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CURRENT OPENINGS

Director of Development

The Director of Development is part of the Festival’s senior leadership team and supports its highest strategic priorities. Through a warm, personal engagement with its many constituencies, this role is responsible for the design and implementation of all the organization’s fundraising strategies. This position plays a leading role in long-term strategic planning that currently involves a 25th-anniversary campaign, staff/capacity building, and expanded artistic and engagement programming.

Please send a pdf of a cover letter and resume to jobs@stlshakes.org by January 31. 

Full Job Description

 


Production Jobs

The Festival is currently accepting resumes for front-of-house and backstage work for our 2023 season. Send resumes and an intro paragraph to jobs@stlshakes.org and please include your preferred position in the subject line.

 
Associate Production Manager
  • Dates: April 24, 2022 – July 1, 2023
  • Fee: $6,600 Flat Rate 
  • Hours: Variable 

Oversee in-house, non-union production team for the entirety of the production from the start of load-in, during the run and until the end of load-out. You will manage this team to complete tasks as assigned by the Associate Producer. This will include warehouse organization, transporting production equipment in box trucks, assembling simple structures on site, maintaining site cleanliness and organization, fixing operational and production issues as they arise and more. 

Must be able to operate a 26’ box truck, have basic carpentry skills, be comfortable working in extreme heat and in wet conditions, be comfortable lifting upwards of 75 pounds, be adaptable to elastic hours requirements and be able to come up with creative solutions to problems as they arise. You will manage a small team and should be comfortable with that as well. 


Front of House Manager
  • Dates: April 24, 2022 – July 1, 2023
  • Fee: $6,150 Flat Rate
  • Hours: Variable 

Load-in and Load-Out Duties

Prior to opening and after closing of the show, the House Manager will work closely with Associate Production Manager to load-in and out front-of-house. This includes warehouse organizing, production equipment transportation, and site set up. Must be comfortable using power tools, experience is a plus but not required. Must be able to lift upwards of 75 pounds. 

Nightly Duties

As House Manager during the run of the show, you will oversee a team of five House Management Interns to ensure the smooth operation of all of the day to day front of house aspects. This includes maintaining a clean site, working with Box Office staff nightly on seating guests, ensuring that all facilities (portable toilets, concessions, eating areas, etc.) are ready for guests use each night. Communication and customer service skills are essential. 

The Festival is an entirely outdoor event and weather conditions vary. Applicant should be ready to work in heat, rain and direct sunlight. 

For this role you will need customer service experience. You should be enthusiastic about the work of the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival and eager to interact with our guests, interns, staff, and volunteers. In your role as House Manager you will occasionally have to respond to customer complaints, small security issues, and small medical issues. You should be able to maintain a friendly demeanor in the circumstances and always be prepared to represent the Festival well. 


Technical Director
  • Dates: April 24 – June 3; (On Call: June 3 – June 27); June 27 – Jul 1, 2023
  • Fee: $3,600 Flat Rate
  • Hours: Variable 

You will work alongside the Associate Production Manager and Front of House Manager to help load in and load out the festival site. This will require outdoor work in the summer heat and rain.and regular heavy lifting. 

For this role we are looking specifically for someone with moderate to advanced carpentry skills. In addition to general load in and load out assistance, you will be tasked with handling all festival-related carpentry needs as they arise. 

You will not have regular hours once the show opens, but are expected to be able to make it to the site regularly to fix small problems.This will always be with at least 24 hours notice and will allow for scheduling flexibility. 


Load-in/out Assistant 
  • Dates: April 24 – June 3; June 27 – Jul 1, 2023
  • Fee: $3,000 Flat Rate
  • Hours: Variable 

You will work alongside the Associate Production Manager and Front of House Manager to help load in and load out the festival site. This will require outdoor work in the summer heat and rain. This will also require heavy lifting.


House Management Intern
This internship is a crash course on outdoor event operations and house management. You will be involved in the onsite operations of St. Louis Shakespeare Festival’s summer production from start to finish. 
 
You will help set up the front-of-house area, learn festival operations and emergency procedures, help coordinate volunteers, and work directly with guests to help ensure they have the best possible experience. You will be at every performance of this year’s show and will help to ensure a safe experience for our audience and a successful show each night. Nightly tasks will include opening the site for guests, making sure all facilities are in clean and working order, coordinating volunteers on nightly procedures, and helping guests to find their seats and abide by COVID-restrictions. You will report directly to the House Manager but will also interact with the Box Office Manager, Associate Producer, and Marketing Manager frequently. 
 
There will also be a weekly talk-back exclusively for house management interns with a different member of the festival’s staff and the show’s crew where you can learn more about the industry and make new connections. 
 
Pay: $500 stipend, no housing provided 
 
Requirements
  • Comfort working outside in hot and rainy conditions 
  • Comfort lifting up to 50lbs at a time 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and willingness to interact with guests and volunteers
  • An interest in theater, arts administration, or event production a plus

Tech Crew

Run Crew: Wardrobe Master – Weekly Rate $550

Manage costuming during rehearsals and the run of the show. Work with stage management to delegate and assist performers with nightly dressing, hair, and makeup and any necessary quick changes. Coordinate laundering of all costumes and stage towels. Manage two other wardrobe team members. Perform simple costume maintenance.

Dates Needed: May 23 – June 27: Tuesdays – Sundays, evenings and nights

Run Crew: Wardrobe – Weekly Rate $300

Assist wardrobe manager with nightly dressing, hair, and makeup duties as performers get ready. Assist with quick changes. Help with laundering costumes and stage towels.

Dates Needed: May 23 – June 27: Tuesdays – Sundays, evenings and nights

Run Crew: Spot Op – Weekly Rate $250

Operate spotlight from lighting tour during rehearsals and shows. Work with Master Electrician on nightly set up and tear down of electrical equipment.

Dates Needed: May 23 – June 27: Tuesdays – Sundays, evenings and nights

Production Assistant – Weekly Rate $350

Work with Stage Manager and Assistant Stage to prep and maintain the rehearsal hall and backstage. Help keep the stage clean. Set props. Work closely with actors on any needs as directed.

Dates Needed: May 2 – June 27: Tuesdays – Sundays, evenings and nights

Audio Tech – Weekly Rate $400

Help put performers into microphones for every performance and rehearsal. Maintain microphone cleanliness and condition. Help set up and break down audio equipment each night.

Dates Needed: May 26 – June 28: Tuesdays – Sundays, evenings and nights

Sound Board Operator – Weekly Rate $400

Operate laptop with Q lab file containing all sound cues during the show each night. Help set up and break down audio equipment each night.

Dates Needed: May 16 – June 28: Tuesdays – Sundays, evenings and nights

Production Applicatants

St. Louis Shakespeare Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in our hiring process, as well as in all areas of our work. We believe that diverse ideas, cultures, and traditions are vital assets that enrich the programs and productions we produce for our community. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.