Staff Opportunities

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The 2018 Season:
Othello by William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Now seeking our 2018 Season Production Manager!

Hampshire Shakespeare Company is seeking a Production Manager for the 2018 Summer season of “Shakespeare Under the Stars,” which will include the adult productions of Othello and Twelfth Night and the Young Company production to follow.

Our Summer season, “Shakespeare Under the Stars”, is a primarily outdoor season with a black box rain space, with performances starting in late June/early July and ending late August. The position starts immediately and ends on the completion of season strike in late August.
The Production Manager plays a critical role in our Production Team and is the first line of accountability for the season’s success.
Production Manager Responsibilities

  • create and manage the season calendar, including rehearsals, technical schedule, and special events
  • manage season expense budget
  • search for and select technical and season management staff (i.e. technical director, stage managers, house manager, as well as designers, choreographers, assistants, crew, and other production staff as deemed necessary by relevant company members) with oversight and support from the personnel committee of the board of directors
  • participate in season preparation/strike and formulate timeline and tasks for technical staff
  • coordinate and prepare rehearsal space and maintain communication with the Renaissance Center staff
  • schedule and facilitate production meetings
  • act as point-person for communication to the artistic company
  • work with the stage manager and house manager to build the performance timing schedule (e.g. call times, house opening time)
  • report relevant information to the president of the board of directors
  • may mentor and supervise production assistants

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent electronic and verbal communication skills
  • Sizeable theatre/technical experience
  • Organized and detail-oriented mindset
  • Lives within reasonable commuting distance to Amherst, MA
  • Reliable transportation
  • Is comfortable working with people under the age of 18
  • Creative problem solver
  • Team player
  • Excited to learn
  • Flexibility
  • Good sense of humor

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience with Hampshire Shakespeare Company
  • Production management experience
  • Community theatre experience
  • Outdoor theatre experience

The ideal candidate will be an experienced and creative team player dedicated to creating a sense of community in an organization that includes staff and volunteers. Ability to quickly problem-solve is a must.  The capacity to deal with stressful situations with grace, humor, and tact is very helpful.

While Hampshire Shakespeare is a community theatre, the company offers a small stipend for much of its staff. All stipends are commensurate with experience and company budget.
Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to hampshire.shakespeare.company@gmail.com. Accepting applications through November 12, 2017.


Now seeking a Fundraising Director!

Hampshire Shakespeare Company is searching for a Fundraising Director to lead the effort to create financial relationships and secondary revenue for the Company.
Our Summer season, “Shakespeare Under the Stars”, is a primarily outdoor season with a black box rain space, with performances starting in late June/early July and ending late August.
The position begins upon hire and ends after the Board retreat in September of 2018.The Fundraising Director will work closely with the Board of Directors and its Finance and Outreach Committees.
Fundraising Director Duties

  • solicit individuals and organizations for program ads, donations, and in-kind trades
  • develop incentive structure for corporate and individual donors
  • sit on Finance Committee to set fundraising goals and benchmarks for the 2018 fiscal year as well as design donation levels and rewards with information from previously used systems
  • sit on Outreach Committee to establish and utilize relationships in the community
  • attend monthly board meetings to report fundraising progress and offer perspective
  • organize and lead fundraising campaigns, either independently or through third-party associations (e.g. Valley Gives)
  • acquire and maintain season underwriters

Additional responsibilities may include writing grant applications to charitable and governmental organizations based on successful candidate’s expertise and interestsRequired Qualifications

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in spreadsheet technology (e.g. Excel, Google Sheets)
  • Willingness to place phone calls and have in-person meetings with potential donors
  • Team player
  • Excited to learn
  • Flexibility
  • Good sense of humor

Preferred Qualifications

  • Community theatre experience
  • Marketing or development experience
  • Grant writing experience
  • Relationships with local businesses

While Hampshire Shakespeare is a community theatre, the company offers a small stipend for much of its staff. All stipends are commensurate with experience and company budget.

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to hampshire.shakespeare.company@gmail.com. Accepting applications through November 12, 2017.


Now seeking our 2018 Season Publicist!

Hampshire Shakespeare Company is seeking a Publicist for the for the 2018 Summer season of “Shakespeare Under the Stars,” which will include the adult productions of Othello and Twelfth Night and the Young Company production to follow.
Our Summer season, “Shakespeare Under the Stars”, is a primarily outdoor season with a black box rain space, with performances starting in late June/early July and ending late August. The position starts immediately and ends mid-August.
The Publicist is the person primarily responsible for the successful marketing of the Summer season.
Publicist Responsibilities

  • publicize the productions and the company through avenues including but not limited to:
    • fliers
    • posters
    • websites
    • newspapers
    • newsletters
    • radio
    • social media
  • write, format, produce, and distribute advertisements
  • forge partnerships with potential advertisers
  • sit on the Outreach Committee of the board to ensure board oversight and support
  • coordinate photoshoots and timely distribution of photos for all shows

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent electronic and verbal communication skills
  • Live within reasonable commuting distance to Amherst, MA
  • Reliable transportation
  • Creative problem solver
  • Team player
  • Excited to learn
  • Flexibility
  • Good sense of humor

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience with Hampshire Shakespeare Company
  • Marketing/publicity experience
  • Community theatre experience
  • Graphic design skills
  • Relationships with local businesses

While Hampshire Shakespeare is a community theatre, the company offers a small stipend for much of its staff. All stipends are commensurate with experience and company budget.

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to hampshire.shakespeare.company@gmail.com. Accepting applications through November 12, 2017.

 

Back Stage and Front of the House Volunteer Opportunities

Hampshire Shakespeare Company is seeking  volunteers interested in assisting in the production of  our 2018 summer season of “Shakespeare Under the Stars,” which will include productions of Othello and Twelfth Night. Opportunities are available as run crew, sound and light board operators, and costume and front of the house assistants.

Interested applicants should send an email stating their availability and interests to hampshire.shakespeare.company@gmail.com

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