For the past thirty-nine years, Shakespeare & Company has sent touring productions of Shakespeare’s plays and educational workshops to middle and high schools, colleges, large-scale performance venues, and community centers all over the northeast and beyond, reaching more than 20,000 students each year. Our emphasis is on Shakespeare’s language, dramatic action, pleasure in playing, and the essential relationship that exists between the actors and the audience.
We are seeking six Actor/Teaching Artists for our twenty two-week non-Equity touring contract. The 2020 Tour will include Macbeth, directed by Kelly Galvin, and The Comedy of Errors, directed by Michael F. Toomey. Each will be presented in a 90-minute format by the same cast of six actors, most of whom will play multiple roles in each production (doubling subject to final casting). In addition to the performances, the Actor/Teaching Artists will be responsible for leading 15-minute moderated talkbacks following each performance and 45-minute educational workshops in the schools before or after the show. All Actor/Teaching Artists will also be responsible for stage management duties, which will include but are not limited to assisting with lights, sound, sets, costumes, and props while on the road, driving to and from bookings, and some administrative tasks.
Employment will be December 8, 2019 through May 16, 2020, with a one-week unpaid break from December 22-28, 2019. Rehearsals will be December 8-21, 2019 and December 29, 2019 – January 18, 2020, and will include training in Shakespeare & Company Education Program methodologies. The productions will tech and open January 19 – February 1, 2020, and the tour will be on the road from February 2 – May 16, 2020.
There is a possible extension through August 2020 as a part of Shakespeare & Company’s Summer Performance Season, which would include a combination of performance and additional job responsibilities in the Education or Patron Services departments.
Actor/Teaching Artists will receive a minimum weekly salary of $510, plus a small per diem for overnights. On-campus housing is available for non-local applicants. A valid driver’s license with a minimum of three years driving experience is preferred, and candidates should be able to lift 30 pounds.
We are also accepting video submissions from Actor/Teaching Artists who are unable to join us for our Lenox auditions. Submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and should include links to your two contrasting monologues (no more than two minutes each) and PDF copies of your headshot, acting resume, and teaching resume if you have one. All video submissions must be received by Friday, September 27th, 2019 in order to be considered.
Shakespeare & Company is an E.O.E. and encourages people of all backgrounds, identities, and ethnicities to audition. This is a non-Equity contract. If you are a member of Actors’ Equity Association, we cannot consider you. For more information on Shakespeare & Company and our Education Program, visit our website at www.shakespeare.org.
Direct all questions to Brittney Holland, Tour Coordinator, at email@example.com.
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.