EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNTIES

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California Shakespeare Theater has an inclusive work environment and actively embraces 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.

POSITION OVERVIEW

Full-time, Non-Exempt, Seasonal
The position of Assistant Technical Director (ATD) is a full-time, seasonal position responsible for assisting the Technical Director (TD) in the planning and execution of scenery for the Cal Shakes Scene Shop. This position will also serve as a Project Lead and Carpenter depending on the production schedule and the requirements of each project.

ABOUT CAL SHAKES

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.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Assist the Technical Director
• Assist with technical design and budgeting.
• Complete technical drawings under the guidance of the TD.
• Work closely with the Shop Supervisor and Paint Charge to provide all relevant show specific information and answer questions throughout build, load-in, tech, and strike.
• Attend production meetings and technical rehearsals in coordination with the TD.
• Provide hands on support throughout build, load-in, tech, and strike.
• Assist with financial tracking of show specific expenses.

Serve as a Project Lead
• Serve as the primary contact for project specific communication.
• Serve as the representative of Cal Shakes and our culture.
• Complete technical design and budgeting.
• Complete technical drawings.
• Work closely with the Shop Supervisor and Paint Charge to provide all relevant show specific information and answer questions throughout build, load-in, tech, and strike.
• Attend production meetings and technical rehearsals.
• Provide hands on support throughout build, load-in, tech, and strike.
• Manage the project budget, which includes completing budget projections as necessary to ensure that the project stays on budget.
• Keep the TD informed on progress, safety concerns, budgetary concerns, and work place environment/culture.
• In coordination with the Shop Supervisor, maintain a quality of work that aligns with Cal Shakes standards.

Serve as a Carpenter
• Construct complex scenic elements.
• Ability to problem solve.
• Collaborate with multiple carpenters.
• Continually expand knowledge on materials and processes.
• Participate in truck pack and scenery transport.
• Maintain a quality of work that aligns with Cal Shakes’ standards.

Additional Responsibilities
• Foster a work environment that aligns with the Cal Shakes culture and mission.
• Maintain and improve physical spaces used by production personnel.
• Facilitate a safe environment for all employees and audience members in accordance with fire code, OSHA, union rules, and company policy.
• Complete other tasks as assigned.

Special Environmental Factors

• The Bruns amphitheater is open-air and requires extended standing and walking on uneven surfaces.
• Work at the Bruns 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 local travel is required between the scene shop in Berkeley, the Bruns in Orinda, and theaters throughout the Bay Area.

QUALIFICATIONS

You are an ideal candidate if you:

• Have experience drafting with AutoCAD
• Are skilled in carpentry, metal fabrication, and rigging.
• Have experience in scenery construction, general construction, metal fabrication, or a related field.
• Have experience in technical design, engineering, or a related field.
• Have experience working with a variety of materials.
• Have a demonstrated ability to problem solve.
• Are proficient in the safe use of power tools.
• Are proficient in Microsoft office.
• Enjoy working in a creative, collaborative, fast-paced atmosphere and contribute to the creation of a positive work environment.
• Share a respect for diverse backgrounds and voices and a commitment to inclusion and equity.
• Have experience driving with trailers and 24’ trucks.

Supervision:  Reports to the Technical Director

Compensation: This is a full-time, non-exempt position with a contract length of up to one year. Salary range is $20 – $22/hour.

This position will be open until December 30th, 2019.

Please submit cover letter and resume to:
Steven Schmidt
Technical Director
California Shakespeare Theater
701 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94710

Or email: sschmidt@calshakes.org (please put “Carpenter Search” in subject line)

POSITION OVERVIEW

Full-time, Non-Exempt, Seasonal
The position of Carpenter is a full-time, seasonal position responsible for the construction of scenery and maintenance of the scene shop tools and equipment. The Carpenter will assist in the oversight and instruction of shop assistants. The Carpenter reports to the Shop Supervisor.

ABOUT CAL SHAKES

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.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Fulfillment of these responsibilities is accomplished in the following ways:
• Construct complex scenic elements.
• Ability to problem solve.
• Collaborate with multiple carpenters.
• Continually expand knowledge on materials and processes.
• Participate in truck pack and scenery transport.
• Maintain a quality of work that aligns with Cal Shakes standards.

Special Environmental Factors: 

• The Bruns amphitheater is open-air and requires extended standing and walking on uneven surfaces.
• Work at the Bruns 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 local travel is required between the scene shop in Berkeley, the Bruns in Orinda, and theaters throughout the Bay Area.

QUALIFICATIONS

You are an ideal candidate if you:

• Are skilled in carpentry, metal fabrication, and rigging.
• Have experience in scenery construction, general construction, metal fabrication, or a related field.
• Have experience working with a variety of materials.
• Are proficient in the safe use of a wide range of power tools.
• Enjoy working in a creative, collaborative, fast-paced atmosphere and contribute to the creation of a positive work environment.
• Share a respect for diverse backgrounds and voices and a commitment to inclusion and equity.
• Have experience driving with trailers and 24’ trucks.

Supervision:  Reports to the Shop Supervisor

Compensation: This is a full-time, non-exempt position with a contract length of up to one year. Salary range is $18 – $20/hour.

This position will be open until December 30th, 2019.

Please submit cover letter and resume to:
Steven Schmidt
Technical Director
California Shakespeare Theater
701 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94710

Or email: sschmidt@calshakes.org (please put “Carpenter Search” in subject line)

POSITION OVERVIEW

Seasonal, Non-Exempt Employee
California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) is looking for detail-oriented, resourceful, and collaborative Costume Apprentice for our 2020 season. This position is an introduction into the rhythm and protocols of a professional costume shop. The Costume Apprentice will work on all productions under the guidance of the Costume Director and in association with Assistant Costume Designers, and Professional Drapers. The Costume Apprentice will participate in fittings as well as the swatching, shopping, and pulling of costumes. Participants will get hands-on experience with stitching, alterations, craft work, and fabric manipulation. This position will also provide an introduction to the technical rehearsal process as well as to the functions and operations of wardrobe, quick changes, and production meetings. Also, the opportunity

ABOUT CAL SHAKES

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.

Time Commitment: 30-40 hours per week.

Duration: April 28th, 2020 through September 26th, 2020; flexibility around start and end dates might be possible.

Supervision: The Costume Apprentice reports to the Costume Director.

QUALIFICATIONS

You are an ideal candidate if you:

• Share with us a respect for diverse backgrounds and voices and a commitment to inclusion and equity
• Enjoy working in a diverse, creative, collaborative, and fast-paced environment
• Are self-motivated, responsible, and highly creative.
• Have an understanding of fashion styles, costume history and terminology.
• Have Costume Design experience or completed upper-division design courses is a requirement for this position.
• Have sewing and costume construction skills.

Special Environmental Factors: 

• The Bruns amphitheater is open-air and requires extended standing and walking on uneven surfaces.
• Work at the Bruns 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 local travel is required between the scene shop in Berkeley, the Bruns in Orinda, and theaters throughout the Bay Area.

This position will be open until March 1st.

Please submit cover letter and resume to:
Naomi Arnst
Costume Director
Cal Shakes
701 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94710
Email: narnst@calshakes.org (please put “Costume Apprentice Search” in subject line)

NOTE: Applicants must provide availability between May 19th, 2020 through October 18th, 2020 in cover letter.

POSITION OVERVIEW

Seasonal, Non-Exempt Employee
California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) is looking for detail-oriented, resourceful, and collaborative Costume Wardrobe Dresser (also known as Wardrobe Run Crew, Costumier) for our 2020 season. The Wardrobe Dresser works with the Wardrobe Lead to implement the care, use and wearing of finished costumes, wigs and make-up in technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, previews and performances.

ABOUT CAL SHAKES

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES
• Checks in and reviews costumes prior to each rehearsal and performance, and post-performance before dressing room lock up.
• Helps Maintain assigned Dressing rooms, Quick change areas and Wardrobe rooms.
• Assist performers in dressing into and out of costumes, wigs, hair pieces, and make-up.
• Presets and retrieves costumes an any other accessories for quick changes.
• Advises Wardrobe Lead on matters of specific rigging or actor comfort as necessary.
• Cleans and maintains wigs and hair pieces, according to directions form Wig Master and Wardrobe Lead.
• Assists with the application of any specialty make-up as instructed by the Wig Master, or under the guides of Wardrobe Lead.
• Assists Wardrobe Lead with costume maintenance notes, and costume care and prep for the production.
• Maintains a calm, professional demeanor for performers in their care.
• Performs other duties as assigned by Wardrobe Lead, or Wig Master.

Time Commitment: 30-40 hours per week; with occasional overtime.

Duration: 3-5 months between May 19th 2020, and October 18th 2020.

Supervision: The Wardrobe-Dresser position is supervised by the Costume Director and Wardrobe Lead.

QUALIFICATIONS

You are an ideal candidate if you:

• Share with us a respect for diverse backgrounds and voices and a commitment to inclusion and equity.
• Enjoy working in a diverse, creative, collaborative, and fast-paced environment.
• Are self-motivated, responsible, and highly creative.
• Have prior Backstage Costume, Wig and Make-Up related experience.
• Have demonstrated Wig and Hair Styling experience.
• Have demonstrated experience in Make-Up application.
• Have basic sewing skills as they relate to repairs and quick-change rigging.
• Work as a team player.
• Remain calm during high-pressure quick-change situations.
• Have good interpersonal, communication, organizational, and time management skills.

Special Environmental Factors: 

• The Bruns amphitheater is open-air and requires extended standing and walking on uneven surfaces.
• Work at the Bruns 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 local travel is required

This position will be open until March 1st.

Please submit cover letter and resume to:
Naomi Arnst
Costume Director
Cal Shakes
701 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94710
Email: narnst@calshakes.org (please put “Costume Apprentice Search” in subject line)

NOTE: Applicants must provide availability between May 19th, 2020 through October 18th, 2020 in cover letter.

POSITION OVERVIEW

Seasonal, Non-Exempt position
California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) is looking for a detail-oriented, resourceful, adaptive, and collaborative Properties Master. This is a seasonal, non-exempt position that reports to the Production Manager (PM). The Props Master is charged primarily with budgeting, tracking, building, fabricating, and executing properties requirements for the Theater’s Main Stage season. The Props Master also offers occasional support as requested for projects in other departments at Cal Shakes and cultivates relationships with other Bay Area arts organizations and artists, working with the production manager to provide rental of props when available.

ABOUT CAL SHAKES

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.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Project Management – 70% of work time

FINANCIAL:

• Track labor of the Properties Artisan, Properties Assistant, and over hire props staff.

• Work with the Production Manager to create yearly budgets for the prop shop.

• Track all props expenses and purchases, both for productions and prop shop maintenance.

• Create props lists and budgets for each of the mainstage shows.

• Adhere to departmental budgets in accordance with the Production Manager’s direction.

• Execute the shows within the budgets, as discussed with the Production Manager.

PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT:

• Train and supervise personnel. This includes helping recruit available labor including props artisan, assistant props artisan, and over hire.

• Cultivate relationships with artists and craftspeople with potentially beneficial skills.

• Delegate tasks to prop staff to effectively execute production and shop needs.

PROPERTIES MANAGEMENT:

• Lead all prop-related purchases, construction, alterations, and rentals.

• Help to supply rehearsal properties as requested by Stage Management, and working to keep the lines of communication open and functioning between the Stage management team and the prop shop.

• Coordinate and perform all load in, notes, and strike calls while prioritizing safe practices in an outdoor environment.

• Work to communicate all Props Department’s needs, activities, and resources to appropriate parties including the designers, director, and theatre staff in a timely manner.

• Lead all prop-related purchases, construction, alterations, and rentals.

Prop Shop Management – 30% of work time

• Implement and maintain appropriate safety protocols in accordance with legal guidelines and company policy.

• Maintain the prop workshop and stock.
Create and maintain an accurate inventory of tools and materials.

• Provide props support for other theater events and projects as requested.

• Provide support to Cal Shakes events.

• Other tasks as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

You are an ideal candidate if you:

• Share with us a respect for diverse backgrounds and voices and a commitment to inclusion and equity.

• Enjoy working in a diverse, creative, collaborative and fast-paced environment.

• Have a minimum of two years’ management experience with strong team building and management skills.

• Have experience with carpentry, scenic/prop building, and welding.

• Have the ability to navigate smoothly through high pressure situations.

• Have experience with Google Suite, including Google Sheets and Google Docs.

• Have experience creating and reading drafting, being able to draft in Vectorworks and AutoCAD is a plus.

• Have experience with Photoshop or similar Adobe Creative Suite product.

• Be comfortable working at heights and be able to lift 30 pounds.

• Have good time management & punctuality.

• Have a valid driver’s license.

• Have previous outdoor theater experience is a plus.

Special Environmental Factors

• Theater is open-air with extended standing and walking on uneven surfaces and stairs.

• Work at the theater includes exposure to sunlight, and hot and cold weather for extended periods of time.

• Variable schedule requires evening and weekend hours during load-ins and technical rehearsals.

• Some local travel between the scene shop in Berkeley and the theater in Orinda.

Supervision: This position reports to the Production Manager.

Position: The Props Master will be contracted from April 1 through October 31, 2020 and will be guaranteed up to 40 hours/week.

Salary: The hourly rate starts at $22 and is based on experience.

Application deadline: December 20, 2019. Cal Shakes is unable to provide local housing or travel assistance.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and references to productionjobs@calshakes.org with “Properties Master” in the subject line.

POSITION OVERVIEW

Seasonal, Non-Exempt Employee
California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) is looking for a detail-oriented, resourceful, adaptive, and collaborative Stage Management Apprentices (SM Apprentice) for our 2020 season. The SM Apprentice works closely with the Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager/Production Assistant on all aspects of managing the rehearsal process for Main Stage productions. The SM Apprentice learns professional methods of all stage management tasks, including preparing rehearsal reports; running rehearsals; taking line notes and communicating rehearsal needs to various production departments. In tech and performance, the SM Apprentice serves as an additional member of the backstage crew, assisting the Assistant Stage Manager/Production Assistant with the run and maintenance of the show. This Apprenticeship is designed to be a training springboard to the professional Stage Management world. Demonstrated experience in college or community-level stage management is required.

ABOUT CAL SHAKES

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.

TIME COMMITMENT:  Up to 52 hours per week during Rehearsals and during tech up to 72 hours per week, Tuesdays – Sundays with Mondays off.

Duration:  2 months; in order to be considered, an applicant must have full availability for one of the following production time periods.

Oresteia: June 2nd through August 2nd

1001 Nights: July 14th through September 14th

 

QUALIFICATIONS

You are an ideal candidate if you:

• Share the institutional values of equity, diversity and inclusion, have previously demonstrated commitment to those values, and will possess understanding and self-awareness of power and privilege
• Enjoy working in a diverse, creative, collaborative, and fast-paced environment
• Have solid written and verbal communication skills
• Have strong organizational skills
• Have good time management and punctuality
• Are willing and able to work collaboratively with others
• Demonstrated experience in college- or community-level stage management required.

Supervision:  Production Stage Manager oversees this position.

Compensation:  Paid at the prevailing minimum wage, overtime paid at time and a half.

Application deadline: FEBRUARY 6th, 2020.
NOTE: applicants must provide availability between June 2nd, 2020 and September 14th, 2020 in cover letter.

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Laxmi Kumaran lkumaran@calshakes.org with “SM Apprentice” in the subject line.

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