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

SCENIC/PROPS/BACKSTAGE POSITIONS

Props Artisan (June 18-August 7): Work with the Scenic Designer, Director, & Production Manager on
the build, purchase and/or borrowing of props for the production. Must have own car (mileage reimbursed)
and access to shop space.

Stage Supervisor (July 3 – August 7): Work with Production Management to ensure smooth load-in and
load-out process, act as onsite technical director and crew supervisor for performances, act as onsite point
person during performances.

LIGHTING

Assistant Lighting Designer (June 18 – July 24; stipend provided): Assistant to Lighting Designer.
Attend production meetings. Be present to assist during light hang and focus, tech rehearsals, and previews.
Master Electrician (July 1 – August 7): Work with Lighting Designer & Production Manager to create
and prep shop order, supervise lighting load-in, hang, and focus, set up power for compound and vendors, etc.

Assistant Master Electrician/Programmer (July 3 – August 7): Assist the Master Electrician during
prep and load-in and be responsible for programming and running of the light board during rehearsals and
performances.

SOUND

Audio 2: Assist the Chief Audio Engineer and be primarily responsible for management and maintenance of
wireless microphones including fitting to actors and backstage tracking

COSTUMES/WARDROBE

Assistant Costume Designer (June 18 – July 24; stipend provided): Assistant to Costume Designer.
Attend production meetings and check-in on construction at costume shop. Be present to assist during tech
rehearsals and previews.

Costume Shop Supervisor (June 10-August 7) Work with the Costume Designer & Production Manager
on the build, purchase and/or borrowing of costumes for the production.

Wardrobe Supervisor (July 3 – August 7): Lead the Wardrobe area, providing costume support for
performers. Direct and oversee costume maintenance, laundry and serve as a dresser during rehearsals and
performances. Coordinate with Costume Designer and Costume Shop during load-in and load-out.

Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor: Assist the Wardrobe Supervisor with costume maintenance, laundry and
serve as a dresser during rehearsals and performances; work as part of the wardrobe crew during load-in and load-out

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.

Stage Management Intern (June 18-August 4): Work as part of the AEA Stage Management team in
rehearsals, tech, and performance with recording blocking, tracking props and costumes, running backstage, etc. Rehearsals (June 18-July 11) take place at Babson College; access to a car or a strong transportation plan is encouraged.

Technical Theatre Intern, 3 positions: Work as a member of the support crew for load-in and load-out
and serve as run crew for performances.

Electrics Intern, 2 positions: Work as part of the electrics crew during load-in, work calls and load-out;
run follow spots for rehearsals and performances. Must be comfortable working at heights up to 35’ in fall
arrest harness.

Sound Intern: Work as part of the sound crew during load-in, work calls and load-out; run playback for
rehearsals and performances. Must be comfortable working at heights in lifts and on ladders.

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.

Shakespeare on the Common FOH Manager: Summer 2019

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 Cymbeline, playing July 17 – August 4, 2019, on the Boston Common.

Management and Supervision: They will directly supervise an Assistant FOH Manager, two Audience Services Interns (1 Volunteer Coordinator and 1 Friends Section House Manager), 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 Cymbeline production staff and artistic team; update the FOH Manual with information collected and policies implemented during the 2019 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 lbs. boxes of programs.

Dates of Employment: Approximately June 1 – August 15; however they should be available for 1-2 in-person meetings in advance of official start date, as needed. Prior to moving to the Common on July 12, position requires 8-12 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, 8-10 hours per day (afternoons and evenings). After the show closes, hours return to 8-12 hours/week until August 15. Dates and times are subject to change.

Qualifications:

  • Experience with Microsoft Office, G-Suite (Google docs) 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.

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: $3,750 total salary. Reserved chairs in the Friends Section at Cymbeline 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. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position has been filled. Please apply by March 1, 2019 for priority consideration. No phone calls, please.

Shakespeare on the Common Assistant FOH Manager: Summer 2019

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 Cymbeline, playing July 17 – August 4, 2019, on the Boston Common.

Administrative Responsibilities: With FOH Manager, supervise Audience Services Interns (Volunteer Coordinator and Friends Section House Manager); assist with volunteer recruitment; 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.

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, sometimes in inclement weather (heat or rain). 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 lbs. boxes of programs.

Dates of Employment: Approximately June 17 – August 15. Prior to moving to the Common on July 13, 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, 8-10 hours per day (afternoons and evenings). After the show closes, hours return to 8-10 hours/week until August 15. Dates and times are subject to change.

Qualifications:

  • Experience with Microsoft Office, G-Suite (Google docs) 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.

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: $1,750 stipend. Reserved chairs in the Friends Section at Cymbeline 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. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position has been filled. Please apply by March 1, 2019 for priority consideration. No phone calls, please.

Marketing Internship: Summer 2019

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

Responsibilities: Assist with the promotion of Cymbeline 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 A Midsummer Night’s Dream and All’s Well That Ends Well). Special projects depending on intern’s interest and skills may include promotional video creation, graphic design, and social media projects.

When in the office at Babson 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 Cymbeline for social media purposes, create a rewards program for the Apprentices Ambassadors, 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 28 through mid-July: 12-15 hours per week. Two days a week, between 10am-4pm, Tuesday and Thursdays at Babson College in Wellesley, MA
  • From July 17 through August 5: 40 hours 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:  Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is the theatre-in-residence at Babson College. Applicants must provide their own means of transportation to Wellesley 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 4. No phone calls, please.

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: Summer 2019

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: Approximately June 24 – 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. Apply by April 1st for priority consideration. No phone calls, please.

Audience Services Intern: House Manager: Summer 2019

The Audience Services Intern (ASI): House 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: House Manager will be responsible for supervising the set-up, seating and ushers in the Friends Section, a reserved seating area for CSC donors, board members, sponsors, press, and other special guests.

Front-of- House Responsibilities: In conjunction with CSC’s Development team, create a nightly seating chart for the Friends Section; create signage for each seat; lead the physical set-up of the section each night and ensure seats are properly labeled; train and supervise Apprentice ushers; act as the lead usher for seating, greeting patrons in a warm and welcoming demeanor; field and resolve any seating issues. Outside of his/her/their duties house managing the Friends Section, the Intern will assist the 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 member 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 July 8 – 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, 7-9 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: House Management and/or ushering experience required. Experience leading, training and supervising young adults 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).  

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. Apply by April 1st for priority consideration. No phone calls, please.

Summer Academy Resident Administrator: Summer 2019

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company seeks a responsible candidate to serve as our Resident Administrator for our Apprentice and CSC2 Companies for summer 2019 . We would prefer for this position to live on-campus.

Position Dates: Approximately June 1-August 5 (move in date may be flexible, needs to move in by June 8th at latest)

Job Description:
The Summer Academy Resident Administrator will live in CSC’s summer dormitory space at Babson College in Wellesley, MA to assist with the on-site needs of our various-level acting training companies: the Apprentice Program (college-aged, approximately 18-23) and CSC2 (late 20s-early 30s). The Resident Administrator would be provided with a single dormitory room (private kitchenette and bathroom, air conditioning and laundry included). Approximately 10 hours of administrative work per week, not including being on-site overnight in the dorms.

Responsibilities include:

  • Living in dorms for the duration of summer and including over-nights, 6 nights a week; monitoring behavior/quiet hours and reporting any concerning behavior or policy violations among students living in the dorm to Program Directors; being a resource for students in the dorm for community and/or room issue, helping connect students with facilities when necessary.
  • Organizing carpools for 1-2 weekly shopping trips (depending on demand) for students living in the dorms to grocery, pharmacy or other basic needs. Delivering mail to student companies when necessary.
    Execute pre-scheduled events including move-in/move out, welcome dinner, staff breakfast, ice cream social, Boston excursions, company cabaret
  • Organize and host special guest visits, professional company talks, master classes, as needed.
    Providing administrative support to directors including helping in collecting/organizing student tuition and housing payments, instructor timesheets and student-driver reimbursements.
  • Assist with transportation of Apprentices on a limited basis (transportation will be reimbursed)
  • Attend weekly Academy staff meetings.

Qualifications:

  • Responsibility and discretion. Ability to tackle personal and professional issues with clear-headedness and thoughtful problem-solving.
  • Attention to detail and excellent communication skills; comfortable working with both professionals and students.
  • Must have a clean and reliable car, valid insurance and safe driving record.
  • Experience in an RA position highly desirable. Customer Service or Company Management experience a plus. Experience in a professional theatrical setting/company a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and contribute to a welcoming and inclusive environment
  • Applicants aged 21+ preferred.

Compensation: $1,500 stipend plus free housing (private kitchenette and bathroom, air conditioning and coin-op laundry included) for dates stated above.

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to employment@commshakes.org with the subject line “Academy Resident Administrator”. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and a hire will be made as soon as a suitable candidate is found. No phone calls, please.

 

 

 


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

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