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
Midsummer Stage2 2024

Assistant FOH Managers (2 positions)

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company seeks two (2) Assistant Front of House (FOH) Managers for our 2024 Stage2 performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream running at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester, MA from March 14-21, 2024.

The Assistant FOH Managers will support the FOH Manager in coordination of a team consisting of both Strand and CSC Staff and volunteers to ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for all audience members. Attendance may be upwards of 800 students for more popular performance dates, and includes assigned seating sections for a combination of large school groups along with smaller homeschool groups on student matinee dates and general admission seating for public community performances.

Reports To: General Manager via Stage2 Front of House Manager

FLSA Status: Temporary/Seasonal Hourly Employee (W2); Non-Exempt and engaged on a part-time basis

Location: Hybrid; primarily in-person (Dorchester, MA) with some remote work. Candidates must be located within commuting distance of the Strand Theatre.

Compensation: $18.00 per hour, with any hours over 40 in a given week payable at an overtime rate of $27.00 per hour. Anticipated total hours for the project are 45-55, which includes up to 10 hours of preparation time and up to 50 hours of on-site work.

Employment Dates: March 13-21, 2024 with the possibility of some preparatory meetings in early March, to be scheduled at mutually agreeable times and compensated at the rate outlined above. The Assistant Front of House Managers must be present for all student matinees and public community performances as outlined below:

  • Wednesday, March 13, 2024: Final Dress and On-Site Training (time TBD)
  • Thursday, March 14, 2024: 10:00AM- student matinee
  • Friday, March 15, 2024: 11:00 AM- student matinee
  • Friday, March 15, 2024: 7:30 PM- public evening performance
  • Saturday, March 16, 2024: 2:00 PM- public matinee performance
  • Monday, March 18, 2024: 11:00 AM- student matinee
  • Tuesday, March 19: 2024: 10:00 AM- student matinee
  • Wednesday, March 20: 2024: 10:00 AM- student matinee
  • Thursday, March 21: 2024: 10:00 AM- student matinee 

(With longer post-show clean up after final performance)

Call time will be between 1.5-2 hours before performance start time depending on preparations needed that day. Programming (show + talkback) lasts approximately two hours and post-performance duties should take approximately one hour. In addition, the Assistant Front of House Managers may be required to do some remote prep leading up to the production, which can be scheduled around other commitments.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Primary duties will include:

  • Implementation of arrival and departure plan for large student groups for matinees, including bus pick up/drop off. One of the two AFOH Managers will be assigned to serve as the primary on-site bus coordinator. 
  • Implementation of seating plan for student matinees along with FOH Manager and volunteer ushers.
  • Implementation of ticket scanning and usher plans for public performances along with FOH Manager and volunteer ushers.
  • Assistance with implementation of any special events, i.e. talkbacks. 
  • Implementation of accessibility requests and COVID safety protocols as needed.

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS

Desired Qualifications:

  • Strong customer service skills required, previous front of house experience preferred.
  • Strong collaborator able to work in cooperation with both CSC and Strand staff. 
  • Attention to detail, ability to respond to specialized requests with thoroughness and care.
  • Ability to be direct and control crowds with a friendly but in-charge demeanor; Calm under pressure.
  • Experience with students/youth and/or large groups is a plus. 
  • Experience with accessibility services, such as open captioning, ESL, sensory processing needs, and physical access, is a plus. 
  • Preference will be given to candidates who are proficient in Spanish, as we will have several groups for whom English is a second language in attendance.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Please send a resume and cover letter as PDF files to General Manager, Brittney Holland, at employment@commshakes.org with the subject “Stage2 Assistant FOH Manager – Your Name”. Interviews will commence in mid-January and hires will be made as soon as suitable candidates are found. No phone calls, please.

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 Stage2 Assistant Front of House Managers’ 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 https://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.

Summer Apprentice Repertory Company 2024

ARC Stage Manager (Non-AEA) - 2 positions available

2024 Summer Apprentice Repertory Company (ARC) Stage Manager (Non-AEA)

2 positions available

OVERVIEW: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is seeking two (2) non-Equity Stage Managers, one each for our Apprentice Repertory Company (ARC) shows: Two Noble Kinsmen, directed by Regine Vital; and Richard II, directed by Victoria Townsend. The Stage Managers will work closely with the director of their production and the ARC Production Manager to coordinate and run rehearsals and performances.  The productions will be performed by the CSC Apprentice Company, a group of approximately 36 undergraduate level actors who will be divided between the two shows. Our program is intended to be joy-based and support the growth of our Apprentices. Although these plays will be fully produced, the design focus is on costumes, props, and some sound, with very little emphasis on lights and set.

Reports To: ARC Production Manager and the specific ARC Performance Director you are working under. Other CSC Staff and production team members are available to support.

FLSA Status: Temporary; Part-Time; Non-Exempt employment on a W-2

Location: Hybrid; primarily in-person (Boston, MA) with some remote work. Candidates must be located within commuting distance of downtown Boston as travel expenses and housing are not provided. Rehearsals will take place in Boston at Suffolk University, with tech and performances taking place at their Modern Theater.

Engagement Dates:  June 17 – August 4, 2024 on a part-time basis, with 1-2 Zoom meetings in the spring. Please find below key dates related to our Apprentice Program and the ARC performances:

  • Apprentice Program Orientation is June 12. ARC auditions are June 20-21, with casting confirmed by June 22. 
  • Rehearsals will run June 24-July 19 at various ~4-6 hour blocks between 9AM-6PM. (No weekends or Wednesdays, except July 17.) 
  • July 20: Load-in to Modern Theatre at Suffolk University (9am-2pm). SM is responsible for loading in and organizing show props to the Modern that morning. 
  • Tech/Dress schedule for both shows will take place at various hours between July 21-25th. 
  • Performances run in rotating rep, each show performing three times, between July 26-Aug 2nd, with schedule dependent on production. 
  • August 3: Load out of Modern Theatre (9am-2pm). SM is responsible for gathering & loading out show props back to Suffolk University.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Attend some pre-production meetings with ARC director and Production team
  • Work with other ARC SM and Production Manager/Mentor to co-create a streamlined template for rehearsal and performance reports for distribution.
  • Work with ARC director and assistant directing intern to create and communicate rehearsal calls/schedules to student performers.
  • Maintain and distribute necessary paperwork for production, including a calling script, rehearsal and performance reports, props tracking paperwork, script changes, line notes, etc.
  • Convey information between directors, designers, production manager, actors, and staff.
  • Some maintenance of rehearsal and performance spaces, i.e. collecting and restoring props to the locked closet, resetting the rehearsal room for the next class, and/or resetting the stage for the other cast.
  • Assist with props load-in, set up, and strike between Sawyer Building and the Modern Theatre.
  • May be asked to operate sound cues on QLab and/or basic lights up/down in performances.
  • Provide CSC with a clean copy of the calling script for the production for archival purposes.

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Stage management experience is necessary.  Experience with student actors is preferred.
  • Familiarity with Google Suite required; Experience with QLab a plus.
  • Candidates should be highly organized and strong communicators, committed to fostering a space of care and learning for our students. Experience working with artists of all abilities, including neurodivergent artists and/or individuals who may need other accommodation support is a plus. 
  • Commitment to CSC’s values of artistic excellence, inclusiveness, and access. 

Compensation: $2,000 total salary for the project, to be paid in two installments on a W-2, with anticipated hours of 127-133 total (equivalent to at least $15.00 per hour). This position is intended for a local candidate as we are unable to provide housing and transportation.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter as PDF files to employment@commshakes.org with the subject “ARC Stage Manager – Your Name”. Interviews will commence mid-February, and hire will be made as soon as a suitable candidate is found. No phone calls please.

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 ARC Stage Managers’ 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 https://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.

ARC Production Manager

2024 Summer Apprentice Repertory Company (ARC) Production Manager

OVERVIEW: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is seeking a Production Manager for two Apprentice Repertory Company (ARC) shows: Two Noble Kinsmen, directed by Regine Vital; and Richard II, directed by Victoria Townsend. The Production Manager will work closely with the two shows’ stage managers to coordinate tech, dress rehearsals, and performances. The productions will be performed by the CSC Apprentice Company, a group of approximately 36 undergraduate level actors who will be divided between the two shows. Although these plays will be fully produced, the design focus is on costumes, props, and some sound, with very little emphasis on lights and set.

These productions will rehearse in Boston at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Building and be presented in rotating rep at their Modern Theatre. 

Reports To: CSC General Manager. Works closely with ARC Production Directors and Stage Managers and Modern Theatre staff. Other CSC Staff and production team members available to support.

FLSA Status:  Temporary; Part-Time; Non-Exempt employment on a W-2.

Location: Hybrid; primarily in-person (Boston, MA) with some remote work. Candidates must be located within commuting distance of downtown Boston as housing and travel expenses are not provided. Rehearsals will take place at Suffolk University, with tech and performances taking place at their Modern Theater.

Engagement Dates: June 17 – August 4, 2024 on a part-time basis, with July 15 – August 4, 2024 on a first priority basis. Please find below key dates related to our Apprentice Program and the ARC performances:

  • Apprentice Program Orientation is June 12. ARC auditions are June 20-21, with casting confirmed by June 22. 
  • Rehearsals will run June 24-July 19 at various hours between 9AM-6PM (No weekends or Wednesdays, except July 17.) Attendance at rehearsals is not required, though attendance at both Designer Runs on July 19 proves extremely helpful.
  • July 20: Load-in to Modern Theatre at Suffolk University (9am-5pm) 
  • Tech/Dress schedule for both shows will take place at various hours between July 21-25th. Performances run in rotating rep between July 26-Aug 2nd, with schedule dependent on production. 
  • August 3: Load Out (9am-5pm)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Production Manager will be responsible for overseeing logistical aspects of the production, including:

  • Supervision of four CSC Apprentice Production Work-Study students to assist with load-in and strike, including communication of scheduling and transportation.
  • If not all Work-Study positions are filled, PM is responsible for engaging and supervising any necessary overhire staff, following CSC hiring practices.
  • Acting as mentor to two (2) stage management interns, especially in the initial set up of daily calls and rehearsal reports, as well as during tech.
  • Oversee ARC Costume Designer(s) and ensure they are adhering to production schedules and budgets.
  • In conjunction with ARC directors, create and adhere to a comprehensive production calendar, including design and technical deadlines, production meetings, technical rehearsals, and performances.
  • Schedule production meetings (including using Doodle or When2meet to coordinate schedules)
  • Coordinate with CSC staff on the printing and/or distribution of ARC performance scripts to Stage Managers
  • Coordinate prop loans from Suffolk University stock, with the help of Suffolk staff, and overseeing prop returns at the end of the production.
  • Supervise and coordinate transportation, setup, and strike of production elements, including CSC mobile stage unit and other scenic elements from CSC storage in Canton, MA.
  • Maintain and track production budget and follow all CSC accounting practices as directed by CSC General Manager.
  • Attend all technical rehearsals, as troubleshooting support and mentor for SM teams, and liaison with Suffolk/Modern support staff as needed.
  • Supply a Production Management Book at the end of the Project, including but not limited to: timesheets, contact sheet, schedules, copies of invoices and receipts pertaining to the Project budget, and any other paperwork required.

Qualifications/Requirements:

  • 1+ years of professional production and/or stage management experience.
  • Strong communication skills and willingness to be a positive collaborator with our team and our hosts at Suffolk University. 
  • Commitment to CSC’s values of artistic excellence, inclusiveness, and access. 
  • Ability to lift ~40 lbs to assist in loading and unloading CSC stage platforms.
  • Fluency in Google Drive required.
  • Strong preference will be given to candidates with a valid driver’s license and ability to drive/park an 18’ box truck in downtown Boston.
  • Experience with educational programs / engaging with student learners a plus. 
  • Familiarity with QLab preferred. 
  • Familiarity with basic sound and lighting setup / execution preferred but not required. 

Compensation: $2,000 total salary, to be paid in two installments via W2, with anticipated hours of 100 total (equivalent to approximately $20.00 per hour). This position is intended for a local candidate as housing and travel expenses are not covered by CSC.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter as PDF files to employment@commshakes.org with the subject “ARC Production Manager – Your Name”. Interviews will commence mid-February and hire will be made as soon as a suitable candidate is found. No phone calls please.

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 ARC Production Manager’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 https://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.

ARC Directing Intern- 2 positions available

2024 Summer Apprentice Repertory Company (ARC) Directing Intern

2 positions available

Overview: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is seeking two Assistant Directing Interns for our Apprentice Repertory Company (ARC) shows: Two Noble Kinsmen, directed by Regine Vital; and Richard II, directed by Victoria Townsend. The productions will be performed by the CSC Apprentice Company, a group of approximately 36 undergraduate level actors who will be divided between the two shows. Although these plays will be fully produced, the design focus is on costumes, props, and some sound, with very little emphasis on lights and set.

Reports To: CSC Artistic Programs Manager via the ARC Performance Director you are working under. Other CSC Staff and production team members available to support.

FLSA Status: Independent Contractor / 1099 Compensation

Location: Hybrid; primarily in-person (Boston, MA) with some remote work. Candidates must be located within commuting distance of downtown Boston as housing and travel expenses are not provided. Rehearsals will take place at Suffolk University, with tech and performances taking place at their Modern Theatre nearby.

Engagement Dates: The internship’s schedule is intended to have some flexibility depending on the individual candidate’s needs, and while interns are welcome at every rehearsal, they are not required to be there every day. A mutually agreed upon schedule of attendance and days the Assistant Directing Intern will lead rehearsal will be discussed with the ARC production’s director before signing on. 

Here are some key dates we hope interns will be available:

  • One to two Zoom meetings prior to the summer to talk about the program, title, production with director, at mutually agreed upon times
  • June 20, 2024: 10AM-7PM Auditions
  • June 21, 2024: 1:30-7PM Callbacks and Casting
  • Rehearsals will run June 24-July 19 at various ~4-6 hour blocks between 9AM-6PM depending on which production the intern is assigned to. (No weekends or Wednesdays, except July 17.) Attendance at all rehearsals is not required. 
  • Tech/Dress schedule varies based on production and will take place at various hours between July 21-25th. Performances run in rotating rep between July 26-Aug 2nd, with schedule dependent on production. 
  • Additional enrichment opportunities as part of CSC’s Apprentice Program curriculum may be open to Directing Interns.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Attend ARC production meetings.
  • Attend auditions and assist the director with callback administration.
  • Coordinate with director, stage manager, and Apprentice Program Assistant on rehearsal schedule and communications as needed.
  • Attend rehearsals, tech, and performances as agreed upon with the director.
  • Run some rehearsals with primary director support, observation, and feedback, with potential to run some rehearsals independently.  

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

This opportunity is ideal for early-career directors with some experience in directing small productions and/or scenes, but who are looking for a mentorship that addresses the unique challenges of directing Shakespeare and classical text. Our program is intended to be joy-based and candidates should be strong communicators, committed to fostering a space of care and learning for themselves and others, and comfortable working both collaboratively and independently. Experience working with artists of all abilities, including neurodivergent artists and/or individuals who may need other accommodation support is a plus. Commitment to CSC’s values of artistic excellence, inclusiveness, and access, plus proficiency in Google Suite are required.

Compensation: $750 internship stipend via 1099. This internship is intended for a local candidate as we are unable to provide housing and transportation.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter as PDF files to employment@commshakes.org with the subject “ARC Directing Intern – Your Name”.  Interviews will commence mid-February, and hire will be made as soon as a suitable candidate is found. No phone calls please.

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 ARC Production Manager’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 https://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.


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