EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNTIES

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

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About Cal Shakes (what to know when joining the team!)

Description: Launched in 1974, Cal Shakes is a major Bay Area theater that, guided by the artistic direction of Obie Award-winning Eric Ting, has emerged as a leader in promoting Equity in theater and incorporating the voices and perspectives of community partners in the works on our stage. California Shakespeare Theater strives for an inclusive work environment and works to actively embrace a diversity of people, ideas, talents, and experiences. We highly encourage people of color, individuals with disabilities, and other historically underrepresented groups in our community to apply.

Mission: Cal Shakes redefines the classical theater for the 21st Century, making works of extraordinary artistry that engage with our contemporary moment so we might learn about ourselves and each other in the fullness of our world.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement: At Cal Shakes, we believe that equity is a practice. Our actions—both onstage and off—can have a positive social impact by exposing oppression, addressing historic injustices, and showing how power can be transformed and shared in different ways. We work to dismantle systemic bias by actively including, reflecting, and creating opportunities for our diverse Bay Area communities. We recognize that this work is ongoing and often imperfect, but we are committed to facilitating respect for the many facets of the human experience.

SEASONAL JOB OPENINGS

We do not have any openings at this time, please check back.

POSITION OVERVIEW

Part-time, Seasonal, Non-Exempt
California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) is looking for a detail-oriented, adaptive, and collaborative A1. This is a seasonal, non-exempt position that reports to the Head of Sound. The A1 acts as Sound Mixer for two to four of the seasons productions and assists on all load ins, strikes, and change overs throughout the season. The A1 also offers occasional support as requested for projects in other departments at Cal Shakes.

QUALIFICATIONS

You are an ideal candidate if:
• 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.
• Are comfortable working at heights (ladders, genie lifts, catwalks and truss), and are able to lift 50 pounds over your head.
• Have previous outdoor theater experience preferred, but not required
• Have a valid driver’s license.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Live mixing and operation of sound board for all techs and performances
• Oversees preparation of wireless microphones for all performances and tech runs.
• Attending post tech meetings as needed.
• Maintaining effective communication with the Stage Manager, Designers, Directors and other running crew members, to ensure smooth installation and operation of sound department needs on a production.
• Responsible for pre-show checks, maintenance, and repair of all equipment during the run of a show with the assistance of the A2.
• Organizing technical support for other theater events and projects, including Grove Talks and rentals, as requested.
• Other tasks as assigned.

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 evening calls can end as late as 2am.

Time Commitment: The A1’s schedule will be based upon show schedules.

Supervision:  Reports to the Head of Sound.

Compensation: The hourly rate is between $18 – $21 per hour and is based on experience.  Cal Shakes is unable to provide local housing or travel assistance.

Deadline: January 31, 2020. 

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

2020 SHOW DATES:
The Comedy of Errors: 1st Rehearsal-April 27 / 1st Tech-May 21 / 1st Preview-May 27 /
Opening-May 30 / Closing-June 14 / Possible Extension closing – June 21
The Oresteia: 1st Rehearsal-June 9 / 1st Tech-July 2 / 1st Preview-July 8 / Opening-July
11 / Closing-July 26/ Possible Extension closing – August 2
1001 Nights (A Retelling) 1st Rehearsal-July 21 / 1st Tech-August 13 / 1st
Preview-August 19 / Opening-August 22 / Closing-September 6/ Possible Extension
closing – September 13
Romeo Y Juliet: 1st Rehearsal-August 25 / 1st Tech-September 17 / 1st
Preview-September 23 / Opening-September 26 / Closing-October 11/ Possible Extension
closing – October 18

POSITION OVERVIEW

Non-Exempt, Seasonal
California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) is looking for a friendly, adaptive, and collaborative
A2. This is a Seasonal/Non-Exempt position in the Sound department, reporting to the Head of
Sound. 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

You are an ideal candidate if you 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.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• 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

• 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.

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 12, 2020 through October 18, 2020 ; there is the
possibility of some audio load in work in the beginning of May and load out work through October.

Supervision:  Reports to the Head of Sound.

Compensation: Paid at the prevailing minimum wage, overtime paid at time and a half. Rate can
vary dependent on experience.  Cal Shakes is unable to provide local housing or travel assistance.

Deadline: February 1st, 2020 – Interviews will begin in January.

NOTE: Applicants must provide availability between May 12 th , 2020 and October 18 th , 2020 in
cover letter.

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

2020 SHOW DATES:
The Comedy of Errors: 1st Rehearsal-April 27 / 1st Tech-May 21 / 1st Preview-May 27 /
Opening-May 30 / Closing-June 14 / Possible Extension closing – June 21
The Oresteia: 1st Rehearsal-June 9 / 1st Tech-July 2 / 1st Preview-July 8 / Opening-July
11 / Closing-July 26/ Possible Extension closing – August 2
1001 Nights (A Retelling) 1st Rehearsal-July 21 / 1st Tech-August 13 / 1st
Preview-August 19 / Opening-August 22 / Closing-September 6/ Possible Extension
closing – September 13
Romeo Y Juliet: 1st Rehearsal-August 25 / 1st Tech-September 17 / 1st
Preview-September 23 / Opening-September 26 / Closing-October 11/ Possible Extension
closing – October 18

POSITION OVERVIEW

Contract Position /Seasonal/Non-Exempt position
Cal Shakes is hiring an Assistant Lighting Designer (ALD), a valuable member of a creative and dynamic Production and Design team. The ALD reports to the Production Manager (PM), and is charged primarily with assisting our Lighting Designers (LD) during the Theater’s Main Stage season. The ALD assists the LD from 1st rehearsal through focus, tech, previews and opening. We are looking for a person who likes to work outdoors, a team collaborator that aspires to be a part of the creation of great theater.

QUALIFICATIONS

You are an ideal candidate if:
• Share with us a respect for diverse backgrounds and voices and a commitment to inclusion and equity.
• Have a minimum of 2 years’ experience as an ALD or LD.
• Have experience and/or professional-level training with with a variety of lighting equipment, including Colortran instruments, ETC Eos products.
• Have solid written and verbal communication skills.
• Are proficient in Vectorworks and Lightwright.
• Are comfortable working at heights (ladders, genie lifts, catwalks and truss), and are able to lift 30 pounds over your head.
• Have the ability to navigate smoothly through high pressure situations.
• Have good time management and punctuality.
• Have previous outdoor theater experience. preferred, but not required
• Have a valid driver’s license.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Attending weekly production meetings during rehearsals and tech meetings. In the event that the lighting designer is unable to attend production meetings, the ALD is responsible for communicating lighting related notes to the lighting designer or to appropriate departments.
• Responsible for attending designer runs and taking spot operator notes.
• Updating necessary paperwork for the Master Electrician to hang and circuit lighting from designer’s plot.
• Leading focus calls and compiling work notes for the Master Electrician.
• Responsible for updating, developing, tracking, and dispersing lighting paperwork/notes to different departments daily.
• Responsible for setting up and striking the lighting tech table work station each night.
• Submitting final show docs on Opening Night.

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 evening calls can end as late as 2am.

Time Commitment: This is a Seasonal/Non-Exempt position.

Supervision:  Reports to the Production Manager.

Deadline: April 20, 2020.

Please submit cover letter and resume to:  productionjobs@calshakes.org (with “Assistant Lighting Designer Search”  in the subject header).

2020 PRODUCTION DATES:
1001 Nights (A Retelling) 1st Rehearsal-July 21 / 1st Tech-August 13 / 1st
Preview-August 19 / Opening-August 22 / Closing-September 6/ Possible Extension
closing – September 13
Romeo Y Juliet: 1st Rehearsal-August 25 / 1st Tech-September 17 / 1st
Preview-September 23 / Opening-September 26 / Closing-October 11/ Possible Extension
closing – October 18

POSITION OVERVIEW

Seasonal, Non-Exempt Contract
California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) is looking for a detail-oriented, versatile, and collaborative Production Coordinator and Box Office Associate to join our staff. This position is an entry level, seasonal position that works to support the Production department, reporting to the Production Manager (PM) and Associate Production Manager (APM) and the Box Office/House Management department, reporting to the Sales Manager. This entry-level position is ideal for someone interested in production, stage, company, house or event management or sales. 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 & RESPONSIBILITIES

Production/Event Management (30%)

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT
● Assist the production department with day-to-day administrative tasks such processing invoices and check requests, reconciling expenses, and other tasks within the department
● Assist the APM with the coordination of production meetings and distribution of meeting notes
● Assist the PM and APM with the planning and implementation of production or logistical support for Cal Shakes events in collaboration with other departments

TECH SUPPORT
● Provide production support for rehearsal, tech, and performance periods as needed; remain on site for load-in, tech, and preview weeks in rotation with the PM and APM
● Track and maintaining the production supplies inventory at the theater and rehearsal hall
● Possibly serve as the on-book prompter during tech rehearsals, by reading along to the script during rehearsals and feeding actors lines

Company Management  (30%)

Work in concert with the Associate Production Manager to coordinate all company management needs for out of town artists. This includes:

ARTIST HOUSING AND TRAVEL
● Assist the APM with the tracking, projecting, and reporting of all company management expenses
● Arrange for apartment rentals and negotiate leases
● Furnish apartments as needed
● Arrange for cleaning and maintain artist housing during occupancy changeovers
● Oversee payment of artist housing utilities
● Communicate with out-of-town artists and arrange air and ground travel
● Provide out-of-town artists with itineraries and information regarding the Theater and their accommodation
● Greet artists at the airport on arrival and arrange for their return transportation to the airport
● Arrange rental cars for visiting guests
● Represent Cal Shakes at company functions, as assigned

Box Office (40%)

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT
● Process Ticket Orders
● Print Tickets and Prepare them for Will Call or Mail
● Assist patrons with information about the plays, box office policies, amenities, and the Bruns site, including directions to the theater
● Handle customer service issues
● Aid patrons using Cal Shakes’ website – maintain familiarity with website and the web sales process
● Keep careful notes, track questions, and follow up on issues with the Box Office Manager
● Prepare maps, walk-in lists and any other documents needed for person(s) working at the theater.

QUALIFICATIONS

You are an ideal candidate if you:
● Have basic knowledge pertaining to aspects of technical theater—i.e. lighting, sound, costumes or scenic
● Have previous theater or event production experience, or equivalent two-year degree
● Have good time management and punctuality
● Have strong written and verbal communication skills and strong attention to detail
● Have a valid driver’s license—with own car preferred
● Be able to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously
● Previous customer service experience preferred

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS:

● There are two locations, our offices in Berkeley and our outdoor theater in Orinda (frequent travel is required between them)
— Fast-paced, open office environment, frequent interruptions, background noise. It shares space with shops that use industrial products and power tools
— Outdoor theater space with hills, uneven terrain, and environmental factors (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 and offsite

Supervision: Production Manager, Associate Production Manager, and Sales Manager.

This is an entry level, Seasonal/ Non-Exempt contract. This position is available starting April 15, 2020 through October 4, 2020, but dates are negotiable. Hourly rate is based upon the prevailing minimum wage. Production Coordinator will be guaranteed up to 35 hours per week in the production department and in the Box Office. During load-in and technical rehearsal weeks the PC’s hours are fully spent working with Production.

Application deadline: March 27th, 2020. 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: “Production Coordinator/Box office Associate Search”.

OVER-HIRE JOB OPENINGS

We do not have any openings at this time, please check back.

Special Environmental Factors: Depending on the position, work may include extended standing and walking on uneven surfaces, and working at heights. The theater is outdoors and includes exposure to sunlight and hot weather for extended periods of time. Variable schedule, may require evening and weekend hours.

The ideal candidate will:

● Share a respect for a diversity of backgrounds and voices.
● Have good communication skills.
● Be punctual and detail-oriented.
● Follow equipment safety procedures, always.
● Be timely with all projects but do not rush.
● Be able to work independently and in a team setting.
● Be able to lift 25-50 pounds.
● Be comfortable working at heights.
● 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 2020 season begins in May and ends in October of 2020.

These are ongoing, hourly wage positions. A background in theater is not required.

Please submit cover letter and résumé to: productionjobs@calshakes.org (with “Overhire Technician Search” in the subject header).  In your cover letter, please note which department(s) you would be interested in working as a part of.

Candidates should enjoy working in a diverse, creative, collaborative, and fast-paced environment. Have a minimum of one-year professional experience or equivalent educational experience working as an electrician with basic electrics troubleshooting skills. Have experience and/or professional-level training with a variety of lighting equipment, including conventionals, LED’s, and practicals, and ETC family consoles. Be comfortable working at heights (ladders, genie lifts, catwalks, and truss), and be able to lift 30 pounds over your head.

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. 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.

Candidates have skills including (but not limited to) carpentry, welding, sewing and fabric crafts, foam carving, painting, shopping, and general fabrication. Props over hire work both at the PropShop and the Bruns amphitheater. A driver’s license and car is a plus, but not required.

Candidates have a basic knowledge of sound gear and can lift at least 30lbs over head. Knowledge of Meyer equipment and Dmitri processing is a plus.

Candidates have a background or interest in theater, stage management, company management, or production management.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

We are always looking for volunteers!  See how you can help.

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