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As You Like It Stage Management

Actors' Shakespeare Project is seeking an AEA Stage Manager for our upcoming production of As You Like It. Directed by Robert Walsh (SDC member), prep week begins March 11, 2014, rehearsals begin March 18, 2014. Tech begins April 13, previews begin April 17, opening is April 19, closing is May 18. Rehearsals generally run Tuesday-Friday (late afternoons to evenings) and Saturday & Sunday days. We have two 10 out of 12s plus afternoon rehearsals during previews. Performances are Thursday-Saturday nights plus Saturday and Sunday afternoons. There are several student matinees scheduled for this production. The venue will be accessible via public transportation, however the venue is not a typical theater space and applicants must be ready for a whole new experience. ASP is a NEAT Cat 6 theater. Housing is not available for out-of-town artists. To apply for this position, please send your resume, cover letter, and references to adele [at] actorsshakespeareproject [dot] org.

ASP is also seeking an Assistant Stage Manager for our upcoming production of As You Like It. Directed by Robert Walsh (SDC member), rehearsals begin March 18, 2014. Tech begins April 13, previews begin April 17, opening is April 19, closing is May 18. Rehearsals generally run Tuesday-Friday (late afternoons to evenings) and Saturday & Sunday days. We have two 10 out of 12s plus afternoon rehearsals during previews. Performances are Thursday-Saturday nights plus Saturday and Sunday afternoons. There are several student matinees scheduled for this production. The venue will be accessible via public transportation, however the venue is not a typical theater space and applicants must be ready for a whole new experience.

Applicants must have prior stage management experience. This is not an entry level position. ASMs will be required to be at every rehearsal (arriving half an hour minimum before actors and staying after actors leave). ASMs will help with blocking, be responsible for props & costume tracking paperwork, and during tech & once the show opens, run backstage, creating run sheets for themselves, interns, and costume run crew. The ASM will help oversee the Stage Management Intern (usually a student with no prior experience), especially backstage. Applicants should be well suited to a hectic environment, have a quiet presence in the room, be go-getters (jump up from behind that table!), and relish multi-tasking. Familiarity with Equity rules a plus.

ASP is also seeking a Stage Management Intern for As You Like It. Interns will help the Equity Stage Manager & Assistant Stage Manager with line notes, props & costume tracking, being on book & running lines, preset & clean up of space, and will help the ASM run backstage during the run of the production. This is an excellent hands-on opportunity. No prior stage management experience is necessary, but a sincere interest in learning the skills of stage managing or production management is a necessity. Applicants involved in other aspects of theater but interested in learning how every department works are welcome. We are looking for someone with upbeat & calm energy, the ability to multi-task, prioritize, and think on one’s feet, ability to think on one’s own & take direction well, patience, discretion, and motivation.

To apply for all positions, please send your cover letter, resume and references to adele [at] actorsshakespeareproject [dot] org.

Company Administrator/Assistant Producer

Company Administrator/Assistant Producer
Actors' Shakespeare Project, an award-winning, professional Shakespeare company based in Somerville, MA and performing throughout the Boston area seeks a Company Administator/Assistant Producer beginning immediately. The CA/AP is a mid-level, full time position in the Artistic Department, reporting to the Artistic Director and Executive Producer, who manages the operations and administrative work of the artistic/production department, collaborating closely also with the Production Manager. This position incorporates departmental administration with company management and producing assistance.

The CA/AP works with the full-time staff of 10 to produce 4-5 productions per season as well as several public events and education performances each year, manages the operations and systems of the Artistic Department, and serves as the coordinator and liaison on artistic and production matters between the staff, AEA, other mid-size AEA theaters in the area, and ASP's Resident & Seasonal Company.

(AEA Stage Managers encouraged to apply-position could also include Stage Management work for ASP depending on the candidate.)

Requirements:
• The ability to work in a highly collaborative, high energy, fast-paced environment. Must be able to balance the artistic, mission driven, and logistic needs of the company.

• Flexibility, as ASP seeks, then creates, modifies, and develops unusual performance venues with unique challenges for our itinerant performance model, requiring creative and collaborative problem solving.

• The position requires very strong administrative skills, including:
   -Excellent attention to detail
   -The ability to self-manage and manage others
   -The coordination, synthesis, and tracking of a large amount of information and moving pieces
   -Project management experience and the ability to drive a project from conception to completion
   -The ability to create and maintain comprehensive systems
   -The ability to communicate verbally and in writing easily and thoroughly to a large number of stakeholders (from artists to financial staff to patrons to donors)

• Patience, strong work ethic, a sense of adventure, and a sense of humor.

• Candidates must have an affinity and passion for Shakespeare, interest in working with limited production values and supporting simple, actor-based storytelling, as well as a desire to engage with actors, youth, patrons, and the larger Boston community.

• Bachelor's degree and at least 3 years experience working in professional theater or performance environment, familiarity with Actors' Equity Association rules and decision-making processes. AEA SM experience preferred.

Specific duties include (but are not limited to):
• With the Artistic Director, creation and maintenance of systems and procedures for the artistic department.

• With the Executive Producer, Artistic Director, and Production Manager, participation in and management of artistic and production budgets, and tracking and oversight of the ASP season planning, company, production, and event schedules.

• Participation in the artistic and production decision making, including scouting for, tracking of, and negotiating with venues, for royalties, and for other special arrangements required by ASP productions and events.

• Assistance with production hiring process and coordination of contracts for ASP artistic and production staff for each production. Along with Production Manager, support for SM teams, production assistants and artistic/production interns on each production as needed.

• Serve as liaison with, and assure ASP's compliance with, Actors' Equity Association, including management of all communications and paperwork with AEA, and serving as an ASP representative to the NEAT cohort.

• With Artistic Director and casting staff, coordination of auditions and callbacks.

• Prep work in advance of stage manager arrival, including coordinating bios, schedule conflicts, preparing supplies, etc. to assure a smooth transition in and out of each project.

• Presence and support at first rehearsals, during tech, previews, and at Opening Night performances, handling of emergencies and conflicts as artistic and production issues arise.

• Company Management and communications for the ASP Resident and Seasonal Acting Companies and guest artists. (At ASP, the acting company participates in season planning, company direction, education work, and as ambassadors for the ASP company in the larger community.)

• Oversight of the ASP rehearsal studio, including management of outside rental contracts and schedules, cleaning schedules, and supplies.

• Communication of departmental information to and from other ASP departments, including regular communication to the Executive Producer and Artistic Director, creation of payment charts to finance department, production information to marketing, proof reading of artistic/production related materials, etc.

• Participation in weekly staff meetings and artistic/production departmental meetings.

• Support for special projects, events, and education productions as needed and possible.

Growth opportunity with excellent medical and flex benefits. Please send a cover letter, resume and 3 references, to sstack [at] actorsshakespeareproject [dot] org.

ASP is an equal opportunity employer.

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Why Get Involved?

Actors' Shakespeare Project welcomes those of all backgrounds to join in our mission of bringing Shakespeare's words into the voices, bodies and imaginations of our community.

One could argue that words have no meaning until they are heard and understood, and we work to strengthen that community foundation by keeping it energized through relationships with each other, our audience, the youth and adults who participate in our education programs, and this city.

We are always looking to bring new members into our community and there are a number of ways to get involved whether by seeing a play, attending an event, taking a class, subscribing, volunteering or donating. We cherish the opportunity to work with you.

Please take a moment to explore the opportunities to get involved with our company or, get in touch if you have an idea of your own. 

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Jobs

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Internships

Actors' Shakespeare Project internships offer hands-on experience and a glimpse into what it takes to run a professional theater company. Interns are exposed to every aspect of theater management from rehearsals and production to marketing and community outreach.

Our interns become vital members of our community, gain practical experience and are encouraged to explore various aspects of theater management and production.

We offer flexible internships with each department of our company. Applicants should be passionate about the arts and eager to learn the strings and contribute to our ever-expanding theater company.

ASP offers the following internships on a semester or show by show basis:

  • Theater production
  • Artistic operations
  • Stage management
  • Design
  • Development/fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Event planning
  • Education/advocacy
  • Directing
If you are interested in an internship with ASP please fill out our internship application or send your resume and cover letter to: 

Mara Sidmore
Director of Education Programs, Projects & Partnerships
mara [at] actorsshakespeareproject [dot] org
617-776-2200 x224

In your cover letter please be sure to explain why you are applying for an internship with our company, what goals you would like to accomplish as an ASP intern and what your long term career goals are. Please also mention if you are looking for an internship for school credit.

Auditions

Actors' Shakespeare Project 2014-2015 Season - Equity Principal Auditions by appointment in Somerville, MA.

Monday, March 17, 10am-6pm.

NEAT Category 6, this year's weekly AEA actor salary was $451.
In attendance will be Artistic Director Allyn Burrows and Casting Director Jennie Israel.

ASP's typical rehearsal schedule is Tuesday-Friday evenings and Saturday & Sunday days.

For an appointment, please contact Adele Nadine Traub at adele [at] actorsshakespeareproject [dot] org.

Equity appointments are scheduled in five-minute intervals and each Equity member has a minimum of three minutes to audition. Please bring your membership card. Please prepare material of your choice (including, if you wish, selections from the season - scripts are available at the StageSource office). For those who wish to perform a scene, a reader will be available. Please be prepared to state your starting & stopping places.

No understudies are being cast. All roles are available for non-traditional casting. Please note that ASP does not supply housing. Actors must have Boston area housing in order to work with ASP. Available roles listed below.

The Comedy of Errors
by William Shakespeare
directed by David R. Gammons
First rehearsal: August 26, 2014
First preview: September 24, 2014
Closing: October 19, 2014
Venue To Be Revealed

Solinus - Duke of Ephesus
Emilia - The Duke's lost wife, now Lady Abbess at Ephesus
Antipholus of Ephesus - twin brother of Antipholus of Syracuse, son of Egeon and Emilia
Antipholus of Syracuse - twin brother of Antipholus of Ephesus, son of Egeon and Emilia
Dromio of Ephesus - twin brother to Dromio of Syracuse, servant to Antipholus of Ephesus
Dromio of Syracuse - twin brothers to Dromio of Ephesus, servant to Antipholus of Syracuse
Adriana - wife of Antipholus of Ephesus
Luciana - Adriana's sister
Nell/Luce - kitchen wench/maid to Adriana
Doctor Pinch - a conjuring schoolmaster

Phaedra
by Jean Racine
directed by M. Bevin O'Gara
First rehearsal: October 21, 2014
First preview: November 19, 2014
Closing: December 7, 2014
Venue To Be Revealed

Theseus, King of Athens
Phaedra, wife of Thesus, daughter of Minos and Pasiphaë, in love with her stepson, Hippolytus
Hippolytus, son of Theseus and Antiope, Queen of the Amazons
Aricia, princess of the royal blood of Athens
Oenone, nurse and confidante of Phaedra

Measure for Measure
by William Shakespeare
directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
First rehearsal: December 9, 2014
First preview: January 7, 2014
Closing: February 1, 2015
Multicultural Arts Center | Cambridge 

Duke Vincentio, ruler of Vienna
Isabella, Claudio's sister, a novice in the order of St. Claire
Mariana, young lady of Vienna who was once betrothed to Angelo
Juliet, Claudio's betrothed
Mistress Overdone, a Madam
Angelo, a nobleman of Vienna chosen by the Duke to replace him during his absence
Escalus, an old lord at the Viennese court
Claudio, Isabella's brother, a young gentleman of Vienna
Lucio, a fop well-acquainted with brothels
Elbow, a constable who constantly mangles his words
Froth, a foolish gentleman who spends a great deal of his time in taverns
Pompey, Mistress Overdone's bartender who helps her in her painting

God's Ear
by Jenny Schwartz
directed by Thomas Derrah
First rehearsal: March 3, 2015
First preview: March 25, 2015
Closing: April 12, 2015
The Davis Square Theatre | Somerville

Mel, a woman whose son has died
Ted, Mel's husband
Lanie, Mel and Ted's six year-old daughter, played by an adult
Tooth Fairy, the Tooth Fairy

"God's Ear" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Henry VI, Part 2
by William Shakespeare
directed by Tina Packer
First rehearsal: April 14, 2015
First preview: May 13, 2015
Closing: June 7, 2015
The Modern Theatre at Suffolk University | Boston 

Henry VI, the King of England
Duke of Gloucester, named the protector of England until Henry is old enough to rule
Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester, Gloucester's ambitious wife
Cardinal Beaufort, Bishop of Winchester
Richard, Duke of York (later Richard III)
Edward, son of Richard, Duke of York
Richard, son of Richard, Duke of York
Duke of Buckingham
Earl of Salisbury
Earl of Warwick, son of Salisbury