"You cannot better be employ'd."
—The Merchant of Venice
The Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, a professional theatre company in residence at Southern Utah University, is accepting applications for production staff for the 2019 season. The Festival produces an eight-show repertory season and three versions of The Greenshow across four venues in the summer/fall of each year. Details of available positions are below:
Company Management Assistant
The company management assistant will help with the hospitality, arrival, residency and departure of all seasonal company members and individuals associated with the Festival’s Shakespeare tour and Shakespeare competition. He or she will also coordinate and facilitate transportation and housing for seasonal company members. Employment begins in March/April and continues through August/September/October, depending on availability.
Draper: Oversees all construction of costumes for assigned show.
First Hand: Works with draper to construct and supervise construction of costumes.
Technician: Constructs all costume pieces assigned by first hand.
Wardrobe: Works on the run of assigned productions assisting in preparation and maintenance of costumes for actors.
Assistant Costume Crafts Supervisor: Assists with the operation of costume crafts.
Senior Crafts Technician: Creates all accessory or special costume projects as designed by the costume designer (shoes, armor, hats, jewelry, accessories).
Crafts Technician: Assists senior crafts technician in the construction of all accessory or special costume projects.
House Management: Most shifts range from 11 a.m. to11:30 p.m. Required training in June (starting approximately June 1). Duties include: move stanchions, stock publications, and other light custodial duties. Prepare theaters and manage crowds prior to, during, and after each performance. Ticket scanning. Work closely with volunteers and stage management .Assist with season set up, clean up, and attend monthly scheduling meetings Other duties as assigned.
Ticket Office: Most shifts range from 9 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. Required training in June (starting approximately June 1). Duties include: Using ticketing software to sell and exchange tickets In-person and over-the-phone. Prepare ticket orders for mail or will call. Move stanchions, stock publications, and other light custodial duties. Assist with season set up, clean up, and attend monthly scheduling meetings Other duties as assigned.
Hair and Makeup
Assistant Wigmaster: Assists wigmaster in constructing and implementing hair and makeup designs. Oversees daily operation of makeup studio, purchasing of materials and wig construction.
Hair and Makeup Artist: Constructs wigs and hair pieces for productions. Assists actors with hairstyles, wigs, and makeup during the build of productions.
Hair and Makeup Run Crew: Assists actors with hairstyles, wigs, and makeup. Also maintains styles of wigs and facial hair during the run of assigned productions.
Lighting and Audio
Lighting Supervisor: Collaborates professionally with production staff, designer(s), and Festival employees and coordinates with production departments to service all lighting technical support requests for productions and events. Will serve in the assigned venue as a point person and coordinator in overseeing daily lighting department operations.
Lighting Technician: Works each work call as a member of the electrics team. Duties may include maintenance, hanging, circuiting, and focusing the light plots, work notes, and programming of light consoles during rehearsals and wiring of practicals and set mounts.
Light Board Operator: Operates light board and sound computer playback during final rehearsals and throughout the performance run. Assists in the execution of lighting and sound checks and changeovers on a daily basis for all assigned events. Functions as electrician during the tech and run of the show to troubleshoot any notes that occur.
Follow Spot Operator: Operates spotlights as assigned for rehearsals and performances. Assists in the execution of lighting and sound checks and changeovers on a daily basis for all assigned events. Functions as electrician during the tech and performance run to troubleshoot any notes that occur. May also operate a lighting console and sound playback during rehearsals and performances.
Lead Audio Engineer: Collaborates professionally with production staff and Festival employees and coordinates with production departments to service all audio and visual technical support requests for productions and events. Will serve as the onsite point person and coordinator and manage daily audio department operations.
Audio Engineer: Responsible for setup, operation, and changeover during rehearsals and performances. Duties may include playback operation and/or live mixing of actors and/or orchestra.
Wireless Mic Technician: Works in conjunction with the lead audio engineer, audio engineer(s), and designer(s) for set up and use of wired and wireless microphones on the musical. The position is also responsible for other wireless and wired microphone systems used throughout the Festival as well as the setup, operation, and changeover during rehearsals and performances.
Scenic Artist: Responsible for painting and finishing of all scenic elements for assigned productions. Reports to charge artist of assigned productions.
Junior Painter/Stage Crew: Responsible for painting and finishing of all scenic elements for assigned productions. Responsible for running, storage, and maintenance of paints for assigned productions.
Properties Artisan: Responsible for the building and fabrication of all stage and rehearsal properties.
Early-start Scenic Carpenter: Construct and load-in all scenic elements for assigned productions. Completes shop improvement and organization projects as assigned. Contracts start in mid-March and run through the first week in July.
Scenic Carpenter: Constructs and loads-in all scenic set elements for assigned productions. Completes shop improvement and organization projects as assigned. Contracts start at the end of April and run through the first week in July.
Junior Carpenter/Stage Crew: Constructs and loads-in all scenic set elements for assigned productions. Responsible for running, storage, and maintenance of scenery for assigned productions. Contracts start at mid-May and run through the mid-October.
Deck Carpenter: Responsible for running, storage, and maintenance of all scenery and props for assigned theatre (Engelstad, Randall, or Anes). Will coordinate and execute all changeovers in assigned theatre. In order to facilitate their understanding of scenic units, they will assist in the construction and load-in of scenic elements for assigned theatre. Along with other deck carpenters will be the leaders and managers of the stage crew.
Stage Crew: Responsible for load in, running, storage, changeovers, and maintenance of scenery and props for assigned productions.
Stage Manager (AEA): Coordinates and executes assigned shows. Oversees all rehearsals, scheduling, and calling of productions.
Assistant Stage Manager (Non AEA): Assists stage manager with coordination and execution of assigned shows. Responsible for creation and maintenance of the majority of show paperwork for assigned shows. Oversees all backstage operations during tech and performances.
Greenshow/Words Cubed Stage Manager (Non AEA): Responsible for the coordination and execution of The Greenshow and the Festival’s new play reading series, Words Cubed. Oversees all rehearsals, notes, running lists, paperwork for shows. May assist administrative assistant with general office duties and scheduling.
Stage Management Administrative Assistant: Coordinates all scheduling of rehearsal spaces for the repertory season. Schedules all fittings, secondary, and music rehearsals. Creates and distributes daily call paperwork. Manages daily operations of the stage management office in coordination with the Festival stage manager. May cover primary or secondary rehearsals as needed.
Production Assistant: Responsible for set up of rehearsal room, line notes, prompting, and tracking script changes for assigned shows. Assists assistant stage manager with paperwork for productions throughout rehearsal process as needed. Some positions will continue into the run of the shows.
Auditions for our 2019 season have been completed and casting is in process. Please check with us in late August of 2019 for our 2020 audition schedule.
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