Seasonal Staff Opportunities

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The Shakespeare Festival's many educational programs and productions employ over 100 artists, technicians, and support personnel on a full-time, part-time or temporary basis each year. Some staff positions are needed year-round, and some, such as teaching artists for our school-year programs and Shakespeare Camps, or technical staff for Free Shakespeare in the Park, are strictly seasonal. We also offer production and administrative internships to qualified candidates. PLEASE NOTE: We do NOT provide housing to out-of-town contractors.

Please submit your resume and letter of interest in the following positions to Production Manager Pratiksha Shah at pshah@sfshakes.org.             

Seasonal positions for Free Shakespeare 2021:

Deck Manager

Non-AEA position. Reports to the Production Manager. The Deck Manager is responsible for all backstage-supporting aspects of the production, including, but not limited to:

During virtual rehearsals, maintaining the communication between actors using Slack and zoom chat. Creating French scenes in coordination with the AEA Stage Manager, maintaining the breakout rooms and facilitating the zoom rehearsals. Help with script as well as line notes. Take blocking notes and rehearsal notes during the virtual rehearsals to help create rehearsal and performance reports. Maintain the prop list and ensure the actors have access to props, costumes, and make-up items in a timely fashion. Help coordinate the tech set-up, lighting, costume fitting, and make-up appointments.

During in-person rehearsals, responsibilities include taping out the floor, taking blocking notes , maintaining prop lists, taking line notes, and managing backstage areas during in-person performances, including creating run sheets. Manage nightly backstage set-up and tear-down, plus bi-weekly full backstage strikes in each venue.

Despite the episodic schedule, availability for the full run is preferred.

Schedule:
May: Company culture training time TBD
COVID training TBD
Prep week June 1-5
Production Meetings: Monday mornings throughout run.

Virtual Episodes: Rehearsals and Performances June 8-Aug 1, Tues-Sun, 2-8 hours/day, primarily daytime hours.

Episode 4 (in-person):
Rehearsals Tues, Aug 3-Sun, Aug 22. 9 am-5:30 pm, 7-8 hours/day.
Previews Friday, Aug 20-Sat, Aug 21.
Opening Aug 22. Runs Aug 27-Sept 26, Fri-Sun, possible addition of Thurs shows, possible extension to Oct 10. Live performances likely 2 pm or 4 pm. In-person performance will be filmed for streaming. 3 venues likely, 2 weeks in each venue, possible extension to 4th venue TBD.

PAY: $17.40/hr

Costume Designer

The Costume Designer is responsible for working with the Directors of all 4 episodes of this episodic production to create looks for up to 15 actors playing 20+ characters. The production will be in modern dress, and the Costume Designer is encouraged to pull from stock as much as possible, and therefore should be local to the Bay Area and able to travel in person to the costume storage area (all Covid safety protocols will be observed on site.) 

The Costume Designer’s responsibilities include:

· Participating with SFSF in the conceptual process, and to collaborate with the Director(s), fellow designers, stage management, and technical staff of SFSF.
· Attending all virtual production meetings and costume fittings, one run-through, and all dress rehearsals for each episode.
· Creating a costume design based on the directors’ concept. Providing images and research as requested by the directors by agreed-upon deadlines.
· Working with the Stage Manager to schedule virtual costume consultations as needed.
· Pull costume items from stock or order from outside sources in coordination with the wardrobe assistant, to arrive at actors’ homes no later than June 22 for Episode 1, July 6 for Episode 2, July 20 for Episode 3, and Aug 17 for Episode 4.
· Creating a plan for laundering and caring for costumes at home by actors.
· Creating costume plots as needed and passing them on to the Stage Manager
· Attending all dress rehearsals virtually and in-person, as called by the Stage Manager.
· Remaining available to the Production Manager and Stage Manager for questions regarding costume maintenance during the run. Advise regarding costume replacements if needed in the case of an understudy performance.
· When the production moves to an in-person setting in August, suggest costume adjustments for extreme heat or cold.

Schedule:
May: Company culture training time TBD
Production Meetings: Monday mornings throughout run.

Episode 1 (virtual):
Previews Friday, June 25-Sat, June 26;
Opening June 27.

Episode 2 (virtual):
Previews Friday, July 9-Sat, July 10;
Opening July 11.

Episode 3 (virtual):
Previews Friday, July 23-Sat, July 24;
Opening July 25.

Episode 4 (in-person):
Tech rehearsals: Aug 17-21
Previews Friday, Aug 20-Sat, Aug 21;
Opening Aug 22. Runs Aug 27-Sept 26, Fri-Sun, possible addition of Thurs shows, possible extension to Oct 10.

 DESIGN FEE: $2000
COSTUME BUDGET: $2000, assuming costumes primarily pulled from stock or rented from actors’ wardrobes.

Hair and Make-up Designer

The Hair and Make-up Designer is responsible for working with the Directors of 3 virtual episodes of this episodic production to create looks for up to 14 actors playing 20+ characters. The Hair and Make-up Designer should work closely with the Costume Designer to complement the visual design for actors working virtually. This Designer should have experience in working with ethnically diverse actors and understand the needs of different hair and skin types.

The Hair and Make-up Designer’s responsibilities include:

· Participate with SFSF in the conceptual process, and to collaborate with the Directors, fellow designers, stage management, and technical staff of SFSF.

· Provide make-up and hair designs for each actor two weeks in advance of each opening, in order for actors to practice their looks. Working with the Production Manager, purchase needed items for actors within budget and have them sent directly to actors' homes.

· Attend all production meetings as needed, individual consultations with actors, and some tech rehearsals to assess actors’ execution of designs while sheltering in place and performing from home.

Schedule:
May: Company culture training time TBD
Production Meetings: Monday mornings throughout run.

Episode 1 (virtual):
Previews Friday, June 25-Sat, June 26;
Opening June 27.

Episode 2 (virtual): Previews Friday, July 9-Sat, July 10;
Opening July 11.

Episode 3 (virtual):
Previews Friday, July 23-Sat, July 24;
Opening July 25.

PAY: $1000
BUDGET: $500

If you are interested in other employment with the Shakespeare Festival, send a cover letter and a copy of your résumé to one of the following at:

Administrative, Office Support, Volunteers
Toby Leavitt, Executive Director

Actors, Directors
Rebecca Ennals, Artistic Director

Stage Managers, Designers, Technicians (Lighting, Sound, Wardrobe, Props)
Pratiksha Shah, Production Manager

Interns and Apprentices
internships@sfshakes.org

Teaching Artists, Education Interns and Apprentices
camps@sfshakes.org