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, Designers, Directors
Rebecca Ennals, Artistic Director
Stage Managers, Technicians
Cindy Isaac, Admin and Production Manager
Interns and Apprentices
Teaching Artists, Education Interns and Apprentices
Phil Lowery, Education Director
Stage manage production according to Equity rules. LORT-D (LOA). Prep week May 28-June 1, rehearsals June 4-28, performances June 29-Sept 22, post mortem Sept 27. Production meetings in April, May, June; changeover meetings throughout the summer. PAY: Full freight at scale for rehearsals and weeks with 4+ performances, per-show pay for weeks with 2-3 performances. You must be a local hire, no housing is provided.
Non-AEA position. Assist stage manager during rehearsals, including taping stage area, taking blocking notes, maintaining prop lists, taking line notes, other SM duties. Manage backstage area during performances, including creating run sheets. Manage nightly backstage set-up and tear-down, plus strikes in each venue. Prep week May 28-June 1, rehearsals June 4-28, performances June 29-Sept 22, post mortem Sept 27. Production meetings in April, May, June; changeover meetings throughout the summer. PAY: Weekly salary of approx $200-300 depending on hours worked.
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, May, June, load-in June 24, tech week June 25-28 (Pleasanton), run crew June 29 through end of September 22 at multiple venues. Primarily weekend work with some weekday load-in days. PAY: Weekly salary of approx $200-300 depending on hours worked. $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 meetings in April, May, production meetings/training in June, tech week June 25-28 (Pleasanton), work show June 29-Sept 22 at multiple venues. Primarily weekend work with some weekday load-in days. PAY: Weekly salary of approx $300 depending on hours worked.
The Master Electrician works with the Lighting Designer to realize the design for the show, hangs and focuses lights according to the plot during load-in to the first three venues (Cupertino, Pleasanton, and Redwood City), and trouble-shoots lighting throughout the run. They should have strong electrical experience, know how to do basic lighting repairs, be familiar with programming light boards, and be able to supervise a crew of interns. They should be detail-oriented, a problem-solver, and comfortable with mentoring students. DATES: Production meetings in April, May, June, training in June, light hang/focus June 18-23, tech week June 25-28, (Pleasanton), availability during performances, availability for light hangs and focus during load-in weeks: July 17-19, August 7-9, and during lighting strike: Aug 25-26. PAY: Between $150-300/week depending on number of days worked.
The Hospitality Manager manages the front-of-house experience in the park, including concessions, audience surveys, volunteers, programs, and signage. They should have strong customer service experience, enjoy interacting with the public, and be able to supervise a crew of interns. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion training is desirable. They should be detail-oriented, a problem-solver, and comfortable with mentoring students. DATES: Production meetings in May, June, training in June, train intern crew June 25-28 (Pleasanton), availability during performances, availability for some meetings and one day during load-in weeks. PAY: Between $150-300/week depending on number of days worked.
Load crew members assist with the transfer of our Free Shakespeare in the Park production between five venues throughout the Bay Area over the course of summer 2019. Work will consist of five 8am-5pm Monday-Friday transfers, the weeks of June 10-16, July 15-20, August 5-10, August 26-31, and September 9-14. 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 substantial amount of heavy lifting is involved and the temperatures can range from 50 degrees to 105 degrees in various venues. No specific skillset is required but preference will be given to those with experience in theater, carpentry, or other fabrication or artistic crafts. PAY: $18/hour. You must be able to provide your own transportation each day either to our office in San Francisco or directly to the venues in Pleasanton, Cupertino, Redwood City, and San Francisco. Attendance for all five transfers is preferred but limited absences can be negotiated. For this position, please contact Technical Director Neal Ormond.