Employment

2015 Production Positions

CSF Production Positions – 2015 Season

*Most positions are seasonal non-exempt/hourly.

* Housing is available at a weekly rate arranged with CSF in advance of contract

 

Please submit resume with references and cover letter to CSF at: Jarid.Sumner@colorado.edu

 

Technical Director

Term of Employment:  May 4th – July 19th (11 Weeks)

(Possibility of time prior to the start of the festival for meetings and drawing creation.)

Duties:

Creation of all scenic shop drawings.

Responsible for scene shop operations including planning, build, load-in, tech and maintenance of scenery.

Responsibilities include consulting 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.

Oversee, supervise and advise on electrics install, hang and focus, sound install, show maintenance.

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.

Direct and instruct production crew and interns on theatrical skills.

Responsible for performing skilled carpentry work through the use of a variety of materials related to the construction of theatrical scenery as needed.

Requirements:

Professional experience is required. BFA or MFA is

CAD and Vectorworks proficiency.

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.

 

ATD / Production Carpenter

Term of Employment: May 11th – August 16th  (14 weeks)

Duties:

Assist TD in all duties pertaining to the Festival, including scenic build / load-in electrics install, hang and focus, sound install, show maintenance.

Creation of shop drawings as needed.

Work with the Production Manager and Technical Director to ensure deadlines are met within budget and time constraints.

Serve as run crew chief

Direction and training of run crew and interns.

Assist in transfer of 1 tour venue.

Instruct basic theatrical skills.

Responsible for performing skilled carpentry work through the use of a variety of materials related to the construction of theatrical scenery as needed.

Requirements:

Professional experience is required.

CAD and Vectorworks proficiency.

Strong communication and leadership skills.

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.

 

Master Electrician

Term of Employment:  May 11th - August 16th (14 Weeks)

Duties:

Oversee electrics install, maintenance and repair of equipment as needed.

Work with the Production Manager and Technical Director to ensure deadlines are met within budget and time constraints.

Instruct electrics crew in show operation, board operation.

Program light board during tech.

Run light board during all performances.

Assist in transfer of 1 tour venue, Strike,

Assist as needed across departmental lines as designated by Production Manager and Technical Director.

Requirements:

Professional experience is required.

CAD and Vectorworks proficiency.

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.

 

Sound Engineer / Technician

Term of Employment:  May 11th – August 16th (14 Weeks)

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 Rippon Stage.

Instruct sound crew in show operation.

Assist in transfer of 1 tour venue.

Responsible for sound strike at the end of the Festival season.

Assist as needed across departmental lines as designated by Production Manager and Technical Director.

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.

 

Scenic Artist

Term of Employment:  May 18th – July 9th (9 Weeks)

Duties:

Assist Charge Artist.

 Ability to work quickly, independently, and supervise a small work crew of varying levels of experience

Requirements:

Professional experience is required.

Artistic sensibility and sensitivity, as well as strong collaborative 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.

 

Properties Designer / Artisan

Term of Employment:  May 11th – July 19th (10 Weeks)

Duties:

Standard props construction skills (crafts, carpentry, sewing, upholstery).

Experience faux painting props, working with a wide variety of materials.

Experience with arms and armor, including construction, repair and proper maintenance.

Sculpting, casting, and advanced carpentry is helpful.

Supervise small staff in the acquisition and/or construction of all properties

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.

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.

 

Asst Props Artisan

Term of Employment:  May 11th – July 19th (10 Weeks – Part time)

Duties:

Assist Props Designer / Artisan in all aspects listed above.

Requirements:

Professional experience is required.

Artistic sensibility and sensitivity, as well as strong collaborative 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.

 

Staff Carpenter

Term of Employment:  May 11th – July 19th  (10 weeks)

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.

Requirements:

Professional experience is required.

Strong carpentry skills in both wood and steel construction.

Rigging experience.

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 Scenic Carpenters and Electricians

Term of Employment:  May 11th – August 16th (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 electrician and show crews in load in strikes and changeovers as needed.

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.

Strong knowledge of theatrical lighting equipment.

 

First Hand:

Term of Employment:  May 19th – July 17th (10 Weeks)

Duties:

Assisting the draper/tailor in the production of new costumes and refurbishment/ alteration of existing costumes.

Pattern layout and fabric cutting according to draper/tailor direction

Preparing construction work for stitchers, interns and volunteers

Supervision of stitchers, interns and volunteers in the construction, finish work, and alterations

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, as well as strong collaborative 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.

 

Crafts Assistant:

Term of Employment:  May 19th – July 17th (10 Weeks)

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, as well as strong collaborative 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.

 

Design Assistant:

Term of Employment:  May 12th – July 17th (10 Weeks)

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, as well as strong collaborative 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.

 

Stitcher:

Term of Employment:  May 19th – July 17th (10 Weeks)

Duties:

Responsible for the construction of new costumes and the alteration and refurbishment of existing costumes, under the direction of the draper, first and secon 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.

 

2015 Production Internships

Production Internships Job Type: Full-Time, Seasonal Application Deadline: February 20, 2015

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, a professional theatre company in association with the University of Colorado Boulder, is accepting applications for internships in theatrical electrics, sound, stage properties/scenic painting, costumes and stage management for the 2015 summer 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 Flatiron 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 and join us for our inspired 2015 season.  

Receive university credit for your internship by enrolling in our Shakespeare Practicum course offered through University of Colorado Boulder's Department of Theatre and Dance.

Additional Information:

*Internships are not eligible for compensation, though a small weekly stipend ($150.00) is provided

*Shared accommodations are provided by CSF at no cost to participants during the term of the internship for non-local applicants (to be determined by the Festival)

Dates of Internship: May 18th - August 16th, 2015

Please submit resume with references and cover letter to CSF at: kume5547exc@colorado.edu

No Phone Calls Please

Learning Objectives:

Develop beginning to intermediate skills in theatrical production relative to specialization (Stage Management, Theatrical Electrics, Stage Properties, Carpentry, Theatrical Sound, Costumes)

Practice beginning to intermediate collaboration skills across above specializations

Increase understanding of professional working theatre paradigms

Increase breadth of knowledge of theatrical production

Methods of Learning:

Practical theatrical production under the supervision of professional technicians and managers

Weekly learning seminars and discussion forums with professional production staff, designers, directors, and managers

Internship opportunities:

Receive university credit for your internship by enrolling in our Shakespeare Practicum course offered through University of Colorado Boulder’s Department of Theatre and Dance.

Observe and participate in professional theatrical operations for five (5) Equity productions in repertory on two stages (Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre & The University Theatre)

Assist in load-ins, electrics hang & focus, sound installations, technical rehearsals, costume fittings and production run crews

Attend weekly pre-performance lectures and talk-backs by distinguished guest lecturers, directors, and designers

2015 Season Auditions

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

Plays being produced in our 2015 season will be announced on October 29. Please visit our homepage after that date.

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

AUDITION APPOINTMENT
Appointments will be taken starting September 17th, 2014, at 9am.  Please contact Kurt Mehlenbacher, Casting Associate, at kume5547exc@colorado.edu to obtain an audition slot. You do NOT need to send in a copy of your headshot and resume at this time.  You DO need to indicate if you are a member of Actor’s Equity in your email, and please give a range of time that you can be available.  No phone calls please.  DO NOT EMAIL BEFORE 9/17/14, 9am.  Emails received prior to 9am on the 17th will not be considered.

Saturday, October 4th
 DENVER Non-AEA general auditions (9am-5pm, by appointment): Tramway Building, 1101 13th St., Denver, CO, 80204.  2nd Floor

Sunday, October 5th 
DENVER Non-AEA general auditions (9am-5pm, by appointment): Tramway Building, 1101 13th St., Denver, CO, 80204.  2nd Floor

[CANCELLED] Monday, October 6th DENVER AEA general auditions (9am-5pm, by appointment): Tramway Building, 1101 13th St., Denver, CO, 80204.  2nd Floor

Sunday, November 16th 
BOULDER AEA general auditions (9am-5pm, by appointment): University of Colorado Boulder Campus, Carlson Gymnasium 304

Monday, November 17th 
BOULDER AEA general auditions (9am-5pm, by appointment): University of Colorado Boulder Campus, Carlson Gymnasium 304

AUDITION MATERIALS

Please bring with you to the general auditions one copy of your headshot and resume stapled together.  Pease prepare two contrasting classical pieces, no more than two minutes total in length.  At least one piece should be Shakespeare, in verse. 

VIDEO SUBMISSIONS
CSF is not accepting video submissions at this time.

CALLBACKS
Callbacks will be held at the University of Colorado in Boulder on December 6th & 7th, 9am-5pm. Notification of a callback will happen via email (with sides) shortly after November 17th.

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is an equal opportunity employer and encourages actors of underrepresented groups to audition for our season.

Volunteer and Intern Opportunities

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

2015 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, 2015 will not be considered. 

2015 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 26, 2014). Please contact amanda.giguere@colorado.edu for details. This program is only open to enrolled graduate students at CU Boulder. No external applicants, please.