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Employment and Auditions

Employment Opportunities

Park Square Theatre’s programming is intentionally diverse and we are committed to radical inclusivity from the Board of Directors to the Box Office. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to affirmative action and a welcoming work environment for people of diverse communities and needs. Your demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with people of diverse ethnic, economic, racial and cultural backgrounds, together with competency in another language in addition to English is always a plus.

Theatre Mission, Overview and Programming

Park Square Theatre is Saint Paul’s regional theatre, serving Minnesota’s third largest subscriber base and largest teen theatre audience. Our artistry, programming, audiences and budget size put us among the top three producing theatres in Minnesota, after The Guthrie Theatre and Children’s Theatre Company.

Park Square opened in 1975 in an 80-seat walk-up in the Park Square Court building. With our move to the Historic Hamm Building in 1997, we began our strong relationship with Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), and embraced a leading role as a local producer of new work by living writers including world premiere commissions and important second productions of work in development. We have grown into one of Minnesota’s top employers of local stage talent. We have a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. We produce in two fully-equipped theaters located in the heart of downtown St. Paul. We work with AEA (SPT6-10 and TYA), Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC) and the Twin Cities Musicians Union for traditional musicals. Artistic partnerships, from friendly rentals to full co-productions, have become an important part of our business model. With the opening of the Boss Stage, we piloted a 3-year Theatre in Residence program. Park Square Theatre is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool. People under-represented in the Technical Theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.

Recent Service statistics since operating with two stages:

Service Statistics 2015 2016 2017
Total Audience 81,082 70,978 78,091
Subscription base 3,416 3,419 3,494
Students (7th-12th) 32,068 32,449 29,148
Operating Budget $3,476,146 $3,137,506 $3,428,114
# of productions 21 18 16
# of performances 424 414 358

The Proscenium Stage
Park Square Theatre has been producing in the 350-seat proscenium auditorium of the Historic Hamm Building since 1997. Recently remodeled with a taller arch, increased wheelchair seating, new seats and finishes, the Proscenium offers a great view from every seat in the house.

The Andy Boss Thrust Stage
Named for Saint Paul civic leader, banker and philanthropist W. Andrew Boss, our newest stage, opened in 2014, is an intimate 200-seat thrust theater that can function as a turn-key, stand-alone performance facility for both Park Square and producing partners.

Education and Community Outreach Programs
Our award-winning education program serves over 30,000 7-12th grade students every year with weekday performances of both literary classics and cutting edge contemporary theatre. The producing model is built on a rotating repertory of American literary classics (Of Mice and Men, The Diary of Anne Frank, The House on Mango Street, A Raisin in the Sun); the four most widely taught Shakespeare titles (Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth); and “cross-over” works from our subscription season that offer rich content to schools.

The educational community we serve includes middle- and high-school teachers and their students from all types of schools (16% urban, 41% suburban and 43% rural schools last year) in the region.

In addition to low cost daytime matinee performances, we meaningfully engage students from Minnesota, Western Wisconsin and NE Iowa through the following in-depth programs:
• Immersion Days™ include hands-on workshops taught by master artists and our Build-a-Moment™ interactive demonstration with the cast and production designers.
• Inner-City Partnerships provide Immersion Days over the year at greatly reduced prices ($5 per student vs. $24) to partner schools, as well as up to 24 hours of in-school contact time with artists of their choice.
• Theatre Ambassadors is a 9-month leadership-development program for senior high students: 10 master classes; 6 productions; and post-show dialogues with cast, designers and fellow Ambassadors; a service learning project with an artist to fill a gap in their school’s arts learning.

2018-2019 Season

Proscenium Stage
The Agitators by Mat Smart (Sept 21 – Oct 28, 2018) Historical Drama / Regional Premiere
Marie and Rosetta by George Brant (Nov 23 – Dec 30, 2018) Drama with Music / Regional Premiere
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (Student matinees only) (Dec 4 – 21, 2018)
Park Square Presents Theatre in Residence Girl Friday Productions:
The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder (Feb 7 – Mar 3, 2019) American Classic Comedy
The Diary of Anne Frank By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett (Student matinees only) Mar 18 – May 17, 2019
Park Square Presents Theatre in Residence Flying Foot Forum
Heaven Created and Directed by Joe Chvala; Music by Chan Poling (May 31 – Jun 23, 2019) Drama / Music / Dance
Rule of Thumb By Agatha Christie (July 12 – Aug 25, 2019) Mystery / Twin Cities Premiere

Boss Stage
Sometimes There’s Wine By Shanan Custer and Carolyn Pool (Sept 14 – Oct 14, 2018) Comedy
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (Student matinees only) ( Oct 29 – Nov 30, 2018) Drama
Park Square Presents the Daniel Group’s production of
Triple Espresso (Nov 9, 2018 – Jan 13, 2019) Comedy
Antigone By Sophocles; Adapted and Directed by Meagan Kedrowski (Feb 1 – Mar 3, 2019) Tragedy
Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare, Adapted and directed by David Mann (Student matinees only (Mar 11 – May 3, 2019)
Park Square Presents Theatre in Residence PRIME Productions
Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison (Apr 19 – May 19, 2019) Drama
Jefferson Township Sparkling Junior Talent Pageant Book, Music and Lyrics by Keith Hovis (Jun 14 – Jul 28, 2019) Musical / World Premiere

The Position

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY
The Technical Director plans and manages the production of all scenery and provides technical coordination of costuming, lights and sound; supports the Artistic Director in producing work that is always exceptional in quality in a highly competitive market; takes a leadership role to help create and support a working and producing environment that is artistically rewarding, welcoming to artists and employees of diverse backgrounds, efficient and safe. The idea candidate is a highly motivated self-starter who knows how to support high theatricality and “big theatre” aesthetics with mid-sized budgets.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY:
Plan and manage scenery production; coordinate and support production designs and technical needs
• Work with the Artistic Staff (Artistic Director, Associate Artistic Director, Assistant Technical Director and Production Manager) and the Theatre’s leadership team to plan and budget each season’s work and coordinate detailed production/performance schedules
• Collaborate with Artistic Staff and each production’s creative team to develop designs that are creative, feasible for our resources, and safe
• Prep for builds: engineer and draft as needed; schedule and hire labor; order materials and supplies
• Schedule and supervise shop labor (including construction and finishing); assist or build as appropriate
• Coordinate builds and load-ins so that rehearsals can safely move on set as scheduled, technical rehearsals can be fully productive, and scenic and technical elements are completed for first public performance
• Assure the highest safety standards for all direct reports, other staff and visitors in accordance with OSHA, fire inspection and worker’s compensation standards (e.g. air quality/dust collection; auditory safety; fire safety; equipment handling, etc.)
• Maintain production equipment and stock
• Hire, supervise and train: Construction, Change-over and Strike, Rehearsal and Run Crews, Finish and Painting Specialists; Electricians, Programmers and Operators
• Approve and assure accurate and timely processing of weekly and bi-weekly payroll
• Assure timely submission and monitoring of all purchase orders/receipts, reports of all expenditures, and contracting to the appropriate staff members
• Coordinate with the Production Manager and Assistant Technical Director to cover appropriate staff and production meetings; technical and dress rehearsals; previews or initial performances

SECONDARY RESPONSIBILITIES
• Coordinate with the Facility and Events Manager to plan and undertake facility or equipment upgrades and repairs in the on-stage and back stage areas
• Coordinate with the Facility and Events Manager and other appropriate staff to schedule and staff production facility rentals
• Attend and participate in departmental, organization and external meetings, trainings, committees and events as required
• Represent the Theatre and build positive relationships on its behalf within the profession and with others as appropriate
• Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATONS
Park Square Theatre is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool. The ideal candidate will have the following:
• Five years professional experience in technical theatre, including experience in a repertory environment and experience with musicals
• Appropriate training and management experience. BA. BFA or MFA in Technical Production is a plus, but not a requirement.
• Experience supporting new play development is a plus
• A thorough knowledge of carpentry, welding and theatrical rigging as well as a demonstrated knowledge and experience of theatrical construction
• Experience of theatrical sound, lighting and video production
• The ability to generate working drawings in AutoCad, Vectorworks, or SketchUp.
• Experience in scheduling, hiring and managing others
• Personal, planning and communications skills that can support both complex processes and diverse fellow staff and artists
• The ability to manage a full-time schedule that incorporates flexibility for evening and weekend responsibilities

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Position Title: Technical Director
Reports To: Artistic Director
Coordinates with: Associate Artistic Director, Facilities & Events Manager, Director of Finance/Operations, Executive Director, other department heads
Collaborates with: Guest Designers, Directors, and Stage Managers
Direct Reports: Assistant Technical Director; Rep Crew Head; Shop, Performance and Production Labor; Change-over Crews
Union Relationships: Actors Equity (SPT-6-10 and TYA); Musicians’ Union for traditional musicals
Status: Full Time, Salaried exempt
Hours: Full-time position, requiring evening and weekend work in addition to weekdays
Salary: Range $40s to low $50s, depending on experience
Compensation: Health insurance (employee contributes $100/month); Dental insurance (100% of employee premium); parking; 17-22 PTO days and paid holidays. 403b/Roth IRA available (no employer match).

Deadline to apply: July 31, 2018
Interviews: August 2018
Anticipated start date: September 2018

Process
Submit resumé, including history as a working artist, and cover letter in PDF format to companymanager@parksquaretheatre.org. Questions may also be directed there.

FRONT OF HOUSE TEAM POSITIONS AVAILABLE:
House Manager / Performance Ticket Agent / Bartender

Status: All positions are part-time hourly and report to the Performance Supervisor

Job Summary: Front of House team members provide exceptional customer service during performances. Team members work together in a fun working environment that believes in celebrating the little victories along the way and working together to face the challenges. After training, team members may be eligible to fill any of the listed positions.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

HOUSE MANAGER:
• Arrive at the theatre no later than 1 hour and 45 minutes prior to performance.
• Open up all front of house public and service areas.
• Greet and supervise volunteer ushers: conduct pre-performance team meeting.
• Greet and liaise with access service providers (ASL interpreters, etc.)
• Coordinate house openings and closings with stage management and team.
• Assure security and customer assistance in lobby at all times during performance. Communicate with
building security and emergency medical services as needs arise.
• Coordinate handling of money at both the start and end of shifts, including shift closing deposits
• After patrons leave, secure all front of house spaces, including exterior doors.

TICKET AGENT:
• Arrive 1 hour 30 minutes prior to curtain.
• Count and balance cash box at start of shift and end of shift, prepare shift reports and deposits.
• Place ticket orders received by phone. Download internet sales at start of shift.
• Print out will call tickets and prepare for evening shift.
• Sell tickets during intermission, or assist in selling concession items as needed.

BARTENDER:
• Arrive 1 hour 30 minutes prior to curtain.
• Prepare concession area for pre-show/intermission sales
• Sell and serve drinks and concessions to patrons both pre-show and during intermission
• After intermission, count remaining inventory and restock for future performances
• Fill out concessions report and balance cash box. Prepare deposit.
• Assist with any additional cleaning as needed: trash, mopping, windows, etc.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Knowledge basic computer programs – Ticket programs a plus
• Excellent customer service skills
• Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment
• Ability to do quick and accurate cash/credit card transactions and to use point of sale systems
• Applicants must be over 18 years of age: may involve alcohol sales

Compensation:
• $9.50 per hour ($10 per hour for house managing)
• 2 complimentary tickets for each production

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume and three references to zigan@parksquaretheatre.org
No phone calls please.

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CALL FOR DESIGNERS

Park Square Theatre announces a call for designers for the 2017-2018 season (and beyond).

Annually Park Square produces between 12-16 shows in its two theatre spaces. These range from small intimate casts to full production musicals. We are committed to a production season that has a broad range of culturally diverse and entertaining production opportunities. To that end we regularly hires set/scenic, properties, video, sound, and costume designers. (As we have an in-house lighting designer, we do not typically hire this position.) These positions are on a per production basis, and, as such, Park Square keeps a diverse pool of up-and-coming as well as experienced designers.

Please send a resume and links to portfolio/photos of your work to stoutenburgh@parksquaretheatre.org. We will schedule 10-15 minute portfolio review sessions with designers over the summer.

AUDIENCE SERVICES TICKETING ASSOCIATE

Status: A part-time, hourly position that reports to the Ticket Office Supervisor

Job Overview: Park Square theatre seeks a personable, motivated, enthusiastic part-time employee to provide the highest level of customer service for ticket sales and subscription renewal for our loyal patrons. The right candidate is calm under pressure, naturally outgoing, and quick with point of sale or database entry.

Primary Job Duties:
• Answer calls and respond to voice mails to the general ticket line and the subscriber hotline
• Handle ticket sales, exchanges, subscription renewals over the phone and at the ticket office window
• Assist with miscellaneous office projects as needed
• Maintain a positive atmosphere and orderly work environment
• Work as a team with other employees to create a great customer experience

Qualifications:
• High School diploma or GED required, Associates or Bachelor’s degree is a plus
• Experience with Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel and Outlook
• Prior experience with online ticketing software or databases is helpful
• A proven track record of excellent customer service in sales, reservations or similar retail
environment
• Ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups of customers, clients, and co-workers.
• Ability to present a polite, professional, and upbeat demeanor in person and over the phone.
• Available to work Tuesday thru Saturday afternoons from 11 or noon to 5 or 5:30
• Flexibility, meticulous attention to detail, and the ability to multi-task
• Ticket office and ushering experience a plus

Compensation: $9.50/hour, 2 comp tickets to every Park Square production, bus pass or parking reimbursement up to $85/month, a fun working environment that believes in celebrating the little victories along the way and working together to face the challenges. We are seeking a minimum commitment of six months from the chosen applicant.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume and three references to zigan@parksquaretheatre.org
No phone calls please.

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PRODUCTION

Scenic Carpenters:*

Scenic Carpentry applicants fabricate, install, and strike scenery. Must be experienced with the following: safe operation of power tools; ability to read draftings; fabrication of wood and metal scenic elements; rigging; sewing; and welding a plus, but not required. Applicants will assist with the load-ins and load-outs.

Sound Board Operators:*

The sound Board operator uses the sound equipment to play back sound effects for a specific production. The sound board operation is responsible for knowing how to use each piece of sound equipment involved in the production. He/she must attend all technical rehearsals and performances. Prior experience with Q-Lab and Q-Lab programming a plus.

Run Crew/Backstage Crew:*

The Stage Crew is responsible for prepping onstage and backstage, teching, and running the show under the supervision of the Technical Director and Stage Manager. Stage Crew appears on stage, as necessary, to shift props/scenery and perform any other duties as assigned by the Technical Director or stage management. Attend backstage prep, all technical rehearsals, and performances. Complete pre-show and post show duties as assigned, including cleaning the stage and backstage, setting up and striking props and scenery, and scenery maintenance. Assist in shifting all props and scenery as assigned. Represent the theatre’s technical resources as required by the Production Manager for theatre programs including, but not limited to: additional performances, special events, and education programming.

Wardrobe Crew:*

Wardrobe Crew maintains the costumes, wigs and make-up designs through the run of a production which includes but is not limited to laundry, repairs and dry cleaning for each production. This position is responsible for overseeing daily notes, laundry, and the wig maintenance. Wardrobe will train production run crew dressers as needed, work with contract designers to inventory costumes, schedule dry cleaning pickups, check in and check out all costumes when sent to dry cleaning and keep a clean and orderly laundry room.

*To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to Mary Montgomery-Jensen, Production Manager, at montgomery-jensen@parksquaretheatre.org or mail to C/O Production Manager, Park Square Theatre, 408 St. Peter Street, Suite 110, Saint Paul, MN 55102

VOLUNTEER USHERS

If you’re someone who has a passion for theatre and enjoys working with people we have an opportunity for you, (yes you.). Our volunteer ushers help the rest of the front of house team ensure that all of our patrons have the best experience possible. We are looking to fill these positions with fun, friendly, customer-service oriented individuals. There are opportunities to work both evening and matinee performances for all of our productions. If you would like to donate a few hours of your time by joining our team of volunteer ushers and see some great live theatre, please contact Judy Bartlett at judybartlett@comcast.net or  651.895.9833

Auditions

Our 2018-2019 general season auditions are complete. In late January 2018, we saw over 450 actors across 4 days of auditions, along with 25 area producers and directors representing 17 producing theatres. We are grateful for everyone who auditioned, volunteered, and watched the auditions!

General auditions for the 2019-2020 season will be held in the winter of 2019. Check back here for more information in the fall of 2018.

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