The Shakespeare Theatre Company recognizes the value of a workforce made up of highly skilled people from a variety of backgrounds. Diversity enriches our work environment and our stage productions. It invigorates the services we provide to the community. Therefore, the Shakespeare Theatre Company strives to increase accessibility for all segments of the community, both to join the organization and to grow professionally within.
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The Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) seeks a Deck Chief to join the Stage Operations team. This position will maintain the quality and integrity of stage, set, and prop elements for STC productions, presentations, and rentals, and will sustain a working understanding of the theatre, its procedures, and its equipment. Job functions will include: serving as lead run crew for STC productions, outside rentals, and special events as assigned by the Stage Operations Supervisor; maintaining pre- and post-show set up; maintaining quality and function of scenic and prop elements on a daily basis with special attention to the safety of weapons; executing and maintaining all pyrotechnics, automation and special effects in the manner directed by the Stage Operations Supervisor; participating in all emergencies and evacuation procedures as outlined by STC policy; and assisting with load-in, strike, and material transfers from shop to theatres.
The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre or equivalent professional experience with an additional three years of experience working backstage in a theatre. Experience with rigging, scenic construction, furniture repair, props, scenic painting, automated scenery, pyrotechnics, and crew leadership is preferred, in addition to the understanding and application of safe backstage practices. The employee must be able to lift +75 pounds unaided and have a full range of motion, as well as a valid driver’s license and clean driving record in order to operate company vehicles. As the position involves the running of shows and outside events, the employee will often work evening and weekend hours, and may potentially work over 40 hours per week. This is a full-time, seasonal position with excellent benefits.
The Shakespeare Theatre Company seeks a General Manager. This position reports to and works directly with the Senior Director of Administration to oversee and support the general operations of the Theater. The General Manager’s responsibilities include supervising Company Management, general artistic administration, negotiating and preparing contracts, commissions, licensing agreements, supporting season planning, acting as a liaison for all artist unions and the League of Resident Theaters (LORT). Responsibilities also include supporting the senior staff to develop financial strategies including, but not limited to, annual budgeting and capital planning, working with the Senior Director of Administration to assist in the day to day management and operations of the Theater’s finances and other administrative functions.
This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, or Theatre Management . Extensive knowledge of Excel is required. Experience with Great Plains and Tessitura is preferred. Knowledge of GAAP and FASB is preferred, but not mandatory. Preference will be given to candidates with industry knowledge.
Institutional Fundraising Coordinator
The Shakespeare Theatre Company seeks an Institutional Fundraising Coordinator (IFC) to support the day-to-day operations of foundation, government, and corporate fundraising. The IFC will be responsible for researching prospects; writing proposals, letters of inquiry and reports; stewarding grants and managing donor relationships; maintaining Tessitura accounts; and participating at cultivation and fundraising events. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Arts Management, Theatre, Communications or related field and 1-2 years grant writing experience. The IFC must be very detail-oriented, diplomatic and organized and be able to effectively communicate details to other staff members and STC management in a timely manner. Strong interpersonal skills and writing skills, flexibility and willingness to learn and knowledge of Microsoft Office are required, experience with Tessitura or a similar database preferred but not required. In addition to a resume and cover letter, please submit a writing sample (no more than three pages) as well.
Major Gifts Officer
The Shakespeare Theatre Company seeks Major Gifts Officer (MGO) to join our Development Team. The MGO manages a portfolio of donors ($2,500-$50,000) to the STC Annual Fund (approximately $2.5mil), ) including the Bard Association, as well as special projects and capital campaign fundraising. The MGO identifies, cultivates, and solicits new donors to meet approved fundraising targets and plays an integral role in the development of the overall individual giving strategy including planning, programming, and overseeing the execution of annual fundraising campaigns. This role will be critical to developing a portfolio that will contribute to STC’s long-term growth strategy.
The position requires a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent professional experience in English, Theatre, Communications, Business, Marketing, etc. and 3-5 years’ fundraising experience is preferred.
The Shakespeare Theatre Company seeks an Overhire Draper to assist with upcoming productions. Under the direction of the Costume Director, and supervision of the Floor Manager, the Draper will be responsible for the execution of assigned costumes. The draper will lead a 3-4 person team for 2 upcoming productions. This position requires significant experience and training in draping, patterning, fitting. Knowledge of costume construction and period construction techniques required. Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre or Fashion Design OR professional experience of 2-3 years of draping at an equivalent theatre, opera or ballet company. Intermediate/expert skill level and time management skills required. This is a temporary position from January 7 – March 1, 2019, with a weekly schedule of 40 hours per week plus some overtime as needed.
Overhire Scenic Carpenters
The Shakespeare Theatre Company seeks Overhire Scenic Carpenters to assist with our upcoming builds. We are looking for carpenters available from December 17 through February 27; wood-working and/or steel-working experience at a professional theatre preferred.
The Shakespeare Theatre Company seeks an Overhire Shopper to assist with our upcoming productions. Working under the direction of the Resident Costume Design Assistant, the shopper will be responsible for helping to source and purchase for the show, as well as inputting budget information. They will also be responsible for tracking packages and completing returns. Some local in-store purchasing and returning will be required, so knowledge of local stores will be a plus. Other responsibilities may include show paperwork, costume restock, helping facilitate fittings, and other tasks as needed. Valid driver’s license is required. This is a temporary position from January 7th – February 15th, with a weekly schedule of 30 to 40 hours.
The Shakespeare Theatre Company, the nation’s foremost classical theatre located in Washington, D.C., seeks an innovative, experienced Publicist. This is a key position in STC’s Communications Department, reporting directly to the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications. The Publicist is responsible for publicity for all productions, STC special events, and institutional PR opportunities on a regional, national, and international level. A Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Arts Management, Journalism, Communications, or Public Relations with three or more years of professional experience required. Knowledge of and experience in regional theatre PR highly preferred.
Retail Attendant (Part-time)
The Shakespeare Theatre Company is seeking individuals with a love of the Arts for a position with the flexibility to work anywhere from 8 hours to up to 29 hours per week, depending on scheduled events. The Gift Shop Attendant will participate in the set-up and supervision of the gift shop, arrange inventory, advise Manager of any pending shortages; greet guests and explain items for sale with suggestive selling techniques, perform clean-up duties, properly record all transactions and perform accurate cash handling, and demonstrate flexibility by rotating to other locations when necessary. We are especially in need of employees who are available most evenings and weekends in addition to some holidays. Must possess the ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment, as well as have strong interpersonal and communication skills. Knowledge of theatre front of house operations preferred. The ability to stand for long periods of time and some heavy lifting of up to 20 lbs. may be required.
Retail and Concessions Lead (Part-time)
The Shakespeare Theatre Company is seeking individuals with a love of the Arts for a position with the flexibility to work anywhere from 8 hours to up to 29 hours per week, depending on scheduled events. The Retail and Concessions Lead will act as the Manager On Duty, participate in the set-up and supervision of the bars, arrange inventory, oversee and manage the bar staff; communicate any shortages or outages to Managers, greet guests and explain items for sale with suggestive selling techniques, take and prepare orders, perform clean-up duties, properly record all transactions and perform accurate cash handling, prepare cash deposits, and nightly paperwork, and demonstrate flexibility by rotating to other bars when necessary. We are especially in need of employees who are available most evenings and weekends in addition to some holidays. Must possess the ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment, as well as have strong interpersonal and communication skills. Knowledge of theatre front of house operations preferred. The ability to stand for long periods of time and some heavy lifting of up to 20 lbs. may be required.
Stage Operations Supervisor
The Shakespeare Theatre Company seeks candidates for the position of Stage Operations Supervisor. Under general direction, the Stage Operations Supervisor oversees technical stage operations in the theatre facilities of STC. They will oversee run crew, rail and automation operation, and ensure that all scenic elements and properties are maintained to the highest standards. They will communicate and problem-solve frequently with stage operations staff, production staff and other departments. They are responsible for maintaining departmental assets, departmental administration, short and long range scheduling and planning, and hiring and managing staff. Additionally, they will provide assistance with the planning and lead the execution of technical stage elements for special events and a diverse range of outside rentals of the theatre facilities.
The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in technical theatre or equivalent professional experience. An additional 3-5 years of experience as a stage operations supervisor, technical director, production supervisor, crew chief, head carpenter or equivalent in a major theatre, opera, ballet or touring company is preferred. Candidates should have experience with the following knowledge and skills: stage carpentry, rigging, properties maintenance, basic understanding of stage electrics, ability to read and follow technical drawings, and knowledge of motors and automation systems. Proven abilities to work well under pressure and react quickly to changes in a fast moving environment are musts. Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license. Flexibility and the ability to work evenings and weekends as needed is required. Competitive salary and excellent benefits.
The Shakespeare Theatre Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the Shakespeare Theatre Company to employ individuals without regard to gender, race, age, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or any other factor made unlawful under applicable fair employment laws. In accordance with such laws, reasonable accommodations are made for persons with disabilities.