Seasonal Costume Shop personnel sought for an Equity L.O.A. 7 show season at Shakespeare & Company.
Season runs from late April through mid-September. Most contracts for shorter duration. Late season and early start contracts may include theater-in-education support. Housing available for most applicants, local transportation negotiable, though preferred candidates will have own transportation. Experience in fast paced Summer Theater helpful. E.O.E.
Please send cover letter, resume, 3 references with e-mail contact, and include your dates of availability to:
Draper: The applicant should have solid experience as a draper/cutter, a strong knowledge of costume history, a solid background in costume construction, and be proficient in interpreting costume sketches and the ability to manage a team of technicians with a scheduled deadline. Responsibilities include: Working directly with Guest Designers and Costume Director to ensure execution of all aspects of costume designs, fitting actors in custom made and purchased clothing, supervising a team of first hands and stitchers in the sewing and altering of garments and coordinating fitting schedules with team and the Costume Director.
First Hand: Applicants should have a strong background in costume construction and some experience with draping and cutting. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to all tasks related to being a first hand for construction & alteration of costumes for productions as assigned, working directly with drapers, Guest Designers and Costume Director to ensure execution of all aspects of costume designs. Participation in fittings, consultations, and shop work as needed. Other duties as assigned.
Stitchers: Applicants should have strong stitching skills, familiarity with all types of basic sewing machines and construction techniques. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to all tasks related to being a stitcher for construction and alteration of costumes for productions as assigned, working with Drapers, First Hands and shop staff as assigned to ensure execution of all aspects of costume designs. Participation in fittings, consultations, and shop work as needed and other duties as assigned.
Interns: Assist in the Costume Shop in a hands-on way with day-to-day needs of the Costume and Wardrobe Department, gaining experience (sewing, crafting, and more) in a full time fast-paced environment. They learn about the functions of a Costume Shop, from costume builds and alterations to wardrobe responsibilities and stock management. Internships offer housing & training in a professional costume shop and exposure to the company’s offerings and expertise, in the form of performances, open rehearsals, lectures. Applicants should have a demonstrated capacity to develop & maintain effective working relationships with individuals & organizations.
Local Costume Intern: Shakespeare & Company is currently accepting applications for a local Internship in the Costume and Wardrobe Departments. This is open to those students just finishing High School or in the first years of college who are 17 or older who lives nearby in the Berkshires. Preference will be given to those with some sewing skills and theatre experience. The Intern will work in the Costume Shop alongside the professional costume staff for 8 weeks on the normal shop 40 hour work schedule. The Internship dates are June 6 through August 20. This internship offers a small stipend, training in a professional costume shop and exposure to the company’s offerings and expertise, in the form of performances, open rehearsals, lectures, meetings and discussions.
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.
Winter/Spring and Summer 2017 Internships:
Graphic Design Intern
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 available.
Possible projects include:
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 email@example.com. For more information contact Jennifer Young at 413-637-1199 x 144.
10 Month 2017-18 Internships (April 3, 2017 – February 25, 2018):
Costumes: Work in the Costume Department alongside the professional costume staff for an entire season, assisting with all aspects of our work, supporting our large Theatre in Education and Performance programs, wardrobe work and a full rental business. Preference will be given to applicants with sewing skills and theatre experience, a desire to learn and be part of a large and comprehensive shop. Housing may be available for non-local applicants. This is a full time commitment and a great opportunity for those wishing to pursue a career in costumes.
To apply, please send your resume with references and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in interning with Shakespeare & Company to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the department for which you are applying in the subject header of the email. All interns must be 18 years or older. Unless otherwise noted, internships are full-time commitments and interns will not be able to maintain outside employment.
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.