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2016 PSF Summer Company

Founded in 1991, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company on the campus of DeSales University in Center Valley, PA and the Official Shakespeare Festival of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Each summer, PSF produces a season of Shakespeare and other classics, musical theatre, and children’s theatre, and each fall, PSF produces a Shakespeare tour that visits middle schools and high schools in PA, NJ, and DE. About an hour north of Philadelphia and less than two hours from Manhattan, PSF is summer home to over 200 artists from around the country, including winners and nominees of the Tony, Obie, Emmy, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Jefferson, and Barrymore awards. The Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Summer Season Production/Administration

Heading into its 26th season, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company on the campus of DeSales University in the Lehigh Valley, 100 minutes from NYC and 60 minutes from Philly. The Festival uses both the 473 seat mainstage and the 187 seat black box at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on campus. Each summer, PSF produces a season of Shakespeare alongside other classics, musical theatre, and children’s theatre. Employment runs early May through mid-August, housing is provided. The Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Contract dates vary slightly by department but the overall season runs May 1 through August 11 with performances running from June 2 through August 6.


Administration-Management

Administrative-Management Intern

May 15 - August 9 or August 11

The Administrative-Management Intern will work in the Festival admin main office and assist the Managing Director & Education Director/Assistant General Manager in the day-to-day responsibilities and tasks of their positions including, but not limited to, human resources, volunteer coordination, accessibility, souvenir & concession management, database maintenance, list analysis, website, social media, website, archives, proof reading, online research, etc. The intern will also assist the Business Manager, Development department, Marketing department, Company Management and Producing Artistic Director on projects as needed. Previous office work and significant experience with Microsoft Office Suite preferred.

Please send resume, cover letter and references to Managing Director Casey William Gallagher: psf@pashakespeare.org


Box Office

Box Office Associate

May 15 - August 9

Process all ticket sales and requests for all productions, events, and specialty dinners in the 2017 Season. Reports directly to Box Office Manager and Associate Box Office Manager. Serves as acting manager on duty for The Ice Princess and Shakespeare for Kids when the Box Office Manager and the Associate Box Office Manager are not in the office. Provides excellent customer service to all patrons and prospective patrons. Must have availability evenings and weekends. Prior experience with Theatre Manager and/or any other Box Office software is preferred.

Box Office Intern

May 15 - August 9

Process all ticket sales and requests for all productions, events, and specialty dinners in the 2017 Season. Reports directly to Box Office Manager and Associate Box Office Manager. Provides excellent customer service to all patrons and prospective patrons. Must have availability evenings and weekends. Prior experience with Theatre Manager and/or any other Box Office software is preferred.

Please send resume, cover letter and references to Associate Box Office Manager Nicole Moyer: Nicole.Moyer@desales.edu


Company Management

To submit, please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Jared Goldstein: jared.goldstein@pashakespeare.org

Company Manager

May 1 - August 13

Reporting directly to the Director of Production. CM responsibilities include for housing, transportation, HR-esk issues (medical issues, workers comp, travel payments, etc), hospitality, rental cars, hotel like responsibilities for an ever rotating cast of actors and designers coming/going throughout the season, maintenance on housing supplies and storage, and additional on site management support during busy times. Very long hours and work weeks are the expectation.

Assistant Company Manager

May 8 – August 9

Assistant CM reports directly to the CM and assists in all job functions. Specific responsibilities are assigned by the supervisor but the expectation is that this position can cover the CM during the rare day off or if there is an issue that requires attention in more than one place at a time. Previous company management experience preferred but if you have management/leadership experience and feel qualified lets discuss. A positive and patient attitude are an absolute must.


Costume Shop

To submit, please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Jared Goldstein: jared.goldstein@pashakespeare.org

Costume Shop Craftsperson

May 16-July 23

A difficult position to predict given variable the Festival’s shows and concepts tend to be. Some seasons are very standard and some are nonstop problem solving; lots of painting, some standard costume construction will come up, dyeing is always a major player in the shop, crafts will often be involved in blood effects. There is room for creativity in how standard and unusual problems are approached. Costume shop or similar experience is a must; everyone has to work well together to be able to coordinate the volume that moves from position to position during busy times.


Electrics Department

To submit, please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Jared Goldstein: jared.goldstein@pashakespeare.org

LX Intern

May 13 – August 9

LX interns are a critical part of the lighting department. There is a lot of teaching along the way but interns are expected to already be comfortable with basic hanging, cabling and focusing. Everyone will get their hands on all types of equipment we use from scrollers to moving lights, LED and spots. Each intern will likely rotate through spot op, board op and programming responsibilities throughout the season.


House Management

House Manager

May 30 - August 9

The House Manager supervises the smooth and gracious handling of audiences for all Festival productions from time of arrival to departure for the summer season which consists of seven productions in two venues over 10 weeks and works closely with a large volunteer group (over 200) in meeting the needs of the annual audience of 40,000. Also, includes supervision and nightly reconciliation of souvenir, concessions and raffle sales. Looking for dynamic and energetic individual with strong organizational and people skills, ability to work with grace under pressure, make quick decisions and handle emergencies.

Assistant House Manager

May 30 - August 9

The Assistant House Manager assists the House Manager in supervising the smooth and gracious handling of audiences for all Festival productions from time of arrival to departure for the summer season which consists of seven productions in two venues over 10 weeks and works closely with a large volunteer group (over 200) in meeting the needs of the annual audience of 40,000. Also, assists in the supervision and nightly reconciliation of souvenir, concessions and raffle sales. Looking for dynamic and energetic individual with strong organizational and people skills, ability to work with grace under pressure, make quick decisions and handle emergencies.

Please send resume, cover letter and references to Managing Director Casey William Gallagher: psf@pashakespeare.org


Marketing

Marketing Intern

May 15 – August 11

The Marketing Intern will report directly to the Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: assist with writing press releases and copy for weekly email blasts, create social media content across multiple channels, assemble press kits, manage media files and archives, support coordination of photography and press features, and provide general administrative support. Excellent communication, writing, and proofreading skills required and strong knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite preferred.

Please send resume, cover letter, and references to the Marketing Associate, Victoria Blair. Victoria.blair@pashakespeare.org


Overhire

To submit, please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Jared Goldstein: jared.goldstein@pashakespeare.org

General Overhire

If you are local (or in our general area) and looking for period but not full summer jobs let us know! We are always looking to expand our database of available hands/skilled workers. Include a resume, your expected availability (if you know it) between May and August, and what various departments you work in. No specific deadline here, feel free to submit your info at any time.


Production Management

To submit, please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Jared Goldstein: jared.goldstein@pashakespeare.org

All Production Management positions for the 2017 Season have been filled


Prop Shop

To submit, please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Jared Goldstein: jared.goldstein@pashakespeare.org

Props Master

May 8 – August 9

The Props Master leads a four person department consisting of our return assistant props master and artisan as well as an intern. Props always vary with the needs of the season but range from carpentry to crafts to upholstery to paints. There is a decent stock in storage on campus but we rent quite a bit to supplement. Some of the more difficult responsibilities include coordinating props with the set designer who is often not in town yet while the director already is so the props master often becomes unwitting go between, coordinate space use with other departments for space and tools, dealing with rehearsal prop needs for very short rehearsal process’ and tracking a tight budget for multiple shows while still being realistic about directors needing/wanting last minute adds.

Props Intern

May 15 – August 9

Works as a part of the four person props department. Props always vary with the needs of the season but range from carpentry to crafts to upholstery to paints. We always attempt to hire a spread of skills across the department so let us know what your strengths are and the team is happy to help teach new skills along the way. Comfortability in trying new techniques and working as a part of a team while learning is a must.


Run Crew

To submit, please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Jared Goldstein: jared.goldstein@pashakespeare.org

Run Crew Intern

Dates are still TBD based on the needs of the show but will be beginning of June-ish through either the beginning of July or August 6 depending on one of two tracks.

Run crew internships vary but include responsibilities ranging from pushing wagons or various scenery to repairing set pieces, tracking props, basic stage maintenance and assisting stage management. The specifics will truly not take shape until midway through rehearsals but this is an opportunity to be backstage on several of our mainstage shows and experience various departments’ responsibilities during performance.


Scene Shop

To submit, please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Jared Goldstein: jared.goldstein@pashakespeare.org

Assistant Technical Director

May 13 – August 9

The ATD will join our returning TD to steer the season build for all shows. There is the opportunity for the ATD to take the lead on a couple of projects to help build drafting experience and portfolio. Previous technical direction, or similar/relevant leadership positions, is required. Strong AutoCAD skills and communication are absolute requirements. Keeping calm under stress, strong working relationships with designers, creative problem solving, comfortability with long work hours over long stretches and general familiarity with a Festival environment are all important. Sense of humor preferred.

Staff Carpenters

May 13 – August 9

We are hiring two staff carpenters and typically we hire one “senior carpenter” if someone applies and has the experience to warrant the position. All carpenters report to the shop manager and will have hands on all production throughout the season. Exact construction needs and skills will vary per season but tend to remain in the realm of standard theatrical skills. We are always eager for anyone with welding and/or rigging experience. Solid communication skills, being comfortable with long hours and tight working quarters are all important.

Anyone interested in the senior carp position must have some experience in a shop manager or similar crew leadership position.


Sound Department

To submit, please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Jared Goldstein: jared.goldstein@pashakespeare.org

Sound Intern

May 15 – August 9

Works with our Audio Supervisor and Assistant to maintain the brand new million dollar sound system of the performing arts center. This is an opportunity to work with a lot of brand new equipment that is entering the industry these days. There are also show specific adds/installs that will happen along the way. Additional responsibilities include looking after On The Green, our daily live music in front of the building during preshow hours, run responsibilities on various shows (either board op-ing and/or A2 responsibility during the musical), general maintenance and especially microphone maintenance.


Stage Management

To submit, please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Jared Goldstein: jared.goldstein@pashakespeare.org

AEA Stage Manager for Evita

Prep May 15-21
Rehearsals May 22-June 7
Tech June 7-13
Previews June 14 & 15
Opening June 16
Closing July 2

Our AEA ASM is returning this season and has two year’s experience at PSF already. The team is rounded out with an intern as well. Stage management team is supported by the Deck Chief and typically two more hands backstage, light op, typically 2 spot ops, A1 and A2. This position is typically filled by someone with equivalent large scale musical experience in regional or touring settings. This is a very fast passed process. There is just enough time for everyone to get their own work ready for opening and the SM is the go to for each of those people.


Wardrobe

To submit, please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Jared Goldstein: jared.goldstein@pashakespeare.org

Wardrobe Intern

June 1 – August 9

Working with the wardrobe supervisor and dressers the wardrobe interns help to keep everyone in the right costumes at the right time. Experience or familiarity with theatrical costuming/dressing and a comfortability in helping and/or learning make-up/wigs is a must. We can teach the specific wardrobe side of things. This is an incredibly fast moving department so expect to be running back and forth backstage, must be comfortable in high pressure situations and high pressure actors. Wardrobe also handles all laundry and basic maintenance during performances.

Summer Season Casting

PSF employs 25-35 AEA and a smaller number of non-union actors each summer. PSF operates under a Letter of Agreement and a Small Professional Theatre Contract with Actors' Equity Association in its two theatres and engages a NYC casting director. Employment length is typically 6-7 weeks from first rehearsal to final performance. Longer contracts for multiple shows. Housing is provided.

Please note that undergraduate acting internships are open ONLY to students attending DeSales University, the Festival’s host institution. As such, students from other undergraduate theatre programs are ineligible to audition for PSF’s summer season, but are welcome to apply for technical, staff, and front of house positions.

Equity Principal Auditions (EPA) for PSF’s 2017 Season are listed below. For complete information, please see listings on www.actorsequity.org or www.backstage.com.

Thursday, January 12
NYC Equity Principal Audition (EPA) at Actors’ Equity Association - 9:30-5:30

Friday, January 13
Local EPA at Labuda Center, DeSales University - 9:30-5:30

Tuesday, January 17
Philadelphia EPA at Walnut Street Theatre - 10:30-6:30

Wednesday, February 8
NYC Equity Chorus Call at Actors’ Equity Association - 9:30–5:30
Che ECC Side
Eva ECC Side
Magaldi ECC Side
Peron ECC Side 1

Head shots and resumes may be sent to:
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
Re: Casting
2755 Station Ave
Center Valley, PA 18034
Fax: 610.282.2084
Or email: casting@pashakespeare.org

NON-EQUITY OPEN CALL for EVITA
Wednesday, February 22nd – 12pm-5pm
Ripley Grier Studios – Studios 17C & D - 520 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, PA will hold an OPEN CALL for non-equity male and female dancer-singers. PSF is 90 miles from NYC. Salary: $350/wk. Housing provided. EMC points available. Rehearsals begin: 5/23/17; Closes: 7/2/17. Six week gig. Seeking fit dancers with strong ballet technique, jazz technique, and partnering ability. Actors will dance first and may be asked to stay to sing. Prepare 16 bars of a musical theatre song. Bring sheet music for your song; a piano accompanist will be provided. Bring character shoes and a photo/resume stapled together.

Sign up begins at 11:30am.
12-2pm female dancers who sing
2-3pm male dancers who sing
3:30-5pm male singers (strong tenors) who move well

Video submissions are accepted and may be sent to casting@pashakespeare.org.
All videos must be submitted as links - please do NOT send attachments.

Prepare one of the following 2 options:

1) Prepare a brief monologue from one of the plays, or a monologue that will illuminate your ability to play one of the roles. Actors auditioning for AS YOU LIKE IT or TROILUS & CRESSIDA should prepare a brief Shakespearean monologue.

2) Prepare 16 bars of a song and a 1 minute monologue that will illuminate your ability to play a role in EVITA and/or THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (by Canny/Nicolson), THE THREE MUSKETEERS (by Ken Ludwig), AS YOU LIKE IT or TROILUS & CRESSIDA.

Fall WillPower Education Tour Casting

WillPower is the educational outreach program of Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Each fall, PSF sends a company of professionally trained and experienced actors/teachers to schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware to teach workshops relating to Shakespeare and perform in a Shakespearean production. PSF employs non-union performers. Employment length is late September through mid-November. Housing is provided. Audition information is posted here as well as in Backstage. PSF begins casting for the WillPower Tour in July.

All head shots and resumes should be sent to:
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
Re: WillPower Casting
2755 Station Ave
Center Valley, PA 18034
Fax: 610.282.2084
If you send a headshot for WillPower, please also attend a Willpower scheduled open call or submit a video audition link to: casting@pashakespeare.org