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:

Managing Director


Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) seeks candidates for the position of Managing Director (MD). The Managing Director’s responsibilities span both business operations (staff supervision, budgeting and financial management, legal reporting, human resources) as well as programmatic producing responsibilities (program creation/management, contracting artists, artist union relations). With the Founding Artistic Director, the MD leads a core, year-round staff of 10 full-time and part-time employees and consultants, as well as seasonal positions in Production Management and Audience Services. The MD’s direct reports include Director of Marketing, Director of Development, (Seasonal) Production Managers, and a freelance Bookkeeper. MD works closely with the Board of Trustees on Financial Management and Strategic Planning for the organization, and is an active participant in quarterly Board meetings.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Senior Management: With Founding Artistic Director, lead and supervise a year-round administrative and program staff; advise and collaborate with artistic and education staff on creation and management of programming, including all program budgets; and collaborate with Artistic Director and Board of Directors on long-term strategic planning.
  • Legal and Financial Management: Supervise company finances and legal reporting: create and manage annual expense budget of $1.3 million, as well as create and manage all earned revenue projections; administer accounts payable and payroll; facilitate annual audit; prepare legal and financial reports for outside agencies, grant applications and reports, and Board of Directors’ quarterly meetings; collaborate with pro-bono attorney on contracts with outside agencies and organizations.
  • Human Resources: Administer all payroll and employee benefits; hire and supervise permanent and seasonal staff; create and process contracts for employees and independent contractors; negotiate with artists’ agents and unions (Actors’ Equity Association, United Scenic Artists).
  • Marketing and Audience Services: Supervise full-time Director of Marketing and seasonal Audience Services staff on marketing, communications and audience engagement activities.
  • Development: collaborate with Development staff on grant proposals and supervise implementation of grant-funded special projects; manage vendors and provide logistical support for special events; with Director of Development and Founding Artistic Director, manage relationships with sponsors, donors, institutional partners, and CSC Trustees. 


  • Undergraduate degree required; MBA or Master’s degree in arts administration preferred
  • Minimum of 7-10 years of professional experience; at least 2 years in a senior management position
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office—particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint—required
  • Advanced experience in budgeting and financial management; experience with QuickBooks preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Highly organized individual with strong attention to detail 
  • Capable of managing, prioritizing, and leading multiple projects in a fast-paced environment 
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion
  • Flexibility to work week nights and weekends as needed
  • Interest in the arts, particularly theatre, preferred

This is a full-time, exempt position that reports to the Founding Artistic Director. Evening and weekend hours required in relation to performances and events.  

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is an equal opportunity employer.  


Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include: Monthly healthcare stipend; Retirement plan with 2% employer contribution; Generous paid time-off, including 5 sick days and 10 vacation days, in addition to comp time related to working performances and events.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to employment@commshakes.org. Applications will be reviewed until 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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