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Director of Development

The Director of Development is a senior-level position, reporting to the Managing Director and Artistic Director while working closely with the Board of Trustees. With an annual operating budget of $4.5 million the Director of Development oversees a portfolio of institutional donors, including Government, foundation and corporate donors; Strategizes and Directs institutional funding plan and serves as key liaison to funders, writing proposals as necessary; Oversees annual fundraising efforts, including membership mailings, renewal and lapsed letters, ticket buyer appeals, outreach and stewardship.

POSITION: Director of Development
TERM: year-round, full-time
STATUS: exempt, at-will employee
SUPERVISORS: Managing Director and Artistic Director
SCHEDULE: flexible, weekdays typical

DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:
Hires, trains, schedules, and supervises support staff of three; Creates and manages annual development plan for maintaining and increasing individual and institutional funding sources; Creates and manages income and expense budget for department; Works with Managing Director and Artistic Director to secure major gifts for annual programs from current donors/prospects and broaden new donor base; Oversees portfolio of Institutional donors, including Government, foundation and corporate donors; Directs institutional funding plan and serves as key liaison to funders, writing proposals as necessary; Oversees annual fundraising efforts, including membership mailings, renewal and lapsed letters, ticket buyer appeals, outreach and stewardship; Manages and attends all cultivation and member events; Oversees acknowledgment process of donors and all donor related activities; Oversees donor Playbill listings and other donor recognition for season and productions; Serves as Stewardship and Board Liaison, including working with Board members on identifying and cultivating new donors, corporate and institutional supporters; Engages and cultivates major donors and board prospects; Liaises with Board Nominating Committee and Facilities Task Force; Oversees Gala and liaises with Board Gala Committee; Manages logistics of quarterly Board meetings; Coordinates Capital campaign efforts and reporting.

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.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Adam Davis, Managing Director c/o Catherine Wheeler at cwheeler@shakespeare.org

Costume Department Positions:

Costume Designers sought for the Fall Festival of Shakespeare, part of Shakespeare & Company’s award-winning Education Program now in its 29th year.  This exciting 8-week residency has 10 fully-produced Shakespeare plays in 10 local high schools, and culminates in a festival weekend just before Thanksgiving when close to 400 students, actors and technicians perform all ten shows over 4 days for each other and the public.  This is an excellent opportunity for younger designers to gain design experience working in a theatre-in-education project and being part of a large professional shop designing and altering costumes. 

Costumers will have the opportunity to inspire and mentor student crews while designing shows for two productions, pulling and altering costumes from 40 years of costume stock.  Two positions are available, September 26 through November 20. Housing and transportation available / negotiable though preferred candidates will have their own transportation. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and should have a BA/BFA, costume construction and design experience, excellent organization skills, experience in an educational environment, and enjoy working with high school students.  E.O.E. Send cover letter, resume, 3 references with e-mail contact: jobsearch@shakespeare.org

 

 


Production Department Positions:

Our season features 7 shows on four different stages.  Newly renovated 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 with a capacity over 250.

Shakespeare & Company is an E.O.E. and these are typically salaried positons with the potential 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.

CARPENTERS: The Carpenters 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 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 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.

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.

Internships at Shakespeare & Company

The new Shakespeare & Company Internship Program is designed to train the next generation of theatre professionals to become successful and well-rounded members of the theatre community. Interns receive one-on-one mentoring from within their department and experience with professional artists and staff. Throughout the internship, in a lecture series designed exclusively for interns, staff members from across the company illuminate the inner workings of a large arts organization. Interns also have the opportunity to observe other departments through weekly self-selected activities and receive career guidance with performance evaluations and resume/portfolio review. Apply to JobSearch@Shakespeare.org.

Fall 2017 Internships:

GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN (stipend with possible housing) 

We are seeking a Graphic Design Intern to work in our busy marketing department. The Graphic Design intern works closely with the Director of Marketing and Communication and other marketing department staff and interns. Graphic Design Interns produce printed collateral and electronic materials to promote performances and events, maintaining a high-quality and brand-consistent aesthetic in all materials.

Seek full-time intern but options available for part-time. Housing may be available.

Possible projects include:

  • Create graphic pieces and marketing materials for Shakespeare & Company’s season, The Education Department, and special events, as well as for general institutional needs
  • Design social media, email marketing and fundraising graphics

Requirements: working knowledge of Adobe Design Suites, including Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. Understanding of Adobe Lightroom, content management systems a plus.

Candidates must submit a digital portfolio of recent design work applicable to this internship with their application.

To apply send cover letter and examples of recent work to jobsearch@shakespeare.org



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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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