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CSF 2023 Production Crew

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Boulder, Colorado





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Temporary Staff



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Job Summary

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, located on the campus of the University of Colorado Boulder, encourages applications for multiple positions for the 2023 CSF Season! These positions will support the success of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.

Positions are available in Lighting, Sound, Props, Paints, and Carpentry. Details for each position are available in the "Key Responsibilities" section below.

The 2023 CSF season begins May 2023 and responsibilities for these positions will continue until mid-July or mid-August.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

For over 60 seasons, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has delighted audiences with classic theatre under the stars.

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company in association with the University of Colorado Boulder. Since 1958, the festival has celebrated and explored Shakespeare and his continuing influence and vitality through productions of superior artistic quality, education, and community engagement.

CSF strives to preserve the classics of the past and pursue the classics of the future. Fueled by artistry and scholarship, the festival seeks to expand the cultural richness of the region by inspiring, challenging and cultivating the imagination of audiences and artists.

Plays are performed beneath summer night skies in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and in the newly renovated Roe Green Theatre indoors.

The festival’s education programs reach tens of thousands of school children each year through camps, classes and outreach performances that connect them with the continuing tradition and importance of Shakespeare.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Department-specific opportunities are available:

Staff Carpenter:

  • Perform skilled carpentry work using a variety of materials related to the construction of theatrical scenery.
  • Assist with the planning, layout, construction, and installation of scenic projects while working closely with the CSF Technical Director and CSF Associate Technical Director(s) to ensure that the scenic elements of the productions are completed with an emphasis on quality and safety.
  • Participate in repertory changeovers and provide routine maintenance.

Production Electrician / Light Board Operator:

  • Participate in electrics install, maintenance, and repair of all lighting equipment.
  • Assist the CSF Lighting Supervisor in engineering all lighting systems.
  • Supervise and direct production lighting technicians and college level apprentices.
  • Operate lighting console for all performances in assigned theatre.
  • Facilitate standard operating procedures pertaining to stage lighting practice including but not limited to dimmer / focus checks, lamps, color, etc.
  • Participate in repertory changeovers and provide routine maintenance.
  • Instruct run crew in show operation and lighting console operation.
  • Engineer and install all set / stage lighting equipment and set electrics in consultation with the CSF Lighting Supervisor.
  • Collaborate with audio department to ensure efficient system installation across departmental lines.
  • Participate in end of season strike and restoration of theatre spaces, return of rental items, and preparation of off-season storage.

Audio Engineer / Technician:

  • Installation, maintenance & repair of equipment, including all radios and headset systems (Both wired and wireless).
  • Work with the CSF Production Manager and CSF Sound Supervisor to ensure goals are met within budget and time constraints.
  • Operate / mix front of house sound system: Mostly playback systems, with moderate live mixing duties on the indoor stage.
  • Participate in repertory changeovers and provide routine maintenance.
  • Participate in end of season strike and restoration of theatre spaces, return of rental items, and preparation of off-season storage.

Scenic Artist:

  • Assist the CSF Scenic Charge Artist in painting scenic elements in a 4-show repertory season.

Props Artisan:

  • Assist the CSF Props Supervisor in building, modifying, and / or procuring all props in the 4-show season.

Theatrical Stage Technician:

  • Assist with planning, fabrication, preparation, and installation of theatrical scenery, equipment, and infrastructure in the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and Roe Green Theatre.
  • The Theatrical Stage Technician is a freelance / overhire position. Company housing is not available, and work hours are scheduled as required and filled at will from available technicians.

All positions will assist as needed across departmental lines as designated by the CSF Production Manager.

What You Should Know

These are temporary positions.

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to follow the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The hourly rate for these positions is $15.00 to $16.25 per hour.


Temporary positions at the University of Colorado are not benefits-eligible, however, all positions are eligible for paid sick leave

Be Statements

Be adaptable. Be creative. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • At least one year of related experience demonstrating the required skills is required for all positions.
  • A valid driver’s license is required for the Theatrical Stage Technician positions.

What You Will Need

  • A commitment to an inclusive, diverse, and equitable workplace environment.
  • Strong collaboration, communication, and technical skills related to the required skills of the position.
  • The ability to maintain high quality / standards and a safe and supportive work environment while working on a tight schedule.
  • Artistic sensibility and sensitivity.

What We Would Like You to Have

All positions:

  • Teaching / mentoring experience (supervisor and manager positions).

Position-specific preferences:

Staff Carpenter:

  • Rigging experience.
  • Strong carpentry skills in both wood and steel constructions.
  • Knowledge of scenic fabrication practices.

Production Electrician / Light Board Operator:

  • Ability to interpret and edit relevant / standard paperwork.
  • Experience with all forms of traditional and contemporary lighting practices including but not limited to ETC Sensor dimming systems, ETC Eos family consoles, DMX / networking systems, and use and maintenance of conventional and intelligent lighting equipment.

Audio Engineer / Technician:

  • Experience and/or advanced training in theatrical audio and / or audio engineering.
  • Experience as running shows as sound board operator and / or deck audio technician.
  • Ability to interpret and edit relevant / standard paperwork.
  • Experience with all forms of traditional and contemporary theatrical sound reinforcement practices, including but not limited to Yamaha CL5 and Midas M32 mixing consoles, Shure wireless microphone systems, loudspeakers, and production intercom systems.

Scenic Artist:

  • Experience and/or advanced training in scenic painting and theatrical painting techniques.

Props Artisan:

  • Experience in sculpting, casting, and advanced carpentry.
  • Experience with faux painting props and working with a wide variety of materials.
  • Experience with arms and armor including construction, repair, and proper maintenance.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A current resume. Please include at least 3 references with their contact information on your resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically identifies the positions for which you are applying and that tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of those positions.

Please apply by March 27, 2023, for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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