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Thank you for your interest in interning at Cal Shakes! At Cal Shakes, we center equity and sustainability in our working practices. In 2018 we transitioned our internship program to entry-level positions.  If you are looking for a first-hand experience please check out the job openings above. We offer many over-hire and seasonal positions in box office, front of house, and production that will allow you to get a rewarding experience at Cal Shakes.

About Cal Shakes: With a 545-seat outdoor performance venue in Orinda, CA; and education and community programs throughout the Bay Area, Cal Shakes expands access to and relevance of the arts by fostering a participatory culture among a diversity of audiences, artists, and learners. 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.

Theater is people. We strive for a work environment in which everyone feels encouraged to bring their whole self to work. Cal Shakes promotes transparency and staff access to decision-making through organization-wide meetings that invite participation from all staff regardless of seniority or position. We embrace a diversity of people, ideas, talents, and experiences and work to create a space where people have a sense of belonging. 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.

Vaccination Policy: Cal Shakes is a fully vaccinated and boosted workplace. 

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.

2022 Show Dates for season positions:

  • Romeo y Juliet: 1st Rehearsal- April 18 / 1st Tech-May 17/ 1st Preview-May25 / Opening-June 1 / Closing-June 19 / Possible Extension closing – June 26

  • Lear: 1st Rehearsal-August 2 / 1st Tech-August 30 / 1st Preview-September 7 / Opening-September 4 / Closing-October 2/ Possible Extension closing – October 16

Front of House Associate (downloadable PDF)

Overview:

Under the direction of the House Manager, Front of House Associates (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 rental events, Cal Shakes productions (including Student Matinees) in all areas of the front of house experience. House Associates welcome patrons to the Bruns, assist patrons by answering questions, helping patrons to their seats, working in our cafe, and perform other duties requested by the HM. House Associates provide an inclusive and positive environment and stellar customer service to all of our guests at the Bruns.

This is a great opportunity for students interested in a first hand experience working at a professional theater company. It is also suited for candidates with a strong commitment to customer service and experience in theater house management, special events management, catering, bartending, or hotel hospitality services.

As a member of the Cal Shakes staff, you’ll receive complimentary tickets to our productions. You’ll also have the opportunity to engage in company dialogues about the art we create and the communities we touch

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Serve as an usher, ticket taker, cafe associate for events
    Maintain and enforce policies and procedures for audiences.
  • Communicate with patrons and artists in a positive and professional manner.
  • Provide a joyful and positive experience for every guest who joins us.
  • Execute other duties as assigned.

Qualifications
You are an ideal candidate if you:

  • Share a respect for diversity of backgrounds and voices.
  • Have solid team playing skills and the ability to adapt.
  • Can think on your feet and problem-solve in a calm, professional manner.
  • Exercise good judgment and give appropriate consideration to others when working with the public
  • Are comfortable working outside with an unpredictable climate
  • Dependably can work week nights; preference will be given to applicants who can work through late October, including Student Matinee staffing.

Special Environmental Factors

  • Position requires night and weekend hours at our outdoor Amphitheater in Orinda.
  • At the Bruns Amphitheater: extended standing, walking on uneven ground (hills, gravel, and rocks), working outdoors with no effective protection from weather for extended periods of time.
  • The Bruns Amphitheater is most accessible by car. It is preferable that the employee have access to and operate a car in order to work at the Amphitheater, but Cal Shakes may be able to accommodate alternatives

Position Details

  • Time Commitment: 15-25 hours per week, with possible additional hours during the season. Night and weekend schedule required.
  • Duration: Part-time, seasonal position (May through October)
  • Reports to: House Manager
  • Salary: $17/hour
  • Vaccination Policy: Cal Shakes is a fully vaccinated workplace. Full vaccination, including up to date booster dose(s), is required of all employees with accommodations made for sincerely held religious beliefs and medical exemptions.

To apply: Email your cover letter and resume to info@calshakes.org with “2022 House Associate application” in the subject line.

The Organization
Description: With an outdoor main stage performance venue in Orinda and community programs throughout the Bay Area, Cal Shakes expands access to and relevance of the arts by fostering a participatory culture among a diversity of audiences, artists, and learners throughout the Bay Area. 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.

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 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 endeavor 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.

California Shakespeare Theater is an equal opportunity employer. We have an inclusive work environment and actively embrace a diversity of people, ideas, talents and experiences. People of color are encouraged to apply.

For more information about Cal Shakes, please visit our website at http://www.calshakes.org

Thank you for your interest in joining the team at Cal Shakes!

Please submit cover letter and résumé via email to: info@calshakes.org

Box Office Associate (downloadable PDF)

Overview:

We seek a dynamic customer service professionals to join our box office. Come work in a relaxed but fast paced environment engaging with the public as the first point of contact that sets the tone for their experience with our theater. As a member of the Cal Shakes staff, you’ll receive complimentary reservations to our online offerings as well as tickets to any live productions we produce. You’ll also have the opportunity to engage in company dialogues about the art we create and the communities we touch.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Process any ticket, online reservation, or membership orders using our ticketing software (Audience View Unlimited)
  • Assist patrons with information about the plays, online offerings, box office policies, amenities, and the Bruns site, including directions to the theater and information about our Covid 19 Safety precautions.
  • Handle customer service issues at point of contact when possible. 
  • Aid patrons using our sales website. 
  • Maintain familiarity with the website and the web sales process. 
  • Keep careful notes, track questions, and follow up on issues with the Box Office Manager.
  • With the Box Office Manager, prepare, maintain and update an FAQ sheet to use as a resource for answering patron questions -including rentals and other events on the grounds
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications 

  • Share a respect for a diversity of backgrounds.
  • Enjoy working in a creative, collaborative, fast-paced environment.
  • Interact well with the public and provide excellent customer service. 
  • Prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously. 
  • Be computer literate and adept at learning new software, especially database/CRM software.
  • Be able to make decisions and work under pressure with poise and diplomacy while without supervision.
  • Maintain a strong attention to detail. 
  • Be able to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays. 
  • Possess excellent communication skills, especially communication via email and telephone.
  • Bilingual candidates are ideal.

Special Environmental Factors:

  • Sustained posture in a seated position for prolonged periods of time and must be able to withstand extended viewing of computer screens. 
  • Typical schedule is Monday-Friday, 12-5PM, with some early mornings, evenings, and weekends, as necessary. During the performance season (May-Oct), hours extend to either 12-6PM or 1-8PM. 
  • Cal Shakes’ theater space is located outdoors. Work at the theater may include extended standing, walking on uneven ground (hills, gravel, and rocks), working outdoors with no effective protection from weather for extended periods of time. Cal Shakes will accommodate alternatives as needed for accessibility.
  • The Bruns Amphitheater is most accessible by car. It is preferable that the employee have access to and operate an automobile in order to work at the Amphitheater site, but Cal Shakes may be able to accomodate alternatives. 

Reports to: Box Office Manager.

Salary: $18/hour 

Position: This position starts as a part-time position of 12 to 20 hours per week on-site. Cal Shakes is a fully vaccinated workplace. Full vaccination, including up to date booster dose(s),  is required of all employees with accommodations made for sincerely held religious beliefs and medical exemptions. 

To apply: Email your cover letter, and resume to boxoffice@calshakes.org.

Facilities Technician  (downloadable PDF)

Overview:

The Facilities Technician is a seasonal, part-time job reporting to the General Manager. They are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the Bruns Amphitheater, an outdoor venue, in Orinda. They ensure that the venue and office is kept in good, safe working, and aesthetically pleasing conditions throughout the season.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Day to Day Duties: The Facilities Technician will be responsible for the day to day support of facilities department. Tasks include but are not limited to: oversight and maintenance of waste management (trash, yard, compost, recycling and hazardous material), monitoring water tanks and septic system, power washing the plaza, cleaning chairs and tables, leaf blowing the facility, refill water coolers, refill first aid kits, and other duties as requested.
  • Perform maintenance and repairs that do not require a contractor (e.g: minor plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting landscaping repairs)
  • Occasional Event support: Build out staffing schedules, coordinate with the renter on site visits, onsite representative of Cal Shakes pre and post events with the renter, run errands as needed.
  • Special Facilities Projects: The Facilities Technician should be comfortable with leading special projects related to maintaining the facility
  • Vendor management: Facilities Technician should be comfortable with contacting, scheduling and managing vendors for onsite services such as Janitorial service, plumbing support and golf cart maintenance.
  • Supply Ordering: Facilities Technician should be comfortable in ordering and purchasing supplies for routine maintenance, special projects and general ongoing support.
  • Production and Scenic support: Facilities Staff will work to provide interdepartmental support to aid in events and productions.
  • Coordination between Cal Shakes departments for ongoing production and event support, including Student Matinees, Summer Conservatory, and donor cultivation events.

Qualifications:
You are an ideal candidate if you:

  • Share a respect for a diversity of backgrounds and voices. Diversity encompasses race, gender, ethnic
    group, culture, age, personality, thinking style, education and background.
  • Enjoy working in a creative, collaborative, fast-paced atmosphere and contribute to the creation of a positive work environment
  • Are proactive, flexible, self-disciplined and reliable
  • Have a familiarity with building systems such as HVAC, plumbing, etc.
  • Have experience using tools such as power tools and landscaping tools.
  • Are comfortable driving motorized vehicles. The position requires the technician to frequently drive a golf cart and Cushman around the property.
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills, ability to prioritize and are organized
  • Basic computer skills, including email, Word and Excel.
  • Have a valid CA driver’s license
    • Class B Driver’s License is welcomed but not required.
  • Experience in facilities, stage carpentry or maintenance work, preferably in an outdoor setting, is welcomed but not required
Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to bend, lift up to 50 lbs, carry, and climb ladders
Special Environment Factors:
  • Mostly outdoor work activity, heavy lifting, walking on uneven ground. The work week is potentially flexible and will vary.
  • Position requires daytime hours, and some evening or weekend hours at our outdoor Amphitheater site in Orinda.
  • Work at the theater includes exposure to sunlight, and hot and cold weather for extended periods of time.
  • Efficient execution of the job during the season requires that the employee have access to and operate an
    automobile.
  • The theater is nestled in the hills of Orinda and a beautiful place to work!
Supervision:
  • This position is supervised by the General Manager
Other Details:
  • Time Commitment: 16-35 hours per week
  • Duration: Immediately through October, with potential to become a year-round position Compensation: The pay range is between $18-$22/hour DOE.

Cal Shakes is a fully vaccinated workplace. Full vaccination is required of all employees with exemptions made for sincerely held religious beliefs and medical exemptions

To apply: Email a cover letter and resume to Kyle Fischer, General Manager, kfischer@calshakes.org

About Cal Shakes:
With a 545-seat outdoor performance venue in Orinda, CA; and education and community programs throughout the Bay Area, Cal Shakes expands access to and relevance of the arts by fostering a participatory culture among a diversity of audiences, artists, and learners. 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.

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 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 endeavor 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.

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.

Facilities Assistant (downloadable PDF)

Overview: 

California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) is looking for a Facilities Assistant to join our Facilities staff providing maintenance and support for our summer season. The position is responsible for the weekend and weekday afternoon upkeep and maintenance of our stunning outdoor grounds and amphitheater located in the beautiful East Bay hills near Orinda. In addition, you will provide support during Student Matinees (SMATS), Opening Nights, and other miscellaneous events. The ideal applicant will have a love for the outdoors; a passion for eco-friendly infrastructure; and be able to effectively maintain the complex needs of our space. We would prefer it if you have a background in facilities and/or theater. This is a 32-40 hour/week seasonal, hourly position from April to October. The position reports to the Senior Facilities Associate.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Maintenance of the Grounds: The Facilities Assistant will do maintenance and landscape duties for the grounds. Tasks include but are not limited to: leaf blowing, garbage pickup, light janitorial, event preparation, power washing and landscaping. During weeks without productions, the Facilities Assistant will assist with onsite renovations and maintenance led by the Senior Facilities Associate.
  • Event Support: Work with event organizers on set-up, event support and tear down.
  • House Staff: The Facilities Assistant will be able to pick up shifts as a House Associate when available. These shifts occur during our performances and consist of: welcoming patrons to the Bruns; assisting patrons by answering questions and helping them to their seats; and other duties requested by the House Manager.

Qualifications:

  • Share a commitment to inclusion, equity and a respect for a diversity of backgrounds and voices.
  • Enjoy working in a creative, collaborative, fast-paced atmosphere and will contribute to the creation of a positive work environment.
  • Proactive, flexible, self-disciplined and reliable.
  • Can anticipate problems, come up with solutions, and then implements those solutions; is able to balance facilities needs with those of production and performance schedules; can handle unforeseen complications as well as frequent interruptions.
  • Experience in Events or Theater Production support is helpful
  • Experience in facilities, carpentry or maintenance work, preferably in an outdoor setting.
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Basic computer skills, including email, Word and Excel.
  • Strong organizational and priority setting skills.
  • A Class B Driver’s License is welcomed but not required.

Special Environment Factors:

  • Mostly outdoor work activity, heavy-lifting (up to 40lbs), walking on uneven ground. The work week is potentially flexible and will vary.
  • Position requires a combination of daytime hours, and some evening or weekend hours, at our outdoor Amphitheater site in Orinda
  • The ability to drive motorized vehicles. The position requires frequent driving of a golf cart and Cushman around the property.
  • Work at the theater includes exposure to sunlight, and hot and cold weather for extended periods of time.
  • The Bruns Amphitheater is most accessible by car. It is preferable that the employee have access to and operate a car in order to work at the Amphitheater, but Cal Shakes may be able to accommodate alternatives.

Other Details:

  • Time Commitment: 32-40 hours per week
  • Duration: April 4, 2022 – October 31, 2022
  • Reports to: Senior Facilities Associate
  • Compensation: The pay range is between $17-$20/hour, depending on experience
  • Vaccination Policy: Cal Shakes is a fully vaccinated workplace. Full vaccination, including up to date booster dose(s), is required of all employees with accommodations made for sincerely held religious beliefs and medical exemptions.

To apply: Email your cover letter and resume to facilities@calshakes.org with “Facilities Assistant” in the subject line.

The Organization
Description: With an outdoor main stage performance venue in Orinda and community programs throughout the Bay Area, Cal Shakes expands access to and relevance of the arts by fostering a participatory culture among a diversity of audiences, artists, and learners throughout the Bay Area. 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.

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 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 endeavor 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.

California Shakespeare Theater is an equal opportunity employer. We have an inclusive work environment and actively embrace a diversity of people, ideas, talents and experiences. People of color are encouraged to apply.

For more information about Cal Shakes, please visit our website at http://www.calshakes.org

Thank you for your interest in joining the team at Cal Shakes!

Carpenter (downloadable PDF)

Cal Shakes is hiring for two full time, year round carpenters, applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

The Opportunity: The position of Carpenter is a full-time, year-round benefit position responsible for the construction of scenery and maintenance of the scene shop, including tools and equipment. The Carpenter will assist in the oversight and instruction of shop assistants. The Carpenter reports to the Shop Supervisor.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Fulfillment of these responsibilities is accomplished in the following ways:

  • Construct complex scenic elements. 
  • 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 work on uneven surfaces.
  • Work at the Bruns includes exposure to sunlight and hot/cold 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 our scene shop, the Bruns in Orinda, and theaters throughout the Bay Area.

Qualifications:

You are an ideal candidate if you:

  • Skilled in carpentry, metal fabrication, and rigging.
  • Experience in scenery construction, general construction, metal fabrication, or a related field.
  • Experience working with a variety of materials including wood, steel, and fabric
  • Proficiency 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.
  • Ability to problem solve.
  • Experience with drafting
  • Experience using a single person lift.
  • Experience with a forklift is preferred
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs is a plus
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Experience driving trailers and trucks up to 26’ is preferred
  • Share a respect for diverse backgrounds and voices and a commitment to inclusion and equity

Supervision: Reports to the Shop Supervisor

Compensation: This is a full-time, non-exempt, year-round, benefit position Salary range is $20 – $23/hour, depending on experience.  Benefits include health insurance (base plan 100% covered by Theater), dental and vision insurance (employee contributes), life insurance (100% covered by Theater), 2 weeks (10 days) vacation, and 10 paid staff holidays. Cal Shakes is a fully vaccinated workplace. Full vaccination is required of all employees with exemptions made for sincerely held religious beliefs and medical exemptions. 

Cal Shakes is hiring for two full time, year round carpenters, applications will be accepted until the positions are filled

Please submit cover letter and résumé via email to: Steven Schmidt, Technical Director sschmidt@calshakes.org (with “Carpenter Search” in the subject header).

Interim Production Manager (downloadable PDF)
Part-Time, Hourly

Position Overview
The Interim Production Manager (IPM) is responsible for ensuring a smooth close to the 2022 season [Lear] and for advancing the 2023 season planning – including all production elements of California Shakespeare Theater, plans for the 2023 season are still under way but may include Cal Shakes productions, presentations, and potential rentals including concerts, fundraisers, staged readings, workshops, or educational programs which require production or logistical support. The IPM also oversees the company management of artists related to the mainstage shows. The IPM will collaborate with members of the Leadership Team on aspects around planning Cal Shakes’ 2023 season and other future programming. The Interim Production Manager reports to the Managing Director and supervises members of the production department.

As a result of the Covid 19 pandemic and organizational downsizing, organizational structure and staffing continues to be adjusted to better align with organizational resources and capacity. Production departmental and reporting structure may be adjusted in conversation with Managing Director, and other members of the staff. Job duties and responsibilities will be updated as required.

Production Management (85% of work time):
Management of Personnel (30%)

  • Supervise production staff including the Associate Production/Rentals Manager, Production
    Coordinator, Scenic, Costumes, Properties, Lighting, Sound, Stage Management.
  • Supervise all guest artists such as designers, choreographers, fight directors, dramaturgs, and
    other artistic personnel.
  • Complete and submit end of season documentation and evaluations for production staff in
    coordination with the Associate Production/Rentals Manager

Financial/Administration (30%)

  • Develop, maintain, and track annual artistic and production budgets.
  • Oversee all production related expenditures and maintain budget control.
  • Sign off on expenses for production accounts.
  • Ensure artist unions [Actors Equity Association (AEA), Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and
    United Scenic Artists (USA)] are properly paid fees due upon completion of all contracts, coordinate
    with the business office.
  • Negotiate, prepare, and execute production staff contracts and guest artist contracts (directors,
    designers etc.). Negotiate with artist agents and managers as applicable.
  • Manage and track all designer and director fee payments and reimbursements.
  • Review and approve payroll for production staff and artists

Project Management (25%)

  • Ensure smooth coordination of and oversee the season load out process
  • Oversee the execution of all production requirements to support the staff’s safety.
  • Create and maintain the master annual production calendar, including performances, rehearsals,
    meetings, concerts, and other activities across the company.
  • Work with production staff to problem solve technical issues which arise during the planning,
    build, load-in, technical rehearsal, changeover, and strike process.
  • Prepare deadlines and documentation to assist in the monitoring of the design, in order to facilitate timely design deliverables, and show builds which are on time and on budget.
  • Convene and coordinate design meetings and ensure that a constant and healthy flow of communication is maintained within and between departments, and with artistic personnel.
  • Serve as Liaison between the Theater and all artistic personnel (directors, actors, designers, other specialists).
  • Work with the Facilities department to oversee and facilitate a safe environment for all employees and audience members in accordance with fire code, OSHA, union rules, company
    policy, etc.
  • Oversee special events such as music concerts, fundraisers, staged readings, workshops and educational programs which require production or logistical support in collaboration with special events/rentals staff

Company Management (10% of work time)

  • Supervise the Production Coordinator as they work to coordinate all logistical aspects of
    Company Management for out-of-town artists.

Leadership Team Duties (5% of work time)

  • Collaborate with members of the Leadership team to the strategic planning and future direction
    of the theater.

Supervision: The Interim Production Manager reports to the Managing Director.

Qualifications
Ideal candidates will:

  • Have general knowledge pertaining to all aspects of technical theater—i.e. lighting, sound, costumes, scenic
  • Have previous theater or event production experience, or equivalent two-year degree or bachelor’s degree
  • Have good time management and punctuality
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Have a strong attention to detail
  • Have a valid driver’s license—with own car preferred
  • Be able to make decisions and work under pressure with poise, grace, and diplomacy
  • Be able to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Previous customer service experience preferred
  • Previous company management experience preferred

Special Environmental Factors:

  • There is one main location, our outdoor theater in Orinda
    • Fast-paced, open office environment, frequent interruptions, background noise.
    • Outdoor theater space with hills, uneven terrain, and environmental factors (sun, 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
  • Some hours may be able to be worked remotely.

This position reports to: Managing Director

This is a Part Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt contract. This position will be contracted from September 19th, 2022 through December 31, 2022, dates are negotiable. Hourly rate is between $26-$32, depending on experience. Interim Production Manager will work between 15 and 32 hours per week.

Vaccination Policy: Cal Shakes is a fully vaccinated and boosted workplace

Application deadline: September 1, 2022. Cal Shakes is unable to provide local housing or travel assistance.

To apply please email resume and cover letter to: productionjobs@calshakes.org with subject line:
“Interim Production Manager Search”

 

Scenic Charge (downloadable PDF)

The Opportunity:
The position of Scenic Charge is a part-time, year-round position responsible for the budgeting, scheduling, and painting of scenery as well as the maintenance of the paint shop tools and equipment. The Scenic Charge will serve as the primary scenic painter and will oversee and instruct paint overhires. The Scenic Charge reports to the Technical Director

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 
Fulfillment of these responsibilities is accomplished in the following ways:

  • Plan and execute scenic finishes for all scenic elements of Cal Shakes productions and external projects.
  • Provide a detailed budget including materials and labor breakdowns for all projects.
  • Work with the Scenic Designer, Technical Director, and Project Manager to adjust the scope of work to fit the available resources.  
  • Provide expertise and samples on possible scenic treatments.
  • Serve as the primary painter on the majority of projects.
  • Hire and supervise overhire painters as necessary.
  • Coordinate with the Shop Supervisor to create paint schedules.
  • Interface with designers.
  • Continually expand knowledge on materials and processes.
  • 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/cold 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 our scene shop, the Bruns in Orinda, and theaters throughout the Bay Area.

Qualifications
You are an ideal candidate if you:

  • Are knowledgeable and skilled in a wide variety of scenic painting techniques.
  • Have experience working with a variety of materials.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to read scale drawings and replicate patterns in full scale.
  • 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.
  • Comfort working at heights preferred
  • Ability to drive and own vehicle preferred

Supervision: Reports to the Technical Director

Compensation: This is a part-time (approximately 1,000 hours over 12 months), non-exempt, position. Salary range is $22 – $24/hour depending on experience.

Cal Shakes is a fully vaccinated workplace. Full vaccination is required of all employees with exemptions made for sincerely held religious beliefs and medical exemptions. 

This position may be paired with carpentry to be a full-time, year-round position with benefits. If that interests you, please make sure to mention your carpentry skills in your cover letter.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Please submit cover letter and résumé via email to: Steven Schmidt, Technical Director at sschmidt@calshakes.org (with “Scenic Charge” in the subject header)

Lighting Supervisor (downloadable PDF)

Overview:
Cal Shakes is looking for a collaborative, detail-oriented, knowledgeable, and innovative Lighting Supervisor (LS) to join our Production staff. The LS is a seasonal/non-exempt position in the Production department, reporting to the Production Manager. The LS is responsible for coordinating and planning electrics requirements for the Theater’s Main Stage season and events.

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 endeavor 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 and Responsibilities:
Project Management for 2 Mainstage shows as well as pre and post season:

  • Oversee personnel, including scheduling available over-hire labor
    Consult with the PM to work within budget guidelines, create budget projections, and create budget solution strategies.
  • Create cost-effective plans for electrics install and strike for the Bruns Amphitheater.
  • Coordinate maintenance, load in, focus, and notes calls.
  • Prioritize safe practices in an outdoor environment and in conjunction with the other production departments.
  • Accountable for maintaining vendor contacts, pricing, and product availability.
  • Purchase needed materials and supplies and acquire appropriate rental equipment.
  • Collaborate with the lighting designer, director and theater staff to effectively execute the lighting design

Maintenance and Administrative:

  • Promote a positive and inclusive culture in the electrics department.
  • Work with the Facilities Manager, Technical Director and PM to facilitating a safe environment for all employees and audience members in accordance with fire code, OSHA, union rules, company policy, etc.
  • Maintain tools and equipment, and make recommendations for equipment upgrades and purchases.
  • Create, maintain, and distribute information related to the production capabilities of the Bruns Amphitheater, such as CAD and paper drawings of the space, photographic reference materials and other documents.
  • Keep up-to-date budget tracking information according to guidelines established by the Business Office and PM.
  • Provide technical support for other theater events and projects as requested.
  • In coordination with the Technical Director, develop external projects.

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 three years’ management experience in theatrical electrics or equivalent.
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Have strong team building and management skills.
  • Have the ability to navigate smoothly through high pressure situations.
  • Be proficient in Vectorworks and Lightwright.
  • Have experience and/or professional-level training with a variety of lighting equipment, including Colortran instruments, ETC products and TOURnados.
  • Be comfortable working at heights and be able to lift 50 pounds.
  • Have good time management & punctuality.
  • Have a valid driver’s license.
  • Previous outdoor theater experience preferred

Special Environmental Factors:

  • Theater is open-air with extended standing and walking on uneven surfaces.
  • Work at the theater includes exposure to sunlight, and hot and very cold weather for extended periods of time.
  • Variable schedule requires evening and weekend hours during technical rehearsals. Some work calls can end as late as 2:30 am

This position reports to: Production Manager

Compensation: This is a Seasonal non-exempt position. Salary ranging between $23- $25 per hour.

Time Commitment:  This position is a full time position from April 11, 2022 through October 31, 2022

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter and résumé to: productionjobs@calshakes.org (with “Lighting Supervisor Search” in the subject header).

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Follow Spot Operator (Downloadable PDF)

Position Description
Cal Shakes is hiring two Follow Spot Operators, who will serve as members of the creative and dynamic Electrics Department for our Mainstage shows. The Spot Operators report to the Lead Electrician/Light Board Operator for their primary function, which is to operate follow spots and perform pre-show checks during technical rehearsals and all performances; this may include assisting the run crew with sweeping the deck and performing other pre-show duties.

The Spot Operators report to the Lighting Supervisor in their capacity as Electricians, which involves participating in the install, upkeep, and repair of all electrics during technical rehearsals and all performances. We are looking for people who like to work outdoors; team collaborators that aspire to be a part of the creation of great theater.

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 one year experience working as an electrician and/or technical theater.
  • Have experience and/or professional-level training with a variety of lighting equipment, including Colortran instruments, ETC products.
  • Can work unsupervised and complete assigned tasks efficiently and effectively.
  • Have basic electrics troubleshooting experience.
  • Are comfortable working at heights (ladders, genie lifts, catwalks, and truss), and be able to lift 30 pounds over your head.
  • Have good time management and punctuality.
  • Previous outdoor theater experience preferred.
  • Have a valid driver’s license

Supervision
Reports to the Lighting Supervisor

Compensation
Seasonal, non-exempt position. Salary range is $16- $22/hour.

Time Commitment
This position is a part-time position from May2022 through October 2022.
Spot operators will be running spot lights for both productions and will have full time work from May 9, 2022 – June 19, 2022 as well as August 22, 2022-October 2, 2022.

Vaccination Policy
Cal Shakes is a fully vaccinated workplace. Full vaccination, including up to date booster dose(s), is required of all employees with accommodations made for sincerely held religious beliefs and medical exemptions.

Special Environmental Factors

  • Theater is open-air with extended standing and walking on uneven surfaces.
  • Work at the theater includes exposure to sunlight, and hot and very cold weather for extended periods of time.
  • Variable schedule requires evening and weekend hours during technical rehearsals. Some work calls can end as late as 3am, but often around 2am.

Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2022. Interviews will be conducted early to in April/May for an April 17th start date.


How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter and résumé to: productionjobs@calshakes.org (with “Spot Operator” in the subject header).

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 endeavor 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.


California Shakespeare Theater is an equal opportunity employer. We have an inclusive work environment and actively embrace a diversity of people, ideas, talents and experiences. People of color are encouraged to apply.

For more information about Cal Shakes, please visit our website at http://www.calshakes.org
Thank you for your interest in joining the team at Cal Shakes!

 

Lead Electrician/Board Operator

Position Overview:

During load-in and tech period, the Lead Electrician (LE) /Light Board Operator (LBO) assists the Lighting Supervisor (LS) and Assistant Lighting Supervisor (ALS) in the full range of activities necessary for the load in, strike, and upkeep of all electrics for the season.  The LE/LBO runs post tech focus calls and communicates all changes and updates to the LS and ALS.

During the run of the shows the LE/LBO operates the light board for all performances. The LE/LBO is responsible for pre-show checks, maintenance, and repair of all electrics during the run of a show with the assistance of the spot operators. The LE/LBO is also responsible for all basic fixes, which fall within their skill set. Additionally, they may act as a deck carpentry assistant to stage management depending on productions. That would entail assisting with any scenic or prop notes that arise during performances.

Qualifications

  • 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 professional experience in theatrical electrics
  • Have experience running or leading electric teams is preferred
  • Have experience and/or professional-level training with a variety of lighting equipment, including Colortran instruments, ETC products, and various LED fixtures. 
  • Have experience programming on an ETC Element/EOS Family Consoles
  • Have solid verbal communication skills
  • Are proactive and have the ability to work effectively on a team
  • Can work unsupervised and lead a crew of electricians 
  • Be comfortable working at heights (ladders, genie lifts, catwalks, and truss)
  • Are able to lift 30 pounds over your head
  • Have the ability to navigate smoothly through high pressure situations
  • Have good time management & punctuality
  • Previous outdoor theater experience preferred
  • Have a valid driver’s license. Own reliable transportation preferred

Special Environmental Factors

  • Theater is open-air with extended standing and walking on uneven surfaces.
  • Work at the theater includes exposure to sunlight, and hot and very cold weather for extended periods of time.
  • Variable schedule requires evening and weekend hours during technical rehearsals. Some work calls can end as late as 4:30 am, but often around 2:30 am. 

Supervision: Reports to the Lighting Supervisor

Compensation: Seasonal, non-exempt position. Salary range is $18- $21/hour.

Time Commitment:  This position is a part-time position from April 2022 through October 2022. 

Applications will be accepted until March 10, 2022. Interviews will be conducted early to mid- March for an April 4th start date.

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter and résumé to: productionjobs@calshakes.org (with “Lead Electrician/ Board Operator Search” in the subject header).

Board Programmer/ Assistant Lead Electrician

Position Overview

During load-in and tech period, the Board Programmer (BP)/Assistant Lead Electrician (ALE) assists the Lighting Supervisor (LS) and Assistant Lighting Supervisor (ALS) in the full range of activities necessary for the load in, strike, and upkeep of all electrics for the season.  The BP/ALE programs lighting cues for all tech sessions and participates as an electrician in post tech focus/note calls and communicates all changes and updates to the LS and ALS.

During the run of the shows the BP/ALE works with the LS and ALS to maintain equipment and run rental events. The BP/ALE may be responsible for pre-show checks, maintenance, and repairs of gear during the season and will be an integral part of the Electrics team. 

Qualifications

  • 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 professional experience in theatrical electrics
  • Have experience and/or professional-level training with a variety of lighting equipment, including Colortran instruments, ETC products, and various LED fixtures. 
  • Have extensive experience programming on an ETC Element/EOS Family Consoles
  • Have solid verbal communication skills
  • Are proactive and have the ability to work effectively on a team
  • Can work unsupervised and lead a crew of electricians 
  • Be comfortable working at heights (ladders, genie lifts, catwalks, and truss), and be able to lift 30 pounds over your head
  • Have the ability to navigate smoothly through high pressure situations
  • Have good time management & punctuality
  • Previous outdoor theater experience preferred
  • Have a valid driver’s license. Own reliable transportation preferred

Special Environmental Factors

  • Theater is open-air with extended standing and walking on uneven surfaces.
  • Work at the theater includes exposure to sunlight, and hot and very cold weather for extended periods of time.
  • Variable schedule requires evening and weekend hours during technical rehearsals. Some work calls can end as late as 4:30 am, but often around 2:30 am. 

Supervision: Reports to the Lighting Supervisor

Compensation: Seasonal, non-exempt position. Salary range is $18- $21/hour.

Time Commitment:  This position is a part-time position from April 2022 through October 2022. 

Applications will be accepted until March 10, 2022. Interviews will be conducted early to mid- March for an April 4th start date.

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter and résumé to: productionjobs@calshakes.org (with “Lead Electrician/ Board Operator Search” in the subject header).

Audio Supervisor (downloadable PDF)

Position Overview

We’re looking for a detail-oriented, resourceful, adaptive, and collaborative Audio Supervisor (AS). This is a seasonal, non-exempt position that reports to the Production Manager (PM). The AS is charged primarily with coordinating, planning, and executing the sound requirements for the Theater’s Main Stage season. The AS may also act as the Sound Mixer for mainstage productions and additional events on the Bruns stage. The ideal candidate will 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.

Duties and Responsibilities

Fulfillment of these responsibilities is accomplished in the following ways:

Project Management (60%): 

  • Work within budget guidelines, communicating potential cost overruns and strategizing with the PM on budget solutions.
  • Work with the PM to hire, train, and supervise personnel. This includes recruiting available over-hire labor and cultivating relationships with artists, craftspeople, and technicians.
  • Schedule A1 and A2 for productions and rentals
  • Communicate all Sound department needs, activities, and resources to appropriate parties, including designers, directors, and theater staff in a timely manner.
  • Work with the Rentals Team and Rental Clients to plan, schedule and execute rental events on site at Cal Shakes, including in the amphitheater and portable systems for other locations on site.
  • Facilitate a safe environment for all employees and audience members in accordance with legal guidelines and company policy.
  • Instruct and supervise employees (A1, A2, and over hire) appropriately, including appropriate planning for weather conditions in our outdoor theater. 
  • Maintain information regarding vendor contacts, pricing and product availability.
  • Maintain sound storage, tools, equipment and inventory. 
  • Coordinate and supervise load-ins and strikes. 
  • Attend mainstage staff meetings, production meetings and tech meetings. 
  • Cultivate relationships with other Bay Area Arts organizations and artists, including providing support when possible. 

Sound Mixer (40%):

  • Potential for live mixing of all tech and performances for mainstage performances and rentals
  • Oversee preparation of wireless microphones for all performances and tech runs.
  • Maintain effective communication with the Stage Manager, Designers, Directors and other 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. 
  • Organize technical support for other theater events and projects, including Grove Talks and rentals, as requested.

Qualifications

You are an ideal candidate if you:

  • Have supervisory experience in sound or A/V for live performance. 
  • 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, Watchout, Protools and other standard audio and video editing programs.
  • Comfort working at heights preferred (ladders, genie lifts, catwalks and truss)
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds over your head preferred
  • Previous outdoor theater experience preferred
  • Have a valid driver’s license

Special Environmental Factors:

  • Theater is open-air with extended standing and walking on uneven surfaces
  • Work at the theater includes exposure to sunlight, and hot and cold weather for extended time periods 
  • Variable schedule requires evening and weekend hours during load-ins, technical rehearsals and performances. Some evening calls can end as late as 2am.
  •  

Compensation: This is a seasonal, non-exempt position. Salary range is $22 – $25/hour.

Time Commitment:  This position is a part-time position from March 2022 through October 2022, with some full-time work weeks in that time.

Applications will be accepted until March 10, 2022. Interviews will be conducted early to mid- March for an April 4th start date.

Please submit cover letter and résumé via email to:

productionjobs@calshakes.org (with “Audio Supervisor Search” in the subject header)

A1 Mixer (Downloadable PDF)

We are looking for a detail-oriented, adaptive, and collaborative A1. This is a seasonal, non-exempt position that reports to the Audio Supervisor (AS) and the Production Manager (PM). The A1 acts as Sound Mixer for at least one mainstage production, will A1 or A2 rentals as necessary, and assists on all load-ins, techs, strikes, and change-overs throughout the season. The A1 also offers occasional support as requested for projects in other departments at Cal Shakes.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

  • Live mixing and operation of sound board for techs, performances, and rentals, as assigned by the AS and PM.
  • Oversees preparation of wireless microphones for 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. 
  • Providing technical support for other theater events and projects, including Grove Talks and rentals, as requested.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Share with us a respect for diverse backgrounds and voices and a commitment to inclusion and equity
  • Have a minimum of 2 years’ experience in theater sound or A/V department 
  • 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
  • Comfortable working at heights (ladders, genie lifts, catwalks and truss)
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds over your head, preferred
  • Previous outdoor theater experience preferred, but not required
  • Have a valid driver’s license

Special Environmental Factors:

  • Theater is open-air with extended standing and walking on uneven surfaces
  • 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, technical rehearsals and performances. Some evening calls can end as late as 2am.
  •  

Reports to the Audio Supervisor and Production Manager.

Compensation: Seasonal, non-exempt position. Salary range is $19-$22/hour.

Time Commitment:  This position is a part time position from April 2022 through October 2022, with some full time work weeks in that time, specifically during tech and performances, see below.

Applications will be accepted until March 10, 2022. Interviews will be conducted early to mid- March for an April 4th start date.

Please submit cover letter and résumé to: productionjobs@calshakes.org (with “A1 Search” in the subject header)

A2/Audio Assistant (downlaodable PDF)

We are looking for a friendly, adaptive, and collaborative A2. This is a Seasonal/Non-Exempt position in the Sound department, reporting to the Audio Supervisor & Production Manager. The A2 shall function as the deck technician and is primarily responsible for maintaining and distributing the wireless microphones. The A2 may also serve as secondary sound board operator. 

Qualifications: Candidates share with us a respect for diverse backgrounds and voices and a commitment to inclusion and equity. Have appropriate knowledge of wireless mic operations, basic rigging and backstage audio and video monitoring systems. Demonstrate troubleshooting, maintenance abilities and a commitment to safety and safe practices in the theatre. Candidates should be comfortable working at heights (ladders, genie lifts, catwalks and truss), and be able to lift 30 pounds over your head. Have good time management & punctuality.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Fulfillment of these responsibilities is accomplished in the following ways:

  • Wireless Mic technician. Working with the Sound Designer, Sound Engineer, and actors to prepare the mics and keep them working for productions
  • Working with the Sound Engineer on installation and strike of all sound equipment and elements in a timely manner 
  • Ensure all sound department systems are installed and functioning prior to the first technical rehearsal 
  • Maintaining effective communication with Sound Mixer, Stage Manager, and other running crew members, to ensure smooth installation and operation of sound department needs on a production
  • Maintaining a clean and safe work environment at all times
  • Other miscellaneous duties as needed

Special Environmental Factors:

  • Theater is open-air with extended standing and walking on uneven surfaces
  • 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, technical rehearsals and performances
  •  

Time Commitment: Up to 70 hours per week for tech week, around 30 hours per week for performances, Tuesdays – Sundays with Mondays off.  

Duration: This position is available starting May through October 2022. There is the possibility of some audio load in work in the beginning of May and load out work through October.

Reports to Audio Supervisor and Production Manager.

Compensation: This is a show specific, seasonal, non-exempt position. Salary is $18/hour.

Cal Shakes is unable to provide local housing or travel assistance. 

Applications will be accepted until March 10, 2022. Interviews will be conducted early to mid- March for an April 4th start date.

Please submit cover letter with availability and résumé to: productionjobs@calshakes.org (with “A2 Search” in the subject header)

 

Production Staff/Technician Overhire (downloadable PDF)

We are seeking to update and expand their pool of over-hire technical staff for its 2022 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 schedules 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 2022 season begins in April and ends in October.

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 Production Staff Search” in the subject header)

*In your cover letter, please note which department(s) you would be interested in working as a part of.

Electrics Overhire: 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 conventional fixtures, LED’s, practical fixtures, and ETC family consoles. 

 

Carpentry Overhire: 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. 

Props Overhire: Candidates have skills including (but not limited to) carpentry, welding, sewing and fabric crafts, foam carving, painting, shopping, and general fabrication. 

Costumes Overhire: Candidates have skills including (but not limited to) stitching, patterning, sewing and fabric crafts, shopping, and general clothing or costume fabrication. 

Audio Overhire: Candidates have a basic knowledge of sound gear and can lift at least 30lbs overhead. Knowledge of Meyer equipment and Dmitri processing is a plus. 

Technical Overhire: Candidates have a background or interest in theater, stage management, company management, or production management and be interested and willing to learn new skills! 

Summer Conservatory Tech Coordinator (downloadable PDF)

Position Overview

Under the direction of the Artistic Learning Programs Manager, the Tech Coordinator is responsible for the design, management and implementation of every technical aspect of producing four student productions at the Bruns Ampitheater including; lighting, sound, scenic and stage management. The Technical Coordinator will identify supply needs and facilitate the sourcing and delivery of said materials to the Conservatory site, interfacing with Cal Shakes mainstage scene shop, costume shop and properties shops personnel. The Technical Coordinator will work with the Conservatory Directors, Coordinators and Instructional Aides to facilitate weekly production meetings, and oversee load-in, paper tech, dry tech, dress rehearsals and strike as needed.

As a member of the Cal Shakes staff, you’ll receive complimentary tickets to our productions. You’ll also have the opportunity to engage in company dialogues about the art we create and the communities we touch.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with Conservatory Coordinators to design and implement all technical aspects of multiple student productions at summer camp location, identify supply needs, and facilitate the gathering of materials. 
  • Coordinate all technical and design aspects of the productions between the Conservatory Coordinator and directors.
  • Attend preliminary design/director meetings. 
  • Attend teaching artist/director orientation.  
  • Lead weekly production meetings between conservatory directors and Conservatory Coordinators.  
  • Space walk-throughs before the start of camp including load in of all camp materials and supplies in conjunction with Conservatory Coordinators and Assistant Instructors.
  • Attend preliminary meetings with Conservatory Coordinators as necessary.
  • Oversee load-in, paper tech, dry tech, performances and strike.
  • Work with directors and Assistant Instructors to create transition plans to be implemented between shows.
  • Act as Prop master: responsible for acquiring, manufacturing, properly placing, and/or overseeing any props needed for a production.

Qualifications

You are an ideal candidate if you:

  • Share with us 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 a working understanding of theatrical production including lights, sound, scenic and stage management.
  • Have experience working with young people in an educational/theatrical setting.
  • Have experience in project management.
  • Have a valid driver’s license.
  • ability to manage multiple projects and personnel
  • Have solid team playing skills and the ability to adapt 
  • Can think on your feet and problem-solve in a calm, professional manner. 
  • Exercise good judgment and give appropriate consideration to others when working 
  • Are comfortable working outside with an unpredictable climate

Special Environmental Factors

  • Position requires that you work at our outdoor Amphitheater in Orinda.
  • At the Bruns Amphitheater: extended standing, walking on uneven ground (hills, gravel, and rocks), working outdoors with no effective protection from weather for extended periods of time.
  • The Bruns Amphitheater is most accessible by car. It is preferable that the employee have access to and operate a car in order to work at the Amphitheater, but Cal Shakes may be able to accommodate alternatives.

Position Details

  • Time Commitment: 20-30 hours per week, with possible additional hours. 
  • Duration: Part-time, seasonal position (June through August)
  • Reports to: Artistic Learning Programs Manager
  • Salary: $17.50/hour
  • Vaccination Policy: Cal Shakes is a fully vaccinated workplace. Full vaccination, including up-to-date booster dose(s), is required of all employees with accommodations made for sincerely held religious beliefs and medical exemptions.

To apply: Email your cover letter and resume to learn@calshakes.org with “2022 Conservatory Technical Coordinator application” in the subject line.

Summer Conservatory Instructional Aide (downloadable pdf)

Position Overview

Under the direction of the Artistic Learning Programs Manager, Instructional Aides will support and supervise students throughout their conservatory experience. Aides will serve as assistant instructors, assistant directors and activities supervisors in Cal Shakes’ Summer Shakespeare Conservatories. Aides will also be responsible for taking and sharing production notes with production team, communicating with student parents and guardians, and tending to the emotional, social and physical needs and safety of a diverse group of young actors.

As a member of the Cal Shakes staff, you’ll receive complimentary tickets to our productions. You’ll also have the opportunity to engage in company dialogues about the art we create and the communities we touch.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Pre-Conservatory:
    • Assist with administrative projects as assigned; complete conservatory logistics; summer staff and camper orientations; Production prep; attend Main Stage Meet and Greet and first read-through; participate in trainings.
  • At Conservatory:
    • Main responsibility is to create and maintain fun, productive and harmonious group interactions through consistent and fair discipline and bonding.
    • Oversee a group of student actors: manage check-in and check-out.
    • Assist Teaching Artists in classes: demonstrate skills within lesson; encourage participation.
    • Plan and teach Master classes
    • Lead group activities as needed; actively supervise lunchtime activities.
    • Plan/lead extracurricular events such as needed, for example: Talent Show
    • Work closely with the Director and Tech Coordinator on all aspects of production for Conservatory performances; for example: helping with paraphrasing, running lines, taking and giving line notes, stage management tasks.
    • Provide continuity and communication to TAs.
    • Participate in load-in day and finalizing production elements on behalf of the director.
  • Post Conservatory:
    • Process feedback from students and parents; return production materials:  props, costumes, etc.; assist with administrative projects as assigned.

Qualifications

You are an ideal candidate if you:

  • Have an understanding of theatrical education.
  • Have experience working with young people in an educational/theatrical setting.
  • Have experience in theatrical rehearsal and production.
  • Share with us 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 solid team playing skills and the ability to adapt 
  • Can think on your feet and problem-solve in a calm, professional manner. 
  • Exercise good judgment and give appropriate consideration to others
  • Are comfortable working outside with an unpredictable climate

Special Environmental Factors

  • Position requires that you work at our outdoor Amphitheater in Orinda.
  • At the Bruns Amphitheater: extended standing, walking on uneven ground (hills, gravel, and rocks), working outdoors with no effective protection from weather for extended periods of time.
  • The Bruns Amphitheater is most accessible by car. It is preferable that the employee have access to and operate a car in order to work at the Amphitheater, but Cal Shakes may be able to accommodate alternatives.

Position Details

  • Time Commitment: 30-40 hours per week, with possible additional hours. 
  • Duration: Part-time, seasonal position (June through August)
    • 4-week session, Monday-Friday, June 13 – July 8, 9 am-3 pm
    • 2-week session, Monday-Friday, July 25 – August 5, 9 am-3 pm
  • Reports to: Artistic Learning Programs Manager
  • Salary: $15.00/hour
  • Vaccination Policy: Cal Shakes is a fully vaccinated workplace. Full vaccination, including up to date booster dose(s), is required of all employees with accommodations made for sincerely held religious beliefs and medical exemptions.

To apply: Email your cover letter and resume to learn@calshakes.org with “2022 Conservatory Instructional Aide application” in the subject line.

California Shakespeare Theater is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has an inclusive work environment that 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.

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