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 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 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/training in June, tech week late June (Pleasanton), availability during performances, availability for light hangs and focus during load-in weeks: July 16-21, August 6-11, and during lighting strike: Aug 26-27. 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 2018. Work will consist of five 8am-5pm Monday-Friday transfers, the weeks of June 11-15, July 16-20, August 6-10, August 27-31, and September 10-14. 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.