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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.


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

Admin-Management Intern

May 11 - August 5

The Administrative-Management Intern will assist the Managing Director & Festival admin staff in the day-to-day responsibilities and tasks of their positions including, but not limited to, human resources, volunteer coordination, accessibility, souvenir & concession management, database maintenance, list analysis, website, financial tracking, archives, proof reading, online research, etc. The intern will also regularly assist House Management and some other departments on projects as needed. Previous office work and experience with Microsoft Office Suite preferred.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter and references to Managing Director Casey William Gallagher: psf@pashakespeare.org.


Box Office

Box Office Associate & Box Office Interns

May 11 - August 5

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) seeks a Box Office Associate and three Box Office Interns for its 2020 summer season. The box office associate and box office interns process all ticket sales and requests for all productions, events, and specialty dinners in the summer season and report directly to Box Office Manager and Associate Box Office Manager. The box office associate also serves as acting manager on duty for the children’s productions when the Box Office Manager and the Associate Box Office Manager are not in the office. All box office staff provide excellent customer service to all patrons and prospective patrons. Will work evenings and weekends. Prior experience with Theatre Manager and/or any other Box Office software is preferred.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter and references to Box Office Manager Kyle Schumaker: Kyle.Schumaker@desales.edu


Company Management

Company Manager

April 27-August 8

Reporting directly to the Director of Production. CM responsibilities include company housing, transportation, HR-esk issues (medical issues, workers comp, travel payments, etc), hospitality, rental cars, hotel like responsibilities for an ever rotating cast of actors and designers coming/going throughout the season, maintenance on housing supplies and storage, and additional on site management support during busy times. Long and rewarding hours are the expectation for this vital member of the management staff.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Assistant Company Manager

May 4-August 7

Assistant CM reports directly to the CM and assists in all job functions. Specific responsibilities are assigned by the supervisor but the expectation is that this position can cover the CM on their day off or if there is an issue that requires attention in more than one place at a time. Previous company management experience preferred but other management/leadership experience is acceptable. A positive and patient attitude are an absolute must.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Company Manager Intern

May 4-August 7

Company management experience is not required for this position. The CM intern is typically a young SM/management type who wants to learn more about the administration and producing of theatre. CM responsibilities include company housing, transportation, HR-esk issues (medical issues, workers comp, travel payments, etc), hospitality, rental cars, hotel like responsibilities for an ever rotating cast of actors and designers coming/going throughout the season, maintenance on housing supplies and storage, and additional on site management support during busy times.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Costume Shop

Cutter/Draper

May 7 – July 19

The Cutter/Draper will work closely with the Costume Shop Manager to prep and plan for successful implementation of the designs for all productions. Experience working in a fast paced regional costume shop preferred. The cutter/draper needs to be self-motivated and able to work on multiple projects at one time while still being able to support the rest of the shop as needed on any given day.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


First Hand

May 7 – July 19

The First Hand will be working with the Shop Manager and Cutter/Draper. Experience working in a fast paced regional costume shop preferred. The first hand needs to be self-motivated and deadline driven while still being able to work with and provide assistance to the stitchers and interns as needed. All costume shop positions need to be comfortable working quickly with tight deadlines (even within an industry that expects that as standard). The costume shop is always working on two projects at a time and sometimes three.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Costume Shop Craftsperson

May 11 - July 19

The craftsperson will work on a wide variety of projects over the course of the season due to the diverse nature of the Festival’s shows and concepts. Some seasons are very standard and some are nonstop problem solving; lots of painting, standard costume construction, dyeing, and crafts plus the occasional blood effects. There is room for creativity in how standard and unusual problems are approached. Costume shop or similar experience is a must; everyone has to work well together to be able to coordinate the volume that moves from position to position during busy times.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Stitchers

May 11 – July 19

Costume/clothing build experience is a must. Comfortable in standard construction methods while working quickly (and checking that work as you go) are also critical. More complex or advanced skills can be taught in house. Knowledge of wardrobe to help coordinate departments is helpful but not required.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Costume Shop Intern

May 14 – August 5

Intern will work with all members of the costume shop. It is a chance to see what each various position does and assist along the way. Builds will range from ornate period pieces to modern day basics. General construction is a necessity for the position but no specific skill type is 100% needed. Interns will also be a part of the repertory changeover crew. This is one of our fastest working departments.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


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. 


Assistant Master Electrician

May 7 – July 19

AME helps to supervise the staff LX and two interns. The department plans, hangs, focuses and then maintains all shows in the season. The position must be comfortable working with and teaching the interns while still meeting deadlines. Both theatres are mainly conventional equipment but each space has two VL1100’s to give a bit more flexibility and a few growing LED systems too. Each venue runs off an Ion. Must be comfortable grid walking, working in genies and basic ladder work. AME is often called upon to help run the spot light team on the musical but depends on the needs of the season.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Staff Electrician

May 11 – August 5

Electrician is part of a 5 person department that plans, hangs, focuses and then maintains all shows in the season. The position also works with two interns so being comfortable with helping to teach along the way is important. Both theatres are mainly conventional equipment but each space has two VL1100’s to give a bit more flexibility and a few small systems of LED equipment too. Each venue runs off an Ion. Electrician typically has some run responsibility (board op, deck LX or spot captain) but depends on the needs of the season.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Light Board Programmer

June 1 – June 12

The programmer will program and run tech for the musical, A Chorus Line, handing the show off to a board operator at opening night. Extensive experience programming both conventional and intelligent fixtures on an ETC Ion console required. Experience working in a fast paced regional or summer stock environment preferred.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


LX Interns

May 16 – August 8

LX interns are a critical part of the lighting department. There is a lot of teaching along the way but interns are expected to already be comfortable with basic hanging, cabling and focusing as well as ladders, genies and grid walking (all of these can be taught as long as you are comfortable learning). Everyone will get their hands on all types of equipment we use from conventional equipment to moving lights, LED tech and spots. Each intern will likely rotate through spot op, board op and programming responsibilities throughout the season. Interns will also serve on the repertory changeover crew.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


House Management

House Manager & Assistant House Manager

May 20 - August 5

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) seeks a House Manager and Assistant House Manager for its 2020 summer season. The house manager and assistant house manager 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 seven productions in two venues over 10 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: psf@pashakespeare.org.


Marketing

Marketing Intern

May 11 - August 5

The Marketing Intern will report directly to the Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: assist with writing press releases and copy for weekly email blasts, create social media content across multiple channels, assemble press kits, manage media files and archives, support coordination of photography and press features, and provide general administrative support. Excellent communication, writing, proofreading skills and strong knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite required.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and references to the Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Tina Slak: Tina.Slak@pashakespeare.org.


Digital Media Marketing Intern

May 11 - August 5

The Digital Media Marketing Intern will report directly to the Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Create video and other social media content across multiple channels
  • Manage media files; shoot, edit and archive productions
  • Support coordination of photography and press features
  • Operate cameras and audio equipment
  • Turn design ideas into creative and effective videos including general promotional videos, social media content, etc.
  • Ensure content aligns with and promotes the PSF brand
Qualifications for the position include:
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Proficiency shooting/editing video
  • Proficiency with video and audio equipment
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends and extended hours
  • Strong team player
Salary and on-campus housing provided.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and references to the Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Tina Slak: Tina.Slak@pashakespeare.org.


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.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Production Management

Accounts Payable Assistant

May 11 – July 19

Reporting to the Director of Production and Business Manager. The Accounts Payable Assistant will be responsible for collecting and reconciling all receipts from ten production corporate credit cards and two store credit cards and coding them to 40+ production budget lines for payment. This position will also be responsible for tracking, reconciling, and maintaining petty cash as well as generating and distributing weekly production budget reports. Proficiency in Excel is strongly preferred. This position is part time working three days a week.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


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. 


Props Artisan

May 11- July 19

Working as part of the team the props artisan must have prop experience, with carpentry and other specialized skills a plus. Each season has its own needs so being ready to learn and try new skills is also a must. This is a very fast moving organization that often needs its props ready for rehearsal yesterday. Multitasking is a must. Experience working in a resident theater dealing with both rehearsal props and show props for different overlapping productions is a plus.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Props Carpenter

May 11- July 19

Working as part of the team the props carp must come with basic carpentry skills and either experience or comfortability in props crafts. Each season has its own needs so being ready to learn and try new skills is also a must. This is a very fast moving organization that often needs its props ready for rehearsal yesterday. Multitasking is a must. Experience working in a resident theater dealing with both rehearsal props and show props for different overlapping productions is a plus.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Props Intern

May 14 – August 5

Works as a part of the four person props department. Props always vary with the needs of the season but range from carpentry to crafts to upholstery to paints. We always attempt to hire a spread of skills across the department so let us know what your strengths are and the team is happy to help teach new skills along the way. Interns will also be a part of the repertory changeover crew. Comfortability in trying new techniques and working as a part of a team while learning is a must.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Run Crew

Musical Run Crew

Approximate Dates: June 1 – June 28

Actual dates and number of crew are TBD until the direction of the show start to take 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. The decision timeline is closer to the start of the season, April or May.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Run Crew Intern

May 26 – Aug 5

Run crew needs 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.

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: joshua.rose@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. 


Scenic Artist

May 11 – July 19

Exact scenic needs vary widely from season to season. Scenic Artist must come with a variety of skills to meet those needs and be comfortable trying new techniques on the go. The scenic artist will work closely with the scenic charge to plan how to accomplish the departments goals. With a very busy season with a lot of deadlines the scenic department is often on an opposite schedule working late nights or overnights in order to keep pace with the build.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Scenic Intern

May 14 – August 5

Works with the Charge Artists to accomplish all paint treatments as designed. Must come with basic knowledge and experience but the specifics of the season can be taught on site as long as you are up for learning on the go. Interns will also be a part of the repertory changeover crew. Deadlines are tight and require picking up new skills quickly.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


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. 


Assistant Technical Director

May 7 – August 5

The Assistant Technical Director is a key leadership role within the mainstage season at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. The TD is available to help advise and work through options but the ATD must be ready to handle full drafting assignments and work independently. Additional day to day responsibilities include providing leadership on the shop floor and especially during install, coordinating expenses with production management, communicating with designers especially once they are on site and coordinating build space usage with the Charge Artist and Props Master.
The TD, ATD and Shop Foreman work closely together to ensure a smooth and inclusive work environment at all times. Safety remains our top priority. Our next priorities remain maintaining work schedules and finding ways to push our work quality to the top even with multiple ongoing projects.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Shop Foreman

May 7 – August 5

The Foreman reports directly to the Technical Director. Helps to set long term and daily deadlines and schedules. Will have hands on all production builds throughout the season but the primary responsibility is for supervising the carpenters, maintaining the shop, maintaining supply & material inventories, working out build techniques and teaching new and/or advanced skillsets to the newer carps. Exact construction needs and skills will vary per season but tend to remain in the realm of standard theatrical skills. Welding and/or rigging experience is important as well but is more atypical. Solid communication skills, being comfortable with long hours, while maintaining safety practices, and sharing workspace are all important. Must be capable of teaching on the go. Must be accustomed to meeting hard deadlines.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Master Carpenter

May 7 – August 5

The master carp reports directly to the Shop Foreman. Works alongside the Foreman to coordinate with the TD on build decisions. Helps to set long term and daily deadlines. Will have hands on all production builds throughout the season. Exact construction needs and skills will vary per season but tend to remain in the realm of standard theatrical skills. Welding and/or rigging experience is required as well. Solid communication skills, being comfortable with long hours, while maintaining safety practices, and sharing workspace are all important. Must be capable of teaching young carpenters on the go. Must be accustomed to meeting hard deadlines.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Carpenters

May 11 – August 5

We are hiring multiple full season carpenters. All carpenters report to the Shop Foreman & Master Carpenter and will have hands on all production throughout the season. Exact construction needs and skills will vary per season but tend to remain in the realm of standard theatrical skills. Welding and/or rigging experience a plus. Must be comfortable with long hours, tight working quarters and maintaining positive work conditions.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Carp Intern

May 14 – August 5

Interns work in the shop alongside our professional staff. For the most part these are construction positions but there are opportunities to shadow the Shop Foreman and/or TDs for some additional experience. Interns will also be a part of the repertory changeover crew. Familiarity with carpentry and construction are a must, experience directly in a professional shop is a bonus. Most specialty skills can be learned on site while working.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Deck Chief

May 11 – August 5

The deck chief will work in the shop at the start of the contract and then transition into performance duties with shop support when tech begins. Ability to lead a crew, train more novice crew members, promote a safe working environment, and assist in supervising repertory changeovers required. Prior regional theater and repertory experience a plus. Maintaining a positive attitude and encouraging a positive experience for all involved during the long hours during changeover is vital.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Sound Department

Assistant Sound Supervisor

May 11 – August 5

Reports directly to the Sound Supervisor and works with the supervisor and sound intern to maintain the sound system of the performing arts center. Show specific adds/installs will happen for each production including supplemental speakers, sound reinforcement, and video monitors as needed. Some additional show run responsibilities or work with On The Green, our daily live music during preshow, will also be assigned. Ability to maintain a positive attitude and teach techniques to the intern while working are needed.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Sound Intern

May 14 – August 5

Works with our Audio Supervisor and Assistant to maintain the brand new million dollar sound system of the performing arts center. This is an opportunity to work with a lot of brand new equipment that is entering the industry these days. There are also show specific adds/installs that will happen along the way. Additional responsibilities include looking after On The Green, our daily live music in front of the building during preshow hours, run responsibilities on various shows (either board op-ing and/or A2 responsibility during the musical), general maintenance and especially microphone maintenance. Interns will also serve on the repertory changeover crew.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Stage Management

Stage Management Interns

May 15 – August 5

Start dates are May 15, May 22 or June 2 for the three different SM tracks (Musical, Schubert, and Rep). All contracts run until August 5. Interns will work alongside the Equity stage managers. There is the opportunity to learn from those you are working with but interns will also have assigned responsibilities ranging from photocopying to prop tracking, feeding lines and helping to run the deck backstage. Interns will also be a part of the repertory changeover crew. Must be prepared for fast paced work environment, learning on the go and long but exciting hours.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Wardrobe

Musical Dresser

May 25 – June 28

The track is specifically for the musical, A Chorus Line. The position starts just before tech and you will be joining the Wardrobe Supervisor and interns to help during one of the more challenging productions of the season. Mostly straight forward wardrobe work with the expectation of some finishing off notes during tech to help the shop, handling basic maintenance issues and daily laundry. The musical is a cast of 20+ with a wardrobe team of 4. Learning the ropes quickly, calm under pressure and helping to set actors at ease are all important.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Wardrobe/Stitcher

May 11 – August 5

This position starts in the costume shop to help get the season builds started. Once shows start to tech the position shifts focus to the wardrobe side of things but will still maintain some daily shop hours. This position works with the Wardrobe Supervisor to help teach the wardrobe interns, get the run tracks for the musical set and work on daily maintenance repairs/laundry. After the musical this position becomes the solo wardrobe team for the blackbox space. Must be comfortable with both basic costume construction and wardrobe responsibility. This is a fast paced environment with hard deadlines. Calm under pressure and working to help ensure a smooth backstage experience for the cast is important.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Wardrobe Interns

May 25 – August 7

Working with the wardrobe supervisor and dressers the wardrobe interns help to keep everyone in the right costumes at the right time. Experience or familiarity with theatrical costuming/dressing and a comfortability in helping and/or learning make-up/wigs is a must. We can teach the specific wardrobe side of things. This is an incredibly fast moving department so expect to be running back and forth backstage, must be comfortable in high pressure situations and high pressure actors. Wardrobe also handles all laundry and basic maintenance during performances. Interns will also be a part of the repertory changeover crew.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


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. 


Assistant Wig & Makeup Supervisor

May 11 – July 19

The wig/hair and make-up department is a two person team that works directly with the various costume designers. The department ensure all looks are taught to each actor and/or wardrobe, assists those with more complicated looks or multiple changes to maintain the design on a nightly basis and all wigs are maintained for the full season run. The Assistant will have run responsibility for most shows of the season once shows begin to tech. The Festival operates on tight schedules with hard deadlines; you must be comfortable in that environment and accustomed to working long hours. Professional hair/wig experience is not required but some amount of theatrical wig experience is. This is often filled by someone becoming interested in this niche of theatre and is up for the challenge of learning a lot, quickly, while on the job.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org


Wig and Makeup Dresser

May 28 – August 5

The wig and makeup dresser will be responsible for assisting performers both before and during performances as needed, sometimes working with performers from multiple productions at the same time. Wig maintenance experience needed, but specific techniques can be taught as needed. Experience as a dresser a plus since this person may be used to assist with costume quick changes in addition to wig changes.

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: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org

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.

Tuesday, December 17 Philadelphia Equity Principal Audition (EPA) at Walnut Street Theatre- 10:30-6:30
Note: An accompanist will be present for the whole day

Tuesday, December 17 Local EPA at Labuda Center, DeSales University- 9:30-5:30
Note: An accompanist will be present for the whole day

Monday, January 6 NYC EPA at Actor’s Equity Association- 9:30-5:30

Tuesday, January 7 NYC EPA at Actor’s Equity Association- 9:30-5:30

Wednesday, January 29 NYC Non-Equity Open Call at Ripley Grier Studios 520 8th Ave (Studio J&L)- 9:30-5:00
   9:30am-1:00pm Non-equity female dancer-singers
   2:00pm-5:00pm Non-equity male dancer-singers

Wednesday, February 5 NYC Equity Chorus Call (ECC) at Actor’s Equity Association (Studio A)- 9:30-5:30
   9:30am Male dancers who sing
   11:30am Female dancers who sing
   2:00pm Male singers who dance
   4:00pm Female singers who dance


Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is seeking two elementary aged African-American females to play the role of Raynell in August Wilson’s Fences this summer at PSF:

Raynell, a female of African descent, is a precocious and strong willed child who questions and does not just take an answer at face value. She is a breath of fresh air to the Maxson family and the hope for a brighter future. The actresses should be comfortable with some gentle singing.

Age: 8-12 (to play 7-8)

Rehearsals begin May 26, opening is June 20, and closing is July 5. Rehearsals for this role will be mostly evenings and weekends. This is a fully professional production with Equity actors. This role will be double-cast with two non-union local child actors. The young actors cast in this role will receive a single $100 honorarium, intended to help defray the parent’s/guardian’s transportation expense of the periodic commute, plus 10 complimentary tickets to the PSF season, an $800 value. Reliable transportation is a necessity. The real value is the experience of a lifetime and a professional credit for the resume. There will be 7 performances per week (average of 4 per young actor due to alternating).

Please inquire and schedule an appointment asap by emailing casting@pashakespeare.org. Audition sides (the scene to prepare) can be found on our website here linked below. Auditions are scheduled for Saturday, January 18th. PSF’s offices will be closed for the holidays from 12/24 through 1/1.

Side 1
Side 2


Head shots and resumes may be sent to:
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
Re: Casting
2755 Station Ave
Center Valley, PA 18034
Or email: casting@pashakespeare.org

Video submissions are accepted and may be sent to casting@pashakespeare.org. All videos must be submitted as a 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 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM/ or HENRY IV PART 2 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 A CHORUS LINE and/or FENCES, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, SENSE & SENSIBILITY, HENRY IV PART 2.

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.


Look for more information regarding the 2020 Fall WillPower Tour starting in June of 2020