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.
The 2022 Season includes productions of A Chorus Line, Every Brilliant Thing, Fences, The River Bride (staged reading), Much Ado About Nothing, Little Red and Shakespeare for Kids.
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 2022 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.
Heading into 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.
Contract dates vary slightly by department but the overall season runs May 2 through August 12 with performances running from June 3 through August 7.
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 at email@example.com
PSF is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the principles of inclusion and diversity both onstage and off.
Accounts Payable Assistant
May 16 – July 31
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. Salary is $12 an hour.
May 16 – August 10
We are hiring multiple full season carpenters. All carpenters report to the Shop Foreman & Lead 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. Salary is $340-375 per week.
Run Crew Intern
May 31 – Aug 10
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. Salary is $300 per week.
May 16 – July 31 or August
Working as part of the team the props carp must come with basic carpentry skills and either experience or comfortability in props crafts. Upholstery, painting, and other props skills are helpful as well. 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 $400 per week.
May 12 – July 31
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. Salary is $500 per week.
May 16 – August 10
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 $525 per week.
May 19 – August 10
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 per week.
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
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.
Help us cast the youngest role in our season.
We are in search of families/households in the area with an 8- to 12-year-old young Black girl (to play a 7-8 year old) who might enjoy the following casting opportunity. Please feel free to forward if you might know such a family.
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, the professional theatre in residence at DeSales University, is seeking a girl of African descent to play the speaking role of Raynell in August Wilson’s Fences this summer at PSF. The young actress should also feel comfortable singing. Rehearsals for this role begin July 12, opening is July 29, closing is August 7. Four weeks of involvement total. This is a fully professional production with Equity actors. This role will be cast with a non-union local child actor or a local child who is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. In the play, the girl represents the hope for the future.
According to union regulations for this production, the young actor cast in this role will be paid $790 week. 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 during the two weeks of the run.
Please inquire asap by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested young actors will submit a self-taped audition (video). Both side 1 and side 2 (links below) should be taped as well as 1 taped song of the actor’s choice sung acapella.
Audition sides can be found here:
Submission deadline: MAY 9, 2022
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.
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 email@example.com by August 26.
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.