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Director of Training

Posted September 30, 2021
Full Time / Exempt / At-Will Employee
Salary: $70,000 - $75,000


Shakespeare & Company is seeking an experienced and passionate educator and administrator to provide program development, administration, and supervision of all programs offered by its Center for Actor Training, that was developed by Kristin Linklater, Tina Packer,

and founding members of Shakespeare & Company. This position reports to the Artistic Director and is a member of the senior executive team. Some teaching duties are required as well as some travel and work on nights and weekends.

Through the Center for Actor Training, Shakespeare & Company’s performance artists, education artists, and artist-managers develop a common artistic vocabulary and coherent approach to performing Shakespeare that provides a solid foundation for their work. Actors, directors, writers, and teachers from all over the world come to work with the Company’s faculty to train not only their voices and their bodies with a daily regimen of demanding classes, but also to delve deeply into their own imaginations, intellects, and emotional lives.

The last eighteen months have seen many cancellations and reorganizations in the Training department. Going forward, with the new initiatives we have implemented, we want to explore the ability of the Center for Actor Training to have a world-wide reach through an expansion of virtual offerings, while rebuilding and strengthening in-person workshops and programs.


Founded in 1978, Shakespeare & Company is a thriving center of creative and collaborative excellence in Actor Training, Performance, and Education, rooted in Shakespeare’s work and the Elizabethan ideals of inquiry, balance and harmony. We are committed to nurturing the creative impulse, exploring the universal themes of human experience, engaging with the widest possible audience, and influencing future generations.

Shakespeare & Company is committed to evolving its approach to diversity and inclusion to engender an active process and positive change toward race equity in its employment and artistry and is seeking candidates who will embrace its vigorous commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility as well as anti-racism initiatives. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically underrepresented in theatre and theatre administration including People of the Global Majority, LGBTQIA+, women, people who are neurodiverse, and people with disabilities.


  • Develops curriculum and program materials consistent with Shakespeare & Company’s mission, the Center for Actor Training’s program goals, and the company’s plans and policies to ensure inclusivity, equity, diversity, and accessibility.
  • Creates the annual calendar, coordinates schedules, and supervises all programs and workshops, including the Month-Long Intensive, the Summer Shakespeare Intensive, the Teacher Training Program, Weekend Intensives, college/university residencies, corporate training programs, virtual classes and workshops, and specialized workshops (such as Shakespeare Text, Dropping In, Clown, Wit, Sonnet, Voice and Movement week-long workshops, public speaking, etc).
  • Manages admission applications for all programs and workshops including the Teacher Training Program.
  • Coordinates and manages hiring, scheduling, contracting, and evaluating of Center for Actor Training faculty in collaboration with the Artistic Director and General Manager for all programs and workshops.
  • Serves as a Lead Teacher for the Month-Long Intensive, Summer Shakespeare Intensive, Weekend Intensives, and specialized workshops as needed.
  • Creates the department’s budget and monitors expenditures throughout the fiscal year as well as providing documentation for annual audit.
  • Manages the advertising for all programs and workshops, including coordinating with the Marketing Department to create marketing materials and planning of electronic and paper mailings.
  • Implements and oversees the departmental goals of the Company’s strategic plan while collaborating with the Development department on grant proposals and fundraising campaigns.


  • Extensive teaching experience that is based on a knowledge of Shakespeare’s works and life and intense curiosity of how his works can be brought into actor training
  • Experience, knowledge, and understanding of the Linklater Voice technique
  • A commitment to values of anti-racism and anti-oppression and personal and/or professional experiences advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility
  • Interest and respect for the foundational principles and methods in Shakespeare & Company’s actor training that are committed to the actor/audience relationship and the Linklater Voice technique
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills; a positive attitude and energy, and an inspiring, forward thinking, empathetic, and collaborative leadership style, exhibiting an openness to many perspectives
  • Excitement for working with beginning and experienced acting professionals
  • Excellent oral, written, and organizational skills
  • Strong computer skills, facility with remote teaching and learning, and the use of technologies and/or strategies to enhance pedagogy
  • Budget management experience preferred
  • Completion of a COVID-19 vaccine regimen


Extensive experience in teaching (college, university, conservatory, workshops) or a combination of directing and teaching theater (especially Shakespeare) with prominent professional credits in a combination of acting, teaching, and directing. Advanced degree or equivalent experience is a plus.


This full-time exempt position will receive compensation in the range of $70,000 to $75,000.

Full benefits include paid time off, health insurance options including 75% contribution towards individual's health insurance, 403(b) with TIAA-CREF including a company match after 2 year's employment, medical FSA, and discounts on company programs. Local housing can be provided for 90–120 days as part of a relocation package.

In addition, Shakespeare & Company 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.

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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.