Millbrook Playhouse, a professional summer theatre located in central Pennsylvania, is looking for a summer Costume Designer, Set Designer, Lighting Designer, Prop Master, and Sound Designer as well as Company Manager, Technical Director, Stage Managers, Assistant Stage Managers, Assistant Costume Designer, Wardrobe Supervisor/builder, Carpenters, and Box Office, to serve as staff in there 2019 summer season.
Millbrook Playhouse offers a unique opportunity for up-and-coming designers and theatre technicians to add practical, hands on experience to their resume. Designers will have the opportunity to work with experienced directors as they work to create a successful design within the limits of time, budget, and staff. Technicians will likewise learn by doing in both building and running large and smaller scale productions.
Staff and Designers should be able to work calmly in a high-paced environment and be able to work long hours without burnout. They must also have an interest in working in a highly collaborative environment and ready to take on whatever comes their way.
Company Manager will be responsible for addressing the needs of the company, maintaining company calendar, staff correspondence, and arranging travel and accommodations for all staff and actors. As well as arranging the six meals for the staff and cast, that includes pick up from local restaurants, helping to set up kitchen, and clean up after meals. As well as, any day-to-day issues or emergencies that may arise. Candidate must be highly organized, self-motivated, flexible, and possess excellent interpersonal communication skills. Must have a valid drivers license and like people (more importantly artist). A highly competent and caring Company Manager is critical to the success of the summer. Often CM will assist with opening night cast parties and gifts, work with the board of directors on events and help the Artistic Director with audience interactions.
The Technical Director requires a hand on person responsible for the construction of all sets for the season. Will work closely with the set designer to execute the designs (will consider a TD/Set Designer). Will supervise the master carpenters, carpenters, scenic artist and Interns. Must schedule and supervise all changeovers in consultation with the stage manager and designers and Producing Artistic Director.
The Master Carpenter requires an individual with excellent carpentry skills as well as the ability to assist the TD in supervising the carpenters. Depending upon the show, he or she may be part of the running crew.
Carpenters will work under the supervision of the TD and MC to construct the sets and load in and out the sets during changeover. Although most of the job involves carpentry, some electrics may be involved. Carpenters will be part of the running crew.
The Properties Master will work with the TD and under the direction of the Set Designer to shop, borrow, and/or build the props for each of the shows. Some set painting may be involved. Depending upon the show, may be part of the running crew.
Box Office Associates are the principal point of contact between the public and the Playhouse, and as a result need excellent interpersonal skills and a warm personal manner. They also need organizational and computer skills, and need the ability to give great attention to detail. All office positions could also benefit from a willing attitude and a warm smile.
The Lighting, Set and Costume Designer Seeking an extremely hands-on individual with strong organizational, creative, technical, leadership, and communication skills. They will design and build/hang elements for selected shows and will collaborate closely with the director’s, Artistic Director, and will work with the stage manager and the TD in organizing the changeovers. In addition, supervise the staff and interns. Costume Designers must have sewing skills and draping/building skills. LX must have eclectics skills and Set designer is responsible for scenic painting and some building. All Designers will be responsible for ordering and maintaining equipment. Must be good working with limited budgets also tracking budget and expenses. Creative problem solving skills are a must. Designers usually have an MFA, or are MFA students, with some previous experience in summer theatre preferred. Contracts are generally full season for designer, there is some flexibility, however designers must be able to designer more than on show in a season.
The Sound Designer/Operator will design all shows for the season. Also responsible for setting up the theatre sound system, including cables, area mics, speakers, amplifiers, and a multi channel sound mixer. Will also set up cabaret sound system. Responsible for mixing during the shows.
The Wardrobe Supervisor/ACD works under the supervision of the costume designer, duties include but are not limited to, execution and maintenance of all costumes, organizing and cleaning costume storage, laundry room, and dressing rooms, supervising the backstage area during all performances, assists with changes as needed. Assures all costumes are maintained and laundered as needed, keeps dressing rooms operating correctly. Some design opportunities usually arise, the assistant CD duties include research, budget, wardrobe paperwork, and instructing the shop during build for your assigned show design. You are also expected to attend all production meetings and dress rehearsals for your assigned show. The wardrobe supervisor/assistant costume designer must be a communicative, positive and multitasking capable individual. Sewing and wardrobe experience is required.
Stage Manager’s (Main Stage/Cabaret Stage) should be comfortable managing a large, professional and early career cast and creative team and be comfortable working in a collaborative, fast-paced environment. Oversee the production’s schedule and calls
- Oversee the production’s schedule and calls
- Manage the day-to-day rehearsals.
- Setting up the rehearsal space
- Cleaning and maintaining rehearsal spaces
- Working with departments to obtain rehearsal props, costumes, and other needed items
- Working with director to set calls for the performers
- Coordinating call times with Company Management
- Works with project timelines ensure production goals are maintained.
- Execute development and performance management of assistants and interns
- Run and manage the technical rehearsal process
- File and send daily reports to designers and staff, detailing rehearsal and show needs, notes and requests
- Follow up on all notes to ensure they are completed in a timely manner
- Collaborate with other departments to ensure all aspects of the productions are safe and compliant with Millbrook’s internal SOPs.
- Manage calls and attendance for productions
- Maintain artistic integrity of productions after opening
- Communicate notes to actors, designers, and staff to keep the show as similar to the directors vision as possible
- Operate light board and call technical elements of the show
- Maintain show documentation
- Qualifications: Proven supervisory stage management skills, strong communication skills; positive attitude, team player; good negotiation abilities, collaboration skills, problem solving skills, organizational skills 2 years of stage management experience
Musical Director Collaborate with Stage Director and Choreographer regarding artistic vision of productions, assist in identifying appropriate musicians as necessary, attend all rehearsals (including brush-up, understudy or other rehearsals), and performances, orchestrate or re-orchestrate music as needed for vocal and/or instrumental needs on production(s). Attend any production meetings where attendance is requested. Schedule and direct musician rehearsals with musicians, with Stage Manager. Participate in the performance and preparation thereof, of Courtyard Cabaret on Saturday nights following the shows. Preparation includes reviewing music with any performers the days prior to Courtyard Cabaret performance.
Director/Choreographers is responsible for artistic vision of show. Must be able to multitask, work on their feet and fast paced. Rehearsals are ten (10) days and many performers will be in other shows. Looking for directors who can go with the flow and be able to take limitations and make them into opportunities Director is the hub of communication between the Company and Millbrook staff Collaborate with Performers, Designers, Stage Management, and Production Staff regarding artistic vision of production, including concept and design to work within space, budget and time limitations.
Season ranges from Mid to late May – August early august. (There are some positions that start earlier by a week and end later by a week.)
- Pay varies depending on responsibilities:
- Generally heads of departments; pay for senior staff and Designers: $250.00-$350.00 weekly. (based on experience)
- Generally Asst. Designers, ATD, Master Carp., ME; pay for junior staff: $175.00-$250.00 (Based on experience)
- Housing provided – Dorm style (shared) w/kitchen, and internet
- Seven meals per week provided per week – catered from local restaurants.
- Bus Transportation to and from Millbrook Playhouse provided from NYC or Philadelphia ONLY
- Emailed resume and brief cover letter to: Attn: David Leidholdt, Producing Artistic Director
- Please state the Job title you are applying for in the subject line: Millbrookplayhousejobs@gmail.com
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