2022 Shakespeare & Violence Prevention Costume Designer

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival seeks a costume designer 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.

Rehearsals will be held on the CU Boulder campus.

Relevant Dates

  • April-July: monthly production meetings
  • Mid-July: Casting finalized
  • Aug. 29-Sept. 26: rehearsals on CU Boulder campus
  • Tour runs Sept. 27, 2022-April 2023

Responsibilities

  • Costume a company of three non-Equity actors for a 45-minute “Merchant of Venice” and a 30-minute “Tempest”
  • The same company of actors will simultaneously be working on two productions during the rehearsal period.
  • Address any necessary repairs throughout the tour, and ensure costumes are cleaned as needed.
  • All rehearsals will adhere to COVID safety protocols, based on the latest public health guidance at the time.
  • In this small-cast abridged production, the actors play many roles, indicated by a costume shift. Rather than striving for realistic representation, we aim to embrace a theatrical and imaginative style, in which we suspend our disbelief, and accept that the same actor plays multiple roles. We never aim to hide the fact we are in a theatre. (This is aligned with violence prevention research, in which the roles of perpetrator, target, and bystander can shift and change).
  • All props, costumes, and troupe members (3 actors and 1 stage manager) must fit into a 6-passenger minivan, in order to easily tour schools across the state of Colorado.

Compensation

$500

To apply

If interested in the position, please submit 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 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

CSF shares CU Boulder’s commitment to build an inclusive, diverse, and equitable community and strives to create an environment in which everyone feels a sense of belonging and ability to contribute.