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    • · Vendors available onsite
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  • Tickets & Seating

    · Performances are free & open to the public

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

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    · Additional information will be posted in the spring

  • Other Info

    · Parking: Boston Common Garage

    · Restrooms available onsite

Stage2 Series: Julius Caesar

Romeo & Juliet

Shakespeare & Leadership: Richard II

Our American Hamlet

Beckett In Brief

See Calendar for matinee schedule

Employment Opportunities

  • July - August, 2017

    Romeo & Juliet

    • When:

      July - August, 2017 (Exact performance schedule announced in Spring 2017)

    • Venue:

      Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common

    • Need to know:

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  • March 23-April 2

    Our American Hamlet

    • When:

      March 23 - April 2, 2017

    • Venue:

      Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College

    • Need to know:

      Wednesday–Saturday evenings at 7:30 P.M.
      Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00 P.M.

      Runtime: 90 minutes

      Tickets: $25-$60
      March 23 (only) is pay-what-you-can

      Scenic Design:
      Julia Noulin-Merat

      Lighting Design:
      Brian Lilienthal

      Sound Designer:
      David Remedios

      Costume Design:
      Nancy Leary

      Fight Choreography:
      Nile Hawver



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  • May 8-16, 2017

    Stage2 Series: Julius Caesar

    • When:

      May 8-16, 2017 90 minutes

    • Venue:

      Babson College's Sorenson Center for the Arts

    • Need to know:

      Recommended for grades 6 and up.

      Directions & Parking Information for the Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College

      Run Time: 90 minutes, no intermission.

      Wheelchair Accessibility: Wheelchair seating is available at the Sorenson Center for the Arts. When purchasing tickets, please indicate your needs for wheelchair accessible seating and House Management staff will be happy to reserve appropriate seating for you and your guests.

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  • April 27–30 and May 3–7

    Beckett In Brief

    • When:

      April 27–30 and May 3–7

    • Venue:

      Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College

    • Need to know:

      Wednesday–Saturday evenings at 7:30 P.M.
      Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00 P.M.

      Tickets:
      General Admission $40
      April 27 (only) is pay-what-you-can

      Scenic Design:
      James Fenton

      Sound Design:
      Elizabeth Callas

      Costume Design:
      Chelsea Kerl

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  • 04/05/2017

    Shakespeare & Leadership: Richard II

Employment Opportunities:

Production Managers – 2 Positions Available-Free Shakespeare on the Boston Common 2017 – Romeo & Juliet

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) is currently seeking candidates for the positions of Production Manager and Associate Production Manager for its 2017 Free Shakespeare on the Common production of Romeo & Juliet, playing July 19 – August 6, 2017. As a two-person team, the Production Managers will be responsible for coordinating all the technical aspects of the production, including the creation and installation of CSC’s outdoor theater and compound on the Boston Common.

Responsibilities include:

Human Resources:

  • Recruit and hire production staff and interns, including over hire for load-in/out
  • Approve and submit timesheets to Management for payment

Scheduling:

  • Create and adhere to a comprehensive production calendar, including load-in/out, technical and design deadlines, production meetings and tech schedule.
  • Coordinate with City of Boston Park Department on load-in/out, tech schedule and performance run while adhering to City of Boston and Parks regulations.

Vendor Relations:

  • Negotiate and contract vendors related to creation and instillation of CSC’s outdoor theater and backstage compound on Boston Common Types of vendors include: fencing, generator supplies, portable restrooms, sound and lighting equipment, staging and rigging, dumpsters. 

Permitting:

  • With Managing Director, coordinate all permitting and licensing needs in order to comply with City of Boston inspections and regulations
  • Engage consultants to facilitate inspections (building and electrical)

Budget:

  • Maintain production budget as set forth by Managing Director
  • Ensure that designers adhere to design budgets and comply with CSC reimbursement policies

Production:

  • Perform all the typical responsibilities of production management including supervising all production/technical staff, detailed breakdown and coordination of load-in/out and tech rehearsals.
  • Contract and oversee scene shop and costume shop.

Documentation:

  • Supply a Production Management Book at the end of the season including copies of timesheets, contact sheet, schedules, invoices/receipts, permits, and any other back-up documentation.

Position Type and Hours Required: Freelance, Contract Positions (1099). Both positions are on a part-time, non-exclusive basis through early June, transitioning to full-time, first-priority basis once rehearsals begin June 20 th . These positions are local hires only. No housing or transportation will be provided.

Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of professional production management experience
  • Highly organized with a keen attention to detail, and robust project management experience
  • Expertise in stage management and/or technical theater required
  • Direct experience hiring and supervising technical staff
  • Experience working in outdoor theaters/venues highly desirable
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to interact with a variety of constituents including administrative staff, designers, directors and City officials

Application Instructions: Interested candidate should send resume, cover letter and contact information for 3 references to employment@commshakes.org with the subject “SOTC Production Manager” in the title by February 28, 2017. No phone calls, please.


Resident Company Manager- Summer 2017

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company seeks a responsible candidate to serve as our Resident Company Manager for our professional and apprentice companies for Summer 2017.

Position Dates: June 1-August 7 (move in date may be flexible, needs to move in by June 10th at latest)

Job Description:
The Resident Company Manager will live in a single dormitory room (private kitchenette and bathroom, air conditioning and laundry included) at CSC’s summer dormitory space at Babson College in Wellesley, MA to assist with the on-site needs of our various-level acting companies.

Professional Company Duties:

  • Compiling and disseminating company information to 2017 Shakespeare on the Common cast and crew. Serve as liaison between management and rehearsal hall, help collect/disseminate paperwork when necessary.
  • Assisting management with organizing housing and travel needs for out-of-town artists. Helping with local travel when needed (airport pickup, grocery runs, other appointments).
  • Being available for questions, issues from actors and crew during the summer; working with management and stage management to resolve issues; being the primary point of contact for out-of-town artists, including the show’s director.
  • Traveling to the Boston Common a few times per week before performances to deliver mail and paychecks to company, as well as check in with company members. Assisting Front-of-House staff in fulfilling company comps.

Summer Academy Duties:

In addition to our professional company, CSC will also host two companies of young actors training with us for the summer. The Apprentice Program (college-aged, approximately 18-23) and CSC2 (late 20s-early 30s). Some actors from both companies will be living in the dormitory on campus. The Resident Company Manager will function similar to a Resident Advisor and will assist the Apprentice Program staff with various administrative tasks. Responsibilities include:

  • Living in dorms for the duration of summer and including over-nights, 6 nights a week; monitoring behavior/quiet hours and reporting any concerning behavior or policy violations among students living in the dorm to Program Directors; being a resource for students in the dorm for community and/or room issues.; and helping connect students with facilities when necessary. 
  • Organizing 1-2 weekly shopping trips (depending on demand) for students living in the dorms to grocery, pharmacy or other basic needs. 
  • Organizing logistics for special events: helping with move-in/move out, welcome dinner, staff breakfast, ice cream social, etc.
  • Assisting with transportation and hosting of special guests and masterclass teachers, as needed.
  • Organizing other group events such as company cabaret, field trips, show visits, etc.
  • Providing some administrative support including collecting/organizing instructor timesheets and student-driver reimbursements.


Qualifications:

  • Responsibility and discretion. Ability to tackle personal and professional issues with clear-headedness and thoughtful problem-solving.
  • Attention to detail and excellent communication skills; comfortable working with both professionals and students. 
  • Must have a reliable car, valid insurance and safe driving record. 
  • Experience in an RA position highly desirable. Customer Service or Company Management experience a plus. Experience in a professional theatrical setting/company a plus. 
  • Applicants aged 21+ preferred.

Compensation: Stipend and free housing for dates stated above.

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to employment@commshakes.org with the subject line “Resident Company Manager”. For priority consideration, please submit applications by March 1, 2017. No phone calls, please.


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 March 13, 2017. No phone calls, please.


Marketing Internship-1 position available

Description: The Marketing Intern will work closely with the Director of Marketing to create buzz and excitement for our free production of Romeo & Juliet on the Boston Common and Apprentice Program productions. They will also work closely with our Front-of House team to ensure an excellent experience for audiences.

Responsibilities: Assist with the promotion of Romeo & Juliet on the Boston Common which include special events such as Opening Night, Sponsor Nights, and two Apprentice Program productions (titles TBA). Assist in the creation and distribution of printed and online advertising materials, help Development staff to coordinate special events, analyze marketing data, and other duties as assigned. Special projects depending on intern’s interest and skills may include promotional video creation, graphic design, and social media projects. Under the supervision of the Assistant Front-of- House Manager and staff, Interns will be responsible for assisting FOH team in preparation for performances, including overseeing set up, breakdown and staffing of merchandise and information tents; working with Development staff to coordinate reserved seating; implementing surveys and organizing data collection; and interacting with audience members, answering questions and providing a positive audience experience.

Time Commitment

From May through mid-July: 20-25 hours per week. Flexible on days of the week, but generally between 10am-5pm, Monday through Friday From mid-July through mid-August (dates TBD): 40 hours a week – 3pm-11pm

Qualifications: This position will require some lifting and being on your feet. Experience with Microsoft Office and strong writing skills required. Applicants must be able to provide their own laptop for work done during office hours and on the Common. Attention to detail and the ability to maintain calm and focused under pressure are essential. Candidates must have a professional demeanor and be creative and enthusiastic. Applicants with previous marketing, social media, video promotion, graphic design, and photography experience are highly 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: $800 stipend. College credit, if available through your institution.

To Apply: E-mail a cover letter and resume to employment@commshakes.org with "Marketing Intern" in the subject line by March 13, 2017. No phone calls, please.


Summer 2017 - Development Intern

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) is seeking a summer Development Intern to serve in an exciting and integral role with CSC’s fundraising operations. The Development Intern provides administrative support to the Development Office, as well as serving as the liaison between the CSC main office (located on the campus of Babson College in Wellesley, MA) and the CSC staff working on the Boston Common during pre-production, run of the show, and post-production of Free Shakespeare on the Common.

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.

Overall Duties

  • Assist with all aspects of the online summer auction, including securing items, updating website, and responding to questions from bidders and donors
  • Help with the planning and staffing of development events, including Opening Night on the Boston Common
  • Answer phones, take messages, and respond to general email inquiries
  • During Free Shakespeare on the Common: update and respond to relevant communications, which may include updating our website and social media
  • Researching grants, donors, and other funding opportunities
  • Filing, data entry, and office organization
  • Additional duties as needed

Qualifications

  • Must be an excellent listener and open to asking questions
  • Must be able to work independently
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Dependable and trust-worthy
  • 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 bonus, but not required
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Access to reliable transportation to both Babson College (daily) and the Boston Common (as needed)

Time Commitment

  • From May through mid-July: 20-25 hours per week. Flexible on days of the week, but generally between 10am-5pm, Monday through Friday From mid-July through mid-August (dates TBD): 40 hours a week - 10am - 6pm

Compensation

  • $800 stipend
  • College credit, if available through your institution

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 Monday, March 13, 2017. No phone calls please.