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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 Manager and Associate Production Manager: Free Shakespeare on the Common 2020: The Tempest

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) is currently seeking candidates for the positions of Production Manager and Associate Production Manager for its 2020 Free Shakespeare on the Common production of The Tempest, playing July 22 – August 9, 2020. As a two-person team, the Production Managers will be responsible for coordinating all the technical aspects of the production, including the creation and installation of CSC’s outdoor theater and compound on the Boston Common. 

Responsibilities include

  • Human Resources
    • Recruit and hire production staff and interns, including over hire for load-in/out.
    • Approve and submit timesheets to Management for payment.
  • Scheduling
    • Create and adhere to a comprehensive production calendar, including load-in/out, technical and design deadlines, production meetings and tech schedule.
    • Coordinate with City of Boston Park Department on load-in/out, tech schedule and performance run while adhering to City of Boston and Parks regulations.
  • Vendor Relations
    • Negotiate and contract vendors related to creation and instillation of CSC’s outdoor theater and backstage compound on Boston Common.
    • Types of vendors include: fencing, generator supplies, portable restrooms, sound and lighting equipment, staging and rigging, dumpsters. 
  • Permitting
    • With Managing Director, coordinate all permitting and licensing needs in order to comply with City of Boston inspections and regulations.
    • Engage consultants to facilitate inspections (building and electrical).
  • Budget
    • Maintain production budget as set forth by Managing Director.
    • Ensure that designers adhere to design budgets and comply with CSC reimbursement policies. 
  • Production
    • Perform all the typical responsibilities of production management including supervising all production/technical staff, detailed breakdown and coordination of load-in/out and tech rehearsals.
    • Contract and oversee scene shop and costume shop. 
  • Documentation
    • Supply a Production Management Book at the end of the season including copies of timesheets, contact sheet, schedules, invoices/receipts, permits, and any other back-up documentation. 

Position Type and Hours Required: Freelance, Contract Positions (1099). Both positions are on a part-time, non-exclusive basis through early June, transitioning to full-time, first-priority basis once rehearsals begin June 23rd.  These positions are local hires only. No housing or transportation will be provided. 

Qualifications

  • 3+ years of professional production management experience
  • Highly organized with a keen attention to detail, and robust project management experience
  • Expertise in stage management and/or technical theater required
  • Direct experience hiring and supervising technical staff
  • Experience working in outdoor theaters/venues highly desirable
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to interact with a variety of constituents including administrative staff, designers, directors and City officials

Application Instructions: Interested candidates should send resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references to asanders@commshakes.org with the subject “SOTC Production Manager” in the title by December 6, 2019. No phone calls, please.

Front of House Manager: Free Shakespeare on the Common 2020: The Tempest

The Front-of-House (FOH) Manager will work closely with CSC staff to ensure an excellent experience for audiences at our Free Shakespeare on the Common production of The Tempest, playing July 22 – August 9, 2020, on the Boston Common. 

Management and Supervision: They will directly supervise an Assistant FOH Manager, Audience Services Intern, 25-30 college-age CSC Apprentices (who provide the majority of the FOH staffing at performances), and nightly volunteers. They will be responsible for supervising and training the FOH team, including leading 2-3 sessions with Apprentices on their FOH responsibilities, as well as best practices on assisting patrons with disabilities. 

Administrative Responsibilities: Create and implement a plan for Front-of-House leading up to and during performances. Projects include, but not limited to: creating a packing list and supplies order for FOH supplies needed on the Boston Common; determine what concessions will be sold at performances and purchase those food/drink items; create an inventory system for organizing and tracking merchandise; coordinate with Disability Access vendors and contractors; attend production meetings with The Tempest production staff and artistic team; update the FOH Manual with information collected and policies implemented during the 2020 season; assist with special events and activities, as needed. 

Front-of-House Responsibilities: Create a nightly check-list of FOH tasks to be accomplished before, during and after performances.  Create and distribute weekly/nightly schedule for Apprentices with job assignments for each performance. With Asst. FOH Manager, keep close inventory of concessions, merchandise and chair rental sales. Create and distribute a nightly FOH report to be sent to CSC staff. Interact with audience members, answering questions and providing a positive audience experience. Resolve patron issues as they arise, ranging from safety concerns to seating issues.  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 1 – August 21; however they should be available for 1-3 in-person meetings in advance of official start date, as needed. Prior to moving to the Common on July 17, position requires 10-15 hours of work per week at our offices at 101 Arch Street, Boston. During the run of the show (July 22 –August 9), 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 21. 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). Previous House Management and/or customer service experience required. Experience working in outdoor venues highly desirable. Familiarity and experience with best practices for serving patrons with disabilities preferred. 

Compensation: $4,250 total salary. Reserved chairs in the Friends Section at The Tempest for family and friends.

To Apply: E-mail a cover letter and resume to employment@commshakes.org with “Front of House Manager” in the subject line by March 15, 2020. No phone calls, please.

Assistant Front of House Manager: Free Shakespeare on the Common 2020: The Tempest

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 The Tempest, playing July 22 – August 9, 2020, on the Boston Common.

Administrative Responsibilities: Manage Audience Services Intern (Volunteer Coordinator); assist with volunteer recruitment and Friends Section chair reservations for The Tempest; 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.

Company Management Responsibilities: Update and distribute company packet; prep, disseminate and collect and communications between management and artists, including contract, payroll and tax forms; deliver mail to our of town artists that is delivered to the CSC offices; coordinate logistics for any walk-on roles; serve as liaison between management and rehearsal halls and artist housing facilities; arrange for local transportation for artists as needed and manage a CSC Lyft account. Assistant FOH Manager will report to CSC Managing Director for all Company Management responsibilities. 

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 May 18 – August 19. Prior to moving to the Common on July 17, position requires 10-15 hours of work per week at our offices at 101 Arch Street, Boston. During the run of the show (July 22 –August 9), 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 19. 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. 

Compensation: $2,000 stipend. Reserved chairs in the Friends Section at The Tempest 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 31, 2020. No phone calls, please.

Audience Services Intern: Free Shakespeare on the Common 2020: The Tempest

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 The Tempest, playing July 22 – August 9, 2020, 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 29 – August 19. Prior to moving to the Common on July 17, position requires 8-12 hours of work per week at our offices at 101 Arch Street, Boston. During the run of the show (July 22 –August 9), 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 19. 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.

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 The Tempest 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 by April 30, 2020. No phone calls, please.

Management and Development Associate

Overview of Management and Development Associate Responsibilities 

The Management and Development Associate will split their time supporting core operations in the Management and Development offices at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC). The Associate will report to both the Managing Director and the Director of Development. Besides the specific tasks and duties outlined below, the Associate will also take on responsibilities necessary to support new programming and special projects, as assigned by the Managing Director and the Director of Development. 

This is a part-time, hourly position. 10 to 15 hours are typically expected per week in the CSC office at 101 Arch Street, Boston. 20 hours per week will be required around the Gala (March) and up to 35 hours per week may be required during Shakespeare on the Common (SOTC, mid-July – early-August). Some nights and weekends are required, as well as early mornings during the run of SOTC. 

Ongoing

Management

    • Enter and pay invoices in QuickBooks, generate invoices as necessary
    • Enter and process payroll for seasonal staff (as needed) 
    • Prepare earned revenue and contributed revenue bank deposits
    • Respond to email and voicemail inquiries
    • Order office supplies, conduct general office management and organization
    • Coordinate scheduling of meetings, take and distribute minutes, arrange logistics
    • Assist in office move to Common
    • Act as primary on site contact for general phone, email, and phone inquiries, especially during “ranger shifts” on the Boston Common.
    • Assist in preparing contracts for temporary and seasonal employees
    • Enter personnel information into payroll system

Development

    • Process and acknowledge all contributed revenue
    • Manage/maintain online donor database and donor paper files
    • Assist in coordination of Annual Gala, including: track RSVPs and generate place cards, respond to guest inquiries, solicit silent auction items, coordinate silent auction, schedule and train volunteers, pack and orchestrate office move to venue
    • Assist in executing several digital fundraising appeals 

Shakespeare on the Common

    • Enter weekly payroll for seasonal staff 
    • Organize housing and travel needs for out-of-town artists
    • Compile daily financial reports for the Friends Section (through DonorPerfect), Text2Give (if applicable – through DonorPerfect), Eventbrite, and DipJar, disseminate to upper management 
    • Intake of all Friends Section orders, including download incoming reservations via WebLink and accommodate reservation changes
    • Prepare and send Friend Section pre- and post-show emails

Salary: $18-$25 per hour depending on experience.

To Apply: E-mail a cover letter and resume to employment@commshakes.org with “Management and Development Associate” in the subject line by March 1; however, a hire will be made as soon as a suitable candidate is found. No phone calls, please.

2020 Apprentice Showcase Production Manager

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is seeking an experienced Production Manager for its Apprentice program Showcase performances, 90 minute cuttings of two of Shakespeare’s plays directed by Bryn Boice and Victoria Townsend. They will be presented at a theater TBA in Boston. The productions will be performed by the CSC acting Apprentice Company, a group of 32 undergraduate level actors. Although both these plays will be fully produced, the design focus is on costumes and props with some emphasis on sound and no dramatic lighting.

  • Rehearsals begin June 19
  • Tech and performances approximately July 24-August 2, 2020

The Production Manager will be responsible for overseeing all logistical 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
  • 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 but little preparation can start immediately, the majority of the work takes place between June 1 and August 2, 2020

Compensation: $1,800.00

Qualifications/Requirements: 1+ years of professional production and management experience; valid driver’s license; familiarity with basic sound and lighting setup/execution preferable but not necessary. Familiarity with QLab a plus. Fluency in Google Drive required.

To Apply: Email a short cover letter and resume to employment@commshakes.org with “Apprentice Production Manager” in the subject line by March 1, 2020; however, hire will be made as soon as suitable candidate is found. Please apply ASAP for priority consideration.. No phone calls, please.

2020 Apprentice Showcase Stage Manager: Non-Equity- 2 positions available

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is seeking two non-Equity Stage Managers for each of our two Apprentice shows, 90 minute cuttings of one of Shakespeare’s plays directed by Bryn Boice and Victoria Townsend. 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 half of the CSC acting Apprentice Company, a group of 32 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
  • May be asked to operate sound cues on QLab

Dates:

  • Rehearsals will begin the week of June 14th, 2020 in downtown Boston
  • Tech Period: Approximately July 24-28, 2020 in downtown Boston
  • Performances: July 29 – August 1, 2020 in downtown Boston

Qualifications:

  • Stage management experience is necessary.  Experience with student actors preferred.
  • Experience with QLab a plus, familiarity with Google Suite required

Stipend: $1,250.00

To Apply: Email a short cover letter and resume to employment@commshakes.org with “Apprentice Stage Manager” in the subject line by March 1, 2020; however, hire will be made as soon as suitable candidate is found. Please apply ASAP for priority consideration.. No phone calls, please.

2020 Apprentice Showcase Directing Intern

The Apprentice Showcase Directing Intern works closely with one of our Apprentice Showcase Directors, Victoria Townsend on a 90 minute version of one of Shakespeare’s plays (title TBD), for the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Apprentice Program

The Assistant Director will:

  • Assist with scheduling and attend auditions, rehearsals, artistic meetings, design meetings and performances
  • Assist on some educational aspects of the production
  • Attend production meetings
  • Will run some rehearsals with director support

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 during the day (some weekday and weekends) at a location in Boston starting June 19, 2020 with performances tentatively scheduled for July 29 – August 2, 2020. Auditions are tentatively scheduled for June 18, 2020 and there may be some additional work or production meetings in advance of this date. 

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 1, 2020; however, hire will be made as soon as suitable candidate is found. Please apply ASAP for priority consideration. No phone calls please. 

Marketing Intern: Summer 2020

Description: The Marketing Intern will work closely with the Director of Marketing to support our summer programming including The Tempest: Free Shakespeare on the Boston Common and our Apprentice Program productions.  

Responsibilities: Assist with the promotion of The Tempest on the Boston Common which include special events such as Opening Night, Sponsor Nights, and create and manage marketing materials for the two Apprentice Program productions (titles TBA).  Special projects depending on intern’s interest and skills may include promotional video creation, graphic design, and social media projects.

When in the office for the first half of the internship, the marketing intern will take the lead on the creation and distribution of printed and online advertising materials for the Apprentice productions, manage food truck scheduling for the Boston Common, assist in merchandise creation, attend selected rehearsals for The Tempest for social media purposes, create a rewards calendar for the Apprentices on the Common, and assist the Director of Marketing as needed.

On the Boston Common duties include managing of the merchandise tent, set-up of the Info tent, taking video testimonial of audience members, social media (specifically Instagram stories), implementing audience surveys and interacting with audience members, answering questions and providing a positive audience experience.

Time Commitment

From May 25 through mid-July:  12 hours per week. Two days a week, between 10am-4pm, Monday and Thursdays at 101 Arch Street, Boston, MA

From July 22 through August 9: 40 hours a week/6 days a week – 4pm-11pm on the Boston Common

Qualifications: Attention to detail and the ability to maintain calm and focused under pressure are essential.  Candidates must have a professional demeanor and be creative and enthusiastic. Applicants with previous marketing, social media, video promotion, graphic design, and photography experience are highly encouraged to apply.   Experience with Microsoft Office and strong writing skills required. Applicants must be able to provide their own laptop for work done on the Common. This position will require some lifting and being on your feet.

Transportation: Applicants must provide their own means of transportation to the Boston office at 101 Arch Street and the Boston Common.

Compensation: $800 stipend.  College credit, if available through your institution.

To Apply: E-mail a cover letter and resume to employment@commshakes.org with Marketing Intern in the subject line by March 6.  No phone calls, please.

Development and Special Events Intern: Spring 2020

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) is seeking a part-time Development & Special Events Intern who will be an integral part of the development team, which consists of a full-time Director of Development and a full-time Manager of Annual Giving & Events. The Development Intern will provide administrative support to the CSC Development Office, located in downtown Boston at 101 Arch St 8th Floor, Boston, MA. This is a fast- paced work environment where you will play an important role in all aspects of fundraising for CSC. 

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. 

Duties 

  • Assisting development staff with our Annual Gala (March 28, 2020 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, Boston). 
  • Event planning duties including, but not limited to:
    • Providing onsite event set-up and breakdown
    • 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 donor communications. 
  • Researching foundations, corporations, individual donors, and other funding opportunities 
  • Filing, data entry/analysis, 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); 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 in Spring 2020. 
  • Must be at least 18 years of age 
  • Access to reliable transportation to attend events in Boston 

Time Commitment 

  • February – May 2020 (start and end dates are flexible) 
  • Typically 10 – 20 hours per week. Flexible on schedule and days of the week. We prefer our interns to come in generally between 10am-4pm, Monday through Friday.
    • Hours will begin at 10-15 hours per week starting in February, and increase to 20+ hours per week in the days/weeks leading up to the gala on March 28, 2020. After the gala, hours will return to 10-15 hours per week until the internship concludes in mid-May.
    • Occasional evenings and weekends required for performances or special events 

Credit 

▪ College credit, if available through your institution 

About CSC Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC), best known for its annual free performances on the Boston Common, is a non-profit organization founded in 1996, dedicated to the core values of artistic excellence, accessibility, and education. CSC’s Free Shakespeare on the Common has served over one million audience members over its 23-year history, and has become a beloved summer tradition enjoyed by nearly 75,000 people annually. CSC fulfills its educational mission with actor-training programs for pre-professional and professional actors through the summer Apprentice program and CSC2. To learn more about these programs, visit www.commshakes.org. 

 


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

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