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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

We are no longer accepting submissions for administration-management positions for the 2018 season.


Box Office

We are no longer accepting submissions for box office positions for the 2018 season.


Company Management

We are no longer accepting submissions for company management positions for the 2018 season.


Costume Shop

We are no longer accepting submissions for costume shop positions for the 2018 season.


Electrics Department

We are no longer accepting submissions for electrics department positions for the 2018 season.


House Management

We are no longer accepting submissions for house management positions for the 2018 Season.


Marketing

We are no longer accepting submissions for marketing positions for the 2018 Season.


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

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


Prop Shop

We are no longer accepting submissions for the prop shop for the 2018 Season.


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

We are no longer accepting submissions for the scene artists positions or internships for the 2018 Season.


Scene Shop

We are no longer accepting submissions for scene shop positions for the 2018 season.


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.


Stage Management

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


Wardrobe

We are no longer accepting submissions for wardrobe department positions for the 2018 season.


Wig Department

We are no longer accepting submissions for the wig department positions or internships for the 2018 Season.

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.


Ragtime Casting

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival two pre-school aged African-American males to alternate in the cameo/walk-on role of Young Coalhouse in Ragtime this summer at PSF.

Little Coalhouse

(Cameo) Walk-on at end of show. African-American male. Age 3-4 (no spoken lines or singing) Rehearsals begin May 22, opening is June 13, closing is July 1. Rehearsals for this role will be few, and will be mostly nights and weekends. This is a fully professional production with many Equity actors and a number of other early-career professional actors. This role will be cast with non-union local child actors. Actors cast in this roles will receive a single $100 honorarium, intended to help defray the parent’s/guardian’s transportation expense of the daily commute. (Reliable daily transportation is a necessity.) The real value is the experience of a lifetime and a professional credit for the resume. There will be 8 performances per week, Tuesday through Sunday nights, with matinees on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

If you are interested and haven’t done so already, please schedule an audition appointment by emailing casting@pashakespeare.org.

Little Coalhouse candidates may just come to be interviewed.



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