If ASP can raise $100,000 between November 25 - January 15, The Hancock Family will match it 2-to-1 with a gift of $50,000. ASP has the opportunity to raise $150,000, funds which will provide critical support for ASP's artistic work and education programs throughout the Boston area all year!
This means for every $2 raised, ASP will receive an additional $1 from The Hancock Family...they have upped the ante for this last hurrah, and we need your help to meet the challenge.
We invite you to join ASP for this incredible campaign! Please help with a donation of any size this season.
Click here to make a donation online. Donations can also be made over the phone at 617-776-2200 x225 or by mailing a check or money order to:
ASP - The Hancock Family Challenge 191 Highland Avenue, Suite 2B Somerville, MA 02143
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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.
Your tax-deductible donation will give us the resources we need to sustain our ardent desire to bring you top-notch Shakespeare in intimate local spaces. If you would like to discuss the options for giving, please contact us at any time. Our donors are listed in the Honor Roll in the programs and your gift is tax-deductible.
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Did you know we encourage donating shares of stock to ASP? This is a great way to make a difference while enjoying a tax deduction of the full appreciated value of the stock donated. Please contact us, and we will supply you with the necessary documentation and walk you through the process.
Thank you for your interest in Actors' Shakespeare Project. We are currently accepting applications for the following open positions:
March 23, 2015
Position: Interim Executive Producer Status: Full-time, Exempt, Benefits Eligible Expected Duration: One Year
The Actors’ Shakespeare Project (ASP), a mid-sized theater company in Boston, seeks an experienced arts administrator to serve as Interim Executive Producer from May 2015 – May 2016. Now in its second decade, the company will spend this year evaluating structure and developing strategy for its next phase of growth. The Interim Executive Producer will play a key role in the day-to-day operational management of the company during this transition year.
About Actors’ Shakespeare Project
The Actors’ Shakespeare Project was founded in 2004 by a group of critically acclaimed Boston area actors as an Actor-based company dedicated to performing Shakespeare’s plays in found settings around the city. ASP is a not-for profit, professional company operating under an AEA NEAT contract. Each year, ASP mounts a full season of “Projects”: professional productions in different neighborhoods accompanied by educational and outreach programs designed to explore the themes of the play within each community. ASP also conducts nationally recognized youth education programs throughout the year. The Company is led collaboratively by its Artistic Director, Allyn Burrows, Director of Education, Programs, Projects and Partnerships, Mara Sidmore and the Executive Producer.
Interim Executive Producer Position
The IEP directs the business, financial, development and marketing operations of The Actors’ Shakespeare Project. The IEP works collaboratively with the Artistic Director and Director of Education Programs, Projects and Partnerships to plan and produce a full season of theatrical productions and associated programming. The IEP oversees the day to day operations of ASP’s staff (11 full time, 6 part time) , Resident Acting Company of 22, plus as many as 100 seasonal artists, crew, designers, directors, teaching artists. Responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of ASP’s overall budget, development and marketing plans, the IEP is also the primary liaison with ASP’s Board of Directors and major donors. The IEP plays a critical role in fundraising and in building and maintaining ASP’s relationships with both the broader cultural landscape and the communities in which it works. The IEP attends all major ASP events. During the tenure of this position, the IEP will participate in and support the ongoing strategic planning initiative as needed. Some evening and weekend work required. The IEP should not assume candidacy for a permanent position. The IEP may be offered the opportunity to apply for long-term employment once ASP's Search Committee has determined its long term needs and begun the search for a permanent position. This will be determined during the 15-16 season.
Skills and Abilities
The successful candidate will have a proven track record of leadership in a non-profit performing arts organization, and will be: − An executive thinker with a track record of managing a fast-moving, complex organization, while simultaneously moving a strategy forward. − Experienced in managing all areas of a non-profit performing arts organization, including setting strategy, creating and managing a budget in accordance with GAAP. − Skilled at planning and producing professional theater, and familiar with the complexities and demands of managing a theatre company in an urban environment. − Able to lead in collaboration with a dynamic senior leadership team. − Possessed of superb interpersonal and inter-organizational skills, including the ability to work well with artists, audiences, staff, donors, board members, community partners and teachers. − An excellent communicator – both verbally and in writing. − Passionate about theater and Shakespeare. − Available to work outside a structured 9-5 as needed, including evenings and weekends. − Conversant with the creative youth development & arts education field, both in Boston and nationally. − Knowledgeable about strategic planning processes, business models and organizational structures. − Direct experience working with major funding organizations in the Boston area is a plus.
7 – 10 years of progressively responsible experience managing a non-profit performing arts organization. Successful experience in interim positions and/or familiarity with ASP and its role in Boston’s theater and arts education community preferred.
Please submit a cover letter and resume as pdf files (no MS Word please) by April 15, 2015 to InterimEP@actorsshakespeareproject.org. Nominations and suggestions are also welcome. All applications will be held in confidence.
Salary & Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience. ASP offers excellent medical and flex benefits.
ASP is an equal opportunity employer.
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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:
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.
Equity appointments are scheduled in five-minute intervals, and each Equity member has a maximum of three minutes to audition. Please bring your AEA membership card. Please prepare material of your choice (including, if you wish, selections from the season -- scripts are available at the StageSource offices). For those who wish to perform a scene, a reader will be available. Please be prepared to state your starting & stopping places.
Non-Equity Auditions by appointment in Somerville, MA
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 10:30am-2:30pm Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 10:30am-2:30pm
Auditions will be at: ASP's offices 191 Highland Ave., in Suite Not 2B on the second floor Somerville, MA
Present at the auditions will be: Allyn Burrows, Artistic Director Jennie Israel, Casting
Please prepare one monologue by William Shakespeare, less than two minutes in length. This piece can be from any play in the canon, including the plays in our upcoming season. There is a slight possibility that you will be asked for a second monologue by Shakespeare; however, limited time will most likely leave space for one strong piece. Please bring one copy of your photo attached to your resume.
Typical rehearsal schedule: Tuesday-Friday evenings and Saturday & Sunday days
Please note ~ Each production has at least 5 student matinees which begin at 10am. Actors must be available for all matinees.
Please contact Heather Stern for an appointment at Heather@actorsshakespeareproject.org. Appointments will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once you have emailed, please be patient. We have a lot of requests coming in at once.
No understudies are being cast. All available 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:
Othello by William Shakespeare Directed by Bridget O'Leary
Desdemona ~ daughter of Brabanzio, Othello's love Iago ~ Othello's ensign and unknown enemy Cassio ~ Othello's Lieutenant, devoted to Othello Roderigo ~ a young, rich fool in love with Desdemona Emilia ~ Iago's wife, a truth-teller
The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare Directed by Melia Bensussen
Hermione ~ Queen of Sicilia and wife to Leontes Perdita ~ daughter to Leontes and Hermione Polixenes ~ King of Bohemia, childhood friend of Leontes Camillo ~ an honest Sicilian who refuses to do Leontes' murderous bidding Paulina ~ a fierce Sicilian noblewoman and dear friend to Hermione Autolycus ~ a roguish peddler, vagabond, and pickpocket
Richard II by William Shakespeare Directed by Allyn Burrows
John of Gaunt Duke of Lancaster ~ King Richard's uncle, and the father of Richard's banished cousin Bolingbroke, who eventually usurps the throne Edmund of Langley Duke of York ~ King Richard's uncle, and a brother of John of Gaunt and of the late Thomas of Gloucester. A traditionalist who is loyally devoted to the crown, he is deeply upset by any kind of treason against the crown Queen Isabel ~ King Richard's wife. She was born into the French royal family and flees to France when Richard is deposed Henry Bolingbroke Duke of Herford ~ Bolingbroke is King Richard's cousin and the son of Richard's uncle, John of Gaunt. He stages a revolution against Richard and is later crowned King Henry IV.
School for Scandal by R.B. Sheridan Directed by Paula Plum
Sir Benjamin Backbite ~ rude suitor of Maria Maria ~ Sir Peter's wealthy ward Moses ~ Charles' honest moneylender Snake ~ worthy of his name, Snake works for Lady Sneerwell but later betrays her Lady Sneerwell ~ slanderous woman also worthy of her name since she "sneers well" Charles Surface ~ the protagonist of the play, he is in love with Maria, but Mrs. Sneerwell also desires him Joseph Surface ~ friendly and respected, but hypocritical. He also desires Maria, his brother's love, but entices Lady Sneerwell Sir Oliver Surface ~ the rich uncle of Charles and Joseph, he disguises himself as a moneylender to test his relations Lady Teazle ~ her country roots will show, but she has learned to spend money wildly. She fights with her husband and flirst with young men, but, in the end, she shows her loyalty