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2018 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.


Education Director

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) is currently hiring an Education Director. The Education Director (ED) oversees and coordinates all aspects of Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s education programming, including the administration and project management of the fall educational tour, an annual Shakespeare competition for high school students, educational pre-show “Prologue” discussions, coordinating student groups’ visits to the Festival during the summer season, and relationship cultivation with external educational organizations. The ED also provides managerial support in several areas of the organization. The ED over-sees the Festival’s accessibility programming, including ASL-interpreted, audio described, and sensory-friendly “relaxed” performances. The ED works closely with the leadership of the Festival’s Volunteer Guild Board to coordinate volunteer activities and initiatives during, and in preparation for, the summer Festival season. The ED also provides other administrative support and oversight, including the work-study, internship, and apprentice programs. PSF is a subsidiary of, and operates in partnership with, DeSales University. Full time position with full university benefits.

Send Resume and Cover Letter to hrrecruiting@desales.edu. Please Put "Education Director" in subject line. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.

Summer Season Production/Administration

Heading into its 28th 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

Look for more information about hiring for the 2019 summer season starting in December 2018.


Box Office

Look for more information about hiring for the 2019 summer season starting in December 2018.


Company Management

Look for more information about hiring for the 2019 summer season starting in December 2018.


Costume Shop

Look for more information about hiring for the 2019 summer season starting in December 2018.


Electrics Department

Look for more information about hiring for the 2019 summer season starting in December 2018.


House Management

Look for more information about hiring for the 2019 summer season starting in December 2018.


Marketing

Look for more information about hiring for the 2019 summer season starting in December 2018.


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

Look for more information about hiring for the 2019 summer season starting in December 2018.


Prop Shop

Look for more information about hiring for the 2019 summer season starting in December 2018.


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

Look for more information about hiring for the 2019 summer season starting in December 2018.


Scene Shop

Look for more information about hiring for the 2019 summer season starting in December 2018.


Sound Department

Look for more information about hiring for the 2019 summer season starting in December 2018.


Stage Management

Look for more information about hiring for the 2019 summer season starting in December 2018.


Wardrobe

Look for more information about hiring for the 2019 summer season starting in December 2018.


Wig Department

Look for more information about hiring for the 2019 summer season starting in December 2018.

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.

Look for information about casting for the 2019 summer season in January 2019. Thank You!

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.



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.

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.


Stage Manager

Rehearsals are in Lehigh Valley. The tour consists of the stage manager and ten actors who handle all aspects of production during performances. The set, costumes, props and sound system fit into a truck that travels to each venue.

A typical day operates on a high school schedule meaning early morning starts. Departure from housing ranges from 5am-7am but can vary outside of that depending on the school’s needs. The company arrives 2 hours ahead of Go, load in takes about 90 minutes, there is time for a fight call and brief actor warm up. The script is cut to fit into the school’s schedule, typically 90 minutes.

PSF also offers, and most school’s book, workshop sessions. The cast leads students through workshops ranging from stage combat to script analysis. Workshops are prepped as part of the rehearsal process. Stage management helps to coordinate resources and keeps the schedule but does not participate in workshops.

Responsibilities/Requirements:

  • Stage Management experience is required. This position is typically filled by a young professional who is good with paperwork, organization and attention to detail with some basic technical experience to maintain the show as well.

  • Must be comfortable driving the truck (16’ box truck).

  • Comfortable with basic production maintenance (paint touch ups, add a screw here or there, costume repairs such as missing buttons or minor tears, etc).

  • Some company management/admin duties.

  • SM will lead the team of actors through daily, early morning load in/set up process (Production Manager works with the SM to set up the work assignments and process before the cast begins that part of the process).

  • Pleasant demeanor while working alongside students and teachers even very early in the morning after a long drive.

  • Diplomatic sensibility to help lead a cast that spends 24 hours a day together, travelling in a van, early in the morning, performing and returning home together.

  • Ability to roll with an often changing situation. All kinds of circumstances can be encountered on an educational tour: stage sizing being different than expected, traffic delays, students starting to enter early while fight call is still in process, set from the school’s productions accidentally on stage, having to track down the right person to unlock the theater, etc.

  • As required by the PA Department of Education, employees having direct contact with students must undergo and obtain clear child abuse, state and federal criminal background checks (completed upon hire).

Local housing is provided.

Salary is $450/wk.

To Apply:
Send cover letter, resume and 2-3 references to Director of Production Jared Goldstein at jared.goldstein@pashakespare.org


A Midsummer Night’s Dream: PENNSYLVANIA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL TOUR

CASTING FOR THE 2018 TOUR IS NOW COMPLETE. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO AUDITIONED!

Monday, 7/23 from 11:00AM-4:00PM at Ripley Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Ave, (betw. 36th and 37th)16th Floor, 16K & 16L, NYC.

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, PA will hold a NON-EQUITY open call on Monday, July 23 for its fall tour to schools. $400/wk. Housing provided. Patrick Mulcahy, producing artistic director; Casey Wm. Gallagher, managing director; Matt Pfeiffer, director. Rehearsals begin September 13 with performances October 3 – November 16. Looking for actors age 21-35. All roles open. Must have experience and training in Shakespeare. Please prepare any Shakespeare monologue (verse preferred). Actors may be asked for a second monologue and/or to read callback sides (same day). Callback sides are available below which will be provided at the audition in the event of a callback. Actors of all ethnic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to attend. Actors will also teach workshops at schools (training provided) and participate in load-in/load-out. As required by the PA Dept. of Education, employees having direct contact with students must undergo and obtain clear child abuse, state, and federal criminal background checks (completed upon hire). Bring pix/resume. Sign up begins at 10:30am. Actors who cannot attend: please submit a link to an UNLISTED video audition to casting@pashakespeare.org by July 20.

Midsummer Callback Sides

Monday, July 23 – Non-equity actors, 11:00am-4:00pm


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