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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.

AUDITION APPOINTMENT
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.

AUDITION MATERIALS

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

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

CALLBACKS
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

10am-2pm

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 Dramaturgy Program

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is preparing for the upcoming summer season, and is eager to continue to collaborate with theatre graduate students. THDN graduate students have the opportunity to serve as dramaturgs in order to work in a professional theater environment, hone research skills, and participate in the artistic and scholarly process of mounting a play in a major Shakespeare festival.

The duties of a dramaturg may include (but are not limited to):

  • Working closely with a professional director during the winter months in preparation for the play. This may include cutting the script and researching various script editions.
  • Researching conceptual choices for the production.
  • Writing articles to appear in CSF's educational study guides, and in the season program.
  • Assisting with the casting process.
  • Attending rehearsals and working independently with actors.
  • Delivering lectures at libraries, senior centers, and student groups throughout the school year and summer.  
  • Writing a pre-show talk for the CSF Prologue—a 15-20 minute lecture held 45 minutes before each performance—and delivering Prologues occasionally throughout the summer.
  • Leading book club discussions about the play throughout the school year and summer.
  • One dramaturg even appeared onstage as an understudy. Be prepared for anything!

Dramaturgs are paid a small stipend. Please note that dramaturgs are no longer required to enroll in THTR 6007, and do not receive course credit for their experience.

To qualify, you must be an active graduate student in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Colorado Boulder for Academic Year 2016/2017. Additionally, you should have your 2016/2017 FAFSA (fafsa.gov) completed and made available to the CU Department of Financial Aid (a workstudy award is not required to qualify for this position).

Applications should include:

  • A letter that articulates why you are interested in serving as a dramaturg, along with any dramaturgical experience you have had. Do you have preferences on working in a Shakespeare vs. non-Shakespeare? What strengths make you stand out as an applicant?
  • A resume of theatrical experience. The season will include both Shakespeare and non-Shakespeare plays, so applicants should include a resume of all theatrical experience—not simply their work with Shakespeare.   
  • A 5-10 page sample of your scholarly writing (an extract is fine).

 

Please send applications via email to amanda.giguere@colorado.edu by 5pm on Monday, September 26, 2016. Applicants will be contacted shortly afterwards for interviews.

 

Questions? Contact Director of Outreach, Amanda Giguere at amanda.giguere@colorado.edu or (303) 492-1973. 

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

Qualifications:

  • 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 the 1st of the year for 2017 opportunities.  

2017 Production Internships

Please check back in around the 1st of the year for 2017 opportunities.  

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. 

 

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.