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 30th 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.
The Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to seeing diversity on our stage and behind the scenes.
On site housing provided for all seasonal employees.
Seasonal Job Opportunities Summer 2021
June 21 – August 4
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) seeks House Managers for its 2021 summer season. The house managers supervise the smooth and gracious handling of audiences for all Festival productions from time of arrival to departure for the summer season which consists of 4 in two venues over 6 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. To apply, please send resume, cover letter and references to Managing Director Casey William Gallagher: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. In particular, we will be looking for some overhire the first week of August. 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, Josh Rose: email@example.com
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, including current graduating seniors, are ineligible to audition for PSF’s summer season but are welcome to apply for technical, staff, and front of house positions.
WillPower Education Tour
WillPower is the educational outreach program of Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. 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 and a non-union stage manager.
Julius Caesar: PENNSYLVANIA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL TOUR
Video Submissions Only
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, PA is seeking NON-EQUITY actors for its spring tour to schools. $450/wk. Housing provided. Patrick Mulcahy, producing artistic director; Casey Wm. Gallagher, managing director; Matt Pfeiffer, director. Rehearsals begin the week of February 21, 2022 with performances March 16 – April 15, with a possible extension to April 22 or 29. Looking for actors to play characters who will be age-adjusted for this production to 21-35 years old. All roles open. Experience and training in Shakespeare is a plus. Please prepare any Shakespeare monologue or scene (verse preferred). Actors may be asked for a second monologue and/or to read callback sides in a video callback. Callback sides will be available on our website and will be provided to the actor via email. Actors of all ethnic backgrounds and gender identity are encouraged to submit. Actors will also teach workshops at schools (training provided) and participate in load-in/load-out. As required by the PA Dept. of Education, actors must undergo and obtain clear child abuse, state, and federal criminal background checks (completed upon hire). Regular COVID testing at theatre’s expense and proof of full COVID vaccination also required. Include pix/resume with video submission. Please submit a link to an UNLISTED YouTube video audition or a similar link to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 16, 2021.
Non-Equity Stage Manager
Pennsylvania Shakespeare is looking for a Non-Equity Stage Manager for our Linny Fowler WillPower Tour production of Julius Caesar for the Spring of 2022.
The tour consists of mostly same day trips to local area schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey with a few overnight trips as well. The show will have 8-9 performers and will travel with a 17’ box truck and a full-size passenger van. The SM will be responsible for working with and supervising the cast for load-in and out at each performance and will be expected to be the primary driver of the box truck. The SM may also provide backstage assistance with props, costume changes, and sound as needed for the production.
Successful candidates should have:
– A strong interest in engaging High School students through the arts
– Strong organizational and leadership skills
– Strong communication skills
– Attention to detail
– Ability to problem solve while at offsite venues
– Ability to adapt a performance to multiple locations
– A valid driver’s license and the ability to drive a 17’ box truck
– Must be able to pass a DOT physical and background check
Contract dates are February 21 through April 29, 2022 with the possibility of continued employment through August 10, 2022 in Company Management or Stage Management for qualified and interested candidates.
Salary is $500/wk.
Heading into its 31st season the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival operates on the campus of DeSales University. The Festival performs in both the 473 seat mainstage and the 187 seat black box at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on campus. PSF’s company of artists in recent years has included winners and nominees of the Tony, Emmy, Drama Desk, Hayes, Lortel, Jefferson, Barrymore, etc. and headliners from Broadway, television, feature film, etc. Coverage has included The Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, etc., and The New York Times has identified PSF in two recent years as one of the leading summer theatre festivals in the nation. Each summer PSF produces a season of Shakespeare alongside other classics, musical theatre and children’s theatre. Our vision is for world-class work.
Inquiries about the Festival, positions or hiring process may be sent by email to the Director of Production, Josh Rose.
To submit apply send cover letter, resume and references to Director of Production, Josh Rose at email@example.com
PSF is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the principles of inclusion and diversity both onstage and off.