Staff Opportunities

Current Openings:

Director Search for 2020 Season

Hampshire Shakespeare Company is getting ready to embark on our 31st season and we want you to join us!  We are accepting proposals for plays for our 2020 season of Shakespeare Under the Stars. This year, we are envisioning a summer of exciting shows, with at least one being family friendly. To that end, we are seeking proposals for the following shows:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • The Tempest
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Romeo & Juliet
  • Macbeth 
  • Julius Caesar 
  • Love’s Labours’ Lost 
  • A Winter’s Tale 

At Hampshire Shakespeare Company, the director is the creator of the artistic vision of the production and the nexus of the collaborative process. We want a director who is passionate about their work, and passionate about being a part of our company!  While we have a short list of plays we’d like to see proposals for, you can submit a proposal for a show that is not listed above. We will read every proposal we receive, but keep in mind our goals for the season when drafting your proposal. 

What’s in a proposal? A proposal by any other name would smell as sweet.

What we want is to hear your vision for the show and why this play speaks to you. Just a few paragraphs will do. Have some drawings? We’ll look at those, too!

The Deadline for proposals is December 1st, with an interview process to follow for selected candidates. You can  send your proposal to hampshire.shakespeare.company@gmail.com. While we are a community theatre, we do offer a small stipend to most staff. Please send any questions or concerns to the above email address as well. 

Production Manager

Hampshire Shakespeare Company is seeking a Production Manager for our 2020 Summer season of “Shakespeare Under the Stars,” which will include two adult productions and our annual Young Company production. 

Shakespeare Under the Stars is an outdoor season, and our shows take place at the Arthur C. Kinney Center for Renaissance Studies on the campus of UMASS Amherst.  Performances start in late June/early July and end in late August. The position of Production Manager would start immediately and end on the completion of season strike in late August. 

The Production Manager plays a critical role in our season and is the main component of our production work. Hampshire Shakespeare Company relies on the Production Manager to ensure the production process runs smoothly and successfully. 

Production Manager Responsibilities Include:

  • create and manage the season calendar, from auditions to season strike
  • manage season expense budget within guidelines set by the board of directors
  • search for and select technical and season management staff (i.e. technical director, stage managers, 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 board of directors
  • work with the stage managers 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 written and verbal communication skills
  • Sizable theatre/technical experience
  • Organized and detail-oriented mindset
  • Lives within reasonable commuting distance to Amherst, MA
  • Reliable transportation
  • Is comfortable with 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 a relatively 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 December 12th, 2019.

Publicist

Hampshire Shakespeare Company is seeking a Publicist for the for the 2020 Summer season of “Shakespeare Under the Stars,” which will include two adult productions and our annual Young Company production.

Shakespeare Under the Stars is an outdoor season, and our shows take place at the Arthur C. Kinney Center for Renaissance Studies on the campus of UMASS Amherst.  Performances start in late June/early July and end in late August. The position of Publicist would start immediately and end on the completion of the season in August. 

The Publicist is primarily responsible for advertising HSC events including auditions, fundraising events, workshops, and the summer season.

Publicist Responsibilities

  • Work with local radio stations and newspapers for advertising space
  • Submit events to local calendars and theater community listings
  • Publicize 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
  • Coordinate photo shoots 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 on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to applications received by January 2, 2020.

Fundraising Director

Hampshire Shakespeare Company is seeking a Fundraising Director for the for the 2020 Summer season of “Shakespeare Under the Stars,” which will include two adult productions and our annual Young Company production.

Shakespeare Under the Stars is an outdoor season, and our shows take place at the Arthur C. Kinney Center for Renaissance Studies on the campus of UMASS Amherst.  Performances start in late June/early July and end in late August. The position of Fundraising Director would start immediately and end on the completion of the season in August. 

The Fundraising Director will be responsible for soliciting new and past season underwriters, business donors and individual donors in support of the 2020 season.  This includes selling program ads, securing season supporters, and possible ad exchanges for in kind donations.

Fundraising Director Duties

  • solicit individuals and organizations for program ads, donations, and in-kind trades
  • attend monthly board meetings to report fundraising progress and offer perspective or give monthly reports to the Board
  • organize and lead fundraising campaigns, either independently or through third-party associations, and assist in the planning/implementation of fundraising events
  • acquire and maintain season underwriters 

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

Required 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

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. The Fundraising Director will receive a small stipend and commission based on the funds secured for the season.

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to hampshire.shakespeare.company@gmail.com. Accepting applications on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to applications received by January 2, 2020.


Volunteer Opportunities

  • Backstage Run Crew
    • Work backstage during tech and performances to assist with set up of technical equipment, scene transitions, quick changes, and other needs as they come up.
  • Sound/Light Board Operator
    • Run lights or sound during tech and performances, assist with set up of technical equipment, and be responsible for troubleshooting equipment during performances
  • Wardrobe Assistants
    • Manage costume care during tech and performances by mending costumes between shows, laundering as needed, and ensuring all costumes are ironed before performances.
  • Usher/Front of House Assistant
    • Assist with set up of audience seating, direct parking, hand out programs, assist patrons with seating, hand out bugspray or umbrellas as needed, and help clean up at the end of the night
  • Note: You do not need to be available for every performance in order to volunteer, although availability for many performances is strongly preferred
  • To apply, send resume and statement of interest to hampshire.shakespeare.company@gmail.com
  • APPLICATION DUE DATE: Rolling

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