Seasonal Staff Opportunities

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 2022:

Stage Manager

We seek either an Equity or a non-Equity Stage Manager who will be hired under Actors' Equity Contract. They shall be obligated to perform the  duties for the Production to which engaged, and by performing them is hereby defined as the Stage Manager. The duties include but not limited to: 

• Shall assemble and maintain the Prompt Book which is defined as the accurate playing text
and stage business, together with such cue sheets, plots, daily records, etc., as are necessary
for the actual technical and artistic operation of the production.

• Shall work with the Director and the heads of all other departments, during rehearsal and after opening, schedule rehearsal and outside calls in accordance with Equity regulations. 

• Maintain the artistic intentions of the Director and the Producer after opening, to the best of their ability, including calling correctional rehearsals of the company when necessary and preparation of the Understudies, Replacements, Extras and Supers, when and if the Director and/or Producer declines this prerogative. Therefore, if an Actor finds him/herself unable to satisfactorily work out an artistic difference of opinion with the Stage Manager regarding the intentions of the Director and Producer, the Actor has the option of seeking clarification from the Director or Producer.

• Assume active responsibility for the form and discipline of rehearsal and performance, and be  the executive instrument on the technical running of each performance.

DATES: June 21 2022 - Sept 11 2022
Pay: As per LORT-D agreement

Prop Designer

The Prop designer works closely with the Directors to create a props list, design, build, and/or shop for necessary props. Ideally, the prop designer can pull most of the props from SF Shakes' large inventory.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Attend weekly production meetings with other members of the design and production staff.
  • Create and maintain prop list based on the Director's requests.
  • Provide rehearsal props in accordance with SM & Deck Manager's requests.
  • Attend run-throughs and tech rehearsals as called by the Stage Manager and Production Manager.
  • Provide all performance props in time for first tech rehearsal, including multiples for disposable/comestible props.
  • During in-person work, including tech rehearsals and previews, observe all Covid safety protocols in compliance with the company’s, union’s, and local county’s policies, including but not exclusive to wearing masks & gloves as required, observing social distancing rules, quarantining, and getting tested regularly.
  • Participate in a Review & Reflect process in order to continue to improve SF Shakes’ culture and operations no later than one week after the closing of the production.

DATES: May-July 2022 with rehearsals in June-July.

DESIGN FEE: $2000
PROP BUDGET: $1000, assuming props primarily pulled from stock.

Covid Safety Manager (CSM)

The CSM will provide support in an in-person production setting environment assisting with the development of the production’s COVID-19 safety plan (in compliance with applicable AEA guidance documents as well as applicable local, region, and federal health orders) and to verify the production’s compliance with that plan. This individual must be certified. The scope of support includes, but is not limited to:

  • Coordinate, with on-site personnel, COVID-19 health and safety planning in the workplace
  • Determine the requirements, in cooperation with the Production Manager and Stage Manager, and in compliance with AEA COVID protocols, needed for each department to comply with the referenced guidelines
  • Oversee and support COVID-related activities in rehearsals , verifying site compliance and logistics, and regularly reinforce – through trainings, 1:1 sessions, and production management correspondence– that all applicable CDC, WHO, federal, region, AEA and local rules are being followed
  • Advise the production manager on health and safety best practices related to COVID-19
  • Evaluate production work practices, procedures, and facilities to assess risk and adherence to the applicable health and safety regulatory requirements
  • Verify the required compliance training for all crew, actors, etc. is provided
  • Provide reports to production manager regarding employee concerns, regulatory violations, and/or other non-compliance incidents
  • Liaison and provide coaching to rehearsal and tech crew members to assist with implementation and monitoring of the site plan
  • Verify that social distancing is adequate and work with the department heads and other Client leadership to confirm that the distancing protocols are being followed
  • Audit the Client COVID-19 Disinfection Frequency document
  • Stay current on new developments in COVID-19 health and safety regulatory compliance to improve the quality and efficacy of production processes.
  • During in-person work, including in-person rehearsals and performances, observe all Covid safety protocols in compliance with the company’s, union’s, and local county’s policies, including but not exclusive to wearing masks & gloves as required, observing social distancing rules, quarantining, and getting tested regularly for in-person performances.
  • Participate in a Review & Reflect process in order to continue to improve SF Shakes’ culture and operations no later than one week after the closing of the production.

DATES: May 31 2022 - Sept 16 2022
PAY: Hourly between $18/hr to $20/hr depending on level of experience.

Wardrobe Supervisor

The Wardrobe Supervisor works closely with the Costume Designer and Directors to make the vision of the Costume Designer a reality. The Wardrobe Supervisor is directly responsible to the Production Manager. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Attend weekly production meetings with other members of the design and production staff.
  • Support the Costume Designer in locating items in the storage loft at the office and in shopping for and ordering additional items as needed to complete the design.
  • Attend run-throughs and tech rehearsals as called by the Stage Manager and Production Manager.
  • During in-person tech rehearsals and performances, maintain costumes backstage in coordination with Equity rules. This includes being part of the on-site crew and reporting to Production manager as well as AEA SM during the performances.
  • Launder and maintain costumes as required by AEA Covid protocols. These protocols will be provided to you.
  • During in-person work, including fittings, rehearsals, and performances, observe all Covid safety protocols in compliance with the company’s, union’s, and local county’s policies, including but not exclusive to wearing masks & gloves as required, observing social distancing rules, quarantining, and getting tested regularly for in-person performances.
  • Launder, dry clean, and return all costumes pieces to SF Shakes' storage area in the two weeks after closing.
  • Participate in a Review & Reflect process in order to continue to improve SF Shakes’ culture and operations no later than one week after the closing of the production.
DATES: May 2022 - Sept 24 2022
PAY: Hourly between $18/hr to $20/hr depending on level of experience

Move Crew

The Move Crew assists with the transfer of our Free Shakespeare in the Park production between 3-4 venues throughout the Bay Area over the course of summer 2022.

  • Work will consist of 4-5 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm moves, every 2 to 3 weeks spanning from mid June to late September.
  • Duties will include disassembly of the stage, set, and associated infrastructure, loading of all items into trucks, then at the new venue unloading and reassembling everything.
  • A fair amount of heavy lifting is involved.
  • No specific skill set is required but preference will be given to those with experience in the theater industry.
  • Additional stipends are available for driving one of our 26-foot trucks or being a carpool driver. Attendance for all five transfers is preferred but absences can be negotiated.
  • During in-person work, observe all Covid safety protocols in compliance with the company’s, union’s, and local county’s policies, including but not exclusive to wearing masks & gloves as required, observing social distancing rules, quarantining, and testing.
  • Participate in a Review & Reflect process in order to continue to improve SF Shakes’ culture and operations no later than one week after the closing of the production.

DATES: June - Sept, 2022
PAY: Hourly between $18/hr to $20/hr depending on level of experience.

Movement Director 

The Movement director will work closely with the Director and Assistant Director to create transitional movement between scenes as well as choreograph a present-day dance party that occurs in the play. Because the play concerns itself with love and romantic partnerships, a background in Intimacy Direction is a plus. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Attend weekly production meetings with other members of the design and production staff.
  • Participate with SFSF in the conceptual process, and collaborate with the Director team, fellow designers, stage management, and technical staff of SFSF.
  • Attend all tech rehearsals, including paper tech, for in-person production
  • Create choreography for transitions and party scenes
  • During in-person work, including in-person filming, rehearsals, and performances, observe all Covid safety protocols in compliance with the company’s, union’s, and local county’s policies, including but not exclusive to wearing masks & gloves as required, observing social distancing rules, quarantining, and getting tested regularly for in-person performances.
DATES: June 28- July 16 for Rehearsals (specific times to be arranged)

             July 19-22 tech and dress rehearsals(at least one)

              July 23-24 and 29 Previews ( at least one)

DESIGN FEE: $2000

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
educationleadership@sfshakes.org