Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC)-best known for its annual 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 fully staged classic and contemporary plays presented at Babson College’s Sorenson Center for the Arts in Wellesley, MA.  Throughout the year, CSC also produces several events including Theatre in the Rough (staged readings), Shakespeare and the Law, and Shakespeare and Leadership.  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 at Babson College in Wellesley since 2013.

Available Positions

Special Events Internship: Spring 2018

Special Events Internship: Spring 2018

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) is seeking a part-time Special Events Intern who will be an integral part of the development team, which consists of a full –time Director of Development, a full –time Development & Events Associate, and a part-time Events Consultant.  This is a fast-paced work environment where you will play an important role in all aspects of fundraising and event planning for CSC’s 2017-2018 season.

  • Assisting development staff with our Annual Gala (April 7, 2018 at the Taj Hotel, Boston) and with additional donor receptions at Babson College related to CSC’s spring 2018 season.
  • Event planning duties including, but not limited to:
    • Providing onsite event set-up and breakdown
    • Securing auction items and helping to manage CSC’s online auction website
    • Responding to questions from auction bidders and donors
    • Designing and printing event collateral such as signage, name tags, place cards, etc.
    • Answering phones, taking messages, and responding to general email inquiries
    • Helping coordinate fundraising appeal mailings, as needed
    • Researching foundations, corporations, individual donors, and other funding opportunities
    • Filing, data entry/analysis, and office organization
    • Various other duties as assigned
  • Professional attitude, with a strong attention to detail
  • Dependable and trustworthy with confidential donor information
  • Must be an excellent listener, open to asking questions, and able to work independently
  • 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)
  • Experience with Photoshop or similar design software is a plus
  • Background in theatre and/or arts administration is preferred, though not required
  • Must have flexibility to work at all special events
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have reliable transportation to attend events at both Babson College in Wellesley and in Boston
Time Commitment
  • Tuesday, January 16 – Friday, May 4, 2018 (exact beginning and end dates are flexible)
  • 10-20 hours per week. Flexible on days of the week, but generally between 10am-4pm, Monday through Friday.
    • Hours will begin at 10-15 hours per week starting in January, and increase to 20+ hours per week in the days/weeks leading up to the gala on April 7, 2018.  After the gala, hours will return to 10-15 hours per week until the internship concludes in early May.
    • Occasional evenings and weekends required for performances or special events
    • $1,000 stipend
    • College credit, if available through your institution
    • Complimentary tickets to CSC’s spring performances: Death and the MaidenOld Money, and Shakespeare & Leadership.
How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to employment@commshakes.org with “Special Events Intern” in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted through Friday, January 5, 2018.  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. 

Props Master- Old Money

Props Master- Old Money

REPORTS TO: Production Manager

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is seeking a Props Master for its upcoming production of Wendy Wasserstein’s Old Money, directed by Karen MacDonald with set design by Jon Savage. The production will take place in the Carling-Sorenson Theater at Babson College, and the dates of employment run Feb 1- March 18, 2018

Prop master is expected to work with the director and scenic designer to build, acquire, borrow and return props needed for the production, attend most production meetings, be present at technical rehearsals as scheduled with the Director of Production, repair/supply props as necessary during the run of the show and work within established budgets.

Important Dates:
  • First Rehearsal: February 12, 2018
  • Tech: February 27 – March 6, 2018
  • 10/12: March 3-4, 2018
  • Day Off: March 5, 2018
  • Final Dress and Preview: March 6, 2018
  • Opening Performance at 7:30PM (with afternoon rehearsal): March 7, 2018
  • Final Performance at 3:00PM on March 18, 2018

This is a paid position.

How to Apply

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to employment@commshakes.org with the subject line “Old Money Props Master Application — LAST NAME”.

Non Equity Stage Manager: Macbeth

Non Equity Stage Manager: Macbeth
Job Description

REPORTS TO: Production Manager

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is seeking a Non-Equity Stage Manager for its upcoming production of Macbeth, directed by David R. Gammons. The production will take place in the Carling-Sorenson Theater at Babson College, and the dates of employment run from April 9 – June 1, 2018 with a few possible production meetings beforehand.

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; collaborate with the director and other artistic and production staff as needed to coordinate the various aspects required to rehearse and perform the production.

  • 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. Plans and publishes schedule for rehearsals, technical rehearsals and performances; and distributes daily rehearsal calls.
  • 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.
  • Provide rehearsal and performance reports and published in a timely manner.
  • Additional duties as assigned.
  • Professional experience in similar position.
  • Excellent communication skills – written, oral, and visual.
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills.
  • 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)
  • Technical knowledge of safe working procedures
Important Dates
  • First Rehearsal: April 16, 2018
  • Rehearsals will be at Babson College in Wellesley, MA from 6PM-11PM on Monday through Thursday, and Sundays 10AM-6PM (subject to change).
  • Tech (10/12): May 21-22, 2018
  • Tech/Dress: May 23, 2018
  • Performances: May 24 – June 1, 2018
  • 10AM Performances: May 24, 29, 30, 31
  • 11AM Performances: May 25, June 1
  • 7PM Performance: June 1
How to Apply

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to employment@commshakes.org with the subject line “Macbeth Stage Management Application — LAST NAME”.

Featured Photo: Love’s Labor’s Lost, 2016. photo by Andrew Brilliant/Brilliant Pictures

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