Publications Specialist

The College of Music and CU Presents are now inviting applicants for aPublications Specialist position. The Publications Specialist will assist the Director of Marketing and Public Relations in the preparation and printing of professional, full-color, multi-page CU Presents programs with advertising for the Artist Series, Eklund Opera, Takács Quartet Series, Holiday Festival, Department of Theatre & Dance, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, College of Music and special events. The Publication Specialist is also be responsible for keeping track of which events need programs, collaboratively gathering program content, organizing the proofreading process, laying out copy and publishing programs for Faculty Tuesday recitals and numerous ensemble performances. We are looking for an extremely organized individual, who is an excellent communicator, to help with program production and graphic design. This position will be expected to work independently in a work environment with multiple, and sometimes competing, priorities.

Who we are

CU Presents promotes performing arts on the University of Colorado Boulder campus. We present over 100 ticketed concerts every year as well as numerous educational and outreach events. CU Presents administers events for the Artist Series, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Eklund Opera (including the CU New Opera Workshop), the Takács Quartet, CU Theatre & Dance, College of Music and the Holiday Festival. CU Presents welcomes over 80,000 concertgoers to its events every year.  Education and outreach is an important part of CU Presents. Faculty and guest artists are involved in many outreach activities including master classes, workshops, and lectures. Learn more at the CU Presents website.


Graphic Design & Layout

  • Program layout for Faculty Tuesdays and ensemble performances
  • Program layout for CU Presents programs including covers, wraps and individual programs
  • Layout of the annual College of Music magazine
  • Layout of some other College of Music materials
  • With Marketing Manager and Marketing and PR Director, maintain and develop CU Presents branding standards within CU Boulder branding
  • Develop graphic design standards and educate other staff about standards and best practices

Content Management

  • Find out which events require promotion and/or a program
  • Request and gather advance promotional information such as bios, programs, blurbs, photography for all performances
  • Work with CU Presents PR staff to properly format, edit and proofread copy

Publication Communications & Logistics

  • Communicate effectively with faculty/directors who need programs including sending reminders
  • Facilitate a collaborative and iterative process of gathering content and proofreading with faculty/directors
  • Oversee the work of the program student assistant
  • Request program ads from sponsors
  • Request donor updates from Advancement staff
  • Submit multi-page programs to printers
  • Coordinate with printers to have programs printed and delivered in advance of all events
  • Coordinate with house management to make sure programs are where they are needed

Print Bidding and Management

  • Solicit printer bids for major print projects and get the best price
  • Choose papers and inks
  • Go to press checks when needed


What we require

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a communications, English, or related field
  • At least two years of professional publications experience
  • At least two years of graphic design experience, including layout capability

What you will need

  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Precise attention to detail
  • Self-motivated with excellent organizational skills, and demonstrated proficiency in prioritizing work assignments to complete work accurately and in a timely and independent manner

What we’d like you to have

  • Experience with an arts program in an educational setting, such as participation in a college marching band
  • Experience working with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop
Preferred qualifications may be used to further reduce the pool of applicants to those who are most highly qualified.

What we can offer

The minimum starting salary for this position is $40,000, and will be commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offersexcellent benefits. Staff members receive a total compensation package including:

  • Paid vacation and sick leave10 paid holidays annually
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • An EcoPass for free RTD rides
  • An unparalleled retirement plan with an employer contribution at 10% of your salary

The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.


To apply, please submit the following materials to this posting at cu.edu/cu-careers:

  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.
  3. A sample of your recent professional work, or link to your portfolio. Please list your role in the development of the created work.

Please combine materials into one document and upload as titled: Last- First - (Job Number). Please do not upload references at this time.

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2017 Season Auditions

CSF holds auditions each season in Boulder and Denver, Colorado. We are not taking video submissions this year except by invitation.  

Plays being produced in our 2017 season will be announced on October 28, 2016. Please visit our homepage on that date for a complete list of productions.

CSF hires AEA and non-AEA actors on two- and three -show contracts.

Appointments will be taken starting Monday, October 17th, 2016, at 9am. Please contact Kurt Mehlenbacher, Operations Manager, at kume5547exc@colorado.edu to obtain an audition slot. Audition requests should include the following:

  • Your full name, preferred e-mail address, and phone number
  • A PDF of your current headshot and acting resume
  • Your AEA status (AEA or non-AEA)
  • Any time restrictions you may have (CSF will attempt to accommodate you as best we can, but cannot make any guarantees)
  • Non-AEA, local actors only: if you have an interest in being considered for the 2017 CSF in the Schools tour troupe, please make your interest known at this time.

If you have worked for CSF as an actor in the last three (3) years, and wish to be considered for the 2017 season, you do not need to appear at the general auditions. Please contact Kurt Mehlenbacher at kume5547exc@colorado.edu to inform us of your interest and you may be invited to callbacks or made an offer directly.

No phone calls, please. E-mails received prior to 9am on the 17th will not be considered.

Saturday, November 12th BOULDER Non-AEA general auditions (9am-5pm, by appointment): Department of Theatre & Dance, University of Colorado Boulder Theatre & Dance Building, Boulder, CO, 80309.

Sunday, November 13th
DENVER Non-AEA general auditions (9am-5pm, by appointment): Denver University Department of Theatre, Johnson McFarlane Hall (JMAC), 1903 East Iliff Avenue, Denver, CO 80210. Room TBD.

Monday, November 14th
DENVER AEA general auditions (9am-5pm, by appointment): Denver University Department of Theatre, Johnson McFarlane Hall (JMAC), 1903 East Iliff Avenue, Denver, CO 80210. Room TBD.


Please bring with you to the general auditions one (1) hardcopy of your headshot and resume stapled together (back to back). Please prepare two (2) contrasting classical pieces, no more than two (2) minutes in length total. We request that at least one (1) piece be Shakespeare in verse.

CSF is interested in a variety of skills required of our productions, and request that your resume clearly reflect your competency in the following areas:

  • Dialect ability and fluency in languages other than English
  • Stage combat and / or fight training experience
  • Singing training and experience (jazz, folk, opera, choral, non-western, etc.)
  • Acrobatic and / or dance experience
  • Instrument proficiencies

CSF is not accepting video submissions at this time.

Callbacks will be held in Boulder, CO on the University of Colorado Boulder campus on December 4th and 5th, from 9am to 5pm. Notifications of a callback will be sent via email (with sides) starting November 21st.

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is an equal opportunity employer and encourages actors of underrepresented groups to audition for our season. All ethnicities, ages, genders, and disabilities welcome!

2017 CSF in the Schools Spring Tour Auditions

CSF in the Schools Tour Auditions
The Colorado Shakespeare Festival seeks troupe members (ages 18-40) for the Shakespeare & Violence Prevention school tour for Spring 2017. This innovative program will tour Colorado schools with two performances in repertory: a 30-minute Comedy of Errors for elementary audiences, and a 45-minute Julius Caesar for middle and high school audiences.  Each school performance is followed by classroom workshops about violence prevention, using research from the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence. Now in its sixth year, this program has reached more than 72,000 Colorado students. Check out this Upstander video to learn more about our Shakespeare & Violence Prevention project.

Non-AEA actors only
Preferred Skills:

  • Strong skills in Shakespearean performance

  • Experience teaching Shakespeare in the classroom (grades 3-12)

  • Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to handle conflict in the classroom

  • Singing/musical skills

  • Weekday availability (generally between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. during tour)
  • Valid drivers license
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus

Tour details for actors

  • Tour days include two schools/day, 4 days/week (Tues-Fri)

  • Each school visit includes a performance and a 50-minute workshop, followed by a check-in with a school counselor to debrief (9am performance, 10-10:50 workshop; 1pm performance, 2-2:50 workshop)

  • Actors are paid $450/week on tour (6 weeks of touring in Spring 2017) plus a rehearsal stipend for the January 3-30 rehearsals
  • Tour may include overnight trips to other parts of Colorado. Housing and travel per diem are provided for overnight trips.
  • Background check required.

Performance Schedule
January 31-March 10, Tuesdays-Fridays

Callback Info: 

Friday, November 18: Boulder


All callbacks are by invitation after CSF Generals. If you are unable to attend CSF Generals, but are interested in auditioning for the tour, please email the following to amanda.giguere@colorado.edu with the subject line: “Requesting Callback for CSF in the Schools Troupe”

  1. Resume of theatre and teaching experience
  2. Headshot
  3. Known conflicts between January 3 and 30, 2016 (daytime or evening) and between January 31 and March 10, 2016, Tuesday through Friday during the day (8am to 5pm).
2017 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, type of position, 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


  • Must be a student at the University of Colorado Boulder for the AY2016/2017 with intent to continue into AY2017/2018.
  • Must apply for work-study (complete both the 16/17 FAFSA and the 17/18 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.

2017 Production Positions

Please check back in around December 1st for 2017 opportunities.  

2017 Costume Shop Positions


The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, a professional theatre company in residence at the University of Colorado Boulder, seeks a highly organized and experienced individual to serve as Costume Shop Manager.  This is a part-time position December through April, which becomes full-time and on-site in Boulder May through August; paid as an independent contractor. Applications are being accepted now through November 4, 2016. 

Responsibilities include: working with the Production Manager to establish and maintain material and labor budgets; collaborating with costume designers; hiring and supervising costume shop personnel; supervising and coordinating all costume shop operations; ensuring all costumes, crafts, and wigs for all productions are completed in a timely and fiscally responsible fashion. Applicant must have significant professional experience, strong organizational and communication skills and a positive, collaborative attitude.

 Colorado Shakespeare Festival produces 4 shows per seasons in 2 venues on campus.  Costume designs are realized through a combination of built pieces, stock pieces, and some rental pieces.

Specific Duties Include:

  • Working with designers to determine built pieces versus stock and rental pieces
  • Creating material and labor budgets for each show and working within those budgets
  • Hiring all costume staff for the 2017 season
  • Overseeing all day-to-day shop activities including personnel scheduling, equipment maintenance, supplies inventory, organization of workroom and costume storage areas
  • Facilitating communication between the costume shop and other CSF departments
  • Maintaining standards in accordance with AEA contractual requirements
  • Actively participating in the preparation and construction of every production.

 Candidates will have an MFA in Costume Design/Technology OR a Bachelor’s Degree in Costume Design/Technology with equivalent professional experience. In all cases, the experience should include 3-4 years of supervisory experience with the following knowledge and skills acquired: understanding of the costume design, crafts, wardrobe and wig processes; costume construction and alteration including contemporary and period patterning and draping; costume history; knowledge of fabrics and materials, their individual qualities, characteristics and suppliers; and working knowledge of domestic and industrial sewing machines and other applicable equipment.

To apply please submit resume with references by November 4th to the CSF Production Manager at: 


No Phone Calls Please.

2017 Production Internships

Please check back in around December 1st for 2017 opportunities.  

CSF CU Boulder Practicum

Please check back in around December 1st for 2017 opportunities.  

Instructor – Theatre and Dance Projection and Lighting Designer

The University of Colorado Boulder Department of Theatre and Dance is seeking applications to fill an Instructor position to serve as a Theatre and Dance Projection and Lighting Designer.

Job responsibilities include the following:

  • Function as the Faculty Resident Projection / Media and Lighting Designer for Theatre and Dance.
  • Mentor student designers and technicians in these areas.
  • Shared responsibility with the technical design staff for facilitating, organizing, and supervising production execution of projections / media and lighting in a multiple venue facility.
  • Design projections / media or lighing on two (2) shows per semester (one theatre and one dance).
  • Teach two (2) courses per semester in areas of projections / media, lighting, and experience design, and participate on department committees.
  • Teaching resposibilities could include
    • Graduate and Undergraduate courses in Projection Design / Technology, Stage Lighting 1, Stage Lighting 2, and Advanced Production Design.
    • Supervise practicum students and safety training of students.
    • Participate in BFA portfolio reviews.

Minimum required qualifications: MFA degree and significant experience in projection / media and lighting design for theatre and dance.

Desired qualifications:  formal instruction and professional experience in additional areas of design (sound, scenery, etc.). University-level teaching experience.

Click on the link to apply through CU Careers:  https://cu.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=06877&lan

Volunteer Opportunities

Usher signups will be posted in May 2017 for the 2017 season.

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.

2017 Dramaturgy Program

The 2017 Dramaturg positions have been filed at this time. Please check back in the fall of 2017 for positions available for the 2018 season.