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FACILITIES DEPARTMENT ASSOCIATE

Full-time; seasonal - April through September; reports to Director of Facilities, General Manager.

SCHEDULE:  flexible, including some evenings and weekends

DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES: Assists in all aspects of the upkeep and maintenance of facilities. As instructed, tasks include general grounds keeping, mowing, weeding, spring and fall clean-up, trail, walkway and road maintenance, etc., some operation of vehicles, power and heavy equipment (depending upon capability); ordering and maintaining supplies; general building maintenance, minor repair work, light carpentry and painting projects; vehicle and equipment maintenance; general assistance with company activities’ and programs’ set up and clean up as needed;  participates in needed and annual maintenance / repairs of mechanical systems / plumbing /electrical; on-site trash hauling and recycling; other general repairs; helps to insure that Shakespeare’s buildings are in a safe and sanitary condition when occupied, and secure when unoccupied.   In addition, S&Co expects the following from each employee: adheres to Company policies and procedures outlined in the Employee Handbook; works in a safe manner; performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; communicates regularly with supervisor about departmental issues; demonstrates regular and consistent attendance and punctuality; participates in Company events as needed or required; and completes other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft programs including Outlook, Word, and Excel;
  • Training / certification / experience in one or more related technical trades preferred;
  • Valid Driver’s License and clean driving record;
  • Familiarity with power and hand tools;
  • A positive work attitude;
  • Regularly required to sit; stand; push and pull with force; reach with hands and arms; use hand to finger objects and controls;
  • Occasionally be required to climb and stoop; lift and/or move up to 50 pounds;
  • Vision abilities must include close vision, distance vision, and peripheral vision; and reading of written, printed and/or computer screen data. 

TO APPLY: Send resume and letter of interest to jobsearch@shakespeare.org or to Jobsearch, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox MA 01240.  Applications accepted through March 31st.

GRAPHIC DESIGN/MARKETING ASSOCIATE                 

Shakespeare & Company, one of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in the country is in search of a full-time Graphic Designer/Marketing Associate. Reporting to the Marketing Director, candidate will assist with marketing Shakespeare & Company’s year-round theatrical production, Award-winning Education programs, and internationally renowned Actor Training Center. They will also assist with marketing Shakespeare & Company’s development and community events.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Assist Marketing Director with day-to-day marketing duties including, but not limited to, producing flyers, postcards, ads, and digital graphics, updating and proofing documents, assisting with digital and email campaigns, conducting online research, updating online artist bios and headshots library, coordinating postcard and poster printing, distributing season promotional materials, and maintaining an internal communications calendar
  • Assist with re-sizing photographs and other minor graphic design needs
  • Help brainstorm ways to engage new audiences
  • Manage social media calendar, create posts and brainstorm ideas to increase engagement and followers
  • Assist with editing, proofing and writing promotional material  

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION/SKILLS: Desirable qualifications include a background in graphic design, marketing, and/or communications; passion for the performing and visual arts; ability to write; familiarity with social media, websites, email programs, and layout and photo editing software; familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint; ability to use Apple computer and familiarity with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop; photography and/or videography skills a plus.

ESSENTIAL QUALITIES AND ABILITIES: Consistent attention to detail and accuracy; ability to stay organized and meet deadlines; ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment; good telephone skills; ability to be proactive and plan ahead. Candidate must be reliable, honest and possess enthusiasm and a positive attitude.

REQUIRED ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS:  The candidate must be able to present both oral and written information in a poised, persuasive, and professional manner; possess the ability to work both collaboratively and independently; and interact successfully and effectively with a wide variety of people on-and off-site.

HOW TO APPLY: Candidates are invited to submit a cover letter explaining why this position is of interest, resume, sample of graphic design work and a list of three references. All submissions should be emailed to jobsearch@shakespeare.org with Graphic Design/Marketing Associate as the subject line. Please do not submit any application materials through the US mail or phone regarding the status of the submission.

Patron Services Positions

ASSISTANT BOX OFFICE MANAGER
Part-time, seasonal

The Assistant Box Office Manager reports directly to the Patron Services Manager and should be an outgoing, energetic, and driven individual with a passion for theatre. As both a team leader and a team member, this person must display a great attention to detail, a professional communication style, and effective conflict management skills when dealing with staff and patrons.

DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Supervision: Oversee the Box Office Staff during day-to-day operations and train staff on OvationTix and Company policies to provide optimum customer experience
  • Sales and Accounting: Assist Patron Services Manager and Box Office Manager in generating reports and preparing deposits.
  • Customer Service: Manage patron concerns, resolve conflicts, and communicate clearly with House Management and Concessions before, during, and after show load-ins.
  • Work as a member of the Front of House team (Box Office, Concessions, Gift Shop, and House Management)
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 1-2 years of box office experience, preferably working with OvationTix
  • High levels of responsibility, dependability, and integrity
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize goals
  • Excellent communication, both oral and written
  • Proficiency in MS Office and Google Drive
  • Ability to lead in a fast paced environment
  • Strong conflict management skills
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Ability to learn and follow policies and procedures

Please send a resume and cover letter to Veronica Beaupre, Patron Services Manager at Jobsearch@shakespeare.org.

HOUSE MANAGER
Part-time, seasonal

The House Manager reports directly to the Patron Services Manager and should be an energetic and driven individual with a passion for theatre. As both a team leader and a team member, this person must display a great attention to detail, as well as effective conflict resolution and professional communication skills when dealing with staff, volunteers, and patrons.

DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Be on-site from at least 1 hour and 10 minutes prior to curtain until all audience members have departed and all house management duties have been fully completed
  • Be familiar with emergency policies and procedures in case of accident or injury
  • Ensure theatre cleanliness and security, as well as audience comfort and safety
  • Report attendance and other pertinent information as per Patron Services Manager’s expectations
  • Supervise and train volunteers and ushers
  • Set-up seating  and ensure programs are prepared for distribution
  • Communicate with Box Office before, during, and after load-ins to remain informed of patron needs
  • Communicate with Stage Management to ensure a prompt curtain, timely intermission, and smooth change-over between shows
  • Ensure validity of patron tickets
  • Present an opening curtain speech if required
  • Monitor the area surrounding the performance in progress, especially regarding noise and unauthorized viewing
  • Pick up programs and trash in the House at the end of load-ins, intermissions, and performances
  • Leave the space prepared for the next House Management shift
  • Complete, scan, and e-mail a House Manager Report after every performance
  • Work as a member of the Front of House team (Box Office, Concessions, Gift Shop, and House Management)
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 1-2 years of front of house experience, either in concessions, box office, or house management
  • High levels of responsibility, dependability, and integrity
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize goals
  • Excellent communication, both oral and written
  • Ability to lead in a fast paced environment
  • Strong conflict management skills
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Ability to learn and implement policies and procedures

Please send a resume and cover letter to Veronica Beaupre, Patron Services Manager at  jobsearch@shakespeare.org.

PATRON SERVICES ASSOCIATE 
Part-time, seasonal

The Patron Services Associate should be an enthusiastic and motivated individual with a passion for theatre. This position works in the Box Office and/or at the Shakespeare & Company concession stands. This person must display excellent communication and conflict resolution skills when dealing with patrons and staff. Under the supervision of the Box Office Manager & Concessions Managers, the Patron Services Associate is responsible for the sale of tickets, food, beverages, and gift shop items in accordance with Shakespeare & Company procedure, policies, and Massachusetts State Law. This person should be outgoing and detail-oriented.

DUTIES and RESPONSIBLITIES

  • Serve food and beverages to patrons 
  • Serve alcoholic beverages responsibly in accordance with Company policies and Massachusetts State Law 
  • Sell tickets to patrons over the phone and in person using OvationTix 
  • Handle monetary transactions and provide accurate reports 
  • Maintain accurate records to facilitate clear communication with other team members Keep concessions stands, retail stands, and Box Office sanitary 
  • Understand, follow, and enforce Company policies and procedures 
  • Work as a member of the Front of House team (Box Office, Concessions, Gift Shop, and House Management) to provide a positive patron experience 
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 1 to 2 years’ experience with POS systems and customer service 
  • High levels of responsibility, dependability, and integrity 
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment 
  • Strong attention to detail 
  • Ability to learn and implement policies and procedures

Please send a resume and cover letter to Veronica Beaupre, Patron Services Manager at Jobsearch@shakespeare.org.

CONCESSIONS MANAGER 
Full-time, seasonal

Under the supervision of the Patron Services Manager, the Concessions Manager is responsible for the sale of food, beverages, and gift shop items in accordance with Shakespeare & Company procedure, alcohol policies, and Massachusetts State Law. This person should be outgoing and detail-oriented.

DUTIES and RESPONSIBLITIES

  • Greet patrons 
  • Serve food and beverages to patrons 
  • Serve alcoholic beverages responsibly in accordance with Company policies and Massachusetts State Law 
  • Sell gift shop items 
  • Open and close registers 
  • Handle monetary transactions and provide accurate reports 
  • Track inventory, alert supervisor when stock is low, and place orders when needed 
  • Keep concessions and retail stands sanitary 
  • Understand and follow Company policies and procedures 
  • Work as a member of the Front of House team (Box Office, Concessions, Gift Shop, and House Management) 
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 1 to 2 years’ experience with POS systems and customer service, especially in a retail, concessions, or restaurant setting 
  • High levels of responsibility, dependability, and integrity 
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment 
  • Strong attention to detail 
  • Ability to learn and implement policies and procedures 
  • Display strong leadership qualities

Please send a resume and cover letter to Veronica Beaupre, Patron Services Manager at Jobsearch@shakespeare.org.

KITCHEN ASSISTANTS

Shakespeare & Company is seeking Kitchen Assistants for its residential summer actor training program. Candidates should have an understanding of a working kitchen, should be team players, and be able to work under the direction of the Chef around meal prep and planning. They should be able to make logical, intellectual, and critical decisions, as well as maintain a confident and calm presence.  Housing is available, and positions start on May 27 and end on June 26.

Qualifications

  • Minimum 1 year or greater experience working in food or culinary services.
  • Ability to walk, stand, and/or bend continuously to perform essential job functions including lifting up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to work under pressure and deal with stressful situations during busy periods

Essential Responsibilities

  • Provide support preparing all meals in a cafeteria setting.
  • Assist with receiving food and supplies.
  • Ensure that all menu items are labeled accurately.
  • Keep all refrigeration, storage, and working areas in clean, working condition in compliance with Department of Health Regulations.
  • Display ability and willingness to work all stations in the kitchen.
  • Be dependable and timely for scheduled shifts.
  • Practice “Teamwork” and “Clean as you go” policies.
  • Adhere to company policies/procedures and safe work practices and guidelines.
  • Act as backup for the Chef in the event of their absence.

HOW TO APPLY: Candidates are invited to submit a resume and a list of three references. All submissions should be emailed to jobsearch@shakespeare.org with Kitchen Assistant position as the subject line. Please do not submit any application materials through the US mail or phone regarding the status of the submission. 

Production Department Positions

Shakespeare and Company, located in Western Massachusetts, is looking for technicians to join our Production Department. Our season features 8 shows on four different stages.  Shop spaces include natural light in 2nd floor, air-conditioned Costume Shop and our Scene Shop is 110' x 60' and includes a 20’ x 40’ Paint deck. We have separate Sound and Lighting facilities as well as 3,500 sq. ft. of costume stock and 12,000+ sq. ft. of props and scenic storage. The Props Department has a separate shop from the Scenic Department. Shakespeare & Company has an Equity LORT D playhouse seating approximately 400, an Equity SPT 4 black box theater with a 200 seat house, and two outdoor theaters, one LORT D and the other non-equity, both which have a capacity over 290. 

Shakespeare & Company is an E.O.E. and  these are typically salaried positons with the potential  to earn overtime unless noted. Send cover letter with dates of availability, resume, and 3 references with e-mail contact to: Kevin Harvell, Production Manager at Jobsearch@shakespeare.org. 

ASSISTANT TECHNIAL DIRECTOR

The ATD would take lead on and work closely with the Technical Director in the creation of working drawings from designer drawings. He or she would collaborate with the TD to determine materials and methods that should be used to build the scenic design. He or she would then lead in creating shop drawing and then with the scene shop staff oversee the build. The person in this position will find their time split between drafting, ensuring quality on the shop floor, and solving problems in the field. The ATD may lead the build of complex projects. This position may also be responsible for digitizing scenic drawings from our designers if necessary. This person would take the lead in rigging any scenic elements in the air and be present at load ins and strikes in the theater according to the production schedule. 

Preferred applicants will have a strong background in technical direction with experience in wood construction, welding, and rigging. A level of proficiency in Vectorworks or AutoCad is needed. An applicant with experience in welding aluminum and with Vectorworks is strongly desired. Completion or near completion of a degree in technical theater is preferred. Candidates should be able to lift 70 pounds, be comfortable working at heights, and have a valid driver's license.

Contract runs approximately from mid-April through early-September. Shorter or different availabilities will be considered. Housing for non-local applicants is available. There is a possible extension to work on our Fall Education program that ends just prior to Thanksgiving. 

SCENIC CARPENTER/WELDER

The Scenic Carpenter/Welder would work closely with the TD, ATD, and the scene shop staff in the building of scenic elements efficiently and to shop drawings. This position would take the lead on all metal working projects and experience in rigging is also desired. In addition to the build in the shop the Scenic Carpenter/Welder will also assist with load-ins, strikes, and notes of all of the sets. 

Applicants must have a good knowledge of standard theatrical wood construction and of shop tool operation. An extensive MIG welding history is required. Previous work with aluminum MIG welding and roll bending is helpful. The Scenic Carpenter/Welder must be able to read and interpret technical construction drawings.  Candidates should be able to lift 70 pounds, be comfortable working at heights, and have a valid driver's license.

The contract runs approximately from mid-April through mid-September. Shorter availabilities will be considered. Housing for non-local applicants is available. There is a possible extension to work on our Fall Education program that ends just prior to Thanksgiving.

SCENIC CARPENTER

The Scenic Carpenter would work closely with the TD, ATDs, and the scene shop staff in the building of scenic elements efficiently and to shop drawings. In addition to the build in the shop the Scenic Carpenters will also assist with Load-ins, strikes, and notes of all of the sets.

Applicants must have a good knowledge of standard theatrical wood construction and of shop tool operation. Some experience with welding and rigging would be helpful. The Scenic Carpenter must be able to read and interpret technical construction drawings. Candidates should be able to lift 70 pounds and be comfortable working at heights, and have a valid driver's license. Preference will go to those who have USITT’s ESET certification though not required.

One contract runs approximately from late April through mid-September; another runs early may through mid-September; and the last runs early May though late August. Shorter availabilities will be considered. Housing for non local applicants is available. There is a possible extension to work on our Fall Education program that ends just prior to Thanksgiving. 

PAID CARPENTRY INTERN

The Carpentry Intern would work closely with the TD, ATDs, and the scene shop staff in the building of scenic elements through an educational process and assist in inventory control in the shop and shop tool maintenance. Classes, lecturers and other events for the internship company will be held throughout the summer season.

Applicants must be familiar with standard theatrical wood construction and of shop tool operation. Some experience with welding and rigging would be helpful. The Carpenter must be able to read and interpret technical construction drawings. Candidates should be able to lift 50 pounds, be comfortable working at heights, and over 18 years of age. This position is geared for those early in their college career.

Contract runs approximately from early-May through end of August. Shorter availabilities will be considered. Housing for non-local applicants may be available through local applicants are preferred. This is a stipend educational position.

SCENIC CHARGE

The Scenic Charge would take lead on and work closely with the TD, ATDs, Designers and a scenic artist in the finishing of scenic elements, primarily through paint, to achieve the designer’s artistic vision. The Scenic Charge is tasked with determining the proper techniques and materials in which to complete the look of the set. The person in this position will find their time split between leading the scenic artist, liaising with directing and design teams, and determining materials and techniques that will be needed. The Scenic Charge may take on the task of creating small murals or paintings. Must be willing to work some nights or early mornings.

Preferred applicants will have a strong background in scenic painting technique, leadership skills, Photoshop, and in time management; especially estimation. There is a large emphasis placed on the knowledge of surface treatments including, texturing, ageing, foam carving and distressing. Prior experience as a scenic charge is required. Candidates should be able to lift 50 pounds, and be comfortable working at heights, and have a valid driver's license.

The contract runs approximately from early May through mid-September. Shorter availabilities will be considered. Housing for non-local applicants is available.

PROPS ARTISAN

The Props Artisan would work closely with the Props Master and other Props staff by assisting in the acquisition and building of all of the summer seasons properties. The Props Artisan would also assist in the maintenance of the props inventory and the shop. 

Ideal applicants will have knowledge of shop tools, paints, sewing, crafts and preferably some carpentry experience. All candidates should be able to lift up to 50 lbs, be comfortable working at heights, and ideally have a valid driver’s license.

The contract runs approximately from early-June through late-August. Shorter availabilities will be considered. Housing for non local applicants is available.

PROPS CARPENTER

The Props Carpenter would work closely with the Props Master and other Props staff by assisting in the acquisition and building of all of the summer seasons properties. The Props Carpenter would also assist in the maintenance of the props inventory and the shop.

Ideal applicants will have knowledge of shop tools, paints, sewing, and crafts. General carpentry experience is required and a history of furniture building is desired. All candidates should be able to lift up to 50 lbs, be comfortable working at heights, and ideally have a valid driver’s license.

The contract runs approximately from mid-May through mid-September.  Shorter availabilities will be considered. Housing for non-local applicants is available. There is a possible extension to work on our Fall Education program that ends just prior to Thanksgiving.

 

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Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.

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