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.

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES
Shakespeare on the Common: The Winter’s Tale

Master Electrician

OVERVIEW
Master Electrician – The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare on the Common 2024
Directed by Bryn Boice, CSC Associate Artistic Director
Cast size: 21
Director of Production: Jenna Worden
Reports to: Director of Production
FLSA Status: Temporary; Full-Time; Non-Exempt employment on a W2
Location: Boston, MA
● Occasional meetings with Production Management, Lighting Designers, and/or High Output to be
completed remotely as needed
● Prep prior to load in to be completed at High Output in Canton, MA
● The performance itself takes place on the Boston Common near the Parkman Bandstand
Compensation: $23.10 per hour, with any hours over 40 in a given week payable at an overtime rate of
$34.65 per hour. Anticipated total hours for the project are 321, which includes 40 hours of preparation time.
Payments will be made in the week following completion of work, typically on Thursdays.
Candidates must be located within commuting distance of the Boston Common as housing is not provided.
Engagement Dates: June 24-August 16, 2024
Important Dates:
● Kick-Off Event: June 17th at the Modern Theatre (Optional Attendance)
● Prep: June 24-28 (3 days to be scheduled with High Output)
● Load In: July 1-9
● First Preview: July 16
● Press Opening: July 24
● Closing: August 4
● Common Stage: August 6-10
● Load Out: August 12-16

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
● Supervising and Hiring of Staff
○ Lead team of 3 staff electricians throughout the process (Assistant ME, 2 Spot Operators)
○ Secure and supervise overhire labor for load in, focus, and load out as needed
○ Review/sign off on timesheets as needed

● Budgeting
○ Work in collaboration with the Lighting Designers and Director of Production to create, manage,
and prep the shop order
○ In coordination with Production Management, maintain/manage the Lighting Budget as outlined
by the Director of Production

● Load In/Load Out
○ Supervise lighting load-in, hang, and focus
○ Set up power for the compound
○ Serve as generator technician whenever the site is active
○ Keep and maintain up-to-date paperwork
○ Supervise load-out as it relates to the electrics department
○ Keep and maintain up-to-date paperwork
○ Maintain safe working environment according to OSHA, local temporary electrical permits, and
general standards
○ Operate and train other staff members in the operation of a boom lift
○ Truss climb and be able to train others in the same
○ Oversee the implementation and use of spot light operator’s fall-arrest systems

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
● On-site job requirements:
○ Ability to lift and carry 50lbs
○ Ability to navigate stairs and uneven terrain
○ Ability to navigate in low-light, outdoor settings
○ Valid driver’s license
○ 18+ years of age
○ Experience with and ability to meet all duties and responsibilities as listed above
○ Harness trained
○ Boom lift trained
● Desired qualifications:
○ Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in theatre
○ 3+ years experience as a Master Electrician
○ Excellent organizational and time management skills
○ Experience in managing large crews
○ Strong leadership and communication skills
○ Ability to work independently and as part of a team
○ Experience with outdoor theatre a plus
○ Personal vehicle a plus

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Interested candidates should complete the application form found here no later than May 1st, 2024. We will be
interviewing for this position on a rolling basis and encourage interested candidates to apply ASAP. No phone
calls please. Your application will be reviewed by the Director of Production, Jenna Worden. Interviews may be
conducted by other staff members as applicable.
If the above link does not work, copy and paste the following: https://wkf.ms/3TB3b3k

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
CSC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees based on race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information. Professionals of all identities, backgrounds,
and abilities are strongly encouraged to apply. CSC’s mission and values are summarized on our website at
commshakes.org/mission-history. The applicant’s experience should reflect a commitment to these values. We
celebrate diversity and access and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. CSC
is a place where everyone can grow, so however you identify and whatever background you bring with you,
please apply if this is a position that interests you.
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is a participant in the Line Drawn Community Standards Initiative to
prevent harassment and abuse in the New England performing arts community and requires all staff,
contractors, and volunteers to abide by these standards. By developing programs and resources specifically
for the needs of the New England performing arts community, Line Drawn aims to create safer and more
equitable work environments. We are committed to this Initiative because preventing harassment and abuse is
not optional – it is a requirement for creating theatre. More information can be found at
commshakes.org/linedrawn/
All performances will be held in accordance with the most up to date state, city, and industry safety protocols
regarding COVID-19. CSC will require all staff and performers to provide proof of a completed FDA-approved
vaccine regimen for COVID-19. This policy allows for exemption accommodations for disability or religious
reasons. Additional protocols regarding masking, testing, and/or vaccine booster requirements, if necessary,
will be announced closer to commencement of in-person work.

Costume Shop Manager

OVERVIEW

Costume Shop Manager – The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare on the Common 2024

Directed by Bryn Boice, CSC Associate Artistic Director

Cast size: 21

Director of Production: Jenna Worden

Reports to: Director of Production

FLSA Status: Temporary; Full-Time; Non-Exempt employment on a W2

Location: Boston, MA

  • Costume shop rental located at the Huntington Theatre shop
  • Occasional storage runs to our storage facilities in Canton, MA will be required
  • Occasional visits to rehearsal will be required, which will take place in Boston
  • The performance itself takes place on the Boston Common near the Parkman Bandstand

Compensation: $23.50 per hour, with any hours over 40 in a given week payable at an overtime rate of $35.25 per hour. Anticipated total hours for the project are 155. Payments will be made in the week following completion of work, typically on Thursdays.

Candidates must be located within commuting distance of the Boston Common as housing is not provided.

Engagement Dates: June 10-August 11, 2024

Important Dates:

  • Kick-Off Event: June 17 at the Modern Theatre (Optional Attendance)
  • Load In: July 1-9
  • Strike/Load Out: August 6-11
  • Note: This position should not expect to work from July 10-August 5

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Costume Shop Manager reports to the Director of Production and works with the Costume Designer and rental shop to complete the build, purchase, and/or borrowing of costumes for the production. Responsibilities may include:

  • Ordering materials and supplies
  • Coordinating fittings
  • Overseeing the distribution and completion of notes
  • Tracking expenses and receipts to ensure the project remains on budget
  • Creating necessary paperwork for handoff to the Wardrobe Supervisor during load in 
  • Pull items from CSC stock, located in Canton, MA
  • Assist with costume strike/load out, including returning rented and/or stock items to the proper location

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • On-site job requirements:
    • Ability to lift and carry 50lbs
    • Ability to navigate stairs and uneven terrain
    • Valid driver’s license
    • 18+ years of age
    • Experience with and ability to meet all duties and responsibilities as listed above
  • Desired qualifications:
    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in theatre
    • 3+ years experience in Shop Management or a related field 
    • Excellent organizational and time management skills
    • Experience in managing large crews
    • Strong leadership and communication skills
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Personal vehicle a plus

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Interested candidates should complete the application form found here no later than May 1st, 2024. We will be interviewing for this position on a rolling basis and encourage interested candidates to apply ASAP. No phone calls please. Your application will be reviewed by the Director of Production, Jenna Worden. Interviews may be conducted by other staff members as applicable.

If the above link does not work, copy and paste the following: https://wkf.ms/3TB3b3k 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

CSC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information. Professionals of all identities, backgrounds, and abilities are strongly encouraged to apply. CSC’s mission and values are summarized on our website at commshakes.org/mission-history. The applicant’s experience should reflect a commitment to these values. We celebrate diversity and access and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. CSC is a place where everyone can grow, so however you identify and whatever background you bring with you, please apply if this is a position that interests you.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is a participant in the Line Drawn Community Standards Initiative to prevent harassment and abuse in the New England performing arts community and requires all staff, contractors, and volunteers to abide by these standards. By developing programs and resources specifically for the needs of the New England performing arts community, Line Drawn aims to create safer and more equitable work environments. We are committed to this Initiative because preventing harassment and abuse is not optional – it is a requirement for creating theatre. More information can be found at commshakes.org/linedrawn/ 

All performances will be held in accordance with the most up to date state, city, and industry safety protocols regarding COVID-19. CSC will require all staff and performers to provide proof of a completed FDA-approved vaccine regimen for COVID-19. This policy allows for exemption accommodations for disability or religious reasons. Additional protocols regarding masking, testing, and/or vaccine booster requirements, if necessary, will be announced closer to commencement of in-person work.

Technical Director

OVERVIEW

Technical Director – The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare on the Common 2024

Directed by Bryn Boice, CSC Associate Artistic Director

Cast size: 21

Director of Production: Jenna Worden

Reports to: Director of Production 

FLSA Status: Temporary; Full-Time; Non-Exempt employment on a W2

Location: Boston, MA

  • Prep prior to load in to be completed remotely with occasional in-person meetings
  • Occasional storage runs to our storage facilities in Canton, MA will be required
  • Occasional visits to third-party scene shop will be required
  • The performance itself takes place on the Boston Common near the Parkman Bandstand

Compensation: $25.00per hour, with any hours over 40 in a given week payable at an overtime rate of $37.50 per hour. Anticipated total hours for the project are 337, which includes 120 hours of preparation time. Payments will be made in the week following completion of work, typically on Thursdays.

Candidates must be located within commuting distance of the Boston Common as housing is not provided.

Engagement Dates: May 1-August 16, 2024

Important Dates:

  • Kick-Off Event: June 17th at the Modern Theatre (Optional Attendance)
  • Site Prep: June 30
  • Load In: July 1-9
  • First Preview: July 16
  • Press Opening: July 24
  • Closing: August 4
  • Common Stage: August 6-10
  • Load Out: August 12-16

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Scenic Design
    • Oversee scenic bid process in conjunction with Production Management
    • Collaborate with scenic designer and scene shop to complete the build on time and on budget
  • Supervising and Hiring of Staff
    • Secure and supervise overhire labor for load in and load out as needed
    • Indirectly supervise PAs during load in and load out
    • Review/sign off on timesheets as needed
  • Budgeting
    • Maintain/manage the Scenic Budget as outlined by Director of Production
    • Ensure all expenses are tracked and accounted for in coordination with the scene shop
  • Load In/Load Out
    • Work with other department heads and vendors to install the CSC-owned Steeldeck, truss, and related equipment. Oversee scenic install with third-party scene shop and CSC staff
    • Work with other department heads and vendors to complete load out/strike of the space, which may include operating a rented cargo van or box truck to complete storage returns
    • Maintain safe working environment according to OSHA and general standards
  • Technical Rehearsals
    • Communicate with Production Management to address notes from previous day’s production meetings; complete minor repairs and scenic notes on site

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • On-site job requirements:
    • Ability to lift and carry 50lbs
    • Ability to navigate stairs and uneven terrain
    • Ability to navigate in low-light, outdoor settings
    • Valid driver’s license
    • 18+ years of age
    • Experience with and ability to meet all duties and responsibilities as listed above
  • Desired qualifications:
    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in theatre
    • 3+ years experience in Technical Direction or a related field
    • Excellent organizational and time management skills
    • Experience in managing large crews
    • Strong leadership and communication skills
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Experience with outdoor theatre a plus
    • Personal vehicle a plus

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Interested candidates should complete the application form found here no later than May 1st, 2024. We will be interviewing for this position on a rolling basis and encourage interested candidates to apply ASAP. No phone calls please. Your application will be reviewed by the Director of Production, Jenna Worden. Interviews may be conducted by other staff members as applicable.

If the above link does not work, copy and paste the following: https://wkf.ms/3TB3b3k 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

CSC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information. Professionals of all identities, backgrounds, and abilities are strongly encouraged to apply. CSC’s mission and values are summarized on our website at commshakes.org/mission-history. The applicant’s experience should reflect a commitment to these values. We celebrate diversity and access and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. CSC is a place where everyone can grow, so however you identify and whatever background you bring with you, please apply if this is a position that interests you.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is a participant in the Line Drawn Community Standards Initiative to prevent harassment and abuse in the New England performing arts community and requires all staff, contractors, and volunteers to abide by these standards. By developing programs and resources specifically for the needs of the New England performing arts community, Line Drawn aims to create safer and more equitable work environments. We are committed to this Initiative because preventing harassment and abuse is not optional – it is a requirement for creating theatre. More information can be found at commshakes.org/linedrawn/ 

All performances will be held in accordance with the most up to date state, city, and industry safety protocols regarding COVID-19. CSC will require all staff and performers to provide proof of a completed FDA-approved vaccine regimen for COVID-19. This policy allows for exemption accommodations for disability or religious reasons. Additional protocols regarding masking, testing, and/or vaccine booster requirements, if necessary, will be announced closer to commencement of in-person work.

Access Services Technician

OVERVIEW

Access Services Technician – The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare on the Common 2024

Directed by Bryn Boice, CSC Associate Artistic Director

Cast size: 21

Director of Production: Jenna Worden

Reports to: Director of Production

FLSA Status: Temporary; Full-Time; Non-Exempt employment on a W2

Location: Boston, MA

  • Prep prior to load in to be completed remotely with occasional in-person meetings
  • Occasional visits to rehearsal may be required, which will take place in Boston
  • The performance itself takes place on the Boston Common near the Parkman Bandstand

Compensation: $17.00 per hour, with any hours over 40 in a given week payable at an overtime rate of $25.50 per hour. Anticipated total hours for the project are 214, which includes 15 hours of preparation time. Payments will be made in the week following completion of work, typically on Thursdays.

Candidates must be located within commuting distance of the Boston Common as housing is not provided.

Engagement Dates: June 10-August 16, 2024

Important Dates:

  • Kick-Off Event: June 17 at the Modern Theatre (Optional Attendance)
  • Load In: July 1-9
  • First Preview: July 16
  • Press Opening: July 24
  • Closing: August 4
  • Common Stage: August 6-10
  • Load Out: August 12-16

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Oversee the installment and operation of Access Service technology including:
    • Open Captions system
    • Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)
    • Audio Description equipment
  • Perform trouble shooting for the equipment as needed
  • Interact with audience members utilizing Access Service technology in order to ensure they have a positive experience in which their Access needs are met
  • Attend all performances and select technical rehearsals

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • On-site job requirements:
    • Ability to lift and carry 50lbs
    • Ability to navigate stairs and uneven terrain
    • Ability to navigate in low-light, outdoor settings
    • Ability to monitor/perceive the operability of accessibility assets such as FM systems, Assistive Listening Devices, and Open Captioning interfaces
    • 18+ years of age
    • Experience with and ability to meet all duties and responsibilities as listed above
  • Desired qualifications:
    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in theatre
    • 3+ years experience in technical theatre and/or Access services
    • Excellent organizational and time management skills
    • Strong communication skills
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Experience with outdoor theatre a plus

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Interested candidates should complete the application form found here no later than May 1st, 2024. We will be interviewing for this position on a rolling basis and encourage interested candidates to apply ASAP. No phone calls please. Your application will be reviewed by the Director of Production, Jenna Worden. Interviews may be conducted by other staff members as applicable.

If the above link does not work, copy and paste the following: https://wkf.ms/3TB3b3k 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

CSC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information. Professionals of all identities, backgrounds, and abilities are strongly encouraged to apply. CSC’s mission and values are summarized on our website at commshakes.org/mission-history. The applicant’s experience should reflect a commitment to these values. We celebrate diversity and access and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. CSC is a place where everyone can grow, so however you identify and whatever background you bring with you, please apply if this is a position that interests you.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is a participant in the Line Drawn Community Standards Initiative to prevent harassment and abuse in the New England performing arts community and requires all staff, contractors, and volunteers to abide by these standards. By developing programs and resources specifically for the needs of the New England performing arts community, Line Drawn aims to create safer and more equitable work environments. We are committed to this Initiative because preventing harassment and abuse is not optional – it is a requirement for creating theatre. More information can be found at commshakes.org/linedrawn/ 

All performances will be held in accordance with the most up to date state, city, and industry safety protocols regarding COVID-19. CSC will require all staff and performers to provide proof of a completed FDA-approved vaccine regimen for COVID-19. This policy allows for exemption accommodations for disability or religious reasons. Additional protocols regarding masking, testing, and/or vaccine booster requirements, if necessary, will be announced closer to commencement of in-person work.


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

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