Open positions

Open positions

Various positions with the company are open on a rolling basis year around as needed for seasonal, project based, and freelance positions.

SpeakEasy Stage Company is an equal opportunity employer, and we do not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sexuality, gender identification, or physical ability. The company is deeply committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.

Relevant Dates for Technical Production Opportunities:

HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING – September 9th-October 9th
ENGLISH – October 19th-November 19th
FAIRVIEW – February 17th-March 18th
WILD GOOSE DREAMS – March 24th-April 23rd
THE PROM – May 3rd-June 3rd

Associate Production Manager

The Associate Production Manager reports to and assists the Production Manager with all operations of SpeakEasy Stage Co. main stage productions and supporting the artists and artisans who produce SpeakEasy’s shows.

The APM makes SpeakEasy a great place for artists to work by offering timely, helpful, and clear support and communication.  The APM helps to deliver shows with outstanding artistic quality to our patrons.

This is a mix of a supervisory, administrative work and hands-on Technical production work.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain and communicate the production schedule, including deadlines, rehearsal times, and work calls.
  • Connect all artists and production staff with materials such as scripts, scores, drawings, lists, shared folders or websites.
  • Schedule production meetings and prepare materials or spaces for meetings as needed.  Take notes during meetings and distribute.
  • Assist the marketing, development, and educational departments with special events and photo shoots that require production or technical support.
  • Assist the Production Manager with project cost estimates, research and development, and budget tracking.
  • Maintain production stocks, tools and equipment including purchasing, organization, inventory, storage, and end-of-life disposal.
  • Monitor progress of production projects at outside shops or contractors.
  • Pickup and return supplies, materials, and rental equipment.
  • Orient and train production staff and run crew.
  • Maintain clean and safe workspaces.  Make safety equipment available during work calls, stop and correct unsafe behavior or activity, and should accidents occur administer first aid, complete accident and insurance paperwork, and arrange medical care.
  • Lend a hand when needed to speed or complete production projects for all departments.
  • Supervise production interns and volunteers.
  • Represent the Production Manager during absences or scheduled split times, for example long work calls during tech weeks or load-in days.
  • Monitor the health and safety of employees as a CSM on site during tech, large events, press and offsite events.
  • Attend tech rehearsals and offer guidance, leadership, and problem solving suggestions to the creative team.  Compile and send lists of work notes to the technical staff.
  • Boost moral – offer to help with coffee or meal pickup when the schedule is tight or things go wrong.
  • Keep production staff focused on critical work: when possible offer to take on mundane or basic tasks such as sweeping, cleaning, sorting, running errands, updating paperwork, etc. to keep artists and artisans engaged on their primary goals.
  • Give out and receive petty cash and receipts, reconcile petty cash and reimbursements from production staff.
  • Maintain rented spaces and communicate with house staff about any concerns or requests for use of house spaces and equipment.  
  • Maintain office procedures, keep e-mail and paperwork moving smoothly, maintain production office spaces and supplies.

Required Qualifications:

  • BA in Theatre or equivalent years of training and experience in the theater industry.
  • Computer and clerical skills
  • Interpersonal and conflict resolution skills
  • 1-2 years of professional stage management, production management or project management experience
  • 5-10 years of theatre experience
  • Must have valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds, travel up and down stairs, and work at heights on a ladder or scaffolding

Strongly Encouraged, but not required:

  • Stage Management Experience
  • Props and craft experience
  • Scenery, costume, lighting, video, and/or sound technical experience

 PAY: $21/hr, part-time non-exempt. Eligible for 1.5x overtime pay when scheduled above 40 hours per week.

10 days sick or personal paid time off (PTO) per year. 15 days paid vacation (3 weeks), 2 weeks expected to be taken during off season May-August, short term and long-term disability benefit.

Location & Schedule:

This is a part time, year round staff position, 20-25 hours a week (40 hours a week on tech and opening weeks). 4-5 hours a day M-F, plus additional evening and weekend hours as scheduled during tech week and special events.

Office hours will take place at the SpeakEasy Offices at 551 Tremont Street with note work calls and tech weeks taking place at the Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont Street.

Health and Safety:

Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required (or proof of medical/religious exemption). Employees will also be required to disclose COVID 19 test results for testing that is provided by the employer or other test suppliers. All employees must adhere to safe and sanitary working conditions as described in the Production Health and Safety Plan.

How to apply:

Please send ONE pdf that includes your resume, references and cover letter to jobs@speakeasystage.com with the subject “APM” and directed to Dominique Burford.

 Please follow the link below to complete a voluntary demographic census. Responses are not required for employment, are anonymous, and are not used for hiring decisions. https://forms.gle/GognG496tnXDVf2z7

To learn more about why we ask for this information, you can check out SpeakEasy’s Equity and Anti-Racism plan here: https://www.speakeasystage.com/searap/

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

SpeakEasy Stage Company is an equal opportunity employer, and we do not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sexuality, gender identification, or physical ability. The company is deeply committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.

Director of Development

The Director of Development will join a company that is growing and thriving and is an exciting place to work. The Director of Development (DOD) will envision, plan, and execute a comprehensive strategic fundraising program that will build upon and continue to enhance a strong culture of philanthropy that supports the company’s powerful mission. Requiring both a strategic vision and a hands-on approach, the DOD will manage a team of two fundraising professionals and the company’s fundraising operations that include individual giving, corporate sponsorship, public and foundation grants, a major Gala, and other special fundraising initiatives. Over the last four years, the average annual fundraising achievement is 875K, excluding funding from the federal government related to the pandemic.

The DOD will report to the Managing Director of the company and work closely with the Artistic Director and marketing staff to continue expanding SpeakEasy’s donor base and deepening donor engagement with company while driving toward annual fundraising goals. The DOD will join a team that is collaborative, inclusive, and motivated to expand the impact of theatre in our community.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Serves as the company’s fundraising leader, setting ambitious and achievable goals, plans, and timelines; supplying fundraising strategy and deploying staff and board volunteers; tracking and reporting progress; and recognizing and celebrating success. Average annual fundraising achievement in the last 4 years is 875K.
  • Fosters a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization that nurtures loyalty through a comprehensive relationship-building program that includes cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities.
  • Manages the portfolio of major donors, working closely with the Artistic Director, Managing Director, and Development Committee to grow the company’s leadership giving program.
  • Provides strategic direction and leadership for all activities of the individual giving program, including prospect research, print and digital appeals, gift proposals, donor communications and engagement, donor recognition and stewardship activities.
  • Provides strategic direction and leadership for all activities of the institutional giving program, including identifying partnership opportunities, cultivating prospects, writing major proposals, and managing grant and sponsorship programs.
  • Lead the planning for the Spring Gala and manage the staff and volunteers to maximize its message and results. 
  • Provide staff support for the Board of Advisors, the Development Committee, and other volunteers as needed.
  • Supervise the Development Coordinator and Development Associate and oversee the development operations of the company.
  • Administer the development expense budget to increase the company’s return on investment.
  • Work closely with the leadership to advance the company’s goals on equity and anti-racism.
  • Support priorities set by the Managing Director and perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS:

  • At least 5 years of experience in non-profit fundraising with increasing levels of responsibility and achievement in executing successful fundraising initiatives.
  • Solid command of nonprofit management, fundraising principles and best practices. 
  • A mission-driven, goal-oriented self-starter that thinks strategically.
  • Results oriented with strong organizational, financial, and budgeting skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to form genuine relationships with a variety of constituents in the broad theater community.
  • Excellent writing skills, with proven results from donor solicitations and grant proposals
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a collaborative team.
  • Rigorous attention to detail and creative problem-solving skills.
  • High level of discretion in dealing with sensitive and confidential information.
  • A commitment to the principles of equity and anti-racism
  • A passion for the performing arts and SpeakEasy’s mission
  • Proficiency with a CRM fundraising database, Microsoft office applications, google suite, and other resources.
  • Flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekends.

LOCATION:

We are working in the office in Boston’s South End at 551 Tremont Street at least 4 days a week, with the option of working one day a week from home.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required (or proof of medical/religious exemption). Employees will also be required to disclose COVID 19 test results for testing that is provided by the employer or other test suppliers. All employees must adhere to safe and sanitary working conditions as described in the Production Health and Safety Plan.

COMPENSATION:

This is a full-time exempt position, Monday-Friday. Occasional weekends and evenings will be necessary to attend committee meetings, special events, and/or shows; and they are scheduled well in advance. Salary range: $80,000-$90,000 annually.  Benefits include a no-deductible health plan, short term and long term disability insurance, and three weeks Vacation plus two weeks sick/personal PTO.

HOW TO APPLY:

SpeakEasy Stage strives to become a fully Anti-Racist organization. We value an inclusive and equitable organizational culture. We strongly encourage applicants form historically marginalized communities to apply.

Please send ONE PDF FILE to jobs@speakeasystage.com that includes both your resume and a cover letter addressed to Cathi Ianno, Director of Development. Your letter should include how you heard about the position. 

Please follow the link below to complete a voluntary demographic census. Responses are not required for employment, are anonymous, and are not used for hiring decisions. https://forms.gle/dpaDkwxCHKZRLr9CA


To learn more about why we ask for this information, you can check out SpeakEasy’s Equity and Anti-Racism plan here: https://www.speakeasystage.com/searap/

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 1, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

SpeakEasy Stage Company is an equal opportunity employer, and we do not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sexuality, gender identification, or physical ability. The company is deeply committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.

sOCIAL mEDIA and Digital marketing coordinator

The Social Media and Digital Marketing Coordinator is a Full Time salaried position responsible for coordinating the day-to-day execution across SpeakEasy Stage Company’s social media channels. The position is Full time, 40 hours per week, with some evenings and weekends required, and is approximately 80% in person and 20% remote work.  Reporting to the Director of Marketing and Communications, this role will create and share compelling, platform-relevant content with the goal of promoting the SpeakEasy’s productions and programs, engaging the organization’s online community, and driving positive brand perception. More details about the position and information about how to apply can be found here and attached. 

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Creates all SpeakEasy social media strategies and curates’ content on various channels, including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and speakeasystage.com and provides ongoing analysis for all the above.
  • Leads weekly editorial meetings on digital and social media strategy with our marketing and development teams.
  • Oversees video production calendar as well as generating in-house video content. Integrates video content into digital channels.
  • Serves as the primary contact for the outside agency that facilitates SpeakEasy’s promoted Facebook/Instagram content, digital display advertising campaigns, and Google Ads campaigns.
  • Provides basic website support for both the company and box-office, including posting/replacing of new material and information.
  • Maintains data collection reports to better allow the monitoring of marketing strategies.
  • Assists in maintaining virtual playbills and other branding documents on Issuu.
  • Captures social media content at SpeakEasy events, such as open houses, receptions, special events, rehearsal, openings, and post show discussions.

SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 3-5 years applicable professional experience, preferable with a non-profit and/or arts organization.
  • Knowledge of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter is necessary. Knowledge of other sites like TikTok is preferred.
  • Camera skills – both for still photography and videography – a major plus.
  • Experience with the Adobe Creative Suite, including InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere, and other design software systems a plus.
  • Copywriting and copy editing experience is a plus.
  • Excellent attention to detail, as well as the ability to synthesize information quickly and multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Familiarity with MailChimp or other email platform 
  • Some Night and Weekend Hours required 

LOCATION:

We are working in the office in Boston’s South End at 551 Tremont Street at least 4 days a week, with the option of working one day a week from home.

HEALTH & SAFETY

Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required. Employees will also be required to disclose COVID 19 test results for testing that is provided by the employer or other test suppliers. All employees must adhere to safe and sanitary working conditions as described in the Production Health and Safety Plan.

COMPENSATION:

Salary range of $38,000-43,000 per year W-2.  This is a salaried, exempt position. Compensation includes three weeks paid vacation, plus paid and national holidays.  The position is eligible for the company health plan with zero-deductible, and the employer pays 80% of insurance premium for an individual employee.  Short term and long term disability coverage is included at no cost to employees.  Voluntary dental and vision benefits are available.

HOW TO APPLY:

SpeakEasy Stage strives to become a fully Anti-Racist organization. We value an inclusive and equitable organizational culture. We strongly encourage applicants from historically marginalized communities to apply.

Please send ONE PDF FILE to jobs@speakeasystage.com that includes both your resume and a cover letter addressed to Jim Torres, Marketing and Communications Director. Your letter should include how you heard about the position.  

 Please follow the link below to complete a voluntary demographic census. Responses are not required for employment, are anonymous, and are not used for hiring decisions. https://forms.gle/Wp1GGEoBGr8dQPNi6

To learn more about why we ask for this information, you can check out SpeakEasy’s Equity and Anti-Racism plan here: https://www.speakeasystage.com/searap/

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.SpeakEasy Stage Company is an equal opportunity employer, and we do not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sexuality, gender identification, or physical ability. The company is deeply committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.


The Basics: How Production Hiring works at SpeakEasy

Traditional paths to a theatre career can be a maze of twisty passages with no obvious entrance.  In the interest of making our hiring more equitable, SpeakEasy is offering this guide to the different positions and the paths to hiring.

Job Postings:

SpeakEasy posts jobs to multiple sources:  our web page at www.speakeasystage.com, StageSource at www.stagesource.org, the Boston Theatre Freelance facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/bostontheatrefreelance and Hire Culture www.hireculture.org

We also will send targeted emails to past employees, past job applicants, and people on our list of overhire technicians.

Any person may apply at any time by emailing materials to jobs@speakeasystage.com.

Overhire Crew

SpeakEasy relies on overhire crew with a variety of technical skills for hourly work.  This work is advertised via an internal email list of overhire workers, and also posted to the Boston Theatre Freelance facebook group.  

Job Description: We hire these workers during the week immediately prior to public performance when we need many hands to assemble the physical elements of the show.  These jobs do not continue during rehearsals or performances.  The supervisor is the department head – TD for carpenters/loaders, Master Electrician for electricians, Sound Designer or Audio Supervisor for sound engineers, Props Master for props and craft artisans, and Wardrobe Supervisors and Costume Designers for stitchers.

Compensation: Rates are $17-$20/hour, paid with a 4-hour minimum.  That means that if the work call is only one or two hours, the worker is still paid for 4 hours.  The “4 hour mini” is an industry standard that makes the travel time worth it though short maintenance or notes calls may be brief in duration.

How to apply: To gain entry to the overhire list, we require an e-mailed resume describing training and past or current jobs in technical theatre, that is descriptive about skills including:

  • Theatre lighting – electrician, hanging, cabling, and focusing lights   
  • Sound technician for audio gear setup, troubleshooting, and take down   
  • Stage carpentry   
  • Scenic painting   
  • Props or crafts work   
  • Stitching or altering costumes   
  • Driving, vehicles such as car, cargo van, or box truck   
  • Loading (less skilled, more ability to move items and equipment)

It is common to have multiple areas of expertise listed for one person on the overhire list.

We add technicians with high-school level of skills and experience to the overhire list all the time.  While we could not succeed with a crew consisting of all workers of limited skill, there is often room for a variety of skills to round out a crew.  Jobs get assigned on the fly and there is room for as-you-go learning of specific tasks.

For this reason it is suggested that the overhire list be the first way to gain employment backstage for skilled work.

To gain access to the overhire list, please send a resume, and we may contact you for a brief phone, video, or in-person interview before adding you to the list.

Designers: Lighting, Sound, Set, Costumes, Projections/video

Job Description: Designers (Sound, Set/Scenic Lighting, Costumes, Sound, Projections/video) are key creative contributors to productions.  The job requires a great deal of artistry as well as technical knowledge and practical problem-solving.  Designers do a mix of realizing their own design to handing off detailed drawings or specifications to have the design elements build, shopped, or acquired by other workers.

We start with the art first, so in addition to a resume and experience, a portfolio is essential to getting hired as a designer.  Portfolios on a publicly accessible website are preferred, but any form that can be easily viewed electronically will work.

How to apply: Designers who are new or unknown to the company usually are hired by scheduling a portfolio review with the Production manager and/or Artistic Director, and then by arranging other short interviews with Directors or other lead artistic staff on a project.  These interviews may be by phone or video or in person.

We also accept references from directors, designers, and stage managers who often recommend designers they have worked with in the past.

Compensation: Designers are freelancers, paid a flat fee, starting at $1,500 for mainstage productions.  Special projects or second stage productions may start lower.  The job is hired as a freelance contractor, with the designer doing most of the creative work at their own studio or residence on their own schedule.  Paid as 1099.  We hire a mix of union (USA Local 829) and non-union designers.  Union designers may receive benefits according to the contract, non-union designers do not receive benefits above the fee.

Costume Designers usually do more hands-on work to realize designs (buying, building, or altering) and are offered additional fee towards that work based on the cast size and period or complexity of the show.

Run Crew: Wardrobe Supervisors, wardrobe run crew, backstage crew, and board ops

Run crew positions are hired hourly to fill key roles in running and maintaining our productions.  We begin by hiring the supervising positions: Wardrobe Supervisors, Stage Managers, and Assistant Stage Managers at the beginning of each season.  Based on the needs and budgets of the show, we hire run crew to fit the needs of the show.  All crew jobs share in basic maintenance and cleaning of the stage and backstage areas and pre-show prep.  Crew do not do building maintenance or specialized work on set, lights, or sound equipment.

Run Crew positions require skills and experience working backstage on live theatre events.  We tend to hire with stage management experience for most general crew jobs, but if the production has a special technical element we will look for skilled applicants.  Board operators must have some background operating lighting, sound or video systems but are often trained on our particular setup during rehearsals.

Compensation:

Wardrobe Supervisors $15/hr W2 eligible for overtime

Run Crew – $13.50 per hour W2 eligible for overtime over 40 hours per week

Stage Managers, and ASMs

Job Description: All Stage Management jobs and some ASM (Assistant Stage Management jobs) are union positions for SpeakEasy mainstage shows.  Stage Managers are hired mostly upon personal recommendation from directors, choreographers, and artistic directors.  Stage Management candidates who are new to the company are hired after several in-person or remote job interviews and extensive checks of references.  The communication between the stage manager and the director, cast, creative team, and run crew is critical.

How to apply: Assistant Stage Managers are hired as union and non-union depending on the production.  ASM candidates often come from resumes submitted directly, by promoting a run crew or overhire employee, or from a personal recommendation from another stage manager or director.

Compensation: Union Stage Managers are paid $450-600 per week salary plus overtime and benefits, with rates set by a Union Collectively Bargained Agreement.  Non-union Assistant Stage Managers are paid 13.50 per hour, eligible for overtime, no benefits, and minimum salary of $300/week.

Technical department heads: Project Technical Director (TD) Master Electrician, and Props Master (add hide/reveal)

SpeakEasy stage does not own and operate a theatre full time, so we hire technical department heads on a show-by-show basis, to be resident and working on-site the week prior to opening our shows.  For consistency we try to hire for multiple projects.  We hire candidates that come to us through resume submission, personal recommendation from other theatres and production managers, and by promoting employees with past experience in Overhire and crew positions.

How to apply: In addition to a resume and reference check, we require several interviews that include in-depth descriptions of past projects and examples of technical abilities as well as people-management skills.

Compensation: Project TD and ME positions are paid a salary starting at $1,200 per show.  Props Masters are paid a similar salary OR hourly at $17/hour depending on the complexity of the project.

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