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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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Sound Designer/Supervisor

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) and DeSales University seek Sound Designer/Supervisor.  A full-time, 12-month staff position with shared report to the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and the DeSales University Division of Performing Arts, the sound designer/supervisor will serve as the resident sound designer for division (academic year) and PSF (summer) productions. The sound designer/supervisor will oversee all operational maintenance of the DeSales University Labuda Center for the Performing Arts sound systems.  Responsibilities also include: sound design, creating and supervising all aspects of sound capture, recording, mixing & amplification, including builds, load-ins, technical rehearsals, performances and strikes for all productions; oversight and maintenance of sound systems and operations; troubleshooting technical problems; supervising/mentoring student and professional sound crews and supporting the programming and production needs of select university events occurring within the Labuda Center.  Qualifications: bachelor’s degree in theatrical sound design required, MFA in theatrical sound design/production preferred, highly advanced audio (digital and analog) skills; professional-level sound design ability and experience, composition a plus, as is experience collaborating with composers, advanced computer skills, attentive to opportunities to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion, dedicated to the mission of a small, Catholic, liberal arts institution.  Candidates from diverse backgrounds are welcome to apply. PSF operates in association with DeSales University. Full time position with salary range of $44,000-$46,000 and full university benefits. To apply, go to https://easyapply.co/job/sound-designer-and-supervisor

Summer Season Production/Administration

Heading into its 30th season, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company on the campus of DeSales University in the Lehigh Valley, 100 minutes from NYC and 60 minutes from Philly. The Festival uses both the 473 seat mainstage and the 187 seat black box at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on campus. Each summer, PSF produces a season of Shakespeare alongside other classics, musical theatre, and children’s theatre.

The Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to seeing diversity on our stage and behind the scenes.

On site housing provided for all seasonal employees.


Sound Designer/Supervisor

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) and DeSales University seek Sound Designer/Supervisor.  A full-time, 12-month staff position with shared report to the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and the DeSales University Division of Performing Arts, the sound designer/supervisor will serve as the resident sound designer for division (academic year) and PSF (summer) productions. The sound designer/supervisor will oversee all operational maintenance of the DeSales University Labuda Center for the Performing Arts sound systems.  Responsibilities also include: sound design, creating and supervising all aspects of sound capture, recording, mixing & amplification, including builds, load-ins, technical rehearsals, performances and strikes for all productions; oversight and maintenance of sound systems and operations; troubleshooting technical problems; supervising/mentoring student and professional sound crews and supporting the programming and production needs of select university events occurring within the Labuda Center.  Qualifications: bachelor’s degree in theatrical sound design required, MFA in theatrical sound design/production preferred, highly advanced audio (digital and analog) skills; professional-level sound design ability and experience, composition a plus, as is experience collaborating with composers, advanced computer skills, attentive to opportunities to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion, dedicated to the mission of a small, Catholic, liberal arts institution.  Candidates from diverse backgrounds are welcome to apply. PSF operates in association with DeSales University.  Full time position with full university benefits.  To apply, go to https://easyapply.co/job/sound-designer-and-supervisor

Seasonal Job Opportunities Summer 2021

Administration- Management

Admin-Management Intern
May 24 – August 4
The Administrative-Management Intern will assist the Managing Director & Festival admin staff in the day-to-day responsibilities and tasks of their positions including, but not limited to, human resources, volunteer coordination, accessibility, souvenir & concession management, database maintenance, list analysis, website, financial tracking, archives, proof reading, online research, etc. The intern will also regularly assist House Management and some other departments on projects as needed. Previous office work and experience with Microsoft Office Suite preferred. To apply, please send resume, cover letter and references to Managing Director Casey William Gallagher: psf@pashakespeare.org.

Company Management

Company Manager
May 17 -August 6
Reporting directly to the Director of Production.  CM responsibilities include company housing, transportation, HR-esk issues (medical issues, workers comp, travel payments, etc), hospitality, rental cars, hotel like responsibilities for an ever rotating cast of actors and designers coming/going throughout the season, maintenance on housing supplies and storage, and additional on site management support during busy times.  Long and rewarding hours are the expectation for this vital member of the management staff. To submit please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Josh Rose: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org

Assistant Company Manager
May 24 – August 6
Assistant CM reports directly to the CM and assists in all job functions.  Specific responsibilities are assigned by the supervisor but the expectation is that this position can cover the CM on their day off or if there is an issue that requires attention in more than one place at a time.  Previous company management experience preferred but other management/leadership experience is acceptable.  A positive and patient attitude are an absolute must.  To submit please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Josh Rose: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org

Costume Shop

Cutter/Draper
June 4 – July 11
The Cutter/Draper will work closely with the Costume Shop Manager to prep and plan for successful implementation of the designs for all productions.  Experience working in a fast paced regional costume shop preferred.  The cutter/draper needs to be self-motivated and able to work on multiple projects at one time while still being able to support the rest of the shop as needed on any given day.  To submit please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Josh Rose: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org

First Hand
June 4 – July 18
The First Hand will be working with the Shop Manager and Cutter/Draper.  Experience working in a fast paced regional costume shop preferred.  The first hand needs to be self-motivated and deadline driven while still being able to work with and provide assistance to the stitchers and interns as needed.   All costume shop positions need to be comfortable working quickly with tight deadlines (even within an industry that expects that as standard).  The costume shop is always working on two projects at a time and sometimes three.  To submit please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Josh Rose: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org

Costume Shop Craftsperson
June 7 – July 11
The craftsperson will work on a wide variety of projects over the course of the season due to the diverse nature of the Festival’s shows and concepts.  Some seasons are very standard and some are nonstop problem solving; lots of painting, standard costume construction, dyeing, and crafts plus the occasional blood effects.  There is room for creativity in how standard and unusual problems are approached.  Costume shop or similar experience is a must; everyone has to work well together to be able to coordinate the volume that moves from position to position during busy times.  To submit please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Josh Rose: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org

Stitchers
June 7 – July 11
Costume/clothing build experience is a must.  Comfortable in standard construction methods while working quickly (and checking that work as you go) are also critical.  More complex or advanced skills can be taught in house.  Knowledge of wardrobe to help coordinate departments is helpful but not required.  To submit please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Josh Rose: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org

Costume Shop Intern
June 7 – July 11
Intern will work with all members of the costume shop.  It is a chance to see what each various position does and assist along the way.  Builds will range from ornate period pieces to modern day basics.  General construction is a necessity for the position but no specific skill type is 100% needed.  Interns will also be a part of the repertory changeover crew.  This is one of our fastest working departments.  To submit please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Josh Rose: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org

Electrics Department

Head Electrician
June 3 – August 4
The Head electrician will supervise the Staff Electrician and Electrics Intern.  The department plans, hangs, focuses and then maintains all shows in the season.  The position must be comfortable working with and teaching the interns while still meeting deadlines.  Both theatres are mainly conventional equipment but each space has two VL1100’s to give a bit more flexibility and a few growing LED systems too.  Each venue runs off an Eos Family console.  Must be comfortable grid walking, working in genies and basic ladder work.  To submit please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Josh Rose: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org

 Staff Electrician
June 7 – August 4
Electrician is part of a 3 person department that plans, hangs, focuses and then maintains all shows in the season.  The position also works with two interns so being comfortable with helping to teach along the way is important.  Both theatres are mainly conventional equipment but each space has two VL1100’s to give a bit more flexibility and a few small systems of LED equipment too.  Each venue runs off an Ion.  Electrician typically has some run responsibility (board op, deck LX or spot captain) but depends on the needs of the season.  To submit please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Josh Rose: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org

House Management

House Managers
June 21 – August 4
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) seeks House Managers for its 2021 summer season.  The house managers 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 4 in two venues over 6 weeks and works closely with a large volunteer group (over 200) in meeting the needs of the annual audience of 40,000. Also, includes supervision and nightly reconciliation of souvenir, concessions and raffle sales. Looking for dynamic and energetic individual with strong organizational and people skills, ability to work with grace under pressure, make quick decisions and handle emergencies. To apply, please send resume, cover letter and references to Managing Director Casey William Gallagher: psf@pashakespeare.org.

Marketing

Marketing Intern
May 24 – August 4
The Marketing Intern will report directly to the Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: assist with writing press releases and copy for weekly email blasts, create social media content across multiple channels, assemble press kits, manage media files and archives, support coordination of photography and press features, and provide general administrative support. Excellent communication, writing, proofreading skills and strong knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite required. To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and references to the Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Tina Slak: Tina.Slak@pashakespeare.org.

Overhire

General Overhire
If you are local (or in our general area) and looking for periodic work but not full summer jobs let us know!  We are always looking to expand our database of available hands/skilled workers.  Include a resume, your expected availability (if you know it) between May and August, and what various departments you work in.  No specific deadline here, feel free to submit your info at any time.  In particular, we will be looking for some overhire the first week of August. To submit please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Josh Rose: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org

Prop Shop

Props Supervisor
May 31- August 4
Working as part of the team the props supervisor should have prop experience, with carpentry and other specialized skills a plus.  The props supervisor will manage the Props Artisan/Carpenter and intern, as well as the seasonal prop budget. Each season has its own needs so being ready to learn and try new skills is also a must.  This is a very fast moving organization that often needs its props ready for rehearsal yesterday.  Multitasking is a must.  Experience working in a resident theater dealing with both rehearsal props and show props for different overlapping productions is a plus.   To submit please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Josh Rose: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org

Scenic Artists

Scenic Artist
May 31 – June 27
Exact scenic needs vary widely from season to season.  Scenic Artist must come with a variety of skills to meet those needs and be comfortable trying new techniques on the go.  The scenic artist will work closely with the scenic charge to plan how to accomplish the departments goals.  With a very busy season with a lot of deadlines the scenic department is often on an opposite schedule working late nights or overnights in order to keep pace with the build.  To submit please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Josh Rose: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org

Scene Shop

Assistant Technical Director
May 28- July 4
The Assistant Technical Director is a key leadership role within the mainstage season at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.  The TD is available to help advise and work through options but the ATD must be ready to handle full drafting assignments and work independently.  Additional day to day responsibilities include providing leadership on the shop floor and especially during install, coordinating expenses with production management, communicating with designers especially once they are on site and coordinating build space usage with the Charge Artist and Props Master. The TD, ATD and Shop Foreman work closely together to ensure a smooth and inclusive work environment at all times.  Safety remains our top priority.  Our next priorities remain maintaining work schedules and finding ways to push our work quality to the top even with multiple ongoing projects.   To submit please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Josh Rose: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org

Shop Supervisor
May 31 – July 4
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.  To submit please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Josh Rose: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org

Senior Carpenter
May 31 – July 4
The master carp reports directly to the Shop Foreman.  Works alongside the Foreman to coordinate with the TD on build decisions.  Helps to set long term and daily deadlines.  Will have hands on all production builds throughout the season.  Exact construction needs and skills will vary per season but tend to remain in the realm of standard theatrical skills.  Welding and/or rigging experience is required as well.  Solid communication skills, being comfortable with long hours, while maintaining safety practices, and sharing workspace are all important.  Must be capable of teaching young carpenters on the go.  Must be accustomed to meeting hard deadlines.  To submit please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Josh Rose: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org

Carpenters
May 31 – July 4
We are hiring multiple full season carpenters.  All carpenters report to the Shop Foreman & Master Carpenter and will have hands on all production throughout the season.  Exact construction needs and skills will vary per season but tend to remain in the realm of standard theatrical skills.  Welding and/or rigging experience a plus.  Must be comfortable with long hours, tight working quarters and maintaining positive work conditions.  To submit please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Josh Rose: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org

Carp Intern
May 31 – July 4
Interns work in the shop alongside our professional staff.  For the most part these are construction positions but there are opportunities to shadow the Shop Foreman and/or TDs for some additional experience.  Interns will also be a part of the repertory changeover crew.  Familiarity with carpentry and construction are a must, experience directly in a professional shop is a bonus.  Most specialty skills can be learned on site while working.  To submit please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Josh Rose: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org

Deck Chief
May 31 – August 4
The deck chief will work in the shop at the start of the contract and then transition into performance duties with shop support when tech begins.   Ability to lead a crew, train more novice crew members, promote a safe working environment, and assist in supervising repertory changeovers required.  Prior regional theater and repertory experience a plus.  Maintaining a positive attitude and encouraging a positive experience for all involved during the long hours during changeover is vital.  To submit please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Josh Rose: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org

Sound Department
See full time opportunity above.

Assistant Sound Supervisor
June 7 – August 4
Reports directly to the Sound Supervisor and works with the supervisor and sound intern to maintain the sound system of the performing arts center.  The Assistant Sound supervisor will also serve as the Audio Engineer/Mixer for the outdoor performances this summer.  Show specific adds/installs will happen for each production including supplemental speakers, sound reinforcement, and video monitors as needed.  Some additional show run responsibilities or work with On The Green, our daily live music during preshow, will also be assigned.  Ability to maintain a positive attitude and teach techniques to the intern while working are needed.  To submit please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Josh Rose: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org

Wardrobe Supervisor
June 21 – August 4
The Wardrobe Supervisor will supervise 3 additional Wardrobe team members and be responsible for the scheduling of the entire team to make sure all show needs are being met, while keeping everyone’s schedule manageable.  This position works with the Wardrobe/Stitcher teach the wardrobe interns, get the run tracks for all shows set and work on daily maintenance repairs/laundry.  Must be comfortable with both basic costume construction and wardrobe responsibility.  This is a fast paced environment with hard deadlines.  Calm under pressure and working to help ensure a smooth backstage experience for the cast is important.  To submit please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Josh Rose: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org

Wardrobe/Stitcher
June 7 – August 4
This position starts in the costume shop to help get the season builds started.  Once shows start to tech the position shifts focus to the wardrobe side of things but will still maintain some daily shop hours.  This position works with the Wardrobe Supervisor to help teach the wardrobe interns, get the run tracks for the musical set and work on daily maintenance repairs/laundry.  After the musical this position becomes the solo wardrobe team for the blackbox space.  Must be comfortable with both basic costume construction and wardrobe responsibility.  This is a fast paced environment with hard deadlines.  Calm under pressure and working to help ensure a smooth backstage experience for the cast is important.  To submit please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Josh Rose: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org

Wardrobe Interns
June 7 – August 4
Working with the wardrobe supervisor and dressers the wardrobe interns help to keep everyone in the right costumes at the right time.  Experience or familiarity with theatrical costuming/dressing and a comfortability in helping and/or learning make-up/wigs is a must.  We can teach the specific wardrobe side of things.  This is an incredibly fast moving department so expect to be running back and forth backstage, must be comfortable in high pressure situations and high pressure actors.  Wardrobe also handles all laundry and basic maintenance during performances.  Interns will also be a part of the repertory changeover crew.  To submit please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Josh Rose: joshua.rose@pashakespeare.org

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.

Please check back in the coming months for information about the Fall 2021 WillPower Tour.