Employment

2016 Season Auditions

Auditions for the 2016 Summer Seaon have concluded. Please check back in October 2016 for the audition details concerning the 2017 season.

2017 CSF in the Schools Spring Tour

The 2017 CSF in the Schools Tour audition details will be annoucement in Fall 2016 and be run in conjunction with CSF General Auditions.

2016 Audience Services Positions

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF) seeks CU-Boulder students to serve as Audience Services staff in providing front of house support to the Festival. This position’s base pay is $8.50 per hour with pay increases available based on experience and degree level in school. This is a great opportunity in a positive, fast-paced environment for graduate and undergraduate students.

CSF is a professional theatre company in association with the University of Colorado Boulder. The CSF summer season runs May through August on the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and the indoor University Theatre. The festival’s year-round education programs reach thousands of school children each year through camps, classes, and outreach performances.

CSF is seeking students to fill the following positions:

  • House Manager
  • General Staff
  • Gift Cart Staff

The ideal candidate for these positions will have a work-study award and be available up to 20 hours per week beginning in May 2016 through August 2016, however, students without work-study may also be considered.

All candidates must be organized, analytical, and adaptable. Job duties may vary as needs arise, but the following list represents consistent duties throughout the summer:

  • House Managers:
    • Supervise and delegate to audience services staff
    • Act as House Manager in both venues as needed.
    • Participate in the setup of all audience services equipment in May to prepare for the season opening.
    • Participate in the striking of all audience services equipment in August after the conclusion of the Festival.
    • Communicate with Box Office and Stage Management staff throughout a performance.
    • Be fully informed of all CSF policies as they pertain to patrons and be able to direct patrons accordingly should something not be resolved by the House Manager.
    • Act as primary contact for all other CU departments (CU Police, Facilities Management, Events Planning and Catering, CES, etc.) during a performance.
    • Ensure the safety of CSF patrons and take point for all medical emergencies that may arise at a performance.
    • Be kind yet firm with any and all patrons of the Festival.
    • Enforce and maintain the CSF Liquor License footprint.
    • Maintain a pleasant and safe environment for CSF patrons to enjoy each show 
  • General Staff:
    • Participate in the setup of all audience services equipment in May to prepare for the season opening.
    • Participate in the striking of all audience services equipment in August after the conclusion of the Festival.
    • Be able to take and execute directions from House Managers and other CSF personnel.
    • Be kind yet firm with any and all patrons of the Festival.
    • Enforce and maintain the CSF Liquor License footprint.
    • Assist House Manager in all events that may occur at a performance.
    • Be familiar with all CSF policies as they pertain to patrons, and be able to direct patrons accordingly.
    • Maintain a pleasant and safe environment for CSF patrons to enjoy each show
  • Gift Cart Staff:
    • Provide merchandise sales assistance to all interested patrons.
    • Maintain the CSF gift carts so that they are fully functional for Pre-Show and Intermission sales times.
    • Conduct an inventory pre-season and post-season to ensure accurate records.
    • Track inventory in the CSF system.
    • Maintain secure cash management procedures as instructed by the CSF Managing Director, including balancing and closing each shift.
    • Participate in the setup of all audience services equipment in May to prepare for the season opening.
    • Participate in the striking of all audience services equipment in August after the conclusion of the Festival.
    • Be kind yet firm with any and all patrons of the Festival.
    • Enforce and maintain the CSF Liquor License footprint.
    • Be able to take and execute directions from House Managers and other CSF personnel.
    • Maintain a pleasant and safe environment for CSF patrons to enjoy each show

Qualifications:

  • Must be a student at the University of Colorado Boulder for the AY2015/2016 with intent to continue into AY2016/2017.
  • Must apply for work-study (complete both the 15/16 FAFSA and the 16/17 FAFSA, and apply for summer aide through mycuinfo).
  • Must be able to lift small loads (approximately 15 lbs.) repeatedly for short periods of time.
  • Must be willing to work late evenings and weekends as determined by the production calendar.

 

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Kurt Mehlenbacher at kume5547exc@colorado.edu.

2016 Production Positions

CSF Production Positions – 2016 Season

All Applications Due By: Feb 5th 2016

Please submit cover letter, resume with references to CSF Production Manager at:

jarid.sumner@colorado.edu (No Phone Calls)

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, a professional theatre company in association with the University of Colorado Boulder, is accepting applications for production staff positions – see below for details and specifics of each position. All positions are seasonal and paid hourly. Housing is available at a weekly rate paid by employee – CSF will arrange accommodations with each employee prior to the start of the season.

Come spend the summer in beautiful Boulder, Colorado with one of the United States most storied Shakespeare Festivals. Located in the shadows of the famous Flatirons Mountains, the festival has become synonymous with summer in Boulder, along with floating down Boulder Creek and hiking Boulder County’s many manicured trails. Come join us for our 2016 season.

 

Technical Director
Term of Employment:  May 10th – August 14th (availability prior to the start of the festival for remote meetings and the creation of shop. Drawings.)
**CSF will be hiring 1 indoor TD and one Outdoor TD**
Duties:
- Each TD will be responsible for 2 shows including scene shop operations, planning, build, load-in, repertory changeovers and maintenance of scenery / props throughout the season.
- Creation of all technical construction drawings.
- Consult with Production Manager on technical and budgetary feasibility of designs, realization of designs within budget and scheduling, supervising build, installation, rigging, and strike of sets, safety training and oversight, maintenance of shop/equipment.
- Work with the Production Manager to ensure deadlines are met within budget and time constraints.
- Assist in the transfer of show to one tour venue in the last week of the summer season.
- Direct and instruct production crew and interns on theatrical skills.
- Perform skilled carpentry work through the use of a variety of materials related to the construction of theatrical scenery as needed.
Requirements:
- BFA (MFA is preferred) or comparable professional experience.
- AutoCAD and or Vectorworks proficiency to produce clear working drawings for shop staff.
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience in stage carpentry, welding, rigging, electrics, sound and safety.
- The ideal candidate will have strong collaboration, communication and technical skills and be able to maintain high quality/standards and safe and supportive work environment while working on tight time line.
- Teaching/mentoring experience.
- Valid driver's license and ability to drive a 26’ box truck.

Master Carpenter
Term of Employment:  May 10th – July 17th   
Duties:
- Work with Technical Directors and Production manager on scheduling shop resources to meet deadlines of each production.
- Manage the day to day construction of 4 show season.
- Maintain and Repair tools as needed.
- Manage shop supplies and work with TD’s on ordering necessary materials, hardware and resources to fully realize construction needs.
- Train, teach and supervise shop carpenters, interns and students of varying skill levels.
Requirements:
- BFA (MFA is preferred) or comparable professional experience.
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience in stage carpentry, welding, rigging, and tool repair.
- The ideal candidate will have strong collaboration, communication and technical skills and be able to maintain high quality/standards and safe and supportive work environment while working on tight time line.
- Teaching/mentoring experience.
- Valid driver's license and ability to drive a 26’ box truck.

Staff Carpenter
Term of Employment:  May 10th – July 17th    
Duties:
- Responsible for performing skilled carpentry work through the use of a variety of materials related to the construction of theatrical scenery.
- Assist with the planning, layout, construction, and installation of scenic projects while working closely with the technical directors to ensure that the scenic elements of the productions are completed with an emphasis on quality and safety.
- Assist as needed across departmental lines as designated by Production Manager.
Requirements:
- Professional experience is required.
- Strong carpentry skills in both wood and steel construction.
- Rigging experience is desired.
- The ideal candidate will have strong collaboration, communication and technical skills and be able to maintain high quality/standards and safe and supportive work environment while working on tight time line.
- Teaching/mentoring experience.
- Valid driver's license.

Scenic Artist
Term of Employment:  May 17th – July 17th
Duties:
- Assist Charge Artist in painting of 4 shows.
- Ability to work quickly, independently, and supervise a small work crew of varying levels of experience.
- Assist as needed across departmental lines as designated by Production Manager.
Requirements:
- Professional experience is required.
- Artistic sensibility and sensitivity.
- The ideal candidate will have strong collaboration, communication and technical skills and be able to maintain high quality/standards and safe and supportive work environment while working on tight time line.
- Teaching/mentoring experience.
- Valid driver's license.

Props Supervisor
Term of Employment:  May 10th – July 17th
Duties:
- Responsible for managing the prop shop and its staff in the building, purchasing and modification of all props in the 4 show season.
- Standard props construction skills (crafts, carpentry, sewing, upholstery).
- Experience faux paint finishes and working with a wide variety of materials.
- Sculpting, casting, and advanced carpentry is desired.
- Experience with arms and armor, including construction, repair and proper maintenance.
- Instruct run crew in proper maintenance of props in performance, and ensure quality of all props for the stage.
- Manage props budget and spending in coordination with Production Manager.
- Assist as needed across departmental lines as designated by Production Manager.
Requirements:
- Professional experience is required.
- Artistic sensibility and sensitivity, as well as strong collaborative skills.
- Highly organized with finances and purchasing pertaining to the props department.
- The ideal candidate will have strong collaboration, communication and technical skills and be able to maintain high quality/standards and safe and supportive work environment while working on tight time line.
- Teaching/mentoring experience.
- Valid driver's license.

Props Artisan
Term of Employment: May 10th – July 17th
Duties:
- Assist the Props Supervisor in all aspects listed above specifically in the focus of creating, fabricating and modifying show props.
- Assist as needed across departmental lines as designated by Production Manager.
Requirements:
- Professional experience is required.
- Artistic sensibility and sensitivity.
- The ideal candidate will have strong collaboration, communication and technical skills and be able to maintain high quality/standards and safe and supportive work environment while working on tight time line.
- Teaching/mentoring experience.
- Valid driver's license.

Sound Engineer / Technician
Term of Employment May 10th – August 14th
Duties:
- Oversee sound install, maintenance & repair of equipment, including all radios and headset systems (Both wired and wireless).
- Work with the Production Manager and Technical Director to ensure deadlines are met within budget and time constraints.
- Oversee wireless mic usage and live mix on outdoor stage.
- Instruct sound crew in show operation.
- Assist in the transfer of show to one tour venue.
- Assist as needed across departmental lines as designated by Production Manager.
- Responsible for sound strike at the end of the Festival season.
Requirements:
- Professional experience is required.
- Strong communication and leadership skills.
- The ideal candidate will have strong collaboration, communication and technical skills and be able to maintain high quality/standards and safe and supportive work environment while working on tight time line.
- Teaching/mentoring experience.
- Valid driver's license.

Overhire Carpenters and Electricians
Term of Employment:  May 10th – August 14th  (Hired as needed)

 Carpenter Duties:

- Responsible for performing skilled carpentry work through the use of a variety of materials related to the construction of theatrical scenery.
- Assist with the planning, layout, construction, and installation of scenic projects while
- Work closely with the technical director and ATD’s to ensure that the scenic elements of the productions are completed with an emphasis on quality, safety.
- Work within other departments as needs arise – based on skill set.

 Electrician Duties:
- Assist the Master Electricians and show crews during the load in of the outdoor and indoor venues.
- Comfortable working at heights.
- Work within other departments as needs arise – based on skill set.

Requirements:
- Local candidates preferred as work will be based on festival needs throughout the summer.
- Strong carpentry skills in both wood and steel construction.
- Rigging experience.

Crafts Assistant:
Term of Employment:  May 17th – July 17th
Duties:
- Assisting the crafts head in the construction, fitting, and alteration of costume craft items, including but not limited to: armor, masks, footwear, belts, bags, and jewelry.
- Development and fitting of craft pieces according to designer specification and crafts heads director
- Cutting, construction, finish work, and alterations on assigned craft items
- Assist in supervising interns and volunteers
- Monitor team safety, morale and maintain excellence of product.
Requirements:
- Applicants must have or be in the process of obtaining a costume degree.
- Professional experience is required.
- Artistic sensibility and sensitivity.
- The ideal candidate will have strong collaboration, communication and technical skills and be able to maintain high quality/standards and safe and supportive work environment while working on tight time line.
- Teaching/mentoring experience.

Design Assistant:
Term of Employment:  May 10th – July 17th
Duties:
- Assist Costume Designer and Costume Director in creating the designer's vision by being informed about the script, context of design and other relevant aspects of assigned production.
- Acts as the liaison between the designer and the costume team especially when the designer is off site.
- Facilitates all materials needed to execute costumes including but not limited to; fabric and accessory materials, costume rentals, stock and purchased garments. This includes fabric purchases, garment and accessory purchasing and returning to meet both vendor and fitting deadlines and oversight of all items needed for the successful completion of their assigned show.
- Prepares and time manages actor fittings to ensure all priorities are met. Documents notes and images and stores all information so designers and the necessary department members have access to the information.
- Prepares paperwork and strategizes with the Wardrobe Supervisor to coordinate the transition of the show from the workroom to wardrobe and to facilitate the running and maintenance of each show. Paperwork may include actor dressing sheets, check in sheets, scene breakdowns, and quick change information.
- Works closely with Stage Management to assure smooth exchange of information, rehearsal and show needs.
- Compiles, collects and distributes costume notes following actor fittings
- Attends meetings, run-throughs, dress rehearsals and other rehearsals with or as a representative of the designer and shop.
Requirements:
- Applicants must have or be in the process of obtaining a costume degree.
- Professional experience is required.
- Artistic sensibility and sensitivity.
- The ideal candidate will have strong collaboration, communication and technical skills and be able to maintain high quality/standards and safe and supportive work environment while working on tight time line.
- Teaching/mentoring experience.
- Valid driver's license.

Stitcher:
Term of Employment:  May 17th – July 17th
Duties:
- Responsible for the construction of new costumes and the alteration and refurbishment of existing costumes, under the direction of the draper, first and second hand
- Experience in construction, alteration, and finishing work using both hand and industrial machine stitching; pressing and rolling of fabrics; pressing, steaming and correct labeling of finished costumes
- Work closely with draper, first and second hand to ensure that costumes are completed with an emphasis on quality, safety.
Requirements:
- Applicants must have or be in the process of obtaining a costume degree.
- Strong skills in construction and alteration.
- The ideal candidate will have strong collaboration, communication and technical skills and be able to maintain high quality/standards and safe and supportive work environment while working on tight time line.

Equity Stage Manager
Seeking Stage Managers for the 2016 Colorado Shakespeare Festival.

Festival includes:
Comedy of Errors: Rehearsals begin May 17, 2016; runs Jun. 4-Aug. 7, 2016
Equivocation: Rehearsals begin May 31, 2016; runs Jun. 17-Aug. 6, 2016
Troilus and Cressida:  Rehearsals begin Jun. 7, 2016; runs Jun. 25-Aug 6, 2016
Cymbeline: Rehearsals begin Jun. 28, 2016; runs Jul. 15-Aug 7, 2016
Henry VI, Part II: Rehearsals begin Jul. 26, 2016; runs Jul. 31-Aug 3, 2016.

 

 

2016 Production Internships

CSF Production Internships – 2016 Season

All Applications Due By: Feb 5th 2016

Please submit cover letter, resume with references to CSF Production Manager at:

jarid.sumner@colorado.edu (No Phone Calls)
 

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, a professional theatre company in association with the University of Colorado Boulder, is now accepting applications for 2016 summer production internships in theatrical carpentry, scenic art, props, electrics, sound, costumes and stage management.

Come spend the summer in beautiful Boulder, Colorado with one of the United States most storied Shakespeare Festivals. Located in the shadows of the famous Flatirons Mountains, the festival has become synonymous with summer in Boulder, along with floating down Boulder Creek and hiking Boulder County’s many manicured trails.

Work along side professional theatre technicians, managers and actors to learn and hone the skills needed to succeed at the highest levels in technical theatre. Come join us for the 2016 season.

CSF provides shared housing accommodations to all out of town interns at no cost to interns.

A weekly stipend of $150 will be provided to all interns.

Dates of Internship:

Carpentry Intern May 17th – July 17th

Scenic Art Intern May 17th – July 17th

Props Artisan Intern May 17th – July 17th

Props/ Run Crew Intern May 17th – Aug 14th

Electrics/ Run Crew Intern May 17th – Aug 14th

Sound/ Run Crew Intern May 17th – Aug 14th

Costumes/ Run Crew Intern May 17th – Aug 14th

Stage Management/ Run Crew Intern May 17th – Aug 14th

CSF CU Boulder Practicum

CSF CU Boulder Practicum  – 2016 Season

Deadline for enrollment is May 1st, 2016

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, a professional theatre company in association with the University of Colorado Boulder, is accepting applications for CU students looking to fulfill their tech practicum course requirements. CSF is pleased to offer practicum opportunities for Scenery/Electrics, Costumes and Run Crew. All practicum credit hours earned will be accepted by the Department of Theatre & Dance as part of your academic requirements. If you have interest in signing up for any of these classes please contact Jarid Sumner, CSF Production Manager, at jarid.sumner@colroado.edu as well as Connie Lane, Instructor of record, at connie.lane@colorado.edu with a resume, schedule of availability and which practicum class(es) you would be interested in.

 Schedule of course is flexible based on the mutual availability of student and CSF needs.

 All hours should be fulfilled from May 10th – July 15th 2016.

1 credit = 45 hours of work
2 credits = 90 hours of work
3 credits = 135 hours of work.

The goal of this course is to provide hands on practical training to the students of CU Boulder while working with a professional theatre company along side working professional technicians, actors and managers. 

 

2016 Dramaturgy Program

Graduate students in the Department of Theatre & Dance at CU Boulder are encouraged to apply for dramaturg positions for the CSF summer season (application deadline September 21, 2015). Please contact amanda.giguere@colorado.edu for details. This program is only open to enrolled graduate students at CU Boulder. No external applicants, please. 

2016 Assistant Director Program

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to the career development of emerging directors. The CSF AD Program pairs 3-5 early career directors who’ve shown interest and aptitude toward the production of Shakespearean or similar classic plays, with professional directors each summer season. The AD will be expected to serve in whatever capacity their respective director shall require, while gaining experience and a valuable perspective on the inner-workings of a professional, American Shakespearean rehearsal process, and serve as a valued member of the festival.  AD’s who exhibit particular aptitude and talents during their initial summer production may be considered for future AD, or directing assignments within the festival’s range of programs.  This program is open to all applicants, though CU graduate students in the Department of Theatre and Dance will be given strong consideration. AD assignments are unpaid.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
Please submit:
-A cover letter describing your interest in the program
-Professional resume exhibiting BA/BFA degree in Theatre, directing experience, any experience with Shakespearean production (acting, design, dramaturgy), contact information for two references, and an electronic portfolio, if available

Assistant Director application materials should be sent to amanda.giguere@colorado.edu. Applications received after January 1, 2016 will not be considered. 

Assistant Professor of Theatre (Shakespeare Focus)

The Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a tenure-track appointment, Assistant Professor in Theatre, with a primary emphasis in Shakespeare scholarship and/or production, to begin August 2016. Successful candidates will possess effective collaborative skills, substantial achievements as a scholar and/or artist, and a record of success in developing educational or outreach programs.  Qualifications: terminal degree (M.F.A. or Ph.D.) and university teaching experience.

Responsibilities include: teaching two courses (graduate or undergraduate) per semester, implementing certificate and degree programs in Applied Shakespeare, maintaining an active research or creative work agenda, and participating in service at the Department and college level. We seek candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of UCB through their teaching, research/creative work, and service.

Review of applications will begin on 15 December.  Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Application materials are accepted electronically at https://www.jobsatcu.com/postings/110678

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. 

Volunteer Opportunities

The 2016 CSF Usher signup will be made available on April 1, 2016.

Volunteer positions for Production and Education & Outreach will be announced as positions become available.

Learn more about volunteering for CSF and our High School work-place experience program. Click here to visit.