2015 Production Positions

All production positions have been filled for the 2015 season. Please check back in January for 2016 job positngs. 

2015 Production Internships

All internship positions have been filled for the 2015 season. Please check back in January for 2016 opportunities.

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.

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


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. 

CSF is not accepting video submissions at this time.

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.

Student Assistant (Administrative)

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF) seeks a CU Boulder work-study student to serve as a Student Assistant II in providing administrative and audience services support to the festival. This position starts at $10.04/hour and provides a great opportunity for an undergraduate or graduate student interested in arts management. 

The ideal candidate for this Student Assistant II position will have a work-study award and be available up to 20 hours per week beginning in March 2015. This position will increase to full-time during the summer and return to 20 hours per week for the 2015/2016 academic year. This position will work alongside, and ultimately replace, a Student Assistant IV.

This position will primarily report to the CSF Business Manager, but will provide assistance to other year-round staff including the Producing Artistic Director, Director of Outreach, and Production Manager. During the summer, CSF hires more than 100 seasonal employees, and this position will assist with contracts for those employees classified as students, temporary aides, and non-union performers.

The ideal candidate must be organized, analytical, and adaptable. Job duties may vary as needs arise, but the following list represents consistent duties throughout the year:


  • Process procurement card receipts and documentation
  • Communication with the College of Arts and Sciences Financial Services Center
  • Communication with employees regarding various CU systems (myCUinfo, My.Leave, Concur, etc.)
  • Assist with budget tracking and financial report reconciliation
  • Purchasing (procurement card, CU Marketplace, Accounts Payable)
  • General administrative support

The Offseason – Fall:

  • Complete strike from summer season (store audience services supplies, company apartment supplies, and production materials)
  • Complete education contracts for new student employees, teachers, and tour actors
  • Schedule audition timeslots for season general auditions and call backs
  • Archive season publicity materials

The Offseason – Spring:

  • Create summer seasonal employment contracts and facilitate new-hire paperwork and background checks
  • Create and maintain the seasonal company roster
  • Maintain physical and digital personnel records
  • Electronic scanning and distribution of scripts
  • Interview and hire audience services staff
  • Manage audience services budget for staff and supplies
  • Coordinate volunteer usher sign-up

Summer Season

  • Supervise and schedule audience services staff
  • Act as House Manager for one outdoor show and provide additional coverage where needed
  • Set-up and strike front-of-house in the University and Mary Rippon theatres
  • Assist production manager and company manager with set-up and strike as needed
  • Communication with Box Office
  • Point of contact for company (time entry, reimbursements, mail, etc.) 

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

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.

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. 

Department of Theatre & Dance - Director of Dance Production/Instructor

Starting Date: 17 August 2015

Position Rank: Instructor, 9-month FT/100% Academic Appointment, Renewable, nontenure track position.

Job Responsibilities: Function as the Director of Dance Production for the Dance Division’s concerts (6-8 per academic year) and supervise multiple special events per year. Coordinate all lighting, projection, sound and scenic production elements for these concerts and special events. Design lighting for multiple dance concerts per year. Supervise and mentor one Assistant Technical Director, 10-15 student hourly employees and all dance practicum students assigned to production. In collaboration with Director of Dance, oversee production budget and season planning. Coordinate installation, operation, and maintenance of stage and classroom floors, lighting, sound, scenic & video equipment in the dance wing. Serve as Building Proctor for the dance wing.

Required Qualifications: MFA, or equivalent professional experience. 3-5 years University teaching experience, or extensive professional experience in the dance field. Expertise in Dance Production as Technical Director and Lighting Designer, with experience in projections and sound.

Desired Qualifications: Software proficiency in QLab, ETC Consoles including Element, Lightwright, Final Cut Pro, Isadora, Adobe, Vector Works, Ableton Live. Expertise in at least one of the following: Screen Dance and video editing, Choreography, Dance Technique, History of Dance, Professional Development, Arts Management, Dance Photography.

Teaching Duties: Expected to teach the equivalent of one course and supervise all dance practicum students each semester. Serve as Advisor/Mentor for the Dance division’s BA students, BFA, and MFA candidates, faculty and guest artists, as well as select theatre students concerning dance productions.

The Program: The Department of Theatre & Dance is a lively and active community of approximately 350 majors (100 dance majors, 20 dance graduate candidates) and a faculty of twenty-five. The department offers BA, BFA, MA and Ph.D. degrees in Theatre and BA, BFA and MFA degrees in Dance. The department employs a full-time faculty Technical Director in Theatre, a Production Coordinator for both Theatre & Dance, a Scene Shop Foreman, and several paid student employees in the theatre and dance production shops. The department produces approximately 20 Theatre & Dance productions per academic year in four performance venues and hosts the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop and others, in the summer months.

Application Procedure: The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment. Applicants should send cover letter, resume-CV and three current letters of recommendation to:

Chair – Dance Search Committee

261 UCB/Department of Theatre & Dance

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO 80309-0261

Deadline:26 May 2015

Review of applications will begin 26 May 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

Connie I. Lane
Production Coordinator
Department of Theatre & Dance
303-492-3037 office direct