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2017 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 27th 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 through August with performances running from June through August.


Administration-Management

Admin-Management Intern

May 14 - August 8

The Administrative-Management Intern will 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 regularly assist House Management and some other departments on projects as needed. Previous office work and significant experience with Microsoft Office Suite preferred.

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


Box Office

Box Office/Administration Internships

PENNSYLVANIA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL seeks three box office interns for its 2018 summer season. All interns will gain hands on experience in a fast-paced work environment producing seven productions in two different venues. Good attitude and a willingness to learn are required. Experience with ticketing software, especially Theatre Manager, is preferred. Full-time commitment with salary and housing provided. Internships run early May to mid-August. Send letter, resume and three references to:

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
Attn: Box Office/Administration Internships
2755 Station Ave
Center Valley, PA 18034

Fax: 610.282.2084
E-mail: nicole.moyer@desales.edu


Company Management

Company Manager

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

April 30-August 13

Reporting directly to the Director of Production. CM responsibilities include company 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.


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

First Hand

May 10 – July 22

The First Hand will be working with our long time Shop Manager and Cutter/Draper. There is good support but also a lot of room to contribute to the team and make the work your own. All costume shop positions need to be comfortable working quickly with tight deadlines (even within an industry that expects that as standard). The costume shop is always working on two projects at a time and sometimes three.

Costume Shop Craftsperson

May 14 - July 22

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.

Stitchers

May 14 – July 22

Costume/clothing build experience is a must. Comfortable in standard construction methods while working quickly (and checking that work as you go) are also critical. More complex or advanced skills can be taught in house. Knowledge of wardrobe to help coordinate departments is helpful but not required.

Costume Shop Intern

May 17 – August 8

Intern will work with all members of the costume shop. It is a chance to see what each various position does and assist along the way. Builds will range from ornate period pieces to modern day basics. General construction is a necessity for the position but no specific skill type is 100% needed. This is another of our fastest working departments.


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

Assistant Master Electrician

May 10 – August 9

AME helps to supervise the staff LX and two interns. The department plans, hangs, focuses and then maintains all shows in the season. The position must be comfortable working with and teaching the interns while still meeting deadlines. Both theatres are mainly conventional equipment but each space has two VL1100’s to give a bit more flexibility and a few growing LED systems too. Each venue runs off an Ion. Must be comfortable grid walking, working in genies and basic ladder work. AME is often called upon to help run the spot light team on the musical but depends on the needs of the season.

Staff Electrician

May 14 – August 9

Electrician is part of a 5 person department that plans, hangs, focuses and then maintains all shows in the season. The position also works with two interns so being comfortable with helping to teach along the way is important. Both theatres are mainly conventional equipment but each space has two VL1100’s to give a bit more flexibility and a few small systems of LED equipment too. Each venue runs off an Ion. Electrician typically has some run responsibility (board op, deck LX or spot captain) but depends on the needs of the season.

LX Interns

May 17 – 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 as well as ladders, genies and grid walking (all of these can be taught as long as you are comfortable learning). Everyone will get their hands on all types of equipment we use from conventional equipment to moving lights, LED tech and spots. Each intern will likely rotate through spot op, board op and programming responsibilities throughout the season.


House Management

Assistant House Manager

May 29 - August 8

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.

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


Marketing

Marketing Intern

May 14 - August 8

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, proofreading skills and strong knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite required.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and references to the Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Tina Slak. Tina.Slak@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 periodic work 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

Associate Production Manager

April 30-August 13

Reporting directly to the Director of Production. APM responsibilities include budget tracking, petty cash, facilitating communication, assisting in supervision of technical departments, assisting with facilities management, coordinating needs between FOH and production departments, working to maintain all production deadlines, taking production meeting minutes and distributing, coordinating with the University facilities staff, working to enforce safe working practices across departments. This is a fast paced work environment with excessive work hours. Must have top notch multitasking skills, strong with paperwork and learning on the fly. Patience and mediation skills are required. General experience in theatrical production and/or management required though we are not looking for specific departmental experience.


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 10 – July 22

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 to shopping and/or rentals. 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 is already in rehearsal so the Props Master often becomes the unwitting go between while also coordinating space use with other departments and for tool usage, 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 Carpenter

May 14 – August 8

Working as part of the team the props carp must come with basic carpentry skills and either experience or comfortability in props crafts. Each season has its own needs so being ready to learn and try new skills is also a must. This is a very fast moving organization that often needs its props ready for rehearsal yesterday. Multitasking is a must. Experience working in a resident theater dealing with both rehearsal props and show props for different overlapping productions is a plus.

Props Intern

May 17 – August 8

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

Run Crew

Dates are TBD until the direction of the shows start to take shape but will be the beginning of June and run for 1 or 2 months depending on the needs of this year’s season.

Run crew vary but include responsibilities ranging from pushing scenic wagons or various scenery to repairing set pieces, tracking props, basic stage maintenance and assisting stage management responsibilities. 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. Must be comfortable in a backstage environment, capable of lifting, good at following detailed directions and asking follow up questions as needed. If you would like to be on the list of go to people for these positions please submit your materials at any time. Early applications will be given priority.


Scene Artists

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

Scenic Charge Artist

May 10 – July 22

Charge Artist supervises the scenic intern, works with all scenic designers to determine the best treatment options for all paint needs and coordinates with the scene shop on space/set piece sharing. Exact needs vary widely from season to season. Charge Artist must come with a variety of skills to meet those needs and be comfortable trying new techniques on the go. With a very busy season with a lot of deadlines the scenic department is often on an opposite schedule working late nights or overnights in order to keep base with the build.

Scenic Artist

May 14 – August 8

Works with the Charge Artists to accomplish all paint treatments as designed. Must come with basic knowledge and experience but the specifics of the season can be taught on site as long as you are up for learning on the go. Deadlines are tight and require picking up new skills quickly is important. With a very busy season with a lot of deadlines the scenic department is often on an opposite schedule working late nights or overnights in order to keep base with the build.

Scenic Intern

May 14 – August 8

Works with the Charge Artists to accomplish all paint treatments as designed. Must come with basic knowledge and experience but the specifics of the season can be taught on site as long as you are up for learning on the go. Deadlines are tight and require picking up new skills quickly.


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

Master Carpenter

May 10 – August 8

The master carp reports directly to the Shop Foreman. Works alongside the Foreman to coordinate with the TD on build decisions. Helps to set long term and daily deadlines. Will have hands on all production builds throughout the season. Exact construction needs and skills will vary per season but tend to remain in the realm of standard theatrical skills. Welding and/or rigging experience is required as well. Solid communication skills, being comfortable with long hours, while maintaining safety practices, and tight working quarters are all important. Must be capable of teaching young carpenters on the go. Must be accustomed to meeting hard deadlines.

Staff Carpenters

May 14 – August 8

We are hiring multiple full season carpenters. All carpenters report to the Shop Foreman & Master Carpenter 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. Must be comfortable with long hours, tight working quarters and maintaining positive work conditions.

Carp Intern

May 14 – August 8

Interns work in the shop alongside our professional staff. For the most part these are construction positions but there are opportunities to shadow the Shop Foreman and/or TDs for some additional experience. Familiarity with carpentry and construction are a must, experience directly in a professional shop is a bonus. Most specialty skills can be learned on site while working.


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 Supervisor

May 10 – July 22

The sound department has a wide range of productions to handle from the season’s big musical to Shakespeare with live music and some straight plays with nothing but a few effects cues. The theatre has a recently installed house system that is still settling in. The house system runs off a combination of Dante and Media Matrix. Most of the in house system is set but there is some budget available for rentals and there is a small stock of additional speakers for specific show needs. The positions supervises the three person team plus the A1 who comes on board just for the musical. The musicals typically have a cast size in the mid 30s. There is typically at least one if not two other shows with live music in the season. Strong and patient troubleshooting skills are required. Training young professionals on the job, especially on how to function in various run responsibilities is important. Overall this is a very hands on supervisor role.

A1

June 4 – July 1

Mix engineer is responsible for mixing the cast and orchestra for the season musical Ragtime. Production is on a CL5. The casting process is still in the works but most of the Festival’s musicals have cast sizes in the mid 30s and about a dozen musicians in the orchestra. There is a dedicated A2 for the production but that is the entire staff for the show, the rest of the staff is working ahead on the next production. A1 arrives in time to watch the sitzprobe, have a couple days to familiarize yourself with the space/system and then jumps right into tech. There are three days of tech, two dress rehearsals and two previews before opening.

Sound Intern

May 17 – 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

We are no longer accepting submissions for the stage management positions or internships for the 2018 Season.


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

Musical Dresser

May 28 – July 1

The track is specifically for the musical, Ragtime. The position starts just before tech and you will be joining the Wardrobe Supervisor and interns to help during our largest production of the season. Mostly straight forward wardrobe work. For the less straight forward parts: there are two days total to work costumes, quick changes and dressing choreography before first audience on all shows. There will be some expectation of finishing off notes during tech to help the shop, handling basic maintenance issues and daily laundry. The musical is a cast of 30+ with a wardrobe team of 4. Learning the ropes quickly, calm under pressure and helping to set actors at ease are all important.

Wardrobe/Stitcher

May 14 – August 8

This position starts in the costume shop to help get the season builds started. Once shows start to tech the position shifts focus to the wardrobe side of things but will still maintain some daily shop hours. This position works with the Wardrobe Supervisor to help teach the wardrobe interns, get the run tracks for the musical set and work on daily maintenance repairs/laundry. After the musical this position becomes the solo wardrobe team for the blackbox space. Must be comfortable with both basic costume construction and wardrobe responsibility. This is a fast paced environment with hard deadlines. Calm under pressure and working to help ensure a smooth backstage experience for the cast is important.

Wardrobe Interns

May 28 – August 8

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.


Wig 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

Wig Supervisor

May 14 – August 8

The wig/hair and make-up department is a two person team led by the Supervisor who works directly with the various costume designers. Once designs are settled the Supervisor works with the assistant to ensure all looks are taught to each actor and/or wardrobe, assists those with more complicated looks or multiple changes to maintain the design on a nightly basis and all wigs are maintained for the full season run. The Festival does have a small stock that we pull from but relies on rentals that need to be treated well and returned in top condition to maintain our ongoing rental relationships. The Supervisor must be comfortable teaching an assistant who is often a young professional just getting into the hair/wig side of things. The Festival operates on tight schedules with hard deadlines; you must be comfortable in that environment and accustomed to working long hours.

Assistant Wig Supervisor

May 17 – August 8

The wig/hair and make-up department is a two person team that works directly with the various costume designers. The department ensure all looks are taught to each actor and/or wardrobe, assists those with more complicated looks or multiple changes to maintain the design on a nightly basis and all wigs are maintained for the full season run. The Assistant will have run responsibility for most shows of the season once shows begin to tech. The Festival operates on tight schedules with hard deadlines; you must be comfortable in that environment and accustomed to working long hours. Professional hair/wig experience is not required but some amount of theatrical wig experience is. This is often filled by someone becoming interested in this niche of theatre and is up for the challenge of learning a lot, quickly, while on the job.

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 2018 Season are listed below. For complete information, please see listings on www.actorsequity.org or www.backstage.com.

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

Friday, January 12
Local EPA at Labuda Center, DeSales University - 9:30-5:30

Tuesday, January 16
Philadelphia EPA at Walnut Street Theatre - 10:30-6:30

Wednesday, January 31st
NYC Equity Chorus Call at Actors’ Equity Association - 9:30–5:30

NON-EQUITY OPEN CALL for Ragtime
Monday, February 5th – 9:30–1:00 pm
Ripley Grier Studios – Studios 16 D & E - 520 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Seeking non-equity male and female dancer-singers for the People of Harlem/African-American ensemble. Seeking dancers with strong technical dance ability who are also strong singers. Actors will dance first and will be asked to stay to sing. Prepare 16 bars of a musical theatre song. Bring sheet music for your song; an accompanist will be provided. Bring character shoes and a photo/resume stapled together. Sign up begins at 9:30 am.

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

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 TWELFTH NIGHT, KING RICHARD II or ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL 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 RAGTIME and/or TWELFTH NIGHT, KING RICHARD II, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE or ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL.

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