We love our volunteer usher corps! These dedicated volunteers enjoy the theatre experience and share that passion with our audiences. We’re recruiting ushers now for our weekday morning school matinees, as well as our evening and weekend mainstage performances. Ushers help seat our patrons and also share the history of our award-winning theater, a Baltimore landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Cheerful, friendly, positive people who love theatre enjoy this volunteer opportunity. Ushers get to wear our spiffy CSC red scarves and see our plays for free. Training is provided. Send us an email to get started as we prepare to open our 2017-2018 season.
The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is holding auditions for the part of IRA ALDRIDGE in our production of Lolita Chakrabarti’s Red Velvet.
Red Velvet is a historically-based drama centered around the performance of Ira Aldridge in Othello at the Covent Garden Theater in 1833. It will be directed by Shirley Basfield Dunlap.
We are looking for an African-American male who can play Ira Aldridge both as a 26-year-old passionate about his craft and as an ailing 60-year-old. The ideal candidate will have facility with both contemporary language as well as Shakespearean language. Auditions will be held on Oct. 3, 2017, from 5pm to 9pm at our theater, 7 South Calvert Street, Baltimore.
For the audition, please prepare a contemporary monologue as well as a Shakespearean monologue with a combined length of no more than 5 minutes. This is a paid opportunity.
Red Velvet will begin rehearsals on Dec. 18, 2017, and, after a break for the holidays, resume rehearsing on January 2, 2018. Rehearsals are generally Monday-Thursday, 7:30pm-10:30pm, Saturday 10am-2pm, and Sunday 6pm-10pm. Tech begins on January 27, 2018, and the show opens on Feb. 2, 2018, running through Feb. 25. Performances are generally Thursday-Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm. Note that there will also be some performances at special times, including some 10am weekday matinees for school groups.
To sign up for an audition, or for further information, please submit a recent headshot and resume to Kyle Rudgers, Production Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.
School, church, and community choirs, vocalists and acoustic instrumentalists: Perform pre-show music for our audiences when we present A Christmas Carol this December. We’re recruiting community talent: You would have up to 25 minutes to share music that reflects your organization, the holiday season, and the Baltimore community. Participants will receive complimentary tickets to stay and see A Christmas Carol. These are unpaid opportunities to share our stage. For details, please contact Ron Heneghan, CSC’s Director of Community Outreach by email or call 410-244-8571, Ext. 114.
Posted on August 25, 2017
We’re seeking child actors ages 7 to 14 for roles in A Christmas Carol. Auditions will take place on Sunday, October 1. Child actors will play members of the Cratchit family, young Ebenezer, and ensemble roles. Two casts of child actors will be engaged and will generally alternate rehearsals and performances. These roles are unpaid.
A Christmas Carol “with a Baltimore twist” will run December 4-23, 2017. There will be 10am matinees for local schools Dec. 4-7. The show opens to the general public on Dec. 8 and generally performs Thursday-Saturday nights and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Rehearsals will begin around Oct. 30. Rehearsals are held in the evenings, Monday-Thursday, from 7:30-10:30, Saturdays from 10-2, and Sundays from 6-10. The tech and dress rehearsal process begins Nov. 27 and a full schedule for that will be available in early November.
The auditions will be held on Sunday, October 1, from 12-4pm, and will entail readings from the script. Please provide a recent photograph at auditions. To schedule an audition or get more information, please contact Kyle Rudgers at email@example.com. Please, no phone calls.
Posted August 11, 2017
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company seeks a Marketing Assistant (part-time).
The nonprofit Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is a dynamic theatre of the classics with a strong education mission and exciting stories to tell.
We are looking for a part-time Marketing Assistant with sales/marketing and communications experience. The ideal candidate will also have experience creating and editing promotional video for social media.
Reporting to the Communications Director, the Marketing Assistant will help create sales promotions, targeted marketing campaigns, show programs, website and social media content, and patron emails. The Marketing Assistant will maintain our ticket calendar, build and manipulate mailing lists, update our customer database, and support promotional events in the theatre and in the community. The Marketing Assistant will work on direct mail and digital campaigns and provide clerical support as needed to achieve the department’s goals. Duties will include prospecting for leads, researching business and partnership opportunities, and collaborating with the Box Office to increase group sales. The Marketing Assistant will be called on to support and collaborate with our community outreach, education, and development staffs, and will interact with patrons, business partners, advertisers, sponsors, and vendors. For visual communicators: the Marketing Assistant will tape interviews, excerpt archival tape, create trailers for the plays, and assist with other video projects as needed.
Must thrive in an atmosphere of creative collaboration and appreciate editing: Excellent spelling and grammar are necessary. Please do not apply if you are afraid to pick up the telephone to make cold calls, research a play, or delight a customer. We use WordPress, MailChimp, and Patron Manager; candidate must be proficient with Microsoft Office, Photoshop, and Excel. Education and experience: Bachelor’s degree and minimum of two years of experience in a related field (marketing, public relations, advertising, sales, or journalism). Theatre experience is helpful. This position is not open to agencies, consultants, or telecommuters.
POSITION AND BENEFITS:
- This is a part-time staff position at our downtown Baltimore theatre: approximately 20 hours per week, including evening and weekend events. In the summer, assignments include working at our outdoor stage in the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park in Ellicott City, MD. A car is necessary for this commute.
- Salary commensurate with experience, paid on the 15th and 30th of the month
- Two weeks paid vacation, plus last week of the year
TO APPLY: Please send cover letter, resume, and work samples (a link to your portfolio online is fine).
WORK SAMPLES: Please provide one sample of your best work (a digital or printed campaign, Facebook ad or press release, eblast copy, or printed collateral – your choice). Visual communicators: Please provide one sample of a short promotional video segment you have conceived/scripted, shot, edited, and published on social media for business not personal use.
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
7 South Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
No calls please.
Posted August 31, 2017
Chesapeake Shakespeare seeks a creative, organized, enthusiastic college or graduate student to work with the Development team to execute essential fundraising activities throughout the busy fall season. They will assist with data management, donor and prospect research, creation and execution of mailed appeals, preparation of proposal documentation, special event production, social media support of fundraising campaigns, and provide general administrative assistance. A successful candidate will complete the internship with extremely marketable skills that will readily translate to entry-level employment opportunities, particularly within the field of arts administration.
Hours: 8 – 12 hours per week
Location: The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company offices in downtown Baltimore
Time Period: September 18 through December 22, during business hours of 9am to 5pm, with occasional special events
Compensation: This internship is unpaid, but CSC will provide up to $10 per day to reimburse the cost of parking. School credit may also be available. In addition, the successful candidate will be invited to enjoy all regular season Chesapeake Shakespeare shows free of charge.
Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
- Research philanthropic individuals, corporations, and foundations
- Data entry and data management
- Assisting with the execution and creation of multiple, high-volume, segmented appeals
- Assisting with preparation of proposal documentation
- Special event assistance
- Creation and execution of social media strategies in support of fundraising efforts
- General administrative assistance including scheduling, donor correspondence, file management, and record keeping
- Enthusiasm for the arts in general and local theatre in particular
- Excellent interpersonal skills and professional demeanor
- Attention to detail and strong writing ability
- Familiarity with Microsoft applications is essential, experience with databases a plus
- Familiarity with common social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat)
- Good time management skills, ability to self-motivate and be resourceful
- Unimpeachable ethical standards, personal integrity, and sense of discretion
- Humor, generosity of spirit, and team-player attitude required
To apply, please send a brief cover letter and resume to Laura Malkus at Malkus@chesapeakeshakespeare.com
Founded in 2002, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is the leading classical theater company in Maryland. CSC is one of the six largest theater companies in the state. This vibrant, exciting arts organization serves Baltimore and points surrounding with innovative mainstage seasons, a vigorous education program that serves students in the theater and in the classroom, and a substantial community engagement effort.