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    • · 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

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

      PAY WHAT YOU CAN
      March 23 performance is pay-what-you can with a minimum of $10 per ticket. Seating locations will be based on availability.

      STUDENTS
      Students with a valid student ID may purchase in advance for $15 per ticket for any performance.  Tickets will be located in the balcony. 

      GROUPS
      Groups with 10 or more attendees will receive a 20% discount off the first two price levels (not applicable for the $25 seats).  A deposit will be due for half of the total cost upon booking and the remainder will be due one week before the performance.  Call 781-239-5682.

      SENIORS 
      Seniors 60+ receive $4 off the ticket price for the first two price levels (not applicable for the $25 seats).  

       

      Scenic Design:
      Julia Noulin-Merat

      Lighting Design:
      Brian Lilienthal

      Sound Designer:
      David Remedios

      Costume Design:
      Nancy Leary

      Choreography:
      Nile Hawver

      Properties Designer:
      Lisa Berg

      Assistant Director:
      Leah Carnow

      Stage Manager:
      Jenna Worden

      Assistant Stage Manager:
      Rachel Corning

      Fight Captain:
      Kelby Akin

      Assistant Sound Designer:
      Isaias Pedreros

       

       

       

       

       

       



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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.
      NOTE: There is no 3pm performance on Saturday, April 29

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

      Scenic Design:
      James Fenton

      Sound Design:
      Elizabeth Callas

      Costume Design:
      Chelsea Kerl

      Lighting Design:
      Alexander Fetchko
       
      Props:
      Lisa Berg

      Stage Manager:
      Greg Nash
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  • 04/05/2017

    Shakespeare & Leadership: Richard II

Employment Opportunities:


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.


Production Positions: Shakespeare on the Common 2017- Romeo and Juliet

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

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, located in Boston, MA, performs the works of William Shakespeare in vital and contemporary production that are presented free of charge on the Boston Common every summer. Fundamental to this mission is educating Boston’s youth not only about Shakespeare but also about their own potential for creativity.  This is CSC’s 22nd annual summer production and we would love for you to be a part of it!

Accepting Applications for the Following Production Positions

(Most contracts run from July 10th – August 9th unless otherwise noted and are subject to change)

To apply send cover letter and resume employment@commshakes.org

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

Applications received by March 15, 2014 will be given full consideration.

STAGE MANAGEMENT

Stage Management Intern (June 20-August 6): works as part of the AEA Stage Management team in rehearsals, tech, and performance with recording blocking, tracking props and costumes, running backstage, etc.

PROPS/BACKSTAGE POSITIONS

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.

Stage Supervisor (July 5 – August 9):  Work with Production Management to ensure smooth load-in and load-out process, act as onsite technical director and crew supervisor for performances, act as onsite point person during performances.

Production Assistants, 3 positions (paid internships):  Work as support crew for load-in and load-out and serve as run crew for performances.

LIGHTING

Master Electrician (July 5-August 9):  Work with Lighting Designer & Production Manager to create and prep shop order, supervise lighting load-in, hang, and focus, set up power for compound and vendors, etc.

Assistant Master Electrician/Programmer: assists the Master Electrician during prep and load-in and is responsible for programming and running of the light board during rehearsals and performances.

Electrics Intern/Followspot Operators, 2 positions (paid internships): work as part of the electrics crew during load-in, work calls and load-out; run follow spots for rehearsals and performances; must be comfortable working at heights up to 35’ in fall arrest harness; previous experience running follow spots preferred

SOUND

Audio 2: assists the Chief Audio Engineer and is primarily responsible for management and maintenance of wireless microphones including fitting to actors and backstage tracking

Sound Intern (paid internship): works as part of the sound crew during load-in, work calls and load-out; runs playback for rehearsals and performances; must be comfortable working at heights in lifts and on ladders; previous sound experience preferred

WARDROBE

Wardrobe Supervisor (July 5 – August 9): Leads the Wardrobe area, providing costume support for performers.  Directs and oversees costume maintenance, laundry and serves as a dresser during rehearsals and performances.  Coordinates with Costume Designer and Costume Shop during load-in and load-out.

Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor: assists the Wardrobe Supervisor with costume maintenance, laundry and serves as a dresser during rehearsals and performances; works as part of the wardrobe crew during load-in and load-out

Wardrobe Interns, 2 positions (paid internships): works as part of the costume/wardrobe crew during load-in, work calls, and load-out, serve as dresser during rehearsals and performances

HIRING TIMELINE

*Review of applicants will begin around March 15, 2017 and preliminary interviews shortly thereafter.

*Offers will be ongoing throughout the interviewing process.

* The goal date for hiring to be complete is April 30, 2017.


Apprentice Program Staff & Production Positions: Summer 2017

Production Manager: CSC Apprentice Program Showcase Tour: Summer 2017

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is seeking an experienced Production Manager for its Apprentice Program Showcase performances which include two productions (titles TBD) to be presented at 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 Museum of Fine Arts in Boston between July 26 and August 6th (tech from July 22 to July 25). The productions will be performed by the CSC Apprentice Company, a group of 28 undergraduate level actors. Although both these plays will be fully produced, the design focus is on costumes and props with minimal emphasis on lights and sound.

The Production Manager will be responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of the production, including:

  • Hiring production staff, following CSC hiring practices
  • Creating and adhering to a comprehensive production calendar, including design and technical deadlines, production meetings, major rehearsals, technical rehearsals, logistical deadlines and performances
  • Maintain and track production budget as set forth by CSC staff and follow all CSC accounting practices
  • Oversee and attend all technical rehearsals
  • Oversee and coordinate transportation, setup and strike of production at different venues
  • Supervise strike of all production materials at conclusion of performance run
  • Supply a Production Management Book at the end of the Project including – timesheets, contact sheet, schedules, copies of invoices and receipts pertaining to the Project budget and any other paperwork required.

Part-time: Some small preparation can begin immediately; however, the majority of the work takes place between June 1 and August 10, 2017

Compensation: $2,400

Qualifications/Requirements:

  • 1+ years of professional production and management experience; valid driver’s license

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to employment@commshakes.org with the subject "Apprentice Production Manager" by March 1; however, hire will be made as soon as suitable candidate is found. Please apply ASAP for priority consideration.


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 March 13, 2017. No phone calls, please.