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Director of Development 

Overview: The St. Louis Shakespeare Festival is in its 24th season as one of the cultural gems of the Midwest. Its free summer Shakespeare productions play to thousands of residents and visitors every night, offering world-class artistry and a unique sense of community in one of America’s greatest urban parks. Its TourCo is the largest free Shakespeare tour in the world – bringing fresh, contemporary, and accessible versions of Shakespeare plays into dozens of neighborhoods in Missouri and Illinois. Its innovative Shakespeare in the Streets program builds bridges across the St. Louis metro area by empowering residents to tell and own the unique stories of their community. And the organization has also dedicated itself to developing and nurturing new work to elevate Midwestern voices in the national cultural conversation.

Position: 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 development and fundraising strategies. This position plays a leading role in the annual campaign and in planning for its upcoming 25th-anniversary campaign, staff/capacity building, and expanded artistic programming.

Link: Full Job Description and Qualifications

Please send a pdf of cover letter and resume to by October 31, 2023. Target
start date December 1, 2023.

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Production Staff

2024 Shakespeare in Forest Park open roles.
To apply, submit your resume and a brief introduction to
Costume Shop: Crafts
  • Dates: May 6 – May 31
  • Rate: $600/week (M-F, 9-5) 
  • Description: Collect, create and adapt costume accessories
Costume Shop: Stitcher: 
  • Dates: May 6 – May 31
  • Rate: $350/week (M-F, 9-5)
  • Description: Work under the guidance of Draper and First Hand to construct costumes
Run Crew: Wardrobe
  • Dates: May 21 – June 25
  • Rate: $300/wk (Tues-Sun, afternoons/nights) 
  • Description: 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.
Run Crew: Spot Op
  • Dates: May 21 – June 25
  • Rate: $250/wk (Tues-Sun, afternoons/nights)
  • Description: Operate spotlight from lighting tour during rehearsals and shows. Work with Master Electrician on nightly set up and tear down of electrical equipment.
Run Crew: Production Assistant
  • Dates: One opening: April 30 – June 25; One opening: May 21 – June 25
  • Rate: $350/wk (Tues-Sun, afternoons/nights)
  • Description: Work with Stage Manager and Assistant Stage to prep and maintain rehearsal hall and backstage. Help keep the stage clean. Set props. Work closely with actors on any needs as directed.
Run Crew: Audio Tech
  • Dates: May 14 – June 26
  • Rate: $400/wk (Tues-Sun, afternoons/nights)
  • Description: 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.

House Management Interns

  • Dates: May 28 – June 25
  • Rate: $500 stipend, no housing provided 
  • Description: This internship is a crash course on outdoor event operations and house management. You will be involved in the onsite operations of the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival’s 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 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 find their seats. 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. 
  • 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 
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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.