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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 9 with performances running from June 2 through August 6.

Inquiries about the Festival, positions or hiring process may be sent by email to Director of Production Jared Goldstein.

Resumes will be collected over the next month or so. Interviews will begin in January. You can expect a quick “thank you” in reply to your submission but more info is likely not available until January.

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


Production Management

Production Intern

May 11-August 9

This internship will report to production management but the expectation is for this position to spend some time working in all technical departments. This is an opportunity to survey all departments in a professional setting. Responsibilities will include assisting production management with receipt tracking to restocking costumes to jumping in when the scene shop could use some extra help. Open to any level of experience with technical theatre and/or production. Being open to any and all tasks, patience and a sense of humor are all required.


Company Management

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.

CM Intern

May 8 – August 9

Company management experience is not required for this position. Review the CM description for a sense of what the department does but the CM intern is typically a young SM/management type who wants to learn more about the administration and producing of theatre.


Stage Management

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.

Stage Management Intern

Start dates are May 16, 22 or June 5 for the three different SM tracks. All contracts run until August 6. Each track has varied responsibilities but the basic breakdown is: musical focus, mainstage rep focus or Schubert Theatre (the black box) focus. Interns will work alongside the Equity stage manager. There is the opportunity to learn from those you are working with but interns will also have assigned responsibilities ranging from coffee runs to prop tracking, feeding lines and helping to run deck backstage. Must be prepared for fast paced work environment and long hours.


Scene Shop

Staff Carpenters

May 5 – 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.

Carp Intern

May 5 – August 9

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 manager and/or TDs for some additional experience. Familiarity with carpentry and construction are a must, experience directly in a shop is a bonus and most specialty skills can be learned during the build.


Prop Shop

Props Intern

May 8 – 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.


Costume Shop

Cutter/Draper

Multiple tracks. Date ranges are: May 11-July 23 or May 23 – July 14

A mostly standard cutter/draper position with the caveat that speed is the name of the game. The season has two rounds of rapid fire openings with difficult turnaround times. There is enough time but walking that line is a careful negotiation. Must be comfortable with those tight deadlines, being the Shop Managers eyes and ears while she is running from place to place and working with interns/young professionals who will need some guidance. Shows tend to be about 30% builds but the pieces built in house end up being impressive.

First Hand

Multiple tracks. Date ranges are: May 15 – July 23 or May 25 – July 14

The First Hand will be working with our long time Shop manager and senior 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).

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.

Stitchers

Multiple tracks. Date ranges are: May 15 – July 23 or May 25 – July 14

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 18 – July 23

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.


Wardrobe

Wardrobe

June 8 – July 2 or June 15 – July 16

The earlier track is for the musical, Evita, and the later track is for Hound of the Baskerville, fast paced three actors playing everything kind of production. These are both show specific and come in just as tech is starting. You will be joining the Wardrobe Supervisor and interns to help during these two busier productions. Mostly straight forward wardrobe work. For the less straight forward parts: there are two days total to work costumes, quick changes and dressing choreo. before first audience on all shows. The musical is a cast of 30+ with a wardrobe team of 3, Baskerville is only three actors but a lot of costumes with a wardrobe team of one.

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.


Electrics Department

Staff Electrician

May 5 – 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 Intern

May 8 – 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.


Sound Department

Sound Intern

May 8 – 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.


Run Crew

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.


Overhire

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.

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

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 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