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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.

Assistant Production Manager: Free Shakespeare on the Common 2020: The Tempest

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) is currently seeking candidates for the position of Assistant 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 “Assistant Production Manager” in the title by April 30, 2020. 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 April 30, 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.

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 mentor ship 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 30, 2020; however, hire will be made as soon as suitable candidate is found. Please apply ASAP for priority consideration. No phone calls please. 

 


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

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