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Job Opportunities

Available Positions with PSF

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.

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Box Office Manager

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) and DeSales University in Center Valley, PA seek Box Office Manager. The Box Office Manager is responsible for the operation and management of the Labuda Center Box Office for the DeSales University academic year season & Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s professional summer season.  Responsibilities include: designing strategies to ensure excellent customer service for all patrons resulting in successful audience cultivation; direct supervision of a full-time Associate Box Office Manager; managerial and operational oversight of all single ticket, subscription, and group sales; facilitate sales and distribution of streaming productions and providing customer technical support; financial reporting, data analysis and record keeping; hiring, training & supervising a staff that includes student work studies, student crews, and summer interns & associates.   Candidates from diverse backgrounds are welcome to apply. PSF operates in association with DeSales University.  Full time position with salary range $50,000-$55,000 and full university benefits.   To apply, go to  https://easyapply.co/a/e2e5e47f-bad3-449b-94cf-7da1d24ae9e

Associate Box Office Manager

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) and DeSales University in Center Valley, PA seek Associate Box Office Manager. The Associate Box Office Manager, under the supervision of and working alongside the Box Office Manager, assists in the operation and management of the Labuda Center Box Office for the DeSales University academic year season & Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s professional summer season.  The box office can serve an annual audience of more than 65,000 patrons at 200+ performances with annual ticket sales exceeding $1.7 million.  Responsibilities include: ensuring excellent customer service for all patrons, oversight of single ticket, subscription, and group sales; financial reporting, data analysis and record keeping; hiring, training & supervising a staff that includes student work studies, student crews, and summer interns & associates.  Candidates from diverse backgrounds are welcome to apply. PSF operates in association with DeSales University.  Full time position with salary range $38,000-$42,000 and full university benefits.  To apply, go to https://easyapply.co/a/9dcc3cba-8deb-478d-a549-de87bf6ba717

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2023 Season includes productions of Henry IV, Part 2, In the Heights, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] [again], The Tempest, Sense and Sensibility, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, James and the Giant Peach, Shakespeare for Kids and a touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

PSF will require all staff to provide proof of Covid-19 Vaccination as a condition of employment.

Full Covid Protocols are still being finalized for 2023 and will be adjusted based on union and CDC guidelines as the season approaches.  At this time we plan on testing at least twice a week and all buildings will have MERV-13 filters in the ventilation systems.

About PSF:

Heading into its 32nd season the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival operates on the campus of DeSales University. The Festival performs in both the 473 seat mainstage and the 187 seat black box at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on campus.  PSF’s company of artists in recent years has included winners and nominees of the Tony, Emmy, Drama Desk, Hayes, Lortel, Jefferson, Barrymore, etc. and headliners from Broadway, television, feature film, etc. Coverage has included The Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, etc., and The New York Times has identified PSF in two recent years as one of the leading summer theatre festivals in the nation.  Each summer PSF produces a season of Shakespeare alongside other classics, musical theatre and children’s theatre.   Our vision is for world-class work.

Contract dates vary slightly by department but the overall season runs May 1 through August 11 with performances running from May 31 through August 6.

Inquiries about the Festival, positions or hiring process may be sent by email to Director of Production Josh Rose.

To submit apply 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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Production Management

Associate Production Manager

May 1 – August 11

Reporting directly to the Director of Production.  APM responsibilities include budget tracking, petty cash, facilitating communication, assisting in supervision of technical departments, assisting with facilities management, coordinating needs between FOH and production departments, working to maintain all production deadlines, taking production meeting minutes and distributing, coordinating with the University facilities staff, working to enforce safe working practices across departments.  This is a fast paced work environment with excessive work hours.  Must have top notch multitasking skills, strong with paperwork and learning on the fly.  Patience and mediation skills are required.  General experience in theatrical production and/or management required though we are not looking for specific departmental experience.  Salary is $600/wk, with housing provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Company Management

Company Manager
May 1 – August 11
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.  Salary is $600/wk plus housing.

Associate Company Manager
May 8 – August 11
Associate 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.  Salary is $500/wk plus housing.

Assistant Company Manager
May 8 – August 11
Company management experience is not required for this position.  The Assistant CM 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.  A positive and patient attitude are an absolute must.  Salary is $425/wk plus housing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stage Management

Stage Management Interns
Start dates are May 19, May 23, June 2, or June 6 for the four different SM internship tracks.  All contracts run until August 9.  Interns will primarily be working alongside the Equity stage managers from rehearsals through performance.  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 and participate in the festival strike in varied departments.  Must be prepared for fast paced work environment, learning on the go and long but exciting hours.  Salary is $300/wk plus housing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scene Shop

Technical Director
May 11- August 9
The Technical Director is a key leadership role within the mainstage season at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.  The TD is in charge of taking all scenic elements from design to stage including, budgeting, scheduling, supervising crew, and problem solving.  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 Supervisor work closely together to always ensure a smooth and inclusive work environment with safety being our top priority.  Our next priorities are promoting diversity and inclusion while maintaining work schedules and finding ways to continue to push our work quality to the top even with multiple ongoing project all while providing opportunities for growth among the shop staff.   Salary is $825/wk plus housing.  An additional off-season fee is provided as well for season prep work.

Assistant Technical Director
May 11- August 9
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 Supervisor work closely together to always ensure a smooth and inclusive work environment with safety being our top priority.  Our next priorities are promoting diversity and inclusion while maintaining work schedules and finding ways to continue to push our work quality to the top even with multiple ongoing project all while providing opportunities for growth among the shop staff.   Salary is $625/wk plus housing.

Shop Supervisor
May 11 – August 9
The Shop Supervisor 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.  Salary is $550/wk plus housing.

Lead Carpenter
May 15 – August 9
The Lead Carpenter reports directly to the Shop Supervisor.  Works alongside the Shop Supervisor 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.  Salary is $525/wk plus housing.

Carpenters
May 15 – August 9
PSF is hiring multiple full season carpenters.  All carpenters report to the Shop Supervisor & Lead Carpenter and will have hands on all productions 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.  Salary range is from $450-500/wk plus housing.

Carp Intern
May 22 – August 9
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 basic 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.  Salary is $300/wk plus housing.

Deck Chief
May 15 – August 9
The deck chief will work in the shop at the start of the contract and then transition into performance duties with shop support when first 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.  Salary is $550/wk plus housing.

Run Crew Intern
May 25 – Aug 9
Run crew needs vary but include responsibilities ranging moving/flying 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.  Interns will also be a part of the repertory changeover crew.  Must be comfortable in a backstage environment, capable of lifting, good at following detailed directions and asking follow up questions as needed.  Salary is $300/wk plus housing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scenic Artist

Scenic Charge Artist
May 11 – Aug 9
Charge Artist supervises the scenic artist, works with all scenic designers to determine the best treatment options for all paint needs and coordinates with the scene shop on space/set piece sharing.  Exact needs vary widely from season to season.  Charge Artist must come with a variety of skills to meet those needs and be comfortable trying new techniques on the go.  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.  Salary is $575/wk plus housing.

Scenic Artist
May 15 – July 23
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.  Salary is $500/wk plus housing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prop Shop

Props Supervisor
May 11 – Aug 9
The Props Supervisor leads a 3-4 person department.  Prop requirements always vary with the needs of the season but range from carpentry to crafts to upholstery to paints to shopping and/or rentals.  There is a decent stock in storage on campus but we rent/shop quite a bit to supplement all built projects.  Must be able to coordinate between an off-site designer and the rehearsal that is in progress. The Props Supervisor is also responsible for coordinating space use with other departments and for tool usage, maintaining prop storage, dealing with rehearsal prop needs for a very short rehearsal process and tracking a tight budget for multiple shows while still being realistic about directors needing/wanting last minute adds.  Salary is $575/wk plus housing.

Props Artisan/Carpenter
May 15 – August 9
Working as part of the team the props artisan must have prop or carpentry experience, with experience in both 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. Salary is $500/wk plus housing.

Props Intern
May 22 – August 9
Works as a part of the 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.  The props intern will have both shop and show running duties depending on the point in the season. 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.  Salary is $300/wk plus housing.

Props Run Crew Intern
May 25 – Aug 9
The props run crew intern will work with Stage Management to handle all props run crew needs for productions.  The props run crew intern may also assist with scenic and/or costume shifts as available and needed pending on the production.  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.  Interns will also be a part of the repertory changeover crew.  Must be comfortable in a backstage environment, capable of lifting, good at following detailed directions and asking follow up questions as needed.  Salary is $300/wk plus housing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Costume Shop

Cutter/Draper
May 11 – July 23
The Cutter/Draper is responsible for working with the Costume Designer and Costume Shop Manager in the construction and preparation of all assigned production costumes. The Cutter/Draper needs to be experienced in interpreting sketches and drawings, determining yardage for fabric and trims, fabricating patterns by either draping or flat patterning, fitting and altering costumes to actors, supervising the work of First Hands, Stitchers and Interns, maintaining a clean and safe workspace, and completing assigned costumes within deadlines. The Cutter/Draper needs to be self-motivated with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and effectively support the shop within the fast-paced summer season.  Tailoring experience a plus.  Salary is $575/wk plus housing.

First Hand
May 11 – July 23
The First Hand assists the Cutter/Draper in the construction of new costumes and the preparation and alteration of stock/rental costumes for use in the productions. The First Hand needs to be experienced in pattern layout and cutting, assisting in fittings and measurements, preparing work for Stitchers and Interns and leading the sewing and construction of assigned costumes, completing hand and finishing work as assigned, and maintaining a clean and safe work environment. The First Hand needs to be able to follow instructions, work independently, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and effectively support the shop within the fast-paced summer season.  Tailoring experience a plus.  Salary is $525-550/wk plus housing.

Costume Shop Craftsperson
May 15 – July 23
The Craftsperson is responsible for working with the Costume Designer and Costume Shop Manager in the creation, construction, and preparation of all costume crafts, including but not limited to millinery, footwear, jewelry, masks, etc. The Craftsperson needs to be experienced in interpreting sketches and drawings, creating costume craft items from a variety of materials, fabricating patterns for craft items, fitting performers, modifying stock items, and maintaining a clean and safe workspace. The Craftsperson needs to be self-motivated with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and effectively support the shop within the fast-paced summer season.  Salary is $500/wk plus housing.

Stitchers
May 15 – July 23
The Stitcher works under the supervision of the Cutter/Draper and First Hand in the preparation and creation of all assigned production costumes. The Stitcher should have intermediate-advanced experience in sewing by hand and machine, basic alterations, garment construction, finishing assigned projects in a timely manner, and maintaining a clean and safe workspace. Complex or advanced skills can be taught in house. The Stitcher needs to be able to follow instructions and work independently within the fast-paced summer season.  Salary is $450/wk plus housing.

Costume Shop Intern
May 22 – July 23
The Costume Shop Intern works under the supervision of the Cutter/Draper and First Hand in the preparation and creation of all assigned production. The Costume Shop Interns should have beginner-intermediate level experience in sewing by hand and machine, basic alterations, garment construction, finishing assigned projects in a timely manner, and maintaining a clean and safe workspace. The Costume Shop Intern needs to be able to follow instructions and work independently within the fast-paced summer season.  Salary is $300/wk plus housing.

Costume Shop Management Intern
May 22 – August 9
The Costume Shop Management Intern will assist the Costume Shop Manager throughout the season. The CSM Intern should have strong organizational skills, the ability to work productively under time pressures, and the ability to meet deadlines. The CSM Intern will assist with shopping, rentals, stock management, strike at the end of season, and assisting with costume construction as needed. The CSM Intern will assist in coordinating and organizing rentals for productions. Candidates should have experience working in the theatre, be highly organized with excellent communication skills, and have beginning construction and alteration skills. Costume Shop Management Intern needs to be able to follow instructions and work independently within the fast-paced summer season.  Salary is $300/wk plus housing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wardrobe

Wardrobe Supervisor
May 15 – August 9
The Wardrobe Supervisor will supervise a Wardrobe team of four members—2 Wardrobe Interns, the Wardrobe/Stitcher, and the Wardrobe/Crafts. The Wardrobe Supervisor is responsible for ensuring the performances run smoothly for every production, which includes tracking, changing, quick changing, maintaining, and continuing consistency of the original Costume Design. The Wardrobe Supervisor will work with the Costume Shop Manager to identify needs for supplies, equipment, and materials. The Wardrobe Supervisor will be assisted by the Wardrobe/Stitcher and Wardrobe/Crafts in the training of the Wardrobe Interns. The Wardrobe Supervisor is responsible for assigning duties for all Wardrobe Crew members, setting schedules and call times, dressing tracks, daily maintenance, repairs, and laundry, and Strike duties. The Wardrobe Supervisor needs a solid background in construction and alterations and will be expected to help in the Costume Shop at the beginning of the season as duties allow. The Wardrobe Supervisor needs to have excellent communication and time management skills, strong organizational and computer skills, and the ability to work productively under time pressures and to meet deadlines. The Wardrobe Supervisor needs to be self-motivated with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, maintain a professional demeanor when working backstage with performers, maintain a clean and safe workplace, and effectively support the productions within the fast-paced summer season.  Salary is $575/wk plus housing.

Wardrobe Lead – Complete Works and Lady Day
June 20 – August 9
The Wardrobe Lead will report to the Wardrobe Supervisor and work with the rest of the wardrobe team to handle laundry and strike for multiple productions, but needs to be able to work independently while serving as the only dresser for Complete Works and Lady Day. The Wardrobe Lead needs to have excellent communication and time management skills, strong organizational and computer skills, and the ability to work productively under time pressures and to meet deadlines. The Wardrobe Lead needs to be self-motivated with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, maintain a professional demeanor when working backstage with performers, maintain a clean and safe workplace, and effectively support the productions within the fast-paced summer season.  Salary is $550/wk plus housing.

Wardrobe/Stitcher
May 15 – August 9
The Wardrobe/Stitcher works under the supervision of the Wardrobe Supervisor and the Costume Shop Manager. At the beginning of the season, the Wardrobe/Stitcher will work in the Costume Shop with the Cutter/Draper and First Hand in the preparation and creation of all assigned production costumes. The Wardrobe/Stitcher should have intermediate-advanced experience in sewing by hand and machine, basic alterations, garment construction, finishing assigned projects in a timely manner, and maintaining a clean and safe workspace. As the season progresses, the Wardrobe/Stitcher shifts to split Wardrobe Crew and Shop responsibilities and after the musical full Wardrobe Crew. The Wardrobe/Stitcher will be the Wardrobe Crew point-person for any major costume repairs. The Wardrobe/Stitcher assists the Wardrobe Supervisor in the training of the Wardrobe Interns. The Wardrobe/Stitcher will provide costume assistance to actors in their dressing rooms and/or backstage and perform daily maintenance, repairs, and laundry for assigned productions. The Wardrobe/Stitcher will assist with Strike at the end of the Season. The Wardrobe/Stitcher needs to be able to follow instructions, maintain a professional demeanor when working backstage with performers, and work independently within the fast-paced summer season.  Salary is $400/wk plus housing.

Wardrobe/Crafts
May 15 – August 9
The Wardrobe/Crafts works under the supervision of the Wardrobe Supervisor and the Costume Shop Manager. At the beginning of the season, the Wardrobe/Crafts will work in the Costume Shop with the Craftsperson in the preparation and creation of all assigned production costume crafts as the Costume Crafts Assistant. The Wardrobe/Crafts must have experience in a variety of costume crafts, beginning-intermediate costume construction skills, finishing assigned projects in a timely manner, and maintaining a clean and safe workspace. As the season progresses, the Wardrobe/Crafts shifts to split Wardrobe Crew and Shop responsibilities and after the musical opens full Wardrobe Crew. The Wardrobe/Crafts will be the Wardrobe Crew point-person for the maintenance and repair of costume craft items. The Wardrobe/Crafts assists the Wardrobe Supervisor in the training of the Wardrobe Interns. The Wardrobe/Crafts will provide costume assistance to actors in their dressing rooms and/or backstage and perform daily maintenance, repairs, and laundry for assigned productions. The Wardrobe/Crafts will assist with Strike at the end of the Season. The Wardrobe/Crafts needs to be able to follow instructions, maintain a professional demeanor when working backstage with performers, and work independently within the fast-paced summer season.  Salary is $400/wk plus housing.

Wardrobe Interns
May 22 – August 9
The Wardrobe Intern works under the supervision of the Wardrobe Supervisor and the Costume Shop Manager. During non-show weeks, the Wardrobe Intern will work in the Costume Shop with the Cutter/Draper and First Hand in the preparation and creation of all assigned production. The Wardrobe Intern will provide costume assistance to actors in their dressing rooms and/or backstage. Wardrobe Interns will assist with Strike at the end of the Season. The Wardrobe Intern needs to be able to follow instructions, maintain a professional demeanor when working backstage with performers, and work independently within the fast-paced summer season.  Salary is $300/wk plus housing.

Musical Dresser
June 4 – July 2
The track is specifically for the musical, In the Heights.  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+.  Learning the ropes quickly, calm under pressure and helping to set actors at ease are all important.   Salary is $300/wk plus housing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wig Department

Wig Supervisor
May 15 – August 9
The wig/hair and make-up department is a two person team led by the Supervisor who works directly with the various costume designers and the Costume Shop Supervisor.  Once designs are settled, the Supervisor works with the assistant to 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 Festival does have a small stock that we pull from but relies on rentals that need to be treated well and returned in top condition to maintain our ongoing rental relationships.  The Supervisor must be comfortable teaching an assistant who is often a young professional just getting into the hair/wig side of things.  Some run responsibilities are possible. The Festival operates on tight schedules with hard deadlines; you must be comfortable in that environment and accustomed to working long hours.  Salary is $575/wk plus housing.

Assistant Wig Supervisor
May 15 – July 23
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 some run responsibilities 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 preferred.  This position 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.  Salary is $500/wk plus housing.

Wig and Makeup Intern
June 2 – August 9
The wig and makeup intern will work as a part of the wig and makeup team.  While there will be some wig maintenance duties, the wig and makeup intern will be primarily responsible for assisting performers both before and during performances as needed, sometimes working with performers from multiple productions at the same time.  Basic wig maintenance experience is preferred, 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.  Salary is $300/wk plus housing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electrics Department

Head Electrician
May 11 – August 9
The Head Electrician supervises the Assistant Head, staff electrician, and two interns.  The department plans, hangs, focuses and then maintains shows in two venues throughout the season.  The position must be comfortable working with and teaching young professionals/interns while still meeting deadlines.  Both theatres are mainly conventional equipment but each space has two VL1100’s and an expanding assortment of LED fixtures.  Each venue uses the an ETC EOS Family console.  Must be comfortable grid walking, working in genies, focus track work, basic ladder work, working with varying types of diming racks, coordinating rentals, trouble shooting, meeting tight deadlines and working as a hands on supervisor.  Each season varies but there is often practical integration into the scenery requiring a lot of time soldering and wiring.  Salary is $575/wk plus housing.

Assistant Head Electrician
May 15 – August 9
The Assistant Head Electrician helps to supervise the staff electrician 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 and an expanding assortment of LED fixtures.  Each venue uses the an ETC EOS Family console.  Must be comfortable grid walking, working in genies, focus track work, basic ladder work.  This position is often called upon to help run the spot light team on the musical but depends on the needs of the season.  Salary is $500/wk plus housing.

Staff Electrician
May 15 – August 9
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 and an expanding assortment of LED fixtures.  Each venue uses the an ETC EOS Family console.  The Staff Electrician typically has some run responsibilities (board op, deck LX or spot captain) but it depends on the needs of the season. Salary is $450/wk plus housing.

Light Board Programmer
June 4 – June 16
The programmer will program and run tech for the musical, In The Heights, handing the show off to a board operator for previews.  Extensive experience programming both conventional and intelligent fixtures on an ETC Gio console required.  Experience working in a fast paced regional or summer stock environment preferred.  Salary is $600/wk plus housing.

Electrics Interns
May 22 – August 9
Electrics 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.  Salary is $300/wk plus housing.

Assistant Lighting Designer
May 23 – July 22
The Assistant Lighting Designer will serve as the assistant to guest designers on up to five shows during the season, and will take care of designing looks for the Extreme Shakespeare production of Henry IV Part 2.   An interest in learning more about the lighting design and tech process required with previous design experience preferred.  Experience working with the EOS Family of consoles and Vectorworks/AutoCAD also a plus.  Fee is $2000 for the season plus housing.

Follow Spot Operators
June 4 – July 7
PSF is hiring three follow spot operators for the production of In the Heights.  Follow spot operators will join the process at designer run-thru, thru tech and performance.  They will then join the electrics crew for the week following the musical to assist with changeover for the repertory portion of the season.  Previous follow spot and electrics experience preferred.  Salary is $300/wk plus housing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sound Department

Sound Engineer (Season)
May 15 – August 9
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.  Additional show run responsibilities or work with On The Green, our daily live music during preshow, will also be assigned.  Experience with the Yamaha CL series consoles and Dante preferred.  Ability to maintain a positive attitude and teach techniques to the intern while working are needed.  Salary is $500/wk plus housing.

Sound Engineer (In the Heights)
June 1 – July 2
The Sound Engineer will be responsible for live mixing and helping to execute the sound design of the musical production of the season.  The musical features a fully mic’d cast and a live orchestra of approximately 13 musicians.  Experience mixing live musical events required, and experience with the Yamaha CL5 console an Dante strongly preferred.  The Sound Engineer will also work with the Sound Intern/A2 to prep mics and communicate during performances, and work with the Sound Supervisor to solve any issues that require attention before or after shows.  Salay is $600/wk plus housing.

Sound Technician
May 15 – August 9
Works with the Sound Supervisor and Engineer to maintain the sound system of the performing arts center.  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 responsibilities), general maintenance and especially microphone maintenance. The Sound Technician will need to be able to work on projects independently as well as supervise interns on projects as instructed by the Sound Supervisor and Engineer.  Salary is $450/wk plus housing.

Sound Intern
May 22 – August 9
Works with the Sound Supervisor and the rest of the sound department to maintain the sound system of the performing arts center.  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 responsibilities), general maintenance and especially microphone maintenance. Interns will also serve on the repertory changeover crew.  Salary is $300/wk plus housing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marketing Department

MARKETING & MEDIA INTERNSHIP

  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task
  • Acute attention to detail
  • Sense of humor
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with staff members & artists
  • Interest in performing arts a plus
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and PowerPoint
  • Previous knowledge/experience with social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, TikTok)
  • Experience in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Experienced in video editing (Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere)
  • Experience with DSLR cameras, lenses, & tripods (Sony a7S or equivalent preferred)
  • Experience with WordPress and email marketing software a plus

Internship Responsibilities Include:

  • Create and manage social media conten
  • Provide administrative support in proofreading, market research, data reporting, etc.
  • Offer design support & collaboration using Adobe Creative Suite
  • Create e-blasts in email platform EMMA
  • Assist with special events and openings
  • Assist in creating engaging video content for PSF marketing channels
  • Collaborate with PSF Marketing team to develop content
  • Document festival activities throughout the summer season with video and photography
  • Assist and shadow with b-roll footage for each production
  • Work with videographer to film each production for archival purposes

Benefits include:
Salary: $300/week; Ten-week internship
College credit as available through your academic institution
Educational and career-coaching opportunities
Complimentary tickets to PSF performances
Invitations to company-wide events with actors, designers, and other artists
Housing will be provided to you

Application Process:

To be considered please send a PDF of the following materials no later than March 15, 2023. Visit https://www.pashakespeare.org/about/jobs/ to apply.

  • A cover letter stating your interest in this position
  • A current resume
  • 2-4 design, photography, and/or video samples of your work. This can be in the form of an online portfolio, direct links to videos, or an uploaded folder on Google Drive or DropBox.

 

Overhire

Musical Run Crew
May 30 – July 7
Run crew duties vary but include responsibilities ranging from moving or flying 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 the summer musical and experience various departments’ responsibilities during performance.  Run crew will remain on contract through the strike/changeover after the musical and work with the scenic crew to get ready for the remainder of the season.  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.   Salary is $300/wk plus housing.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Box Office and Administrative

Check back for these positions in early January 2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WillPower Education Tour

WillPower is the educational outreach program of Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. 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.

Available Positions:

Hamlet:  PENNSYLVANIA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL TOUR

Video Submissions Only

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, PA is seeking NON-EQUITY actors for its fall tour to schools.

$475/wk.  Housing provided.  Jason King Jones, artistic director; Casey Wm. Gallagher, managing director; Matt Pfeiffer, director.   Rehearsals begin September 14 with performances October 5 – November 4 with a possible extension to November 11 or 18. Looking for actors age 21-35. Roles of Polonius/Gravedigger and Claudius/ King Hamlet’s Ghost 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. Callback sides will be available on our website and will be provided to the actor via email.  Actors of all ethnic backgrounds and gender identity are encouraged to submit. 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). Proof of Covid vaccination is required.  Include pix/resume with video submission. Please submit a link to an UNLISTED YouTube video audition or a similar link to casting@pashakespeare.org by August 26.

About PSF:

Having just finished its 31st season the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival operates on the campus of DeSales University. The Festival performs in both the 473 seat mainstage and the 187 seat black box at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on campus.  PSF’s company of artists in recent years has included winners and nominees of the Tony, Emmy, Drama Desk, Hayes, Lortel, Jefferson, Barrymore, etc. and headliners from Broadway, television, feature film, etc. Coverage has included The Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, etc., and The New York Times has identified PSF in two recent years as one of the leading summer theatre festivals in the nation.  Each summer PSF produces a season of Shakespeare alongside other classics, musical theatre and children’s theatre.   Our vision is for world-class work.

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