Shakespeare Theatre Company recognizes the value of a workforce made up of highly skilled people from a variety of backgrounds. Diversity enriches our work environment and our stage productions. It invigorates the services we provide to the community. Therefore, Shakespeare Theatre Company strives to increase accessibility for all segments of the community, both to join the organization and to grow professionally within.
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Assistant House Managers (Part-Time)
The Shakespeare Theatre Company seeks part time Assistant House Managers. Under the direction of the Theatre Services Manager, this position serves as a key member in welcoming our patrons to the theatre and ensuring their safety. In addition to the season at Shakespeare Theatre Company which includes: The Amen Corner, Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski, Once Upon a One More Time, Our Town, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, and Red Velvet; Assistant House Managers also provide support for various special events which have included past presentations by The Washington Ballet, Congressional Black Caucus, The Atlantic Festival, Netflix, and many others. Responsibilities for this entry-level position include training ushers, greeting and seating patrons, and maintaining a high level of customer care and safety under the direction of the Lead House Managers. This is a part-time position with an hourly rate of $15.20.
The successful candidate will have superior people skills, the ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure, and value the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. A background in face-to-face customer service is preferred, knowledge of theatre is a plus. Must be available for at least two shifts per week, including nights and weekends.
Associate Director of Communications
The Shakespeare Theatre Company seeks an Associate Director of Communications to complement its Marketing and Communications department. Do you have a passion for promoting theatre? Are you personable and easy to talk to? Do you take the Oxford comma seriously? Then STC may be the place for you. The Associate Director of Communications is a key team member responsible for STC’s external communications and publications. This position acts as liaison between STC and the press, requires relationship building, story-pitching, and liaising artists and STC staff members with the outside world. As a writer and editor, the position manages a full range of communication pieces that support a unified communications and brand strategy for STC including production programs, website, newsletters and a variety of STC marketing pieces. This position works with all departments at STC and ensures adherence to branding and style guidelines, maintaining consistent written communications. The remaining shows in STC’s current season include the world premiere of Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski, new productions of Our Town, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing and Red Velvet, as well as the pre-Broadway world premiere of Once Upon a One More Time. This is a full-time position with excellent benefits and an annual salary of $55,000.
A successful candidate for this position will be well-organized and a good team player, able to adjust on the fly and work with colleagues throughout the organization. Some projects are massive and require months of lead time and coordination, while other projects are spur-of-the-moment and require smart decisions and quick actions. A Bachelor’s degree in either Communications or English is preferred and at least 3 years of professional experience is ideal. The model candidate will have excellent and diverse writing and editing skills with a command of Chicago style and grammar rules. A theatrical, performing/visual arts background, or experience with a non-profit organization is also preferred but not essential. Please note, Shakespeare Theatre Company requires that all employees must be fully vaccinated.
Associate General Manager
The Shakespeare Theatre Company seeks an Associate General Manager to join our highly collaborative General Management department. Reporting to our General Manager, the Associate General Manager negotiates, prepares, and ensures completion of actor and stage manager contracts and paperwork for all productions and events, and assists the General Manager with additional contract drafting as needed. They also play a key role in executing our season and all of the logistics involved, including managing the annual housing, travel, and hospitality budgets. They also function as part of our company management team, and serve as the secondary point of contact for all actors and stage managers through check-ins at the theater as well as our Company Management Hotline. The Associate General Manager also oversees the procurement of O-1 visas and will support the General Manager and Senior Director of Administration with annual business license renewals as well as at various meetings, such as the Finance and Audit committees of the Board. They will also serve as one of our COVID Safety Managers and will assist in creating and drafting safety policies. Schedule flexibility is required based on show needs. This is a full-time position with excellent benefits and an annual salary of $55,000.
The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre or a related field and/or 4-5 years professional company/general management experience, with strong knowledge of Equity and/or League of Resident Theatre agreements, and a keen instinct for customer service. Must be able to work well in an active, team-based environment while being able to concentrate and perform under deadlines. Creative problem solving, diplomacy, and business sense are required. This position also requires a valid drivers’ license and the ability to lift 50lbs. Please note, Shakespeare Theatre Company requires that all employees must be fully vaccinated.
Concessions Attendants (Part-Time)
The Shakespeare Theatre Company seeks Concessions Attendants to join the Concessions team. This part-time position will be in a workspace that is more akin to a movie theater than a restaurant bar, with up to 29 hours per week. Ideal candidates must be available to work nights, weekends, holidays and special events. Must be 21 years or older and be confident discussing our shows and events with patrons. This position is paid $15.20 per hour plus tips, plus free admission to each of our shows.
Responsibilities and duties are as follows: before service, the Concessions Attendant will stock and restock both food and drink items as needed, communicate with the Supervisor/Lead about any items that are low in stock, and make sure all sanitation procedures are followed and set up. During service, the Concessions Attendant will provide excellent guest service while working in a fast-paced environment, serve food, beverages, and desserts to large number of patrons in small window of time, and be able to serve and learn the alcohol concessions provides. After service, the Concessions Attendant will wipe down all counters, tables and chairs from service and assist the Lead with shut down.
The ideal candidate will have the ability to work both independently and collaboratively, strong communication skills, the ability to lift up to 25lbs, the ability to multi-task, and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Please note that the Shakespeare Theatre Company does have a mandatory vaccination policy.
The Shakespeare Theatre Company seeks an experienced Scenic Carpenter to join our Helen Hayes award-winning scene shop. The professional scenic carpentry staff handles carpentry, metalwork, rigging, mechanics, and automation for five large, artistically ambitious productions built in a well-appointed 23,000 SF scene shop. Projects can range from building flats to tearing apart a car to traditional indoor sets, and everything in between. This person will work day to day with other departments and will participate in the build, load-in, and strike of all shows, as well as maintaining the shop and machinery. This is a full-time position with excellent benefits and an hourly rate of $20.50.
This position requires an Associates’ Degree in Technical Theatre, or equivalent experience, and at least 3 years’ professional experience in a shop environment. Preference will be given to candidates with MIG experience and automation knowledge. Must be able to regularly lift at least 50lbs. 10 hour days M-Th, with occasional weekends and evenings. Please note that STC has a mandatory vaccination policy, along with other safety requirements due to COVID-19.
School Programs Manager
The Shakespeare Theatre Company seeks a School Programs Manager (SPM). This position creates, manages and teaches school programming that deepens the connection between STC and all schools throughout the DC region, currently serving over 15,000 students a year. Programs currently include District Shakespeare, student matinees, Text Alive!, School Shows, and Artist in the Classroom. This position’s primary responsibilities include program management, school contracts, and relationship building with educators and students. The SPM will teach a variety of classes when the schedule allows and also onboard and train our part-time Teaching Artists for School Programs. The SPM will collaborate with the Education Team to build new programming, refine programming currently in place, and assist in special events. This is a full-time position with excellent benefits and an annual salary of $54,000.
The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the public school and classroom systems, enjoy working with a creative team and training in theatre. A Bachelor’s degree in Theatre, Theatre Management, Education or a related field is needed, or similar job experience. Ideally, three years of arts administration and/or arts education experience or three years’ experience in public or private schools, with three years as a supervisor is preferred. Skills with accounting, sales, and Outlook, Excel and Tessitura (or similar ticketing/database programs) are a plus. Please note that STC has a mandatory vaccination policy, along with other safety requirements due to COVID-19.
Shakespeare Theatre Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of Shakespeare Theatre Company to employ individuals without regard to gender, race, age, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or any other factor made unlawful under applicable fair employment laws. In accordance with such laws, reasonable accommodations are made for persons with disabilities.