Director: Fall Festival of Shakespeare


$684 / week (with housing) or $724 (no housing)

The Shakespeare & Company Education Department seeks qualified, experienced, and imaginative individuals to serve as Directors for the Fall Festival of Shakespeare plays. Directors are responsible for directing one of Shakespeare’s plays and the program implementation and daily management of a Fall Festival Show at one of 11 area high schools. This includes committing to a week of Director Training in person at Shakespeare & Company, working as a Director/Producer and representative of Shakespeare & Company to their assigned school from auditions through to a fully produced Shakespeare play. The Director will work in tandem with their Directing partner, a Production Coordinator, a Costume Designer, and with the entirety of the Education Staff for the duration of the Fall Festival.



Founded in 1978, Shakespeare & Company is a thriving center of creative and collaborative excellence in Actor Training, Performance, and Education, rooted in Shakespeare’s work and the Elizabethan ideals of inquiry, balance and harmony. Committed to nurturing the creative impulse, exploring the universal themes of human experience, engaging with the widest possible audience, and influencing future generations, Shakespeare & Company is also committed to evolving its approach to diversity and inclusion to engender an active process and positive change toward racial equity in its employment and artistry. Shakespeare & Company is committed to providing equal employment opportunities; it is our intent to maintain an inclusive work environment which is free of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation because of sex, gender, race, religion, color, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation, military service, veteran status, pregnancy or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically underrepresented in theatre and theatre administration including People of the Global Majority, LGBTQIA+ individuals, women, and people who are neurodiverse. The Company is dedicated to the fulfillment of these policies in regard to all aspects of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, and all other conditions and privileges of employment. Our goal is to engage ourselves in endeavors which enrich and promote a more just society.


About The Shakespeare & Company Education Program & The Fall Festival of Shakespeare


The Education Program at Shakespeare & Company invites and empowers students to bring the classical poetry and plays of Shakespeare alive in ways that are personally inspiring, educationally rigorous, and theatrically compelling. The Fall Festival of Shakespeare brings over 500 students together each year for a nine-week, collaborative, non-competitive, celebratory exploration and production of multiple Shakespeare plays. Students at eleven high schools in Massachusetts and New York rehearse and fully produce a Shakespeare play in collaboration with a team of two directors, a production coordinator and costume designer from Shakespeare & Company. After in-school performances for their own communities, the students from the participating schools meet at Shakespeare & Company and perform for each other over the course of four exhilarating days.

Roles & Responsibilities
  • Successful completion of a Criminal Offense Record information check (CORI) prior to employment;
  • Participate in a paid week of director training that examines the Shakespeare & Company Education Program's ethic and aesthetic, and the daily functioning of the Fall Festival of Shakespeare as well as ongoing inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility training, in alignment with Shakespeare & Company’s IDEA and cultural competency work;
  • Expand on and further develop these methods using personal experience, skills and areas of passion;
  • Direct a group of students in a 90-minute Shakespeare play at one of eleven high schools in Massachusetts or New York, in collaboration with a directing partner and design team;
  • Attendance and participation in weekly Director Meetings and Tech/Production meetings;
  • Attendance and participation in Common Classes, involving the greater Fall Festival Community;
  • Creation of materials needed for the production of a student show (weekly rehearsal schedules, a cut script, clear rehearsal guidelines, clear communication between the school, Shakespeare & Company, and the show community, etc.);
  • Support the work of the Festival at large, which includes weekly Director Meetings, occasional Set Builds and Common Classes, and extraordinary support during the week of the Festival (November 12-19). During this week, all Directors are expected to be available at Shakespeare & Company full-time to assist in the preparations for and production of the Fall Festival of Shakespeare, which may include some assistance at other schools’ rehearsals, loading in scenic elements, costume maintenance and put-away, theatre setup and cleanup, help with house management or concessions, or other general assistance.
Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Characteristics
The successful candidate will have:
  • An undergraduate degree and/or prior experience directing and/or teaching young people or working in youth programs is required;
  • Prior Shakespeare & Company Actor Training and/or experience working with Shakespeare & Company methodologies and interest in learning how to implement the foundational principles and methods in Shakesepare & Company's commitment to the actor/audience relationship;
  • Passion for creating plays with young people that are personally inspiring and theatrically compelling;
  • Strong organizational, project management and communication skills;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with your directing partner, production team, Shakespeare& Company Education Administrative staff, School Administration & Liaiosns, Staff and Parents/Caregivers;
  • Experience in organizing, working, and communicating effectively with groups of individuals from diverse backgrounds, identities, abilities, an experiences;
  • Willingness to listen, play, and show up authentically, patiently and respecctfully when working with young people;
  • A commitment to values of anti-racism and anti-oppression and the ability to cultivate a supportive and inclusive environment that prioritizes the safety and dignity of students and colleagues of all races, abilities, ethnicities, classes, orientations and gender identities;
  • The desire and ability to assess about your own directing and teaching artistry and welcome and incorporate feedback.
  • Willingness to bring a sense of humpr and flexible mindset to ever-changing, potentially stressful situations;
  • Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Google Workspace.
  • Basic understanding/knowledge of technical theatre elements, and ability to guide/assist students through technical theatre projects a plus.
$684 / week (with housing) or $724 (no housing)

How to Apply

Candidates who possess the above qualifications, or transferrable skills, are encouraged to apply. Please send cover letter, resume, and references.

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