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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.


Director of Production

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) seeks FT year-round Director of Production. Toward a goal of fiscally responsible excellence in mission-fulfilling productions, PSF director of production oversees and coordinates all aspects of theatre production, including seasonal production staffing/hiring, organizational stewardship of design and execution/build processes, facilities management, production expense tracking, scheduling and supervision of seasonal production departments and other duties as assigned. With a $2.9 million annual budget, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is a fully professional Equity theatre and is one of only a handful of summer theatres on the continent offering this range of programming in repertory. PSF produces a seven production summer season in two theatres with 140+ performances from late May to early August for an average audience of 35,000 and a fall touring production seen by up to 15,000 students per year. PSF operates in association with DeSales University. Full time position with full university benefits.

Email cover letter, resume and references to: hrrecruiting@desales.edu. Please put “Director of Production” in the subject line.


Costume Shop Manager

DeSales University’s Division of Performing Arts and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) seeks applications for a 12-month full-time staff Costume Shop Manager. For an active, production-intensive academic division and a professional LORT-level summer theatre operating in rep, the Costume Shop Manager will: supervise, coordinate and execute all costume designs with a student staff in the academic year and with 8-9 person professional staff in the summer season. Candidate will design one annual dance concert and teach a basic costume construction course for dance majors every other year. The successful candidate will be a skilled technician with experience in all aspects of costume construction (cutting, stitching, draping) and possess the ability to manage a small, but very active, hands-on costume shop. Qualifications include bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience. Candidates should possess: excellent organization, communication, budgetary supervision skills; effective leadership skills; ability to demonstrate team orientation; ability to routinely work evenings, weekends, and extended hours when in production; attentiveness to opportunities to promote diversity; and dedicated to the mission of a small, Catholic, liberal arts institution.

For a complete position announcing and to apply please go to: https://easyapply.co/job/costume-shop-manager. Please include link to online portfolio in letter of application. Screening of applications begins immediately and will continue until position is filled. Anticipated start date is August 1, 2019.

An Equal Opportunity Employer..

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.

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.


Administration-Management

All positions for the 2019 Season are currently filled


Box Office

All positions for the 2019 Season are currently filled


Company Management

All positions for the 2019 Season are currently filled


Costume Shop

All positions for the 2019 Season are currently filled


Electrics Department

All positions for the 2019 Season are currently filled


House Management

All positions for the 2019 Season are currently filled


Marketing

All Positions have been filled for the 2019 Season


Overhire

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.

Send application materials, preferably cover letter and resume but other formats are welcome, and references to Director of Production: psf@pashakespeare.org


Production Management

All positions for the 2019 Season are currently filled


Prop Shop

All positions for the 2019 Season are currently filled


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.

Send application materials, preferably cover letter and resume but other formats are welcome, and references to Director of Production: psf@pashakespeare.org


Scenic Artists

All positions for the 2019 Season are currently filled


Scene Shop

All positions for the 2019 Season are currently filled


Sound Department

All positions for the 2019 Season are currently filled


Stage Management

All positions for the 2019 Season are currently filled


Wardrobe

All positions for the 2019 Season are currently filled


Wig Department

All positions for the 2019 Season are currently filled.

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 2019 Season are listed below. Please check the listings on www.actorsequity.org and www.backstage.com for complete information.


Tuesday, December 18
Philadelphia Equity Principal Audition (EPA) at Walnut Street Theatre - 10:30 - 6:30
Please note: an accompanist will only be present during the first half of the day through 1:00pm

Thursday, December 20
Local EPA at Labuda Center, DeSales University - 9:30 - 5:30
Please note: an accompanist will only be present during the first half of the day through 1:00pm

Friday, December 21
Local EPA at Labuda Center, DeSales University - 9:30 - 5:30
Please note: an accompanist will only be present during the first half of the day through 1:00pm

Friday, January 11
NYC EPA at Actor’s Equity Association - 9:30 - 5:30

Monday, February 4
NYC ECC for CRAZY FOR YOU at Ripley Grier Studios-Studios 17N & 17I - 9:30am - 5:30pm

Thursday, February 7
NYC Non-Equity Open Call for CRAZY FOR YOU at Ripley Grier Studios - Studios 16D & E
9:00am - 11:30am - Non-equity female dancer-singers
11:30am - 2:30pm - Non-equity male dancer-singers

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 ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA /or HENRY IV PART 1 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 CRAZY FOR YOU and/or THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, PRIVATE LIVES, HENRY IV PART 1

Fall WillPower Education Tour

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 and a non-union stage manager. Employment length is mid-September through mid-November. Housing is provided. Audition information is posted here as well as in Backstage. PSF begins casting and hiring for the WillPower Tour in July.


Casting

Macbeth:  PENNSYLVANIA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL TOUR

Monday, 7/22 from 11:00AM-4:00PM at Ripley Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Ave, (betw. 36thand 37th) 16th Floor, 16I & 16K, NYC.

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, PA will hold a NON-EQUITY open call on Monday, July 22 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 19 with performances October 9 – November 22.  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 will be available on our website shortly and will be provided at the audition in the event of a callback.  Actors of all ethnic backgrounds and gender identity are 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 YouTube video audition or a similar link to casting@pashakespeare.org by July 20.

Monday, July 22 – 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

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).


Tour 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.

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