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2019 PSF Summer Company

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.


Box Office Manager

DeSales University and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Box Office Manager for a 12-month position supervising operations of box office services for the university's academic season and the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's professional summer season. Responsibilities include: direct supervision of a full-time Associate Box Office Manager, managerial and operational oversight of all single ticket, subscription and group sales, reporting and record keeping, and staffing. Excellent customer relations and computer skills required. Experience with Theatre Manager ticketing software preferred. To apply, please go to https://easyapply.co/job/box-office-manager

Summer Season Production/Administration

Heading into its 29th 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

Look for more information about hiring for the 2020 summer season in November-December 2019.


Box Office

Look for more information about hiring for the 2020 summer season in November-December 2019.


Company Management

Look for more information about hiring for the 2020 summer season in November-December 2019.


Costume Shop

Look for more information about hiring for the 2020 summer season in November-December 2019.


Electrics Department

Master Electrician

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is seeking a Master Electrician to join us for our 29th season.  The Master Electrician will be responsible for leading a department of 5 technicians and interns.  PSF’s season consists of 8 shows, performing in two venues in repertory plus an education tour program.  The ideal candidate will have experience bringing in multiple projects on time and on budget while having an interest in educating young professionals and encouraging them to do their best work.  The master electrician must be comfortable with grid walking, ladder work, and genie operation and be able to train interns in the appropriate safe practices for each situation as needed.

Primary Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):

  • Tracking and reporting expenses in a timely manner
  • Work with the Lighting Designer to determine any special effects or rental needs for each production and work with the Director of Production to obtain any necessary equipment
  • Prep, Hang and focus all plots
  • Install and wire all necessary set practicals
  • Maintain the electrics shop area, including restoring the shop and performance venues to their neutral state for hand off at the end of the season.
  • Assist with front of house lighting needs
  • Developing and enforcing safe working practices
  • Attend weekly production meetings and tech note sessions
  • Be present for all load-ins, strikes, and tech rehearsals
  • Provide support for PSF’s engagement with our patrons and community as needed including setting light looks for the annual Luminosity Gala

Onsite Employment dates are 5/7/2020 thru 8/5/2020.

Salary will be $525/wk and on-site housing will be provided.

Send cover letter, resume, and references to Josh Rose, Director of Production atjoshua.rose@pashakespeare.org.

PSF is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the principles of inclusion and diversity both onstage and off. 


House Management

Look for more information about hiring for the 2020 summer season in November-December 2019.d


Marketing

Look for more information about hiring for the 2020 summer season in November-December 2019.


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

Look for more information about hiring for the 2020 summer season in November-December 2019.


Prop Shop

Props Master

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is seeking a Props Master to join us for our 29th season.  The Props Master will be responsible for leading a department of 4 technicians and interns.  PSF’s season consists of 8 shows, performing in two venues in repertory plus an educational tour program.  The ideal candidate will have experience bringing in multiple projects on time and on budget while having an interest in educating young professionals and encouraging them to do their best work. 

Primary Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):

  • Tracking and reporting expenses in a timely manner
  • Provide rehearsal props as needed for multiple rehearsal processes working on a limited time frame
  • Pull, Build, or shop props and furniture for 9 productions on time and on budget while maintaining the director’s and designer’s vision.
  • Maintain the prop shop area, including restoring the shop and performance venues to their neutral state for hand off at the end of the season.
  • Developing and enforcing safe working practices
  • Attend weekly production meetings and tech note sessions
  • Be present for all load-ins, strikes, and tech rehearsals
  • Provide support for PSF’s engagement with our patrons and community as needed

 Onsite Employment dates are 5/7/2020 thru 8/5/2020.

 Salary will be $525/wk and on-site housing will be provided.

 Send cover letter, resume, and references to Josh Rose, Director of Production atjoshua.rose@pashakespeare.org.

PSF is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the principles of inclusion and diversity both onstage and off. 


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

Scenic Charge Artist

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is seeking a Scenic Charge Artist to join us for our 29th season.  The Scenic Charge Artist will be responsible for supervising the Scenic Artist.  PSF’s season consists of 8 shows, performing in two venues in repertory plus an education tour program.  The ideal candidate will have experience bringing in multiple projects on time and on budget while having an interest in educating young professionals and encouraging them to do their best work. 

 Primary Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):

  • Tracking and reporting expenses in a timely manner
  • Discuss with the Scenic Designers all paint treatments and finishes to assure compliance with budget while maintaining artistic intent.
  • Coordinate paint schedule with the TD in order to keep the build process on schedule (this may involve working some evenings/late nights in order to keep both building and paint on schedule on overlapping projects)
  • Maintain the paint area, including restoring the shop and performance venues to their neutral state for hand off at the end of the season and coordinating disposal of paint as necessary with the Director of Production.
  • Developing and enforcing safe working practices
  • Attend weekly production meetings and tech note sessions
  • Be present for all load-ins, strikes, and tech rehearsals as required
  • Provide support for PSF’s engagement with our patrons and community as needed

 Onsite Employment dates are 5/7/2020 thru 8/5/2020.

 Salary will be $525/wk and on-site housing will be provided.

 Send cover letter, resume, and references to Josh Rose, Director of Production atjoshua.rose@pashakespeare.org.

 PSF is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the principles of inclusion and diversity both onstage and off. 


Scene Shop

Technical Director

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is seeking a Technical Director to join us for our 29th season.  The TD will be responsible for leading a department of 9-10 technicians and interns.  PSF’s season consists of 8 shows, performing in two venues in repertory plus an educational tour program.  The ideal candidate will have experience bringing in multiple projects on time and on budget while having an interest in educating young professionals and encouraging them to do their best work. 

 Primary Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):

  • Budgeting Completed Designs for Feasibility
  • Tracking and reporting expenses in a timely manner
  • Supervising construction, load-in, and maintenance of all productions
  • Training the changeover crew for repertory performances
  • Maintain the set shop, including restoring the shop and performance venues to their neutral state for hand off at the end of the season.
  • Developing and enforcing safe working practices
  • Attend weekly production meetings and tech note sessions
  • Be present for all load-ins, strikes, and tech rehearsals
  • Provide support for PSF’s engagement with our patrons and community as needed

 Onsite Employment dates are 5/7/2020 thru 8/5/2020 with some offsite budgeting work required prior to May. 

 Salary will be $700/wk and on-site housing will be provided.

 Send cover letter, resume, and references to Josh Rose, Director of Production atjoshua.rose@pashakespeare.org.

 PSF is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the principles of inclusion and diversity both onstage and off. 


Sound Department

Look for more information about hiring for the 2020 summer season in November-December 2019.


Stage Management

Look for more information about hiring for the 2020 summer season in November-December 2019.


Wardrobe

Wardrobe Supervisor

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is seeking a Wardrobe Supervisor to join us for our 29th season.  The Wardrobe Supervisor will be responsible for leading a department of 4 to 5 technicians and interns.  PSF’s season consists of 8 shows, performing in two venues in repertory plus an educational tour program.  The ideal candidate will have experience bringing in multiple projects on time and on budget while having an interest in educating young professionals and encouraging them to do their best work. 

Primary Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):

  • Tracking and reporting expenses in a timely manner
  • Work with the Costume Designers and Costume Shop Manager to determine the needs for each production
  • Maintain costumes throughout the course of the run, including laundry, cleaning, and repairs as needed
  • Choreograph and rehearse all quick changes to ensure success.
  • Maintain the dressing room area, including restoring the shop and performance venues to their neutral state for hand off at the end of the season.
  • Developing and enforcing safe working practices
  • Attend weekly production meetings and tech note sessions
  • Be present for all load-ins, strikes, and tech rehearsals
  • Provide support for PSF’s engagement with our patrons and community as needed

 Onsite Employment dates are 5/18/2020 thru 8/5/2020.

 Salary will be $525/wk and on-site housing will be provided.

 Send cover letter, resume, and references to Josh Rose, Director of Production atjoshua.rose@pashakespeare.org.

 PSF is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the principles of inclusion and diversity both onstage and off. 


Wig Department

Wig & Makeup Supervisor

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is seeking a Wig & Makeup Supervisor to join us for our 29th season.  The Wig & Makeup Supervisor will be responsible for leading a department of three.  PSF’s season consists of 8 shows, performing in two venues in repertory plus an education tour program.  The ideal candidate will have experience bringing in multiple projects on time and on budget while having an interest in educating young professionals and encouraging them to do their best work. 

 Primary Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):

  • Tracking and reporting expenses in a timely manner
  • Work with the director and costume designer to determine and implement all wig and special makeup needs for each production.
  • Maintain the existing PSF wig stock and source additional materials as needed for purchase or rental
  • Maintain, wash, and style all wigs in performance as needed throughout the run.
  • Maintain the wig shop area, including restoring the shop and performance venues to their neutral state for hand off at the end of the season.
  • Developing and enforcing safe working practices
  • Attend weekly production meetings and tech note sessions
  • Be present for all load-ins, strikes, and tech rehearsals
  • Provide support for PSF’s engagement with our patrons and community as needed

 Onsite Employment dates are 5/11/2020 thru 8/5/2020.

 Salary will be $525/wk and on-site housing will be provided.

 Send cover letter, resume, and references to Josh Rose, Director of Production atjoshua.rose@pashakespeare.org.

 PSF is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the principles of inclusion and diversity both onstage and off. 

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.

Look for more information about casting for the 2020 summer season beginning in January 2020.


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

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).

2019 WillPower Tour- Macbeth Callback Sides
Macbeth
Lady Macbeth
Banquo
Malcolm


Tour Stage Manager

Rehearsals are in Lehigh Valley. The tour consists of the stage manager and eight 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 Managing Director at psf@pashakespare.org