POSITION: Production Staff
REPORTS TO: Director of Production and Operations
LOCATION: Williamstown, MA
COMPENSATION: $1000 - $1200 Weekly
HIRING TIMELINE: Applications to be accepted until filled with a priority application deadline of March 10. Application review and interviews to be conducted starting March 13 with an anticipated start date of June 26. Some remote work may be necessary.
As a member of the Production Staff, you will be joining a team of 8 dedicated individuals at the Williamstown Theatre Festival(WTF) for a period of 8 weeks. As a member of the seasonal staff, you will have the opportunity to contribute not only to the technical and creative aspects of the shows, but also to develop new systems and processes that will inform the operating model of future seasons. Our goal is to produce high quality productions that both entertain and inspire our audiences, and we believe that collaboration with our seasonal staff is key to achieving this.
Positions will be tailored to the candidate's specific desired area of interest (e.g., props, lighting, tech or design, operations, management, etc.) but this position will also work in many production areas throughout the summer. If you are passionate about the performing arts and eager to contribute your skills and expertise, as well as be a part of building a strong and supportive organizational culture, we encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity.
- Provide traditional production labor as a stage crew member, comprising approximately three quarters of your job duties. This will include administering the installation of lighting, sound, scenic, props, costumes, and other production elements as needed.
- Collaborate with each creative team to ensure that all production elements of the show are executed smoothly and to the highest standard achievable.
- Work with the production staff to write organizational fundamentals and contribute to other administrative projects that support the overall operation and longevity of WTF, comprising the remaining quarter of your job duties.
- Help to create and maintain a positive and professional organizational culture within the festival, through your own actions and contributions as well as by helping to identify and address any issues that may arise or currently exist.
- Follow all safety guidelines and protocols to ensure a safe working environment for yourself and your colleagues.
- Maintain a positive professional attitude and be willing to adapt to the changing needs of the productions.
- Embrace the Festival’s commitment to EDIA and Anti-Racism by actively participating in and encouraging behaviors among staff members that exemplify respect; interrupting microaggressions and other behaviors that hinder our EDIA and Anti-Racism efforts; engaging in the diversification of the workforce; demonstrating a degree of cultural competency that encourages healthy relationships with all company members
- An essential function of this job is in-person work in Williamstown, MA.
- Advanced knowledge of theatrical production, either in a specific discipline or mixed experiences, with the ability to exercise discretion and work independently to execute various daily needs of the productions.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and contribute to a positive organizational culture.
- Strong attention to detail and ability to follow instructions.
- Willingness to work flexible schedules as needed.
- Physical ability to lift and carry equipment, climb ladders, and perform other physically demanding tasks.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Workspace.
Williamstown Theatre Festival has brought emerging and professional theater artists together for 68 years to create a thrilling summer festival of world premiere work alongside fresh, new revivals. New plays and musicals commissioned, developed, and produced at the Festival fill theaters around the world. In recent years, WTF has been represented on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regionally by The Sound Inside, The Rose Tattoo, Grand Horizons, Seared, Selling Kabul, Unknown Soldier, and Lempicka, among others. Cost of Living, which premiered at WTF, received the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Learn more at wtfestival.org.
Williamstown Theatre Festival’s season takes place on the beautiful campus of Williams College in Williamstown, MA with backdrops of the Berkshire, Green, and Taconic mountain ranges. Williamstown, MA (estimated pop. 7,813) is located in Berkshire County (estimated pop. 128,657) in Western Massachusetts and is an hour’s drive from Albany, NY and 30 minutes from Pittsfield, MA.
The Williams College campus and the 62’ Center for Theatre and Dance are within walking distance of Spring Street, which has several restaurants with dine-in and takeout options, a pharmacy, a coffee shop, an ice cream shop, a movie theater, and several stores. The nearest grocery store is a 10-minute drive from campus and not within walking distance. Having a personal vehicle does provide more flexibility in grocery-shopping and expands dining and activities options. For those who bring vehicles, parking is free at designated locations on Williams campus with a parking pass. For a list of all the things to do and see in Williamstown and the Northern Berkshires, visit DestinationWilliamstown.org.
All seasonal staff are provided housing free of charge on campus at Williams College. Housing is dorm-style with private bedrooms and shared common areas, including bathroom and kitchen. Williams College housing is not air-conditioned. Weather ranges from evenings on the cooler side but can also be quite warm with temperatures in the 90s with high humidity.
We acknowledge that Williamstown Theatre Festival is a Predominantly White Institution (PWI) located in a county that is 91% white, according to the US Census Bureau. We are actively engaged in the work of becoming a more equitable, diverse, inclusive, accessible, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive institution that not only welcomes BIPOC artists and staff but nurtures an environment that allows everyone to thrive. More specific actions on these efforts can be found in our Progress Report on our website: https://wtfestival.org/work-learn/.
Williamstown Theatre Festival is committed to telling diverse stories and to fostering an inclusive environment both onstage and off. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates. We believe that opportunity, access, resources, and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all. Therefore, WTF is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants shall be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, sex/gender (including pregnancy and gender identity), disability, military status, veteran status, marital status, familial status, ancestry, genetics, or any other class or characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Candidates from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.