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.

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

Marketing and Communications Manager (downloadable PDF)

Position Overview

The Marketing and Communications Manager (MCM) is responsible for the digital marketing and communications at California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes). Reporting to the Director of Marketing, the MCM serves all of the organization’s programs including: a summer season at the Bruns Amphitheater and year-round education, community engagement, and digital programs offered throughout the Bay Area and online. The MCM is responsible for managing Cal Shakes’ digital platforms (social media, email, and website) and executing internal/external public relations activities while working closely with the Marketing team to create Cal Shakes’ marketing, brand, and communication strategy.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Digital & Social Media Communication

  • Manage social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube
    • Create and implement a social media strategy and digital marketing plan, using regularly sourced analytics and current best practices
    • Maintain the “voice” of the company, adjusting the tone as appropriate for different channels
    • Regularly post content to appropriate sites using proper hashtagging to ensure digital platform integration
    • Monitor activity, respond to posts, and interact with followers
    • Keep current on social media trends and developments
    • Regularly track and analyze social media impact and engagement across all platforms
  • Manage and maintain website and make updates as necessary in collaboration with outside consultant
  • Manage the relationships with external graphic, video, and digital ad consultants

Communications and Brand Development

  • Work closely with Marketing team to develop and implement media campaigns for the organization and specific shows
  • Shape public perception and increase visibility and awareness of Cal Shakes and all of its programs through development, execution, and refinement of brand identity
  • Develop key institutional messaging in collaboration with the leadership team
  • Coordinate with Marketing and Development teams on audience development and outreach events
  • Assist Managing Director with development of internal communications and messaging to staff, board and internal stakeholders
  • Write, create, curate, and copy-edit all external Cal Shakes communications including a weekly eblast 

Publicity and Public Relations

  • In accordance with annual Marketing plan, pitch features to both local and national press
  • Write and distribute all press-related correspondence to appropriate media outlets including, but not limited to: News releases, Calendar listings, PSAs, and publicity and production photos
  • Collaborate with the Artistic team on all photo shoots, interviews, and any other artist media relations
  • Cultivate and maintain effective relations with media and act as contact for all press opportunities, and field media requests
  • Maintain updated press archives
  • Coordinate speaking engagements and serve as company spokesperson where appropriate
  • Attend community civic and cultural events; represent Cal Shakes as needed

Qualifications:

You are an ideal candidate if you:

  • Share a respect for a diversity of backgrounds and voices
  • 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 precise attention to detail with strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Have a facility with technology and social media platforms
  • Are invested in staying on top of marketing, branding, advertising trends and advances
  • Are energized by developing creative ways to promote and uplift the work of Cal Shakes and our partner organizations
  • Have prior marketing experience
  • Are a team player and also able to take the lead on project management and execution
  • Preferred skills, but not required: graphic design, video editing, and/or web design with wordpress.

Special Environmental Factors

  • Cal Shakes is an open-air theater with a 3-acre campus in the Berkeley/Orinda hills. This position will require participation in outdoor events at the Theater.
  • Work at the theater includes exposure to sunlight, and hot and cold weather for extended periods of time. Some areas are wheelchair accessible, other areas have uneven surfaces and there is a long incline path into the Theater (also accessible by car, but this access is restricted during performances).
  • This position will include both remote (work from home) and in-person work in shared workspaces at the Theater. Home internet access is required.
  • Occasional weekends and evenings required, especially during summer season. 

Supervision: Reports to the Director of Marketing

Compensation: This is a full-time, year-round position. Salary range is $50-55k

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.

This position will be open until filled.

Please submit cover letter and résumé to:  Email Kyle Fischer, General Manager, kfischer@calshakes.org with “Marketing and Communications Manager” in the subject header

Facility Manager (downloadable PDF)

The Opportunity:
The Facilities Manager (FM) is responsible for keeping our buildings and grounds at the Bruns Amphitheater in top shape. This includes our 545 seat outdoor amphitheater, three picnic grove areas, outdoor deck, plaza area as well as the indoor cafe, restrooms, green room, and dressing rooms. This includes systems repairs and maintenance, emergency preparedness, security, and safety. The FM is primarily responsible for preventative and daily maintenance as well as future planning. Additional responsibilities include IT and operations coordination and management.  Cal Shakes is willing to work with candidates who are willing and interested in growing into this position.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Facility Management (50% of work time)

  • Responsible for the leadership of the facilities department
  • Hiring and management of facilities staff
  • Oversight and maintenance of the water & septic systems
  • Oversight and maintenance of the electrical systems
  • Oversight and maintenance of HVAC
  • Oversight and maintenance of waste management (trash, yard, compost, recycling and hazardous material)
  • Oversight of custodial operations
  • Oversight and implementation of safety and adhering to all CalOSHA regulations
  • Manage relationships with outside vendors and schedule routine inspections, maintenance and emergency repairs as necessary
  • Oversight of emergency preparedness, security systems, and personnel
  • Oversight of vehicle registration and maintenance
  • Creating and maintaining detailed documentation, policies and procedures
  • Collaborating with upper management future planning for facility needs
  • Ensuring the venue is ready for all rentals, events, rehearsals, and performances in coordination with Production and Operations departments
  • Serve as liaison with EBMUD, local Police and Fire Departments, and contractors on all facilities issues

Financial Management (20% of work time)

  • Develop and maintain annual facility/IT budget
  • Oversee all facility & IT related expenditures
  • Review and approve payroll for facility staff
  • Track and manage the facility/IT budget

Maintenance Work (20% of work time)

  • Perform maintenance and repairs that do not require a contractor (eg: minor plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting landscaping repairs)
  • Maintain day-to-day operations of facilities including but not limited to: power washing the plaza, cleaning chairs and tables, leaf blowing the facility, refill water coolers, refill first aid kits, etc.
  • Prepare facilities for changing weather conditions

IT Management (10%)

  • Serve as a liaison to external IT contractors, maintain priority list of IT-related projects
  • Work closely with the IT contractors and the staff to continually assess, enhance and maintain information technology and databases to support programs and development activities

Qualifications:
You are an ideal candidate if you:

  • Share a respect for a diversity of backgrounds and voices
  • Enjoy working in a creative, collaborative, fast-paced atmosphere and contribute to the creation of a positive work environment while upholding all safety guidelines
  • Are proactive, flexible, self-disciplined and reliable
  • Have a precise attention to detail and strong organizational and priority setting skills
  • Have prior facilities management and maintenance experience, (experience in an outdoor setting a plus)
  • Experience as a team player, creative problem-solver, and have the ability to know how to work with limited resources and infrastructure
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Be familiar with and stay up to date on CalOSHA regulations
  • Have maintenance experience in building systems such as plumbing, HVAC, electrical, and other common systems is preferred
  • General understanding of IT and facility with learning new IT skills and programs
  • A valid CA Drivers license
    • Personal vehicle preferred
    • Class B Driver’s License a plus. Willing to obtain Class B license (expenses covered by Cal Shakes)

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to bend, lift up to 50 lbs, carry, climb ladders, and work in a timely manner
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions

Special Environment Factors

  • Outdoor work activity and traversing uneven ground
  • The theater in Orinda is not reachable by public transportation. The closest BART station is Orinda and it is over a mile on a public highway to the theater entrance. We prefer that you have regular access to a vehicle because of the hours and location.
  • Position requires daytime hours, and some evening or weekend hours
  • Work at the theater includes exposure to sunlight, and hot and cold weather for extended periods of time
  • The theater is nestled in the hills of Orinda and a beautiful place to work!

Supervision: This position is supervised by the General Manager.

Compensation: This is a full-time, year-round position with a salary range of $48,000-$60,000. Benefits include health insurance (base plan 100% covered by Theater for full-time, year-round employees), 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.

Applications will be accepted until January 20th, 2022. Interviews will be conducted January through February.

How to Apply:  Please submit cover letter and résumé to: Kyle Fischer, General Manager – kfischer@calshakes.org (with “Facilities Manager” in the subject header)

Carpenter(downloadable PDF)

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 $18 – $22/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 carpenters in 2022. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.  To be considered for a start date in March 2022, please submit your application by January 31, 2022. To be considered for a start date in the summer of 2022, please submit your application by March 31, 2022.

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

Overhire Carpenter(downloadable PDF)

The Opportunity: The position of an Overhire Carpenter is a seasonal, show-specific position responsible for the construction of scenery and maintenance of the scene shop, including tools and equipment. The Overhire Carpenter will collaborate with the rest of the carpenters in the scene shop and is encouraged to continually learn, grow, and support fellow carpenters in their learning and growth as carpenters. The Carpenter reports to the Shop Supervisor.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

Fulfillment of these responsibilities is accomplished in the following ways:

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

Special Environmental Factors

  • The Bruns Amphitheater is open-air and requires extended standing and working on uneven surfaces.
  • Work at the Bruns includes exposure to sunlight and hot weather for extended periods of time. 
  • Variable schedule, requires evening and weekend hours during load-ins and technical rehearsals.
  • Some local travel is required between our scene shop, the Bruns in Orinda, and theaters throughout the Bay Area.

Qualifications:

You are an ideal candidate if you:

  • Are skilled in carpentry, metal fabrication, and rigging.
  • Have experience in scenery construction, general construction, metal fabrication, or a related field.
  • Preferred experience working with a variety of materials including wood, steel, and fabric
  • Are proficient in the safe use of a wide range of power tools.
  • Enjoy working in a creative, collaborative, fast-paced atmosphere and contribute to the creation of a positive work environment, especially to promote learning and growth
  • Share a respect for diverse backgrounds and voices and a commitment to inclusion and equity.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs is a plus
  • Have experience using a single person lift and/or forklift is preferred
  • Have a valid driver’s license is preferred
  • Experience driving trailers and trucks up to 26’ is a plus

Supervision: Reports to the Shop Supervisor


Compensation: This is a part-time, non-exempt, project-specific position. Salary range is $18 – $22/hour, depending on experience.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

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

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. Interviews will start on December 6th, 2021.  Start date is January 3rd, 2022. 

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

Assistant Lighting Supervisor

Position Description

The Assistant Lighting Supervisor (ALS) reports to the Lighting Supervisor (LS) and the Production Manager (PM), and is charged primarily with assisting the LS with coordinating and planning electrics requirements for Cal Shakes’ season, including 2 Mainstage productions and Venue Rentals. The ALS also offers occasional support as requested for projects in other departments at Cal Shakes. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Fulfillment of these responsibilities is accomplished in the following ways:

Assistant Project Management for Mainstage shows and Rental Events: 

  • Assist in interviewing, training, and overseeing personnel, including scheduling over-hire labor 
  • Assist the LS in working within budget guidelines, create budget projections, and create budget solution strategies
  • Assisting the LS in creating cost-effective plans for electrics install and strike for the Bruns Amphitheater 
  • Coordinate maintenance, load in, focus, and notes calls
  • Lead day time tech note calls
  • Prioritize safe practices in an outdoor environment and in conjunction with the other production departments
  • Coordinate and maintain vendor contacts, pricing, and product availability with the LS
  • Purchase needed materials and supplies and acquire appropriate rental equipment 
  • Collaborate with the lighting designers, assistant lighting designers, directors and theater staff to effectively execute the lighting design 
  • Promote a positive and inclusive culture in the electrics department

Maintenance and Administrative:

  • 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
  • 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 and photographic reference materials
  • Keep up-to-date budget tracking information according to guidelines established by the LS and PM
  • Provide technical support for other theater events and projects as requested

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 and technical rehearsals. Some work calls end around 2:30 am.

Qualifications

  • Share with us a respect for diverse backgrounds and voices and a commitment to inclusion and equity
  • Minimum of two years professional experience in theatrical electrics and leading crews
  • Experience and/or professional-level training with a variety of lighting equipment, including Colortran instruments, ETC products, and various LED fixtures. 
  • Experience programming and troubleshooting on an ETC Element/EOS Family Consoles
  • Solid verbal communication skills, digital/written communication skills are a plus
  • Are proactive and have the ability to work effectively on a team
  • Can work unsupervised and lead a crew of electricians 
  • Comfort working at heights (ladders, genie lifts, catwalks, and truss)
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds over your head
  • Good time management 
  • Are punctual
  • Previous outdoor theater experience preferred
  • A valid driver’s license and own reliable transportation preferred

This position reports to: Production Manager and Lighting Supervisor

Compensation: This is a Seasonal non-exempt position. Salary ranging between $19-$22 per hour.

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

Applications will be accepted until Feb 15th, 2021. Interviews will be conducted in early March.  

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

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 Feb 25th, 2021. Interviews will be conducted in early March.  

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 Feb 25th, 2021. Interviews will be conducted early March.  

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.
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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 February 1st, 2021. Interviews will be conducted throughout February.  

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.
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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 1st, 2021. Interviews will be conducted throughout March.  

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
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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 1st, 2021. Interviews will be conducted throughout March.  

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


OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

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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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