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.

About PSF:

Heading into its 33rd 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.

The Mission of Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is to enrich, inspire, engage, and entertain the widest possible audience through first-rate professional productions of classical and contemporary plays, with a core commitment to the works of Shakespeare and other dramatists, and through an array of educational outreach and mentorship programs.

The Festival’s core Values: Quality, Shakespeare, Education, Relationships

Summer 2024 Season: “Persistence of Love”: The Play That Goes Wrong, The Last Five Years, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Color Purple, Cymbeline, Winnie-the-Pooh & Friends, Shakespeare for Kids: Twelfth Night, and touring throughout the Lehigh Valley: The Comedy of Errors.

Contract dates vary slightly by department but the overall season runs May 6 through August 7 with performances running from May 31 through August 4.

To apply send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Matthew F. Lewandowski II: matthew.lewandowski@pashakespeare.org. PSF will require all staff to provide proof of Covid-19 Vaccination as a condition of employment. PSF is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the principles of inclusion and diversity both onstage and off.

Production Management

All positions have been filled for 2024.

Company Management

Company Manager
May 1 – August 11
Reporting directly to the Director of Production.  CM responsibilities include company housing, transportation, HR-related 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 $625/wk plus housing.

Associate Company Manager
May 8 – August 9
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 $525/wk plus housing.

Assistant Company Manager
May 6– August 9
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-realted 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 17, May 21 or May 30 for the three different SM internship tracks.  All contracts run until August 7.  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 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 9- August 7
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 Supervisor.
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 $875/wk plus housing.  An additional off-season fee is provided as well for season prep work. 

Assistant Technical Director
May 9- August 7
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 9 – August 7
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 $575/wk plus housing.

Lead Carpenter
May 13 – August 7
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 $550/wk plus housing.

Carpenters
May 13 – August 7
PSF is hiring two full season carpenters.  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 tight working quarters and maintaining positive work conditions.  Salary range is from $500-550/wk plus housing.

Carpentry Intern
May 20 – August 7
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 Supervisor and/or TDs for some additional experience.  Interns will also be a part of the 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 13 – August 7
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 changeovers required.  Prior regional theater experience a plus.  Maintaining a positive attitude and encouraging a positive experience for all involved is vital.  Salary is $575/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 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 9 – Aug 7
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 $600/wk plus housing.

Scenic Artist
May 13 – July 21
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 9 – Aug 7
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 $625/wk plus housing.

Props Artisan/Carpenter
May 13 – August 7
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 the next day.  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 20 – August 7
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 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 21 – Aug 7
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 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 (POSITION FILLED)

First Hand
May 9 – July 21
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 13 – July 21
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 $525/wk plus housing.

Stitcher
May 13 – July 21
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 $500/wk plus housing.

Costume Shop Intern
May 20 – July 21
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 Intern 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 13 – August 7
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 (POSITION FILLED)

Wardrobe/Stitcher
May 13 – August 7
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, at times, 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 13 – August 7
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, at times, 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 20 – August 7
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.

Wig Department

Wig Supervisor
May 13 – August 7
The wig/hair and make-up Supervisor is part of a a three-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 and intern 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 mentoring others.  Some run responsibilities are possible. Salary is $575/wk plus housing.

Assistant Wig Supervisor
May 13 – July 21
The wig/hair and make-up department is a three-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. 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
May 20 – August 4
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 (POSITION FILLED)

Assistant Head Electrician
May 13 – August 7
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 13 – August 7
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.

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 changeover crew.  Salary is $300/wk plus housing.

Assistant Lighting Designer
May 21 – July 26
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 Cymbeline.   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. Flat fee of $2,500 for the summer.

Follow Spot Operators
July 6 – August 7
PSF is hiring three follow spot operators for the production of The Color Purple.  Follow spot operators will join the process at designer run-thru, thru changeover, tech, and performance.  They will then assist with strike at the end of the season.  Previous follow spot and electrics experience preferred.  Salary is $300/wk plus housing.

Sound Department

Sound Engineer (Season)
May 13 – August 7
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 (The Color Purple)
July 8  – August 4
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 9 musicians.  Experience mixing live musical events required, and experience with the Yamaha CL5 console and 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. Salary is $600/wk plus housing.

Sound Technician
May 13 – August 7
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 20 – August 7
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 changeover crew.  Salary is $300/wk plus housing.

Administrative/Marketing/Finance

Admin – Management Intern

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. Salary is $300/wk and housing is provided.

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

Box Office and Front of House

Box Office
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) seeks a Box Office Associate and two Box Office Interns for its 2024 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 show 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. Associate salary is $425/wk and the intern salary is $300/wk.  Housing is provided for both positions.

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

House Manager and Assistant House Manager
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) seeks a House Manager and an Assistant House Managers for its 2024 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 eight productions in three 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 individuals with strong organizational and people skills, ability to work with grace under pressure, make quick decisions and handle emergencies.  Salary for the House Manager is $550/wk.  Salary for the Assistant House Managers is $425/wk.  Housing is provided for both positions.

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

Overhire

Musical Run Crew
July 1 – August 4
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.

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.

For more information about auditions, email casting@pashakespeare.org.

 

ABOUT PSF:

A leading Shakespeare festival with an emerging national reputation for excellence, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company on the campus of DeSales University.

Each summer, PSF produces a season of Shakespeare and other classics, musical theatre, and children’s theatre. 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. Every year 40,000-50,000 patrons attend PSF from 30+ states – over 1,000,000 patrons from 50 states and many countries since 1992.

 

Our Mission and Values:

The Mission of Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is to enrich, inspire, engage, and entertain the widest possible audience through first-rate professional productions of classical and contemporary plays, with a core commitment to the works of Shakespeare and other dramatists, and through an array of educational outreach and mentorship programs.

The Festival’s core Values:

  • Quality
  • Shakespeare
  • Education
  • Relationships

Summer 2024 Season:
PSF Presents 1812’s production of: The Play That Goes Wrong
The Last Five Years
The Merry Wives of Windsor
The Color Purple
Cymbeline
Winnie-the-Pooh & Friends
Shakespeare for Kids
“Play On!” Community Tour: The Comedy of Errors

 

 

 

 

 

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 and perform in a Shakespeare play. WillPower employs non-union performers and a non-union stage manager.  The WillPower Tour traditionally runs in the fall with auditions and casting occurring in the summer.

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