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 Midnight Shakespeare 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.
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival (SF Shakes) currently has no full-time openings available.
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:
The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival
PO Box 460937
San Francisco, CA 94146
Administrative, Office Support, Volunteers
Toby Leavitt, Executive Director
Actors, Stage Managers, Designers, Technicians, Intern Company
Rebecca Ennals, Artistic Director
Tom Wells, Education Director
The lighting designer will create an outdoor design which enhances the production, meets the vision of the director, and accounts for changing daylight hours over the course of the run. Three venues have 7 pm evening performances – Pleasanton, Cupertino, and Redwood City – and all three will have slightly different needs. The designer will work with the Master Electrician to create a plot and attend lighting focus in all three venues. DATES: Design meeting in January, Production meeting in April, rehearsals/production meetings begin in June, tech week end of June (Pleasanton), move to Cupertino mid-July, move to Redwood City mid-August, strike end of August. Exact dates TBD. PAY: $1000 design fee, $500 budget (will likely need to include repairs and replacements for existing instruments.)
The assistant to the Equity stage manager is a non-union professional position. They assist in rehearsals with taping the stage, taking blocking notes, giving lines, etc as needed by the SM. They create a backstage run sheet and assign production interns to specific backstage tasks. During the production, they are in charge of backstage, communicate directly via headset with the SM, and ensure the smooth running of the show. They can earn Equity weeks in this position. DATES: Production meetings in April, rehearsals/production meetings in June, tech week late June (Pleasanton), run crew for show through end of September at multiple venues. Primarily weekend work with some weekday load-in days. Exact dates TBD. PAY: Weekly salary of approx $250.
The Wardrobe Supervisor will manage and maintain costumes and masks during the run of the production. They should be adept at repairs, cleaning, and attending to actors’ needs, be able to assist with quick changes, and organize the onsite costume trailer in each location. They will manage a small team of interns. They may be asked to adjust costumes for weather extremes and/or understudy performances. Depending on skills/needs of the costume designer, they may serve as the Costume Design Assistant before the opening of the show. DATES: Production meetings in April, June, load-in mid-June, tech week late June (Pleasanton), run crew for show through end of September at multiple venues. Primarily weekend work with some weekday load-in days. Exact dates TBD. Costume Design Assistant works flexible hours in May-June. PAY: Weekly salary of approx $200. $500 additional for Costume Design Assistant position. $1500 budget for cleaning and maintenance.
The Sound Technician sets up the sound system before every performance, checks all speakers, monitors, and microphones, mixes mics throughout the performance, and trouble-shoots any sound problems. They should have strong experience with wireless sound systems, preferably in an outdoor setting. They should be able to lift heavy equipment, and should be very detail-oriented and a creative problem-solver. They will manage a small team of interns. DATES: Production meeting in April, production meetings/training in June, tech week late June (Pleasanton), work at show through end of September at multiple venues. Primarily weekend work with some weekday load-in days. Exact dates TBD. PAY: Weekly salary of approx $300.
The Hospitality Manager is in charge of front of house, including setting up concessions and information tables at every show, putting up signage, handing out programs and surveys, managing interns and volunteers, and interacting with the audience to ensure they have the best possible experience. They should have strong customer service skills, be punctual and a good time manager, and very organized. They submit nightly front of house reports to the production team including weather, estimated audience size, concessions inventory, etc. DATES: Production meeting in April, production meetings/training in June, tech week/training interns late June (Pleasanton), work at show through end of September at multiple venues. Primarily weekend work with some weekday load-in days. Exact dates TBD. PAY: Weekly salary of approx $225.