Staff Opportunities

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

Now seeking our 2018 Season Directors!

Hampshire Shakespeare Company is seeking two Directors for the 2018 Summer Mainstage season of “Shakespeare Under the Stars,” which will include productions of Othello and Twelfth Night.

“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 early August. The position starts upon hire and ends on opening night of the show’s run.

The Director is the creator and enactor of the artistic vision of the production they direct and will be a collaborative center point for the success of the play.

Director Responsibilities

  • Prepare the background, context, and meaning of the play in accordance with artistic objectives and the overall mission of the season
  • Audition from the pool of actors who submit auditions with fair consideration to all, in accordance with non-discriminatory practices
  • May reach out individually to recruit actors if the need arises
  • Advise and support the production manager and Board of Directors in the selection of artistic and production team members
  • Attend individual and production meetings as requested by production and management personnel, subject to reasonable availability
  • Prepare a first cut of the script to be used for rehearsal and performance with the assistance of the season dramaturg
  • Plan the rehearsal schedule for the company alongside the production stage manager, with input and advisement from the production manager, season dramaturg, technical director, and other hired consultants (e.g. fight choreographer)
  • Direct the performers during the rehearsal period in order to facilitate the preparation of their performances in order to create a unified performance production
  • Collaborate with season dramaturg in devising relevant book, text, and historical work for the performers prior to and during the rehearsal process
  • Work with the production team, designers, and consultants to evolve a unified physical production

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent electronic and verbal communication skills
  • Previous directing experience
  • Lives within reasonable commuting distance to Amherst, MA
  • Reliable transportation
  • Ability to work with people of any age group
  • Ability to solve problems creatively
  • Team player attitude
  • Willingness to learn
  • Flexibility
  • Good sense of humor

Preferred Qualifications

  • Outdoor theatre experience
  • Background in Shakespearean performance and directing
  • Community theatre experience

The ideal candidate will be a creative team player dedicated to creating a sense of community in an organization that includes staff and volunteers. Ability to think on your feet and adjust to the unpredictable nature of outdoor theatre is a must.  

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 either a cover letter specifying which show they are applying to direct or a directing proposal to hampshire.shakespeare.company@gmail.com. Accepting applications through December 31, 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.


 

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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