehearsal hotline.
  • Schedule all costume fittings.
  • Create and maintain shift plot/props run sheet for production.
  • Create and maintain production prompt script, running and/or cue sheets, and production check lists for management and archive purposes.
  • Ensure adherence to AEA work rules and hours; plans and publishes schedule for rehearsals, technical rehearsals and performances; and provides daily guidance and feedback to stage management staff in preparation and distribution of daily rehearsal calls.
  • Provide rehearsal and performance reports and published in a timely manner.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, with 4-5 years professional experience in similar position.
  • 5 years plus experience as an AEA stage manager working in professional theatre, including Production Contract, LORT Contract, and/or touring experience;
  • Excellent communication skills – written, oral, and visual.
  • Strong organizational, leadership and staffing skills.
  • Ability to maintain artistic direction, rehearse understudies or replacements, direct a rehearsal
  • Capacity to solve problems and engage in creative thinking to overcome challenges;
  • Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast paced, rapidly changing environment;
  • Computer proficient (MS word, Excel)
  • Knowledge and experience with AEA, SDC, USA;
  • Technical knowledge of safe working procedures

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume with the subject "AEA Stage Manager"  to employment@commshakes.org by March 24, 2017.


Props Artisan- Shakespeare on the Common 2017- Romeo and Juliet

The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company seeks a Props Artisan to join the production team for this year’s Shakespeare on the Common production of “Romeo & Juliet”. This is CSC’s 22nd annual summer production and we would love for you to be a part of it!
Props Artisan (June 20-August 9): Responsible for working with the Scenic Designer and Director on the build, purchase and/or borrowing of props for the production. Must have own car (mileage reimbursed) and access to shop space.

Only local applicants will be considered. No housing, travel or transportation is available.

To apply, please send your resume and a short letter of interest to: kalix@commshakes.org. All applications received before May 15 will be considered.

Important Dates for Romeo & Juliet*

July 10 - 14:  Load-In

July 15 – July 25: Tech Rehearsals/Previews

July 26 – August 6: Performances

August 7 – 9: Load-Out

*Dates are subject to change


Apprentice Program Staff & Production Positions: Summer 2017

Apprentice Showcase Stage Manager- Non-Equity- 2 positions available

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is seeking two non-Equity Stage Managers for our two Apprentice shows, titles TBD. The Stage Managers will work closely with the director of their production and production manager to coordinate and run rehearsals and performances. The productions will be performed by the CSC acting Apprentice Company, a group of 26 undergraduate level actors. Although both these plays will be fully produced, the design focus is on costumes and props with very little emphasis on lights and sound.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Preparing and running rehearsals and performances
  • maintaining necessary paperwork
  • conveying information between directors, designers, actors and staff
  • some maintenance of rehearsal and performance spaces
  • problem solving in rehearsal, theatre and outdoor performance spaces.

Dates:

  • Rehearsals will begin the week of June 12th, 2017 or the following week
  • Tech Period: Approximately July 22-25, 2017
  • Performances: July 25-August 6, 2017

Locations:

Rehearsals will take place on the Babson College campus in Wellesley, MA.

Each show will be presented at most of the following venues: Babson College in Wellesley MA, Brookline Public Library, the Hyde Center in Newton, the Plaza Theater at the BCA, Robbins Park in Arlington and the MFA in Boston between July 26 and August 6th (tech from July 22 to July 25).

Qualifications:

  • Stage management experience is necessary.  Experience with classical texts, student actors and varying/touring productions preferred.
  • Rehearsals will take place at Babson College located in Wellesley. While a car is not required for this position, access to a reliable form of transportation is strongly recommended as the campus is not easily accessible to public transportation.


To Apply: E-mail a short cover letter and resume to employment@commshakes.org with “Apprentice Stage Manager” in the subject line by April 21, 2017; however, hire will be made as soon as suitable candidate is found. Please apply ASAP for priority consideration.. No phone calls, please.


Apprentice Showcase - Sound Technician

Dates: July 15 - August 6, 2017

CSC is seeking a sound technician for it’s Apprentice Showcase tour with tech July 22 and 23 and performances July 27, 28, 30 and August 3, 4 and 6. These are outdoor performances.

The Sound technician will:

  • Attend advanced scheduled meetings with directors and production team
  • Attend technical rehearsals as agreed upon with the production manager
  • Set up and break down all sound equipment including PA, sound board and 14 wireless headset mics
  • Balance sound output from sound board
  • Format sound and music cues provided by artistic team to playable Q-Lab format
  • Work within the provided budget and provide all paperwork concerning purchases and rentals to the Production Manager in an organized and timely manner
  • Assist with transportation of sound equipment to and from performance venues
  • Experience with touring productions preferable. There is a $800 stipend available for this position.


Please send a resume and cover letter to employment@commshakes.org with the subject “Apprentice Sound Technician” April 21, 2017.  We are seeking to fill this position as soon as an appropriate candidate is found. Please apply ASAP for priority consideration. No phone calls please.


Apprentice Showcase - Props Artisan

Dates: June 1 – August 8, 2017

CSC is seeking a props artisan for our two Apprentice Showcase productions this summer Cymbeline and Measure for Measure. These shows will tour to four locations in the Boston and Greater-Boston area. The props artisan should have 2+ years experience with props design including crafting, borrowing and/or purchasing items.  The props artisan should have experience working within a predetermined budget.  Rehearsals/technical rehearsals will be at Babson College in Wellesley and access to reliable car transportation for this position is advised.

The props artisan will:

  • Attend scheduled meetings with directors and production team
  • Meet all deadlines for rehearsal props and final props
  • Attend technical rehearsals as agreed upon with the production manager and make the required changes to properties based on input from the directors and other designers
  • Work within the provided budget and provide all paperwork concerning purchases and rentals to the Production Manager in an organized and timely manner

There is a $600 stipend available for this position.

Please send a resume and cover letter to employment@commshakes.org with the subject “Apprentice Props Artisan”  by April 21, 2017.  If you are able to provide digital records of any of your design work, please provide those as well. We are seeking to fill this position as soon as an appropriate candidate is found. Please apply ASAP for priority consideration. No phone calls please.

 

2017 Apprentice Showcase Directing Intern- 2 positions available

The Apprentice Showcase Directing Intern works closely with one of two Apprentice Showcase Directors on one of Shakespeare’s plays for the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Apprentice Program. The directing intern assists the director generally, but will also run some rehearsals and will lead the cast in transitioning the performance to different venues.

This opportunity is ideal for young directors with some experience in directing small productions and scenes, but are looking for a mentorship that addresses the unique challenges of directing Shakespeare and classical text.

This is an unpaid internship.  Rehearsals will take place at Babson College in Wellesley, MA starting June 12 with performances in the greater Boston area from July 26 to August 6.  The schedule can be flexible based on the needs of the director.  Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to employment@commshakes.org with the subject “Apprentice Directing Intern” by April 21, 2017; however, hire will be made as soon as suitable candidate is found. Please apply ASAP for priority consideration. No phone calls please.


Admin & Other Department Positions: Summer 2017

Assistant Front-of- House Manager – Summer 2017

Description: The Assistant Front-of- House Manager will work closely with the Front-of- House Manager and CSC staff to ensure an excellent experience for audiences at our free production of Romeo & Juliet on the Boston Common.

Administrative Responsibilities: Manage two Audience Services Interns; assist with volunteer recruitment and reserved chair sales for Romeo & Juliet; support CSC staff in planning special summer events; and provide general office support as needed.

Front-of- House responsibilities: Once onsite, the Assistant Front-of- House manager will report to the Front-of- House Manager. They will keep close inventory of concessions, merchandise and chair rental sales onsite; be a point of contact for volunteers and CSC apprentices working Front of House; oversee nightly set up and breakdown of Front-of- House; and interacting with audience members, answering questions and providing a positive audience experience.

Dates of this position are approximately May 30 – August 18. Prior to moving to the Common on July 14, position requires approximately 15 hours of work per week. During the run of the show (July 19 –August 5), work days are 5-6 days a week, 8-10 hours per day (mostly evenings). After the show closes, hours return to 15 hours/week until August 18. Dates and times are subject to change.

Qualifications: This position will require some lifting and being on your feet. Experience with Microsoft Office and web-based research required. Applicants must be able to provide their own laptop for work done during office hours. Attention to detail and the ability to maintain calm and focused under pressure are essential. Applicants with previous Front-of- House or customer service experience are encouraged to apply.

Transportation: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is the theatre-in- residence at Babson College. Applicants must provide their own means of transportation to Wellesley and the Boston Common.

Compensation: $1000 stipend. Reserved chairs for family and friends.

To Apply: E-mail a cover letter and resume to employment@commshakes.org with “Assistant Front of House Manager” in the subject line by March 13, 2017. No phone calls, please.


Audience Services Internship – Volunteer Coordinator

Description: The Audience Services Intern will work closely with the Front-of- House staff and Development team to ensure an excellent experience for audiences at our free production of Romeo and Juliet on the Boston Common.

Administrative responsibilities: Research volunteer engagement opportunities; organize survey result data and present findings; general office support as needed.

Front-of- House responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Assistant Front-of- House Manager and staff, Interns will be responsible for recruiting, scheduling and training volunteer ushers; assisting FOH team in preparation for performances, including overseeing set up, breakdown and staffing of merchandise and information tents; implementing surveys and organizing data collection; and interacting with audience members, answering questions and providing a positive audience experience.

Dates of Internship are approximately June 7 – August 17. Prior to moving to the Common on July 14, position requires approximately 10 hours of work per week. During the run of the show (July 19 –August 6), work days are 5-6 days a week, 8-10 hours per day (mostly evenings). After the show closes, hours return to 15 hours/week until the end of the Internship. Dates and times are subject to change.

Qualifications: This position will require some lifting and being on your feet. Experience with Microsoft Office and web-based research required. Applicants must be able to provide their own laptop for work done during office hours. Attention to detail and the ability to maintain calm and focused under pressure are essential. Applicants with previous Front-of- House/customer service or volunteer coordination experience are encouraged to apply.

Transportation: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is the theatre-in- residence at Babson College. Applicants must provide their own means of transportation to Wellesley and the Boston Common.

Compensation: $500 stipend. Reserved chairs for family and friends. College credit, if available through your institution.

To Apply: E-mail a cover letter and resume to employment@commshakes.org with "ASI" in the subject line by May 15, 2017. No phone calls, please.