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:

PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS – JAN 7 – FEB 5, 2022
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND – MAR 11 – APR 16, 2022
THE INHERITANCE, 1 & 2 – APR 22 – JUN 11, 2022

Managing Director

The Managing Director is a new position created to lead the management side of SpeakEasy and to contribute significantly to the company’s growth.  Since its founding over 30 years ago, SpeakEasy has been led artistically and managerially by its founder and Producing Artistic Director.  It is he who recommended to the Board of Directors splitting the artistic and management leadership positions because both roles have increased in scope and complexity as the Company has grown, and is now entering a new period of growth.  The Board recognized the need and voted to create the new role.  

The Managing Director and the Artistic Director will both report to the Board of Directors.  They will collaborate to lead SpeakEasy into its ‘Second Act’ of innovation within its Mission and distinctive position of “Boston’s Home for the Bold”.

SpeakEasy is a robust and thriving local/regional theatre company that its staff describe as an exciting place to work.  It has a reputation for producing shows that tell engaging and thought-provoking stories that spur conversation and community engagement.  SpeakEasy is committed to working with Boston-based actors, directors and designers.  It is on the cusp of a period of unlimited possibilities for growth and impact on its community.

SpeakEasy is in the planning phase for a potential capital campaign to expand its capacity for producing provocative theatre, increasing its philanthropic support, and broadening and deepening its community engagement.

OVERARCHING RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Governance — Oversight of all operations under SpeakEasy by-laws, policies, and the requirements of labor unions and employment law of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Management — Leadership and management of senior staff responsible for Development, Finance and Operations and Production, and Marketing in achievement of SpeakEasy’s annual operating and financial plans and cross-function initiatives (e.g., SpeakEasy Equity and Anti-Racism Plan) at the highest level of prudent and ethical conduct
  • External Communications —  Be a ‘face of SpeakEasy’ in communications about its Mission, initiatives, and achievements 
  • Board of Directors — As an ex officio member, report on financial and operational status and results, participate in discussion of issues and plans, and support Standing Committees  — Community Engagement, Development, Finance, and Nominating

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

The Managing Director is responsible for achievement of results in all areas reporting to them.

  • Perform all management roles within SpeakEasy’s culture of collaboration, team-building, mutual respect, equity and anti-racism
  • In collaboration with the Artistic Director
    • Oversee implementation of staff components of the SpeakEasy Equity and Anti-Racism Plan
    • Manage partnerships with community organizations and institutions to advance SpeakEasy’s Mission
  • Be a ‘face of SpeakEasy’ in external communication with the press, individual and institutional donors and other benefactors, volunteers, and community collaborators
  • Meet as requested with prospects for significant financial support or community engagement and collaboration
  • Supervise the senior staff – Directors of Development, Marketing, and Operations and Production.  In collaboration with them, and within the Company’s priorities for the season and their defined roles, agree on their annual performance plan, monitor progress throughout the year, and evaluate performance at the end of the year 
  • Oversee methods for tracking progress on all operational and financial goals throughout the season; report to Executive Committee of the Board and the Board of Directors at scheduled meetings and respond to ad hoc requests as required
  • Identify emerging issues that may/will affect achievement of planned results; share with Artistic Director and/or Board Chair as relevant
  • Identify new initiative opportunities and/or new approaches to accomplishing goals within areas of responsibility; share with Artistic Director and/or Board Chair as relevant
  • Participate with the Artistic Director and the Board in ongoing evolution of the Company’s strategic plan with particular focus on organizational stability and financial viability

PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Five to seven years’ leadership experience in a non-profit arts management role, including budgeting and financial management, fundraising and grant writing, marketing, and the intersection of these functions
  • Attend evening meetings of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, and fundraising events, and to work occasional evenings and week-ends
  • Excellent interpersonal relationship skills to lead, inspire and motivate within a multi-faceted organization; collaborative and supportive approach to management and supervision
  • Experience developing, implementing and monitoring of robust initiatives that contribute to efforts that address equity and anti-racism in the arts
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to establish relationships with donors and patrons; discretion in handling confidential information
  • Personal characteristics: mission-driven, goal-oriented, multi-tasker, strategic thinker, able to make hard decisions when faced with competing priorities

LOCATION

SpeakEasy’s office is located in Boston’s South End at 551 Tremont Street; all staff have the option of working one day a week from home.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required . Employees will also be required to disclose COVID 19 test results for testing 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

$85,000 – $92,000

HOW TO APPLY

Since SpeakEasy strives to become a fully anti-racist organization and has an inclusive and equitable culture, we strongly encourage applicants from historically marginalized communities.

Please send one pdf file addressed to Andrew Fullem, Board Chair that includes a cover letter and resume to jobs@speakeasystage.com.  Please state in the letter how you learned about the Managing Director position.

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

To learn why SpeakEasy asks for this information, please see SpeakEasy’s Equity and Anti-Racism Plan here https://www.speakeasystage.com/searap/

APPLICATION DEADLINE

January 6, 2022

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

AEA ASM

SpeakEasy Stage Company is seeking an AEA Assistant Stage Manager for our musical production of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND

 
Pay Rate is NEAT 6 agreement. $600/week ASM.  Pay rate is set by the collective bargaining agreement with Actors Equity Association. All rehearsals and performances are at the Roberts Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion 527 Tremont St. Boston.

Health and 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.

Requirements:

  • 2-4 years experience in professional theater Stage Management.
  • Excellent organizational, time management and communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Experience leading crews of 2-5 people.
  • Understanding of Stage Management tools and techniques: Maintaining a prompt book, tracking production items and blocks, recording and disseminating meeting notes, using headsets and other set of communication.
  • Ability to move up and down stairs and carry items up to 25lbs
  • Ability to move and function in low light situations
  • Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required (or proof of medical/religious exemption).

Location and Schedule:

Evenings and weekends are required for the majority of the work. SM’s are scheduled for estimated 40hours per week during rehearsal and tech, 30hours per week during normal performance run. All rehearsals and performances are located at the Calderwood Theatre Pavilion, 527 Tremont St. Boston.

Once on this Island-
First Rehearsal-2/14/22
Load-In-3/7/22
Start Tech-3/8/22
Opening-3/11/22
Close-4/16/22
Strike-4/17/22

LIST OF DATES OF TECH AND PERFORMANCE HERE:
Monday, March 7th Loadin, time TBD
Tuesday, March 8th 4pm prep, 6pm-11pm Tech
Wednesday, March 9th 10:30am prep, 11am-11pm Tech
Thursday, March 10th 10:30am prep, 11am-11pm Tech
Friday, March 11th 2:30pm prep, 3pm-6pm Rehearsal, 8pm Performance

Prior to performance times, apply a 2hr prep time:
Saturday, March 12th Performances 4pm & 8pm
Sunday, March 13th 11am-1pm Rehearsal TBD, Performance 3pm

Tuesday, March 15th Performance 7:30pm TBD
Wednesday, March 16th Performance 7:30pm
Thursday, March 17th Student Matinee 10am TBD
Thursday, March 17th Performance 7:30pm
Friday, March 18th Performance 8pm
Saturday, March 19th Performance 4pm & 8pm
Sunday, March 20th Performance 3pm
Sunday, March 20th Performance 7pm TBD

Tuesday, March 22nd Performance 7:30pm TBD
Wednesday, March 23rd Performance 7:30pm
Thursday, March 24th Performance 7:30pm
Friday, March 25th Performance 8pm
Saturday, March 26th Performance 4pm & 8pm
Sunday, March 27th Performance 3pm
Sunday, March 27th Performance 7pm TBD

Tuesday, March 29th Performance 7:30pm TBD
Wednesday, March 30th Performance 7:30pm
Thursday, March 31st Performance 10am TBD
Thursday, March 31st Performance 7:30pm
Friday, April 1st Performance 8pm
Saturday, April 2nd Performance 4pm & 8pm
Sunday, April 3rd Performance 3pm
Sunday, April 3rd Performance 7pm TBD

Tuesday, April 5th Performance 7:30pm TBD
Wednesday, April 6th 7:30pm
Thursday, April 7th 2pm & 7:30pm
Friday, April 8th Performance 8pm
Saturday, April 9th Performance 4pm & 8pm
Sunday, April 10th Performance 3pm TBD SENSORY FRIENDLY
Sunday, April 10th Performance 7pm TBD

Tuesday, April 12th Performance 7:30pm BLACKOUT
Wednesday, April 13th Performance 7:30pm
Thursday, April 14th Student Matinee 10am TBD
Thursday, April 14th Performance 7:30pm
Friday, April 15th Performance 8pm
Saturday, April 16th Performance 4pm & 8pm

How to apply:

Please send ONE pdf that includes your resume, references and cover letter to jobs@speakeasystage.com with the subject “AEA – ASM” and directed to Paul Melone.

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/

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Project Technical Director

SpeakEasy Stage Company is seeking Project Technical Directors for our 2021-2022 season.

Pay: $25/hr, $1600 per project minimum salary, W2. Overtime paid at 1.5x for hours above 40 per week, Monday-Sunday workweek.  The minimum salary is paid to TD’s who commit to and work through an entire project – prep, hang and cable, focus, notes up to first public performance, and one day of strike.

The minimum project salary is paid to recognize the commitment and organizational work, as well as to reward effective management that results in fewer hours worked on site to complete the project. TheTD is paid as follows:

Pay is Salary or $25/hour overtime eligible, Pre-production and tech week – $1400 minimum salary for pre production and tech

Strike – $200 minimum salary, 8 hours estimated work.  Pay is Salary or $25/hours plus OT whichever is higher.

Job Description:

This position is NOT responsible for scenery construction before load-in: SpeakEasy contracts with a commercial shop to fabricate and delivery scenery.

The Project Technical Director is responsible for the safe and effective realization of the Set Design and stewardship of the performance space, including installing scenery, setting up masking, seating and backstage areas.  Duties include: coordinating load-in logistics with the scene shop and theatre production coordinator, planning the show install prior to tech week, hiring freelance carpenter and/or scenic paint crew, supervising work calls for load-in, notes and strike, executing work notes, hanging masking, setting up chairs, supervising strike and load-out.  SpeakEasy contracts out fabrication of scenery to commercial scene shops.  This position is supported by one to five freelance stage carpenters, hired for each work call.  This position reports to the Production Manager and Associate Manager of Production and Operations.

This position requires on-site work in the theater during tech week and one day of strike per project. Planning work for pre-production can be done remotely (via e-mail and phone) with occasional attendance at meetings and shop visits.

Typical schedule for work on one production, not listing meal breaks, with span of day hours:

  • Pre-planning prior to load in: TBD 8 hours of meetings and review of drawings
  • Equipment move in and pre-rig Sunday, 4 hours, with 1 crew
  • Scenery Load in: Monday 8am-11pm, 15 hours, with 5 crew
  • Scenery Load in and theater setup for tech rehearsals Tuesday 8am-7pm, 11 hours, with 4 crew
  • Notes and theatre setup for tech rehearsal: Wednesday 8am-11:30am, 3pm-6:30pm, with 2 crew
  • Notes and theatre setup for dress run: Thursday 8am-11:30am, 3pm-6:30pm, with 2 crew
  • Notes and prep for audience: Friday 10am-6:30pm with 2 crew
  • Scenery strike and load out: Sunday 8am-6pm 4 crew
  • Actual schedule may vary depending on the production

Health and Safety: Proof of full vaccination is required. Employees will also be required to disclose COVID 19 test results for testing that is provided by the employer as well as other entities as determined. All employees must adhere to safe and sanitary working conditions according to CDC and AEA regulations for a safe and healthy working environment.

Requirements:

  • At least 5 years experience with scenery construction, installation, and rigging.   
  • Proficiency with theatre construction and painting tools: power saws, pneumatic fasteners, battery operated drills, etc.   
  • Ability to read measured drawings   
  • Ability to clearly communicate with others, in person and in writing, to coordinate and send notes or plans to other departments.   
  • Understanding of all technical theatre disciplines.   
  • Ability to lead crew of 2-7 workers safely and effectively.   
  • Ability to work at heights, on ladders, stairs, and work platforms   
  • Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required (or proof of medical/religious exemption).   
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds for limited amount of time

Schedule and Location: Applicants are encouraged to apply for all projects that they are available.  Hiring one TD for all projects is ideal, however, applicants with availability for only some shows will still be considered.

All work calls are at the Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St. Boston MA. Occasional visits to scene shop or other locations may be needed.

Once on this Island-
First Rehearsal-2/14/22
Load-In-3/7/22
Start Tech-3/8/22
Opening-3/11/22
Close-4/16/22
Strike-4/17/22

The Inheritance-
First Rehearsal-3/14/22
Load-In-4/18/22
Tech-4/19/22
Opening-4/22/22
Close-6/11/22
Strike-6/12/22

TO APPLY: Please send ONE pdf that includes your resume, references and cover letter to jobs@speakeasystage.com with the subject “Project TD” and directed to Paul Melone.

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

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Run Crew

SpeakEasy Stage Company is seeking Run Crew for our production of THE INHERITANCE.

Job Description: The Run Crew works backstage to assist the Production Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager with smooth running of technical rehearsals and performances.  Duties may include help with setup and strike of props, costumes, and equipment in backstage areas, marking spike with glow tape and spike tape, sweeping and mopping the stage, moving props and scenery, helping actors with costume changes and props handoffs.

Requirements:

  • Experience in stage management.   
  • Experience with technical theater and board operations is recommended but not required.   
  • Ability to work in low light situations.   
  • Ability to move up and down stairs and carry up to 25lbs.   
  • Must be able to communicate effectively, multitask, work efficiently under pressure.   
  • Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required (or proof of medical/religious exemption).

Pay $13.50 – $14.25 per hour. Eligible for OT after 40hours.

Health and 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.

Location and Schedule: Evenings and weekends are required for the majority of the work. Run Crew are scheduled for estimated 30-40hours per week during tech, 20-30hours per week during normal performance run. All rehearsals and performances are located at the Calderwood Theatre Pavilion, 527 Tremont St. Boston.

The Inheritance-
First Rehearsal-3/14/22
Load-In-4/18/22
Start Tech-4/19/22
Opening-4/22/22
Close-6/11/22S
trike-6/12/22

How to apply: Please send ONE pdf that includes your resume, references and cover letter to jobs@speakeasystage.com with the subject “Run Crew: Inheritance” and directed to Paul Melone.

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

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


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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