Employment and Auditions

Organizational Background

Park Square Theatre excites generations of artists and audiences through vibrant theatre that elevates our community’s multiplicity of voices, and is a premiere gathering place for culture, thought, and dialogue. SteppingStone Theatre for Youth ignites belonging, generosity, mastery, self-advocacy, and inspiration by creating art with young people to share with the world. 

In 2020 the two theatres entered into a Memorandum of Understanding which will lead to a new, merged organization serving an audience of 100,000 and engaging audiences and participants from across generations. Staff members contribute to their new shared mission as a “Theatre for Life,” supporting excellent artistry, creative learning, and opportunities to develop as a human being and an artist, whether as a professional artist, learner, or audience member.

Park Square Theatre/Steppingstone Theatre for Youth encourage applications from qualified candidates from visible and invisible minority groups, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons across the spectrum of sexual orientation and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. We are committed to hiring on merit and to removing barriers in employment policies.

Read Park Square Theatre’s Statement of Justice and Equity 

Employment Opportunities

DESCRIPTION: Oversees the construction of stage scenery alongside Technical Director. Helps maintain the theatre infrastructure. Assists with scenery construction and production load-ins. Supervises work of over-hire employees and independent contractors who assist with the technical aspects of a performance.  Provides technical support for productions and/or special events.  

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES & TASKS:

  • Assists Technical Director with oversight of construction processes for productions.
  • Constructs stage scenery as required for each production, 
  • Manages installation, maintenance and strike of scenery, props and masking.
  • Builds and installs special effects equipment.
  • Constructs, repairs and modifies equipment such as shelving, furniture, storage units and tables.
  • Maintains and repairs construction shop equipment and theatre infrastructure.
  • Monitors the budget ensuring that expenditures stay within budgetary guidelines.
  • Inventories and requisitions supplies and equipment; recommends purchase of new equipment.
  • Supervises over-hire employees and independent contractors working in theater scenery construction and/or lighting installation.
  • Ensures equipment is used in a safe manner.
  • Maintains and troubleshoots front of house audio.
  • Consults with senior production staff to discuss desired production objectives.
  • Recommends selection of material, methods of construction and installation to the Production Manager/Technical Director.
  • Supervises the stage technicians and theatre technicians hired on an over-hire basis. Technicians are hired on a per show, as needed basis and numbers will vary depending upon the production.
  • Additional duties as assigned 

POSITION REQUIREMENTS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

We know there are great candidates who may not fit into the criteria we’ve outlined below, or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Technical Theater AND, two years directly related experience; OR,
  • Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education approved by the Production Manager/Technical Director.
  • Possession of a current Minnesota driver’s license upon employment.
  • Skill in carpentry and construction techniques for building theatrical scenery.
  • Skill in welding and metal working techniques for building theatrical scenery.
  • Skill in the use and maintenance of hand tools and power tools.
  • Ability to read construction and working drawings
  • Knowledge of basic electricity
  • Skill in supervising and coordinating the work of others.
  • Ability to effectively communicate.
  • Proficiency in CAD, MS Office. 
  • Must be able to work at height on catwalks and personnel lifts
  • Must be able to work flexible hours dependent upon the need of the production  
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Physical work is primary part (50%) of job 
  • Must be able to work in a shop environment.
  • Must be able to work standing, sitting, kneeling, lying down and in tight spaces.
  • Must be able to see in low light levels.
  • Must be able to do heavy lifting, pushing or pulling required of objects up to 70 pounds.
  • Must be able to climb ladders. 
  • Must be able to work at heights. 

Status: Full time, exempt, year-round. 

Supervisory Responsibility: Yes

Compensation: Consistent with our current salary scale, the salary range for the position is $38,000-42,000 depending on qualifications. The organization offers competitive benefit packages and a flexible work environment.

How to apply:  Email resumé and cover letter to Meghan “Mac” McLaughlin at mclaughlin@parksquaretheatre.org

Deadline to apply:  June 5, 2022
Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis
Anticipated start date: Early July, 2022

DESCRIPTION: Seeking a personable, motivated, enthusiastic part-time employee to provide the highest level of customer service for ticket sales, data processing and subscription renewals for our loyal patrons. The right candidate is calm under pressure, naturally outgoing, and quick with point of sale or database entry. The position is 20 hours per week, with potential opportunities for additional hours.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES & TASKS:

  • Answer calls and respond to voice mails to the general ticket line
  •  Handle ticket sales, exchanges, subscription renewals over the phone and at the ticket office window
  • Assist with other data-related duties, including processing donations, school group bookings, invoices and letters of recognition
  • 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
  • Other duties as assigned

POSITION REQUIREMENTS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

Required:

  • Experience with Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel and Outlook
  • 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.
  • Ability to maintain a calm and positive attitude under pressure situations
  • Available to work Tuesday through Friday afternoons from 11:30 AM to 5 PM, as well as occasional nights and weekends
  • Flexibility, meticulous attention to detail, and the ability to multitask
  • High School diploma/GED required, OR equivalent work experience
  • Three years of demonstrated sense of humor is a plus, but we can always work on that :-)

Preferred:

  • Associates or Bachelor’s degree
  • Prior experience with online ticketing software or databases  
  • Ticket office and ushering experience 
  • Passion for theatre, arts, and arts education

Status: A part-time, hourly position. On site. Reports to the Ticket Office Manager. 

Supervisory Responsibility: No

Compensation: $15/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.

How to apply:  Please send a cover letter and  resume to cook-feltz@parksquaretheatre.org. No phone calls please.

Deadline to apply: June 12, 2022
Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.
Anticipated start date: mid-late June, 2022

PRODUCTION OVERHIRE

Park Square Theatre employs overhire staff on an as needed basis which varies throughout the year based on the needs of each production. All overhire positions may range in both required experiences and length of commitment.

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: To apply to be added to the production overhire list, please submit a resume and cover letter to Meghan McLaughlin, Production Manager, at mclaughlin@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 Front of House Manager, Jiffy Kunik, at kunik@parksquaretheatre.org.

Learn more about volunteering at Park Square »

Auditions

Park Square Theatre: AEA Seasonal Auditions

Due to overwhelming demand from actors and artists, Park Square Theatre is happy to announce additional Seasonal Auditions to be held on Sunday, May 15th and Sunday, May 16th! These are EQUITY-PRIORITY AUDITIONS.** 

Come and audition for Park Square’s recently announced 22-23 season as well as other great Minnesota companies to be announced soon!

When: 

Sunday, May 15th from Noon-8pm and Monday, May 16th from Noon-8pm. 

Where: 

Park Square Theatre
Historic Hamm Building
408 Saint Peter Street
Saint Paul, MN, 55102

Auditions will be held on the Andy Boss Thrust Stage. Please enter through the main doors of the Hamm Building and take the elevator down one floor to the lower level. The Andy Boss Thrust will be to your left when the elevator opens.

What to prepare:

Actors are encouraged to prepare two contrasting monologues OR one monologue and 16-32 bars of a musical theatre selection totaling no more than three minutes in length. 

An accompanist will be provided, but auditioners must provide the correct sheet music for their selection. To protect everyone’s time and ensure fairness these auditions will be timed, starting at the end of their slate. 

How:

Sign up using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F49A4A62CA3F5C25-pstgeneral

 

**These are EQUITY-PRIORITY AUDITIONS. This means that AEA members have primary access to the audition time slots. Non-equity actors will be able to sign up for audition slots if there are open slots twenty-four hours in advance of the audition date. If you have any questions, or would like to put on a non-equity waiting list for these auditions, email edson@parksquaretheatre.org.

Minnesota Playlist:

Actors are required to create a free, temporary Minnesota Playlist profile to use for the audition. Doing so will help save time and energy during the audition process, as well as lots and lots of paper.  Simply create a MN Playlist account, choose “60-day profile”, and use the code PSTGA2022 to make it free. If you run into any issues while creating your profile, contact damon@minnesotaplaylist.com. See the attached instruction sheet for details.

COVID-19 Safety:

For these auditions, we ask that all participants bring proof of vaccination or a negative test taken within 72 hours of their audition. Actors will be masked at all times except when actively auditioning.

Park Square Theatre’s COVID-19 Safety Policies can be found here: https://parksquaretheatre.org/covid-19-health-and-safety-information/

Park Square Theatre encourages applications from qualified candidates from visible and invisible minority groups, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons across the spectrum of sexual orientation and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. We are committed to hiring on merit and to removing barriers in employment policies.

Tickets

The Park Square Ticket Office is open for phone calls Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 5:00 pm.
Please call 651.291.7005.

For service other days of the week, please email tickets@parksquaretheatre.org.

Tickets can be purchased online at anytime.

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