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Cal Shakes’ productions are performed at the 545-seat Bruns Amphitheater which is located in the Orinda Hills. Our rehearsals take place at our Berkeley venue which houses our offices, rehearsal hall, Costume Shop, Prop Shop, and our Scenic and Paint shops.





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.

• 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:  productionjobs@calshakes.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.



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: productionjobs@calshakes.org (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.


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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.

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