Front of House Staff


NOW HIRING: Colorado Shakespeare Festival Front of House Staff

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF) is a professional theatre company in residence at the University of Colorado Boulder.  Annually, 30,000 patrons attend CSF performances featured on two stages: the Mary Rippon, a 1,000-seat outdoor Greek-style ampitheatre, and the University Theatre, a 400-seat indoor venue.

CSF is seeking reliable, outgoing individuals to serve on the Front of House (FOH) team for the 2014 Summer Season.  FOH includes general theatre usher duties, such as:

  • Scanning tickets;
  • Showing patrons to their seats;
  • Cleaning the house before and after performances;
  • Ensuring a safe and friendly atmosphere for patrons while acting as the first point of contact for the Festival.

In order to utilize employees to the best of their abilities, Front of FOH staff will be hired into three different tracks for the summer:

Production Staff Support:

  • Assist the CSF Production Staff 24-40 hours per week with pre-season build and post-season strike (including entry-level carpentry, electrics and painting);
  • Provide additional production support as needed throughout the season;
  • Attend FOH and TIPS training prior to Opening Night ;
  • Provide FOH support as needed throughout the season;
  • This position requires the ability to frequently lift up to 35 lbs.


  • Maintain inventory of CSF Gift Cart;
  • Set up, tear down and maintain Gift Cart for every performance;
  • Provide FOH support as-needed throughout the season;
  • Previous experience with credit card and cash handling preferred.

Front of House

  • Attend FOH and TIPS training prior to Opening Night;
  • Provide primary FOH support throughout the season;
  • Other duties as needed to be discussed with Audience Services Coordinator.

Successful Front of House candidates in all tracks will possess the following qualities:

  • Excellent customer service skills;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Initiative and ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Availability to work nights, weekends and holidays;
  • Adaptability.

All positions under consideration are work-study only, so hire is contingent upon a work-study award on file.  It is suggested that anyone interested in applying first applies for summer work-study, which may be completed in the myCUinfo portal. Students must either be enrolled in summer 2014 OR in both spring 2014 and fall 2014 by the start of summer semester to be eligible for summer work-study.

Compensation for FOH staff will range between $8 and $10 per hour, dependent upon experience and discussed upon hire.

We are looking to fill six total positions; application review will begin on March 31st and conclude April 30th. If interested, please email your resume and cover letter to Adam Alberti, Audience Services Coordinator, at albertagexc@colorado.edu.

2014 Production Internships

Thank you for your interest in the Colorado Shakespeare Festival's Production Internship Program

At this time all of our positions for our 2014 program are full.  We encourage you to monitor this page for information regarding our 2015 program and application details.  If you are interested in voluteering with CSF this summer in our production department, please send a cover letter and resume, along with your availability to our Production Manager at benjamin.seibert@colorado.edu.  

Learning Objectives:

Develop beginning to intermediate skills in theatrical production relative to specialization (Stage Management, Theatrical Electrics, Stage Properties, 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 four (4) 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

Volunteer and Intern Opportunities

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

2014 Season Auditions

SPECIAL NOTICE: Dear Auditioning Actors, major road work is planned for Highway 36 this weekend. Please see the following article from the Denver Post (click here). If you are commuting from Boulder or Denver this weekend, please check traffic conditions before you leave and consider alternate routes. Thank you!

NOTE: CSF is no longer taking non-equity auditions for 2014.

CSF holds auditions each season in Denver and Boulder, Colorado. We also accept video submissions. Please review the plays being produced in our 2014 season on our mainpage, at this time ALL roles are being auditioned except Mistress Quickly.  CSF hires AEA and non-AEA actors on one, two, and three-show contracts.

Friday, January 17th
DENVER General auditions (9am-5pm, by appointment): Tramway Building, 1101 13th St., Denver, CO, 80204.  2nd Floor, Purple and Blue Studios.

Saturday, January 18th
BOULDER General auditions (9am-5pm, by appointment): University of Colorado, Boulder, Theatre and Dance Department, 2nd Floor Acting Studio.

Sunday, January 19th
BOULDER Callbacks (9am-5pm, by invitation): University of Colorado, Boulder, Theatre and Dance Department, University Theatre.

Both AEA and non-AEA actors will be seen at the general auditions.

Appointments will be taken starting November 25th.  Please contact Greg Thorson, Casting Associate, at greg.csfcasting@gmail.com to obtain an audition slot. You do NOT need to send in a copy of your headshot and resume at this time.  No phone calls please.  DO NOT EMAIL BEFORE 11/25/13. 

Please bring with you to the general auditions two copies of your headshot and resume stapled together.  Pease prepare two contrasting classical pieces, no more than three minutes total in length.  At least one piece should be Shakespeare, in verse.  Please consider pieces from plays in our 2014 season.

Beginning 12/2/13, emailed video auditions will be accepted (either Youtube or Vimeo). Deadline to submit is 1/3/2013 [NEW DEADLINE]  Please prepare two contrasting pieces, no longer than three minutes total in length. Actors auditioning by video are encouraged to perform excerpts from the plays in our 2014 season. Please email link (plus headshot and resume) to: Casting Associate, Greg Thorson at greg.csfcasting@gmail.com.

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


The Tempest

The Merry Wives of Windsor

I Hate Hamlet

Henry IV: Part 1


CSF video callback directions 2014

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, 2014 will not be considered. 

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 Oct. 18, 2013). Please contactamanda.giguere@colorado.edu for details. 

Auditions for School Tour

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is seeking troupe members (male and female, ages 18-40) for the Shakespeare & Violence Prevention school tour for 2014-2015. This innovative program will tour Colorado schools with a performance of Much Ado About Nothing in the fall, followed by classroom workshops about violence prevention, using research from the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence. The spring tour will feature a 4-actor version of Twelfth Night, followed by classroom workshops about violence prevention.  

Now in its fourth year, this program has been featured on PBS Newshour, local newspapers, and Boulder’s Channel 8 News. See below for coverage of the program:




 Non-union actors only
Preferred Skills:
• Experience teaching Shakespeare in the classroom (grades 3-12)
• Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to handle conflict in the classroom
• Singing/musical skills
• Strong skills in Shakespearean performance
• Vehicle preferred (mileage reimbursed)
• Weekday availability (generally between 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. during tour)

Tour details for actors
• Tour days generally include two schools/day, 4 days/week (Tues-Fri)
• Each school visit includes a 50-minute 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 $400/week while on tour (6 weeks of tours in the fall, 8 weeks in spring).
• Actors are paid a $450 stipend for the rehearsal period (one stipend for fall, one stipend for spring).
• Tour may include overnight trips to other parts of Colorado. Mileage, housing and travel per diem are provided for overnight trips.
• Actors are expected to rotate stage management duties, including striking set and costumes, loading car, and sending performance reports.
• Actors are required to carpool whenever possible, and mileage is reimbursed to carpooling drivers
• Background check required

Audition: Monday, June 16, 1pm-5pm (Boulder)

Callbacks/Interviews: Monday, June 23, 1pm-5pm (Boulder)

All auditions are by invitation. To apply, please email the following to csfedout@colorado.edu with the subject line: “Requesting Audition for CSF in the Schools Troupe”

  1. Resume of theatre and teaching experience
  2. Headshot
  3. Answer the following questions:
    1. Do you have a reliable vehicle you are willing to drive for the tour (mileage reimbursed)?
    2. Are you available for the full rehearsal and performance schedule?
    3. Are you interested in and available for the fall tour of Much Ado About Nothing and the spring tour of Twelfth Night? 

Rehearsal Schedule

FALL 2014 (Much Ado About Nothing rehearsals)
Sept. 8: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sept. 10: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sept. 12: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sept. 15: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sept. 17: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sept. 18: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sept. 19: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sept. 22: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sept. 23: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sept. 24: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sept. 25: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sept. 26: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sept. 29: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Rehearsals are held in Boulder

 SPRING 2015 (Twelfth Night rehearsals)
January 20-February 9, 2015
Mondays-Fridays, 10am-2pm (subject to change)
Rehearsals are held in Boulder

Performance Schedule

FALL 2014: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, 6 week tour
September 30-November 7, Tuesdays-Fridays

SPRING 2015: TWELFTH NIGHT, 8 week tour
Feb. 10-Apr. 10 (week off for spring break.  Possible extension through Apr. 24)

Understudies (CU students)
Four understudy positions are available for current CU students.  Understudies will learn multiple roles, and may be called in to the tour in the event of actor illness.  Understudies must be available for fall and spring semesters.  Stipend available.  Auditions: June 16, 1pm-5pm.  Contact csfedout@colorado.edu to schedule.