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Join the team! Cal Shakes is currently hiring for a number of seasonal and over-hire positions in-person at our 545-seat Bruns Amphitheater, which is located in the Orinda Hills.
SEASONAL JOB OPENINGS
Part-time, Seasonal, Non-Exempt
California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) is looking for a detail-oriented, adaptive, and collaborative A1. This is a seasonal, non-exempt position that reports to the Head of Sound. The A1 acts as Sound Mixer for the mainstage production, will A1 or A2 rentals as necessary, and will assit on all load ins, strikes, and change overs throughout the season. The A1 also offers occasional support as requested for projects in other departments at Cal Shakes.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Live mixing and operation of sound board for all techs and performances.
• Oversees preparation of wireless microphones for all performances and tech runs.
• Attends post tech meetings as needed.
• Maintain effective communication with the Stage Manager, Designers, Directors and other running crew members, to ensure smooth installation and operation of sound department needs on a production.
• Responsible for pre-show checks, maintenance, and repair of all equipment during the run of a show with the assistance of the A2.
• Organizing technical support for other theater events and projects, including Grove Talks and rentals, as requested.
• Other tasks as assigned.
You are an ideal candidate if:
• Share with us a respect for diverse backgrounds and voices and a commitment to inclusion and equity.
• Have experience and/or professional-level training with wireless microphones, live mixing, and digital mixing boards.
• Have Mac and PC computer skills, ability to assess, design and install plots, familiarity with LCS, Qlab, Protools and other standard audio and video editing programs.
• Have good time management & punctuality.
• Comfort working at heights preferred
• Previous outdoor theater experience preferred, but not required
• Have a valid driver’s license.
Special Environmental Factors
• Theater is open-air and requires extended standing and walking on uneven surfaces.
• Work at the theater includes exposure to sunlight and hot weather for extended periods of time.
• Variable schedule, requires evening and weekend hours during load-ins and technical rehearsals. Some evening calls can end as late as 2am.
The A1 will be contracted from May 1st through October 31st and will be guaranteed work during tech and the run of The Winter’s Tale (dates below). Additional events and rentals will be scheduled one month in advance. Schedule for May 1 – May 30 is below.
Compensation: The hourly rate is between $20 per hour and is based on experience. Cal Shakes is unable to provide local housing or travel assistance.
Deadline: April 30, 2021.
Please submit cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org (with “A1 Search” in the subject header).
2021 Show Dates:
The Winter’s Tale: 1st Rehearsal-July 28th / 1st Tech-August 18th / 1st Preview- August 26th / Opening-Sept 1 / Closing-October 10 / Possible Extension closing – October 17
May 1 – May 30:
Load in is April 26th – May 13th, depending on start date and availability, A1 will have at least 40 hours of work for load in.
From May 14th – May 31st – the A1 will have approximately 20 hours of work per week
Schedule specifics will be discussed during interview and hiring process.
House Associate 2021 – part-time, seasonal
Under the direction of the House Manager (HM), House Associates are responsible for the efficient operation of all Front of House activities and audience comfort and safety at our 545-seat outdoor venue. House Associates staff both rental events and Cal Shakes productions including Student Matinees. House Associates will need to be prepared to welcome patrons to the Bruns, assist patrons by answering questions and helping them to their seats and other duties requested by the HM, such as maintaining the facilities and assisting with daily reports.
Applicants must be able to: demonstrate diplomatic, tactful customer service and event management techniques; think on their feet and problem-solve in a calm, professional manner; act professionally under pressure and meet tight nightly deadlines. House Associates should be prepared to work closely with a team and demonstrate the ability to work well with others. Comfort and interest to work as a bartender or in concessions on occasion is a plus. Interest in theater and experience in customer service, house and/or event management preferred. Must be able to dependably work nights and weekends.
California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) is looking for a detail-oriented, adaptive, and collaborative Line Producer (LP) for our Shahrazad Squad (ShahSquad). This is a part time, seasonal, non-exempt position that reports to the Lead Artist for the Shahrazad Squad, Raeshma Razvi. The LP will be responsible for liaising between the Cal Shakes staff and Raeshma and support in the development and producing of ShahSquad events and programs.
About the Shahrazad Squad
The Squad originated in 2018 as Cal Shakes began developing ‘1001 Nights’ for the stage with an all-MENASA (Middle East, North African, South Asian) artistic team. As a parallel community-based project inspired by the character of Shahrazad, Raeshma brought together Bay Area MENASA women creatives and change-agents for intimate dialogues on leadership, creativity and social change. With the theatrical production of ‘1001 Nights: A Retelling’ on temporary hold, the Squad continues its evolution as a community, with both virtual and IRL activities/events, focused on building a story-based supportive network with/for MENASA women creatives and change-agents. With funding from Doris Duke Foundation’s Building Bridges program, the Squad will expand into the Midwest, adding new participants and new events. www.shahrazadsquad.org
Position Duties and Responsibilities
- Assist Lead Artist in producing virtual events, including an ‘In Conversation’ series, story circles and other workshops. Many events will launch from within a Mighty Networks community platform, which will require learning and use of this platform
- Assistant produce and possibly lead produce 4-6 live events in the Bay Area, and in Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit/Ann Arbor
- Help identify, recruit and engage MENASA individual participants and cultural organizational partnerships; and help create and maintain dynamic lists and directories
- Help manage adaptive timelines with multiple project tasks and deliverables that include groundwork for content like podcasts, card decks and story circles
- Liaise between Lead Artist and Cal Shakes teams, and participate in Cal Shakes producers’ meetings
- Help manage and track project budget/expenses on multiple grants
- Assist in documentation of some activities, for PR or grant reporting as it relates to the ShahSquad
- Help manage event information with publicity team
- Other tasks as assigned.
You are an ideal candidate if you:
- Share with us a respect for diverse backgrounds and voices and a commitment to inclusion and equity
- Share a commitment to the arts as a tool for social impact
- Have experience with community organizing, engagement, and/or outreach or with community-based organizations
- Embrace change and experimentation and be able to adjust to rapidly evolving programming
- Enjoy collaborating with others
- Have strong written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail
- Have experience working with the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel), the G Suite (Docs, Spreadsheet, Drive), and social media
Of particular importance include:
- Demonstrated project management and organizational skills
- Excel at helping concretely manifest and organize diverse creative ideas
- Demonstrated experience in/with MENASA communities is a plus, especially in the Bay or in the Midwest
- Facility with or interest in virtual platforms/tools (Zoom, Instagram, Facebook groups, Mighty Networks or other digital platforms)
- Demonstrated line-producing and/or group facilitation experience
- Cultivated interest in new creative challenges, and patience in the work required to build something new with new people
- Practice time management & punctuality; and can help others stay on track
Special Environmental Factors
- Variable schedule, some evening and weekend hours; able to coordinate some work/events on Eastern and Central time
- Must be able to work independently and offsite, with reliable computer/internet
- Work on site at the Bruns Amphitheater may be required from time to time, but this is currently a remote position
- Candidate should be comfortable working at a computer for an entire day
- Primarily local travel with the possibility of out of town travel for specific projects
- Amphitheater is open-air with extended standing and walking on uneven surfaces
Preference is for someone based in the Bay Area. The LP will be contracted approximately from July 19, 2021 through Dec 31, 2022 on a part time basis. (This is a grant-funded position)
The hourly rate is $20-23/hr and is based on experience and will work 5-20 hours per week. This position reports to the Artistic Producer.
Application deadline: June 30, 2021. Cal Shakes is unable to provide local housing or travel assistance.
Please submit cover letter and résumé to: email@example.com (with “ShahSquad Line Producer Application” in the subject header.
The Production & Operations Coordinator position is an entry-level, seasonal position in the Production and General Management departments, reporting to the Interim Production Manager (IPM) and General Manager (GM). The Production/Operations Coordinator is charged primarily with working to coordinate production, administration, and finance management logistics for the Production and General Management teams. They also assist in the administrative activities of rental and event management. This entry-level position is ideal for someone interested in production, stage, company, general or event management.
Administrative Support 50% of work time
- Assist the IPM with the coordination of mainstage staff, rentals, facilities/operations, and production meetings
- Assist the IPM with the documentation and distribution of meeting notes
- Assist the IPM with the planning and implementation of production or logistical support for Cal Shakes events in collaboration with other departments
- Assist the IPM with the planning and execution of special events including concerts, fundraisers, staged readings, workshops and educational programs which require production or logistical support
- Assist the IPM with the maintenance of the master season calendars and individual show/events calendars
- Assist with the coordination of work flow among Production/ General Management and to department heads
- Invoice and track rental event payments
- Maintain rental event folders, schedules, details, and documentation
- Assist GM withrental events execution and renter correspondances
- Other duties as assigned
Financial Support 20% of work time
- Manage and execute day-to-day administrative tasks such processing invoices and check requests, reconciling expenses, and other tasks within the department
- Assist with monthly expense tracking, projections and reports
Production/Tech Support 25% of work time
- Provide production support for rehearsal, tech, and performance periods as needed; remain on site at the theater for load-in, tech, and preview, performances, and rentals in rotation with the IPM, and GM.
- Track and maintaining the production/operations supplies inventory at the theater and rehearsal hall
- Possibly serve as the on-book prompter during tech rehearsals, by reading along to the script during rehearsals and feeding actors lines
- Serve as an additional liaison between the Theater and rentals.
- Manage rentals day of onsite, as assigned by the IPM.
Other 5% of work time
- Represent Cal Shakes at company functions, as assigned
- Participate in company-wide projects such as the Diversity & Inclusion Workgroup,, and others
Ideal candidates will:
- Have strong written and verbal communication skills
- Have experience in administration and people management
- Have strong organizational skills
- Have a willingness to learn
- Have a valid driver’s license
- Previous outdoor theater experience preferred
- General knowledge pertaining to aspects in technical theater—i.e. lighting, sound, costumes, scenic preferred
Special Environmental Factors:
- Our location is an outdoor, open air theater in Orinda (frequent travel may be required)
- Fast-paced, open office environment, frequent interruptions, background noise.
- It shares space with shops that use industrial products and power tools
- Outdoor theater space with hills, uneven terrain, and environmental factors (wind, weather, etc.)
- Some areas in both locations have limited accessibility, please feel free to ask for more specifics
- Variable schedule, some evening and weekend hours are required
- Must be able to work independently
This position reports to: Interim Production Manager and General Manager
The Production/Operations Coordinator contract will run from hiring until October 31, 2021. This is a full-time, seasonal, non-exempt position.
The hourly rate is $18/hour.
Application deadline: June 15 th, 2021. Cal Shakes is unable to provide local housing or travel assistance.
Please submit cover letter and résumé to:
firstname.lastname@example.org (with “Production & Operations Coordinator Search” in the subject header)
Summer Shuttle Driver – part-time, seasonal
Safe and timely transport of audience members from Orinda Bart to and from Cal Shakes; Bruns Amphitheater on an as needed basis from May – October.
A Class B license is required for this position. Cal Shakes will consider covering the cost of getting this license for qualified applicants.
OVER-HIRE JOB OPENINGS
Cal Shakes is seeking to update and expand their pool of over hire technical staff for its 2021 season. We are looking for over hire technicians in electrics, carpentry, props, audio, and production.
Special Environmental Factors: Depending on the position, work may include extended standing and walking on uneven surfaces, and working at heights. The theater is outdoors and includes exposure to sunlight and hot weather for extended periods of time. Variable schedule, may require evening and weekend hours.
The ideal candidate will:
● Share a respect for a diversity of backgrounds and voices.
● Have good communication skills.
● Be punctual and detail-oriented.
● Follow equipment safety procedures, always.
● Be timely with all projects but do not rush.
● Be able to work independently and in a team setting.
● Ability to lift 25-50 pounds preferred.
● Comfort working at heights preferred.
● Be comfortable working outdoors, in hot and cold weather.
● Be comfortable with extended standing and walking on uneven surfaces.
● Previous outdoor theater experience is a plus, but not required.
Hours will vary as needed, and may include nights, weekends, and holidays. Our 2021 season begins in May and ends in October of 2021.
These are ongoing, hourly wage positions. A background in theater is not required.
Please submit cover letter and résumé to: email@example.com (with “Overhire Technician Search” in the subject header). In your cover letter, please note which department(s) you would be interested in working as a part of.
Candidates should enjoy working in a diverse, creative, collaborative, and fast-paced environment. Have a minimum of one-year professional experience or equivalent educational experience working as an electrician with basic electrics troubleshooting skills. Have experience and/or professional-level training with a variety of lighting equipment, including conventionals, LED’s, and practicals, and ETC family consoles.
Candidates should have experience in scenery construction, general construction, metal fabrication, or a related field. Be proficient in the safe use of a wide range of power tools.
Candidates have skills including (but not limited to) carpentry, welding, sewing and fabric crafts, foam carving, painting, shopping, and general fabrication.
Candidates have a basic knowledge of sound gear and can lift at least 30lbs over head. Knowledge of Meyer equipment and Dmitri processing is a plus.
Candidates have a background or interest in theater, stage management, company management, or production management.
About Cal Shakes (what to know when joining the team!)
Description: Launched in 1974, Cal Shakes is a major Bay Area theater that, guided by the artistic direction of Obie Award-winning Eric Ting, has emerged as a leader in promoting Equity in theater and incorporating the voices and perspectives of community partners in the works on our stage. California Shakespeare Theater strives for an inclusive work environment and works to actively embrace a diversity of people, ideas, talents, and experiences. We highly encourage people of color, individuals with disabilities, and other historically underrepresented groups in our community to apply.
Mission: Cal Shakes redefines the classical theater for the 21st Century, making works of extraordinary artistry that engage with our contemporary moment so we might learn about ourselves and each other in the fullness of our world.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement: At Cal Shakes, we believe that equity is a practice. Our actions—both onstage and off—can have a positive social impact by exposing oppression, addressing historic injustices, and showing how power can be transformed and shared in different ways. We work to dismantle systemic bias by actively including, reflecting, and creating opportunities for our diverse Bay Area communities. We recognize that this work is ongoing and often imperfect, but we are committed to facilitating respect for the many facets of the human experience.