Employment

COMMONWEALTH SHAKESPEARE COMPANY MISSION STATEMENT

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) is dedicated to artistic excellence, accessibility, and education. We present plays of the highest artistic caliber that celebrate ideas and language to create dialogue around compelling issues of our time.  We eliminate barriers – physical, economic, and cultural – to bring live theater to audiences throughout Greater Boston.  We cultivate in young artists the value of community engagement, and collaborate with educators to bring literature to life in the classroom.

 

Development Intern-Summer 2018

Development Intern-Summer 2018
About

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 2018 Free Shakespeare on the Common: Richard III.

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
  •  Help with the planning and staffing of development events, including Opening Night of Free
    Shakespeare on the Common
  • During Free Shakespeare on the Common, act as the liaison between the CSC main office located at
    Babson College and CSC staff working in Boston for Free Shakespeare on the Common
  •  Helping coordinate fundraising appeal mailings, as needed
  • Answer phones, take messages, and respond to general email inquiries
  • Researching grants, donors, and other funding opportunities
  • Filing, data entry, and office organization
  • Additional duties as needed
Qualifications
  • Professional attitude, with a strong attention to detail
  • Must be an excellent listener and open to asking questions
  • Must be able to work independently
  • Dependable and trust-worthy with confidential donor information
  • Excellent email and phone communication skills, with comfort interacting with VIP guests and donors
  • Ability to be calm and focused under pressure
  • Computer-savvy, with strong knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite (especially Word and Excel)
  • Background in theatre and/or arts administration is preferred, though 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 mid-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
  • From mid-August through late August: 20-25 hours per week. Flexible on days of the week, but
    generally between 10am-5pm, Monday through Friday.
Compensation
  • $800 stipend
  • College credit, if available through your institution
  • 2 complimentary reserved chairs in the Friends Section at 2018 Free Shakespeare on the Common:
    Richard III
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 Friday, March 30, 2018. No phone calls please.

Assistant Front of House Manager-Shakespeare on the Common Summer 2018

Assistant Front of House Manager Shakespeare on the Common 2018
About

The Assistant Front-of-House (FOH) Manager will work closely with the FOH Manager and CSC staff to ensure an excellent experience for audiences at Free Shakespeare on the Common production of Richard III, playing July 18 – August 5, 2018, on the Boston Common.

Administrative Responsibilities: Manage Audience Services Intern (Volunteer Coordinator); assist with
volunteer recruitment and Friends Section chair reservations for Richard III; assist with FOH and accessibility training for Apprentice Program students; support CSC staff in planning special summer events; and provide general office support, as needed.

Front-of-House Responsibilities: Once onsite, the Assistant FOH manager will report to the FOH Manager. They will keep close inventory of concessions, merchandise and chair rental sales; be a point of contact for volunteers and CSC Apprentices working Front of House; and interact with audience members, answering questions and providing a positive audience experience. This position will require some lifting (up to 50 lbs) and being on your feet for multiple hours at a time. All FOH staff participate in nightly site set-up/break-down including, but not limited to: moving and setting-up pop-up tents, rental chairs, folding tables; organizing merchandise; setting up signage (lawn signs and sandwich boards); distributing 30 lb boxes of programs.

Dates of Employment

Approximately June 18 – August 15. Prior to moving to the Common on July 13, position requires 10-15 hours of work per week at our offices at Babson College (Wellesley, MA). During the run of the show (July 18 –August 5), work days are 6 days a week, 8-10 hours per day (afternoons and evenings). After the show closes, hours return to 10-15 hours/week until August 15. Dates and times are subject to change.

Qualifications

Experience with Microsoft Office and web-based research required. Applicants must be able to provide their own laptop for work done during office hours. Experience leading and training young professionals preferred. Attention to detail and the ability to maintain calm and focused under pressure are essential. Applicants must have a professional demeanor, collaborative spirit, and good sense of humor. Must be able to meet the physical requirements of the position (see FOH Responsibilities section for details on specific tasks). Applicants with previous House Management or customer service experience are encouraged to apply. Familiarity and experience with best practices for serving patrons with disabilities highly desirable.

Transportation: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is the Theatre-in-Residence at Babson College
(Wellesley, MA). Applicants must provide their own means of transportation to Wellesley and the Boston
Common.

Compensation

$1,250 stipend. Reserved chairs in the Friends Section at Richard III for family and friends.

How To Apply

E-mail a cover letter and resume to employment@commshakes.org with “Assistant Front of House Manager” in the subject line by April 30, 2018. No phone calls, please.

Audience Services Intern-Shakespeare on the Common Summer 2018

Audience Services Intern-Summer 2018
About

The Audience Services Intern (ASI) will work closely with the Front-of-House (FOH) Managers and CSC staff to ensure an excellent experience for audiences at our Free Shakespeare on the Common production of Richard III, playing July 18 – August 5, 2018, on the Boston Common. Specifically, the Audience Services Intern will be responsible for recruiting, training and supervising volunteers to assist with FOH duties at performances.

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 FOH Manager and Asst. FOH Manager, ASI 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. Assist with set-up and seating in the Friends Section (reserved seating area), as needed. This position will require some lifting (up to 50 lbs) and being on your feet for multiple hours at a time. All FOH staff participate in nightly site set-up/break-down including, but not limited to: moving and setting-up pop-up tents, rental chairs, folding tables; distributing 30 lb boxes of programs.

Dates of Internship

Approximately June 25 – August 15. Prior to moving to the Common on July 13, position requires 8-12 hours of work per week at our offices at Babson College (Wellesley, MA). During the run of the show (July 18 –August 5), work days are 6 days a week, 8-10 hours per day (afternoons and evenings). After the show closes, hours return to 8-12 hours/week until August 15. Dates and times are subject to change.

Qualifications

Experience with Microsoft Office and web-based research required. Applicants must be able to provide their own laptop for work done during office hours. Experience leading and training young professionals preferred. Attention to detail and the ability to maintain calm and focused under pressure are essential. Applicants must have a professional demeanor, collaborative spirit, and good sense of humor. Must be able to meet the physical requirements of the position (see FOH Responsibilities section for details on specific tasks). Applicants with previous House Management or customer service experience are encouraged to apply.

Transportation

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is the Theatre-in-Residence at Babson College (Wellesley, MA). Applicants must provide their own means of transportation to Wellesley and the Boston Common.

Compensation

This is an unpaid internship. Intern will receive a $500 stipend to defray the costs of some living expenses. In addition, Intern is eligible for reserved chairs in the Friends Section at Richard III for family and friends, and college credit, if available through your institution.

How to Apply

E-mail a cover letter and resume to employment@commshakes.org with “ASI” in the subject
line by April 30, 2018. No phone calls, please.

Resident Company Manager- Summer 2018

Resident Company Manager-Summer 2018
About

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company seeks a responsible candidate to serve as our Resident Company Manager for our professional and apprentice companies for Summer 2018.

Position Dates: June 1-August 5 (move in date may be flexible, needs to move in by June 9th at latest)

The Resident Company Manager will live in a single dormitory room (private kitchenette and bathroom, air conditioning and laundry access 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 2018 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. Providing transportation for 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.
  • 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 carpools for 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 clean and reliable car, valid insurance and safe driving record for driving the professional company.
  • 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.

How 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 April 30, 2018. No phone calls, please.

Production Positions Shakespeare on the Common Summer 2018

Production Positions: Shakespeare on the Common: Summer 2018

This is CSC’s 23rd season producing FREE, professional productions of Shakespeare on the Boston Common, and we would love for you to be a part of it!

Important Dates for Richard III*
July 9 – 13: Load-In
July 14 – July 24: Tech Rehearsals/Previews
July 25 – August 5: Performances
August 6 – 8: Load-Out
*Dates are subject to change

Accepting Applications for the Following Production Positions
(Most contracts run from July 9th – August 8th 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 16, 2018 will be given full consideration.

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
Production Management Intern (July 2-August 8; paid internship): Works as part of the Production Management team in load-in, tech, performance and strike with scheduling, logistics, hospitality, etc., and may serve as run crew for performances.

STAGE MANAGEMENT
Stage Management Intern (June 19-August 5; paid internship): Works as part of the AEA Stage Management team in rehearsals, tech, and performance with recording blocking, tracking props and costumes, running backstage, etc.

SCENIC/PROPS/BACKSTAGE POSITIONS
Assistant Scene Designer (June 19 – July 25; stipend provided): Local assistant to NYC-based Scenic Designer. Attend production meetings. Be present to assist during scenic installation, tech rehearsals, and previews.

Props Artisan (June 19-August 8): Responsible for working with the Scenic Designer, Director, & Production Manager 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 8): 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, 2 positions (paid internships): Work as support crew for load-in and load-out and serve as run crew for performances.

LIGHTING
Assistant Lighting Designer (June 19 – July 25; stipend provided): Local assistant to NYC-based Lighting Designer. Attend production meetings. Be present to assist during light hang and focus, tech rehearsals, and previews.

Master Electrician (July 5 – August 8): 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/Follow-spot 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
Assistant Costume Designer (June 19 – July 25; stipend provided): Local assistant to NYC-based Costume Designer. Attend production meetings and check-in on construction at costume shop. Be present to assist during tech rehearsals and previews.

Costume Shop Supervisor (June 19-August 8) Work with the Costume Designer & Production Manager on the build, purchase and/or borrowing of costumes for the production.

Wardrobe Supervisor (July 5 – August 8): 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 16, 2018 and preliminary interviews shortly thereafter.
  • Offers will be ongoing throughout the interviewing process.
  • The goal date for hiring to be complete is April 30, 2018.

 

Apprentice Showcase Props Artisan- Summer 2018

Apprentice Showcase – Props Artisan

Dates: June 10 – August 5, 2018

CSC is seeking a props artisan for our two Apprentice Showcase productions this summer Henry VI part 2 & 3, directed by Adam Sanders and Bryn Boice. These shows will tour to four locations in the Boston and Greater-Boston area. The props artisan should have 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 stipend available for this position.

Please send a resume and cover letter to employment@commshakes.org with the subject “Apprentice Props Artisan”. If you are able to provide digital records of any of your design work, please provide those as well. Currently we are taking resumes and letters of interest, but hiring will likely not begin until mid spring. No phone calls please.

Apprentice Showcase Sound Technician- Summer 2018

Apprentice Showcase – Sound Technician

Dates: July 13 – August 5, 2018

CSC is seeking a sound technician for its Apprentice Showcase tour of Henry VI part 2 & 3, directed by Adam Sanders and Bryn Boice, with tech July 24 and 25 and four to six outdoor performances between July 26 and August 5 (exact schedule TBD).

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
  • Assist in Load-in and Load-out at each venue.
  • 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 stipend available for this position.

Please send a resume and cover letter to employment@commshakes.org with the subject “Apprentice Sound Technician”. Currently we are taking resumes and letters of interest, but hiring will likely not begin until mid spring.. No phone calls please.


Featured Photo: Love's Labor's Lost, Shakespeare on the Common 2016-Photo by Andrew Brilliant

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