2022 Colorado Shakespeare Festival Shakespeare Violence & Prevention Tour Manager

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival seeks a tour manager for two touring productions: a 45-minute production of “The Merchant of Venice,” suitable for grades 6-12, and a 30-minute production of “The Tempest,” suitable for grades 3-5, as part of an ongoing collaboration with the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence: the Shakespeare & Violence Prevention project, in which Shakespeare’s plays are used to address violence prevention in schools.

We use theatre to educate young people about violence because it puts into practice some of the key concepts central to violence reduction: teamwork, empathy and the possibility of change. Connectedness can help bring about a kinder, safer, healthier school community—and theatre, likewise, is an art form rooted in empathy and connectedness. This project’s curriculum centers on the role of the “upstander”—the person who witnesses mistreatment and makes a choice to help. In the real world, upstanders make a significant difference in reducing harm, and in post-show workshops, students practice upstander behavior with the actors.

Relevant Dates

  • Aug. 29-Sept. 26: rehearsals on the CU Boulder campus (The tour manager does 10 hours of prep work prior to first rehearsal.)
  • Sept. 27-Dec. 14: Touring schools, typically on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (unless cleared in advance with troupe)
    • Please note: There are no tour dates the week of Nov. 21-25, 2022.
  • Jan. 10-11, 2023: Tour Brushup Rehearsals
  • Jan. 17-April 19, 2023: Touring schools, typically on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (unless cleared in advance with troupe)
    • Please note: There are no tours the week of March 27-31, 2023.
  • There may be two distance tours (dates TBA). The tour manager will receive a per diem for food/incidentals, and overnight hotels will be provided.

Job Duties and Details

  • The tour manager will support a company of three non-equity actors on a 45-minute “Merchant of Venice” and a 30-minute “Tempest” in rehearsals and on tour throughout Colorado schools.
  • The tour manager is responsible for transporting actors to/from schools in the CSF van, setting up props/costumes for each performance, running sound cues as needed, and handling all rehearsal and performance reports, communicating with CSF office about tour logistics, and supporting a smooth, safe and successful tour.
  • All rehearsals and performances will adhere to COVID safety protocols, based on the latest public health guidance at the time of the tour.

Compensation

$11,690

To Apply

If interested in the position, please send a recent resume to Amanda Giguere, CSF Director of Outreach, via email at Amanda.giguere@colorado.edu.

More about the Shakespeare Violence & Prevention Project

Vision

To cultivate empathy, teamwork and upstander behavior through Shakespeare’s plays.

Mission

To enhance, enrich and expand Colorado students’ understanding of Shakespeare and violence prevention through live performance and interactive roleplaying activities. Guided by the most recent research and creative work available, we strive to share relevant findings in a fun, active and dynamic way.

Values

  • Empathy: We step into the shoes of others (in Shakespeare’s plays, in workshop activities) to better understand someone else’s perspective.
  • Teamwork: We work together (both in the theatre and in violence prevention) to explore new ideas.
  • Active Learning: We work “on our feet” rather than “in our seat.” Shakespeare is best approached through performance, and by watching humans interact, we learn about our own behavior. Likewise, we encourage roleplaying in the post-show workshops as a way of learning about human behavior.
  • Diversity: We live in a vibrant, eclectic world, and we value differing viewpoints, cultures, languages and people. We strive to represent the diversity of our world in the way we produce Shakespeare, and in the way that we facilitate related activities.
  • Creative Problem Solving and Student-Centered Learning: We believe in encouraging students to generate their own solutions, and we provide the space for them to test out their own ideas.
  • Connectedness: Being connected to others is a protective factor and can help reduce violence in a community. Being connected is also vital in the theatre as we build connections to our scene partner, to (and within) the text, and to the audience members.

Value Statement

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival shares CU Boulder’s commitment to building an inclusive, diverse and equitable community, and it strives to create an environment in which everyone feels a sense of belonging and the ability to contribute.

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