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

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 »

Open Auditions

Written by George Brant
Directed by Wendy Knox

Dates: Submissions Open Sept 27th at 9am
Times: Open Submissions, AEA to be reviewed first
Where: Online Submissions: https://forms.gle/L94gwaUePSMUk8Lp6
Callbacks at Park Square Theatre – Dates TBA
Website: https://parksquaretheatre.org/box-office/shows/2021-2022/marie-and-rosetta/ 

Description: Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a legend in her time and a huge influence on Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles. Marie and Rosetta chronicles her first rehearsal with a young protégée, Marie Knight, as they prepare to embark on a tour that would establish them as one of the great duos in musical history. “It is so rare for a play about the inner lives of black women to center on their intimacy and not world politics or degradation that the very fact of George Brant’s loving two-character script is refreshing.” – The New Yorker

Casting: MARIE KNIGHT

SISTER ROSETTA THARPE is already cast. 

SISTER ROSETTA THARPE – an African American woman in her early 30’s. Pretty, vivacious, an irrepressible spirit. A mean guitar player with a bluesy voice. (Guitar is played by a musician off-stage)

MARIE KNIGHT – an African American woman in her 20’s. A more traditional alto gospel singer, plays staid piano. (Piano is played by a musician off-stage). Gorgeous, on her way to being a spiritual star.

Dates:
Dec 5-Jan 14 Rehearsal
Break Dec 22-Jan 2
Jan 15,16,18 Tech
Jan 19 & 20 Previews
Jan 21 Opening
F 21 @7:30pm
Sa 22 @2ppm & 7:30pm
Su 23 @2pm
Th 27-Fa 28  @7:30pm
Sa 29 @2pm & 7:30pm
Su 30 @2pm
Th 3-Fa 4 @ 7:30pm
Sa 5 @2pm & 7:30pm
Su 6 @2pm
Th 10-Fa 11 @ 7:30pm
Sa 12 @2pm & 7:30pm
Su 13 @2pm
Feb 13 2022 Closing Date

In Attendance: Kim Vasquez, Wendy Knox, Gary Hines and Ansa Akyea

Please Submit: 32-bars of gospel/spiritual song and a 1 minute contemporary monologue

Written by Chelsea Marcantel
Directed by Angela Timberman

Dates: Submissions open Sept 27, at 9 am
Times: Open Submissions, AEA to be reviewed first
Where: Online Submissions: https://forms.gle/Nxo1Mvs8JWt9T5We6
Website: https://parksquaretheatre.org/box-office/shows/2021-2022/airness/

Description: When Nina enters her first air guitar competition, she thinks winning will be easy. But as she befriends a group of charismatic nerds all committed to becoming the next champion, she discovers that there’s more to this art form than playing pretend; it’s about finding yourself in your favorite songs, and performing with raw joy. Will Nina be able to let go and set herself free onstage? Following her mission to shred or be shredded, Airness is an exuberant reminder that everything we need to rock is already inside us. A comedy about competition, completion and finding the airness inside yourself.

Director Note: This piece is physical and zany, but heartfelt and honest. 

Casting: 2 Females, 4 Males 

Each character represents one of the pillars of Air Guitar. This pillar is reflected in performance, song choice, approach to the competition, and personal interactions with others while in character. Mostly, the characters go by their stage names. Except for NINA, they are always wearing the exaggerated costumes of their onstage personas.

All characters are in their 20s or 30s; any part can be played by an actor of any race, except Golden Thunder, who should be an actor of color. FACEBENDER should be older than the rest of the group by a few years

Ed “SHREDDY EDDY” Leary :: artistic merit

Gabe “GOLDEN THUNDER” Partridge :: originality

Mark “FACEBENDER” Lender :: feeling

Astrid “CANNIBAL QUEEN” Anderson :: technical ability

Nina “THE NINA” O’Neal :: airness

David “D VICIOUS” Cooper :: charisma/stage presence

Announcer/Sprite Exec/Hooded Figure — These parts are played by the same male actor; sometimes his voice may be heard, without the actor being onstage.

Dates:
First Rehearsal:  April 19th 2022
Opening: May 13th 2022
F13-Sa14 @7:30pm
Su 15 @2pm
Th19-Sa 21 @7:30pm
Su 22 @2pm
Th26-Sa28 @7:30pm
Su 29 @2pm
Th2-Sa4 @7:30pm
Su5 @2pm
Closing June 5th 2022
Possible Extension June 9th-15th 2022

In Attendance: Ellen Fenster, Kim Vasquez and Angela Timberman

Please Submit: 1 minute comedic monologue 

Audition Timeline: 

  • Submissions open: Sept 27, 9 AM
  • Review: October 4 and 5 
  • Call backs: Sunday October 10, and Monday 11 
    • In person in the Park Square Theatre Proscenium Rehearsal Hall 
    • Callbacks include improv, movement, etc.

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