Get Involved

SpeakEasy’s mission to connect our audience, staff and artists through production means that we are constantly seeking the best new talent in Boston to join our community. In this section you’ll find information on job opportunities, internships, fellowships and auditions throughout SpeakEasy’s season. We also post all opportunities on the StageSource hotline, and most major job sites when applicable.

Of course, to stay as up-to-date as possible on everything SpeakEasy has going on, you can always join our e-mail list.

Interested in volunteering as an usher for one of our shows? Click here and “RSVP” to the production for which you’d like to be considered. Questions about ushering may be directed to volunteer@bostontheatrescene.com.

Auditions

EPA Auditions for our 2019-2020 Season will be announced in the Spring of 2019.

 

Non-Equity Actors may add their name to a wait list via email for both audition days. Please be sure to include:

  • Headshot and resume (PDF please)
  • A contact phone number and email
  • Equity status
  • The shows for which you would like to be considered

CASTING BREAKDOWN

Actors of color are strongly encouraged to audition, and all roles are open to inclusive casting.

Play Submissions

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At SpeakEasy Stage, we are committed to reading, hearing, developing, and producing new work by local artists. If you have a play you’d like us to know about, there are several ways to get involved:

The Boston Project
The Boston Project is a new play development initiative which aims to create plays set in our hometown. Submissions are open each spring, and the development process runs during our season from September-May. The Boston Project is designed for Boston-based playwrights who are invested in the communities that make up our city, and who are eager to explore those communities through collaboration with other Boston artists. Read more about The Boston Project here.

Unsolicited Submissions from Boston & New England Playwrights***
Do you have a completed play that you’d like our literary team to read and discuss? Local writers, please email the full text of your play, saved as a .pdf, and a current theatrical resume to submissions@speakeasystage.com. Let us know if you’d like feedback, and we’d be happy to engage with any dramaturgical questions you may have. No paper submissions, please.

***Please note that The Boston Project is the pipeline through which we consider previously unproduced plays for potential mainstage productions. Unsolicited submissions from unrepresented playwrights are not being considered for our mainstage at this time.

 

 

Local Readings & Workshops
We understand that the best way to experience a script is live and on its feet, and so we try to see as many local staged readings, workshops and world premieres as possible. If your play is receiving a public reading or performance, e-mail information on the date, time, and responsible theatre company to submissions@speakeasystage.com, and we’ll make every effort to have a representative attend.

Unsolicited Submissions from New York & Non-Local Playwrights
SpeakEasy Stage accepts submissions from agents and development organizations in the United States, Canada, and the UK. Please send all inquiries to submissions@speakeasystage.com.

Jobs

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, age, sexuality, gender identification, or physical ability. We will make reasonable accommodations for interviews and service.
When emailing resumes and materials, please be sure to put the name of the position to which you are applying in the subject line.

 

Relevant Dates for Technical Production Opportunities:

School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play
First Rehearsal- 4/8/2019
Load-in- 4/29/2019
Start Tech- 4/30/2019
Opening- 5/3/2019
Close- 5/25/2019
Strike- 5/26/2019
Possible Extension Close-6/1/2019
Possible Extension Strike-6/2/2019

The View UpStairs
First Rehearsal- 5/6/2019
Load-in- 5/27/2019
Start Tech- 5/28/2019
Opening- 5/31/2019
Close- 6/22/2019
Strike- 6/23/2019
Possible Extension Close- 6/29/2019
Possible Extension Strike- 6/30/2019

  • Sound Board Op/Run Crew

    SpeakEasy Stage Company is seeking a Sound Board Op/Run Crew

    The Sound Op/Run Crew is responsible for maintaining and running sound equipment during the run of the show. This includes assisting the Stage Management team with daily maintenance, setup and testing of sound equipment. The job will include basic Audio duties, running the playback system for sound effects/music, as well as assisting the run crew with setup, cleanup, & general show maintenance as needed.

    Pay $250 per week, $350 during tech. An additional $37.50 for added performances.

    Dates:

    Show #5: School Girls: Summer Williams, Director
    4/29/19 to 5/26/19 (Possible Extension 6/2/19)

    Location: all performances at the Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St. Boston MA

    Send resumes and cover letters to production@speakeasystage.com

  • Wardrobe Supervisor

    SpeakEasy Stage Co. is looking to hire a Wardrobe Supervisor for our upcoming season.

    Pay is $450 for tech week and $350 for performance weeks, 6 performances per week, additional $58 for added performances. Non-union.

    Job Description:
    Responsible for doing daily laundry, pressing, ironing, and maintenance of the wardrobe, as well as twice-weekly dry cleaning.  Preset all clothes for the top of each show. Assist the Costume Designer at Load In and Strike.

    The Wardrobe Supervisor will have access to backstage wardrobe room with washer and dryer, industrial iron, steamer, and sewing machine.  Dry cleaning vendor is directly across the street from the theatre.

    In the past, SpeakEasy has combined the Wardrobe position with a Run Crew position, for a crew member who wishes to increase their earning by coming in early to maintain the wardrobe prior to each show.

    Start and End dates

    Show 6. The View Upstairs 5/27/19 to 6/23/19 (Possible extension 6/30/19)

    Contact: Paul Melone, Production Manager
    paulmelone@speakeasystage.com

Internships

SpeakEasy internships are an excellent way to learn more about the workings of a mid-sized professional theatre company through hands-on experience and mentorship. Our work environment is supportive and open, giving interns access to the multidisciplinary art of theatre management, which includes the rehearsal and production process, community outreach, development, marketing and general management.

Semester-long internships are office-based and are designed to fit within a 16-20 hour schedule weekly between 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. Click on the internship options to the right for more info about what to expect in each focus area.

Internships are unpaid and do not carry promise of employment after completion, though they may be used for school credit (if your college permits). In addition, we are happy to offer free tickets to our shows and events to all interns, along with full access to other company events whenever possible.

Applications for Summer and Fall 2019 internships are now open. Please submit materials no later than April 10th.  

Please note that our season of productions runs from September-May, so Stage Management and Design/Technical internships are not available during the summer term. If you have interest solely in a design/technical theatre focus (costumes, props, set, light, or sound design) please contact Dominique Burford, Associate Production Manager about alternative opportunities for individual productions at dominiqueburford@speakeasystage.com.

  • Arts Administration

    Administrative Interns gain exposure to all facets of managing a mid-sized non-profit theatre company, working closely with the Artistic, Development, Marketing, and Production departments as they:

    • Prepare dramaturgical and marketing materials for upcoming productions
    • Coordinate and assist with special events, readings and benefits
    • Lay the groundwork for donor and audience engagement initiatives
    • Read and Assess script submissions from local and national writers
    • Build relationship with audiences and volunteers

    Interns will be expected both to help with general office duties, and also take on and manage a wide variety of necessary tasks throughout the semester. Candidates with a passion and love of theatre, good writing and computer skills, and a gregarious, outgoing, and enthusiastic personality will be the best fit for this position. Marketing internships are directly supervised by Dominique Burford, Administrative Associate.

    To apply, please submit:

    • A cover letter indicating your areas of interest and experience, your preferred start date, weekly availability (if available), and whether you plan to receive college credit for your internship
    • A resume or resumes detailing both your administrative and theatrical experience
    • The names and contact information of three references
    • A writing sample 1 to 2 pages max (optional)

    Application materials should be e-mailed to info@speakeasystage.com, with the position to which you are applying in the subject heading.

  • Marketing

    Marketing Interns assist SpeakEasy’s marketing team as they:

    • Plan production marketing campaigns, including poster and postcard design, web design, ad placement, promotions, group sales, special events, business partnerships and more
    • Work with the press to ensure a show gets maximum exposure, including photos, preview articles, reviews, and features
    • Enact public relations efforts, including community building and outreach, educational efforts, and charity donations Interact with patrons and subscribers, and help the public learn about a production from all sides

    Candidates for this internship should be motivated, with good people skills, computer literacy and experience with Microsoft Office (familiarity with Adobe Photoshop is a plus). The ideal applicant will have a basic knowledge of common social networking devices, such as Facebook and Twitter, and will possess superior writing skills. Some graphic design experience is preferable. Marketing internships are directly supervised by Jim Torres, Director of Marketing & Communications.

    To apply, please submit:

    • A cover letter indicating your areas of interest and experience, your preferred start date, weekly availability (if available), and whether you plan to receive college credit for your internship
    • A resume or resumes detailing both your administrative and theatrical experience
    • The names and contact information of three references
    • A writing sample 1 to 2 pages max (optional)

    Application materials should be e-mailed to info@speakeasystage.com, with the position to which you are applying in the subject heading.

  • Production Management

    Production Management interns assist SpeakEasy’s production management staff as they coordinate, design and execute mainstage productions, special events and auditions. Interns have the opportunity to assist with multiple facets of the season, including:

    • Hands-on work alongside technical and production management staff on our mainstage shows*
    • Coordinate schedules and meetings with production team
    • Plan, organize, and execute load-in and strike of productions
    • Maintain production stocks and supplies
    • Attend rehearsals and design/production meetings as needed

    Candidates should have some experience in theatre production (either professional, community, or educational), knowledge of Microsoft Office apps (especially MS Excel), as well as strong self-management and organizational skills.

    Production Management interns are supervised directly by Paul Melone, General & Production Manager and Dominique Burford, Associate Production Manager.

    To apply, please submit:

    • A cover letter indicating your areas of interest and experience, your preferred start date, weekly availability (if available), and whether you plan to receive college credit for your internship
    • A resume or resumes detailing both your administrative and theatrical experience
    • The names and contact information of three references

    Application materials should be e-mailed to dominiqueburford@speakeasystage.com, with the position to which you are applying in the subject heading.

  • Stage Management

    Stage Management interns work alongside our professional stage managers and run crew on our mainstage productions, gaining essential knowledge in the responsibilities of a stage management team for professional plays and musicals. Internships in stage management are offered on a show-by-show basis.

    Stage Management interns must be able to commit to a full 8-week production schedule, which includes rehearsals, tech, and performances. A mix of daytime, evening, and weekend availability is required based on the particular show to which you are assigned. Production schedules will be listed below to indicate when applications are open for that show.  

    Prior experience in Stage Management at the community, professional, or educational level is required, though certain candidates with extensive training in theatre arts will be considered.

    To apply, please email dominiqueburford@speakeasystage.com with a resume and cover letter detailing your previous experience and what interests you about the show to which you are applying. You should also include your full availability and any potential conflicts with the production schedule. You may be asked to complete a short survey to give us a fuller sense of your strengths and experiences in theatre production.

     

Fellowships

The SpeakEasy Fellowship Program acts as a bridge for early-career arts administrators between their academic experience and a professional life in the arts. Working closely with the director of their department, fellows gain mentorship, career guidance, and hands-on experience through independent and collaborative projects over the course of a full theatrical season.

Next season’s fellowships will run from August 1st, 2019 to June 30th, 2020, and involve 25 hours of on-site work per week, with occasional evening and weekend events. Each fellowship is paid hourly.

Specific criteria for each position and application information are below, but successful candidates for any of the fellowships will have:

  • A high level of motivation and a passion for theatre
  • The ability to work effectively in a highly-collaborative environment
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Apps and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Drive, initiative, and professionalism
  • Excellent creative problem-solving, brainstorming, and multi-tasking skills

Applications for the 2019-2020 Artistic Fellowship will be accepted beginning March 15th 2019 and are due no later than May 1st, 2019. 

The Fellowship Program is made possible in part by the generosity of the George & Alice Rich Charitable Foundation.

  • Artistic Fellowship

    Working under the Producing Artistic Director, the Artistic Fellow will spend the season gaining experience in high-level theatrical administration, with responsibility in multiple areas, including auditions and casting, dramaturgy and literary management, season development, special event production, and general administrative duties. Applicants for this fellowship should be interested in pursuing a career as an artistic director of a theatre company.


 

Application Requirements

To apply for any of the fellowships, please prepare:

  • A cover letter detailing which fellowship you are applying for
  • A resume containing relevant job history and theatre experience
  • A narrative of no more than three pages addressing:
    • Why you are interested in the fellowship to which you are applying
    • The qualities, skills, and interests that make you the best candidate
    • What you are hoping to gain from the fellowship experience
    • A description of your broader career goals, and what impact or transformation you would like to have in the Boston theatre community
  • A brief description (no more than one page) of either the most moving piece of theatre you’ve ever seen, or an artist who inspires you
  • Two letters of recommendation from former employers, professors, or supervisors (with at least one being from a staff member of an arts organization or a theatre professor). These letters may be sent separately via e-mail to fellow@speakeasystage.com, but must be received by the application due date.

Application materials should be saved in .pdf format and submitted via e-mail to fellow@speakeasystage.com. Please indicate the fellowship to which you are applying in the subject heading of your e-mail.

Any questions regarding SpeakEasy, the Fellowship program, or the application process may be directed to fellow@speakeasystage.com.