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.

Please find listed below the current available positions:

Production Positions Shakespeare on the Common: Summer 2019

CSC’s 2019 Shakespeare on the Common title is Cymbeline, directed by Fred Sullivan Jr. This is CSC’s 24th 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 Cymbeline*
July 8 – 12: Load-In
July 12 – July 23: Tech Rehearsals/Previews
July 24 – August 4: Performances
August 5 – 7: Load-Out
*Dates are subject to change

Accepting Applications for the Following Production Positions

(Most contracts run from July 8th – August 7th unless otherwise noted and are subject to change)

To apply send cover letter and resume to employment@commshakes.org
Only local applicants will be considered. No housing, travel or transportation is available.
Applications received by March 15, 2019 will be given full consideration.

PRODUCTION STAFF

INTERNSHIPS

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is committed to the education and training of the next generation of
theatre artists. Interns work alongside the professional production staff and interact with the various artists
that comprise the free Shakespeare on the Common team. Interns gain practical training and experience in
their area of focus, industry contacts, and an opportunity to explore professional theatre production. Typical
internship candidates are current students or recent graduates of college theatre programs. Interns receive a weekly stipend of $150; no housing, travel, or transportation is provided. CSC will work with interns and their educational institution to provide credit upon request.

Wardrobe Intern, 2 positions: Work 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, 2019 and preliminary interviews shortly thereafter.

*Offers will be ongoing throughout the interviewing process.
* The goal date for hiring to be complete is April 30, 2019.

Apprentice Showcase: Scenic & Props Coordinator: Summer 2019

Dates: June 10 – August 5, 2018

CSC is seeking a props artisan for our two Apprentice Showcase productions this summer All’s Well That Ends Well, directed by Adam Sanders and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Bryn Boice. The Coordinator should have experience with crafting and sourcing basic prop and scenic elements within a predetermined budget.  Rehearsals will be at Babson College in Wellesley and access to reliable car transportation for this position is advised.

Dates:

  • Rehearsals will begin week of June 9, 2019 on the Babson College campus in Wellesley, MA.
  • Tech Period: Approximately July 22-23, 2019
  • Performances: July 24- July 28, 2019 (location TBA, Boston)
  • Rehearsals will take place on the Babson College campus in Wellesley, MA

The props artisan will:

  • Attend scheduled meetings with directors and production team
  • Meet all deadlines for prop and scenic needs
  • 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
  • Work with Production manager to coordinate transportation of scenic and prop elements to the rehearsal space and back to their place of origin after the run
  • CSC has many items in storage, but the coordinator will likely have to source other elements from various sources

There is a stipend available for this position.

To Apply: Email a short cover letter and resume to employment@commshakes.org with “Apprentice Scenic and Props Coordinator” in the subject line by April 19, 2019; 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 Designer: Summer 2019

Dates: July 12 – July 28, 2019

CSC is seeking a sound technician for its Apprentice Showcase productions of All’s Well That Ends Well directed by Adam Sanders and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Bryn Boice, with tech July 22-24 and performances between July 24 and 28.

The Sound technician will:

  • Attend advanced scheduled meetings with directors and production team
  • Design, small scale playback sound for two productions
  • Attend technical rehearsals as agreed upon with the production manager
  • Assist in Load-in and Load-out at each venue.
  • Format sound and music cues to Q-Lab format

There is a stipend available for this position.

To Apply: Email a short cover letter and resume to employment@commshakes.org with “Apprentice Sound Designer” in the subject line by April 19, 2019; however, hire will be made as soon as suitable candidate is found. Please apply ASAP for priority consideration. No phone calls, please.

Audience Services Intern: Volunteer Manager

The Audience Services Intern (ASI): Volunteer Manager 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 Cymbeline, playing July 17 – August 4, 2019, on the Boston Common. Specifically, the ASI: Volunteer Manager 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, training and tracking hours of 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. This position will require some lifting (up to 50 lbs) and being on your feet for multiple hours at a time. All FOH staff members 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: Starting as soon as possible, through August 9. Prior to moving to the Common on July 12, position requires 8-10 hours of work per week at our offices at Babson College (Wellesley, MA). During the run of the show (July 17 –August 4), work days are 6 days a week, 6-8 hours per day (afternoons and evenings). After the show closes, hours return to 8-10 hours/week until August 9. 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 groups of people 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 Cymbeline for family and friends, and 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. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position has been filled. No phone calls, please.

 

 

 


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

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