Employment/Audition

HSRT hires a company of approximately 110 people, including performers, directors, designers, technicians, interns and other support and management staff. The acting company this year will be made up of five-seven Equity Guest Artists, five-eight non-Equity company members and eight-ten acting interns. Actors are usually in two-three of the productions. Most of the hiring is completed by mid-April.

HSRT is a non-equity company, employing five-seven Equity Guest’s artists and eight-ten non-Equity actors. Acting interns are recruited from theatre training programs and colleges throughout the country. Acting interns in the past have come from highly ranked schools like Hope College, Webster University, Wagner College, The University of Evansville and Southern Methodist University.

ACTING INTERNS are currently-enrolled students from undergraduate programs. They are cast in main stage and children’s productions. They also work regularly in scenic, costume, lighting or publicity departments. Interns receive a stipend of $800 for the season, free housing, and free college credits in theatre lab.

Application for all performance positions is by audition. HSRT consistently participates in the Midwest Theatre Auditions, in St. Louis, MO. Additionally, HSRT participates in auditions on the east coast, on announcement.

Performers may also submit a DVD, headshot and resume. Please include two-three monologues and two songs.
Mail to: HSRT, 141 E. 12th St., Holland, MI 49423.

Technical and Artistic Openings

HSRT hires staff positions available in:

INTERNSHIPS are available in arts management, publicity, stage management,costumes, scenery, lighting and sound. All interns receive a stipend of $800 for the season, free housing, and free college credits in theatre lab.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to: HSRT at 141 E. 12th St. Holland, MI 49423 or hsrt@hope.edu - please include contact information and three references.

To download the Information Sheet for 2013, click here.

Arts Management

Arts Management Assistants:
The Arts Management Assistants work closely with both the Producing Director and Assistant Producing Director. He or she must have an eye for detail, great communication skills, and the ability to work independently on projects. Responsibilities include front of house management, distributing publicity materials throughout the greater Holland area, working directly with vendors, creating a press book, website maintenance, general office work, and acting as a liaison between company, patrons, & press. A general background in arts management is helpful, but not required.

Arts Management Internships:
The arts management internship is directed towards individuals who are interested in expanding their knowledge of administration and management behind the scenes. This position works closely with other arts management staff members to ensure that projects are done with great attention to detail and in a timely manner. Specific projects will be given by the Producing Director and Assistant Producing Director. College course credits are available in addition to a stipend.

Costumes

The costume shop is responsible for creating and maintaining a designer’s look for the show. This involves interacting with all members of the production and artistic teams, as well as the acting company. The shop consists of the costume shop manager, designers, stitchers, craftspeople, wardrobers and interns, who work diligently to pull, alter and build as many costumes as necessary for the season. There are many opportunities to expand upon current knowledge and learn from a dedicated creative production team. While experience in costume construction and design is important. There are many opportunities to learn new skills as well as expand on the skills you already possess. HSRT prides itself on creating teams comprised of dedicated individuals who are creative problem solvers and enthusiastic collaborators and leaders.

Costume Shop Manager:
Supervise the costume shop and oversee professional designers to maintain a healthy learning and working environment for the staff. The shop manager works as a mentor to the costume interns, as well as overseeing fittings and maintaining rental and budget work in tandem with designers. High organizational and communication skills are a must to create a schedule for the costume shop staff as well as maintain the shop inventory, and work with designers arriving later in the season. The costume shop manager has the unique opportunity to form close relationships with members of the production staff, artistic staff, as well as the technical and acting company members. Rentals, ordering, budget, scheduling, mentoring, advanced knowledge of period styles, stitching, draping, alterations, fittings, and other costume design related skills are preferred in addition to excellent communication skills and leadership abilities. The fast paced work environment presents great opportunities to work with many different designers, as well as a positive and enthusiastic team of people.

Stitchers:
Stichers build on their knowledge of stitching, draping, alterations, fittings, designing and work along side professional designers. The stitching positions are tailored according to the individual, providing opportunities for both the beginner and the experienced stitcher. Stitchers may gain experience in designing, management, wardrobing and/or crafts work as a part of their experience as well as share their knowledge skills with interns and other designers. This person reports to the Costume Shop Manager.

Costume Craftsperson:
Create jewelry, beading, hats, headpieces, fabric modification, shoes, foam work dyeing, puppetry, fabric painting and many other odds and ends. A costume craftsperson must be self motivated and creative in both the creation and alteration of materials. Works closely with designers to fabricate pieces and create distinctly different looks for each show. This person reports to the Costume Shop Manager.

Costume Internship:
The costume internship is catered to the interests and desires of the individuals, but is created for an individual interested in learning more about the process of both designing and building costumes for a production. The internship gives the opportunity to learn valuable stitching skills as well as work with professional designers to expand your skills as a designer. Costume interns will assist in at least one mainstage show and work closely with at least two professional designers. Interns may also be assigned specific builds and/or design one of our children’s shows depending upon desired and previous experience. While experience in costumes is a plus, a positive attitude and desire to be a member of a dedicated team are most important. College course credits are available in addition to a stipend.

Lighting

Master Electrician (1):

Assistant Master Electrician (1-2):

Electrician (0-2):

Lighting Interns (2):

Scenic

Working in the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre Scene Shop entails a lot of work, but there is great deal of knowledge to be gained and seven shows to be put on your resume at the end of the summer! At HSRT, we work in four vastly different spaces; the studio theatre, where two children's shows are produced; the Knickerbocker theatre, located right in downtown Holland; the 'Til Midnight restaurant, where our cabaret takes place; and the Dewitt Mainstage, where three shows occur. Because we are a rotating repertory theatre, once shows are open they rotate in and out with other shows, meaning nightly changeovers take place after the show. The scene shop, along with the acting and production interns, are a valuable and integral part of these changeovers. On the scene shop crew we have a technical director, an assistant technical director, a shop foreman/master carpenter, several carpenters and two scenic design interns.

Technical Director:
Oversee, coordinate and supervise all production aspects in a repertory theatre setting. Work with many different professional designers and act as an advisor to student designers, in a fast-paced learning environment. Responsible for Design deadlines, shop management, most construction drawings, construction calendar, season and show budgets, costing, materials ordering, tool maintance, facility safety (along with Hope College Staff), coordination of all changeovers in 4 spaces, oversight of season scenic art budget, and advisor to Props Master and shop. A high level of organization, time management, and communication skills are a must, in addition a positive attitude, and a desire to teach. The Technical Director will work closely with the PSM. the Assistant Producing Director and Master Electrician to make sure that all spaces are made available to each department as needed. Computer Drafting is a plus. Vectorworks or Autocad.

Assistant Technical Director:
Work closely with the technical director to help maintain the fast paced built calendar. Responsible for quality control, construction oversight, some shop management and tool maintenance, some construction drawings available, and supervises changeovers in the Repertory Theatre setting. This position is the eyes and ears of management in the scene shop, and will be asked to supervise both the scene shop staff and any of the interns who come to work in the space. Good time management, communication, and organization skills a must. Advanced skills in wood construction a must; metals (welding), rigging, and drafting experience a plus.

Shop Foreman/Master Carpenter:
Responsible for some in-shop management and scene shop oversight. Assists TD and ATD in the success of the shop as a whole. Advanced skills in construction and drafting and a desire to learn about technical director and management are required. This person will be expected to be able to work independently and efficiently at times. This person may be given the responsibility of taking charge of one or both of the Studio CPT productions, along with its student designer.

Carpenters:
Are responsible for the build, installation, and changeover of the 7 shows. They should posses the ability to problem solve and work both independently and in teams. Wood construction skills are a must, metal and rigging experience a plus but not required. Carpenters may be asked to run 1 or more shows in a season, assignments given based upon production needs. Carpenters will assist interns (production, design, and acting) in learning valuable skills for a successful repertory scene shop. A can do attitude is appreciated in this fast paced work environment. There is opportunity to work with professional designers and be assigned individual portfolio piece production work.

Scenic Design Interns:
They are given the opportunity to design and often build their own set, with the help of the master carpenter, for a 100 seat convertible black box stage as a part of the children's performance theatre. They are asked to operate within a set budget as well as gain valuable knowledge working along side professional designers on the Mainstage shows. Also, they work with the scene shop on the construction of all of the other shows that are produced on our calendar. Their time is split between the two assignments and arraigned with the Technical Director. The opportunity exists also to assist a designer on a mainstage production, these assignments are generally made during week one of summer contracts.

Scenic Art Department:
Operates within the scene shop as a separate entity. They are responsible for prepping, painting, and finishing all scenery and some props for the 7 show season. They will work alongside the scene shop staff and may be asked to work an altered summer schedule due to that fact. HSRT is equipped with spray booth, paint frame, and a large layout floor which will be used for most projects.

Scenic Charge Artist:
Works closely with the Technical Director to develop a budget and a calendar for the painting of each show. Each mainstage show has its own floor, and set. The charge artist is responsible for the purchase of supplies (either in town or through Technical Director), process, color mixing, samples, designer approval of samples for each of the 7 shows, and implementation of the scenic art. Aides in the instruction of interns (production and acting) in this area of technical theatre.

Assistant Charge Artist:
Assists the Charge Artist with samples, color mixing, and implantation of scenic art. Also may be asked to aide in the instruction of interns (production and acting) in this area of technical theatre. May be asked to work an altered schedule part of the summer.

Props

The Prop Shop works independently from the scene shop and has their own shop space on the mezzanine level of the scene shop. There are many opportunities to work alongside professional designers as well as share your skills with interns. With Hope's large stock of props and Holland's many unique antique stores and junk shops, it is a great place to hone your people skills and enrich your creative mind. The Props Shop is responsible for all rehearsal and performance props. They may be asked to work along side the costume shop or the costume crafts artist to create specific show pieces.

Properties Manager:
Maintain and provide all rehearsal and performance properties. Design, build and operate on a budget in an upbeat non-stop environment. Work with all departments of production as well as designers for all seven shows. Oversee assistant prop master and aid them in learning about a successful shop. Experience in all technical aspects of theatre a plus, especially furniture construction and or sewing. Will work alongside the TD and ATD to determine who is responsible for certain pieces. Will supervise interns during work calls, and aide them in learning about this are of technical theatre.

Assistant Props Master:
Responsible for aiding the prop manager in the provision and maintenance of all properties for the seven shows. Possible opportunities to design children's show(s)/cabaret, as well.

Sound

The sound department is responsible for the audio needs of seven productions staged in four separate venues over the course of the summer. All members of the sound department will be required to crew one or more shows during the course of the summer, be present at change overs and must be comfortable working in a fast paced repertory environment. The ability to work at some heights and lift fifty or more pounds, while not a requirement, is preferred.

The HSRT sound department has a heavy emphasis on the use of digital mixing consoles, computerized playback and sound automation systems, wireless microphone systems, intercom systems, and computer networks. Applicants should at least be comfortable working with this level of sound system. Experience with SFX software is a plus.

Master Sound Technician:
The Master Sound Technician works with Directors, Designers, and other department heads to implement the sound designs for every production. The Master Sound Technician is responsible for the direct supervision of the sound staff. The master sound technician must oversee the installation of all sound systems, maintain budgets, keep track of all maintenance needed, and perform light repair work. In addition, the applicant must be able to mix and operate large scale musical productions using 16+ channels of wireless microphones, orchestra microphones, area microphones, computerized playback and automation. The Master Sound Technician will typically sound design two or more productions during the season. The ability to safely rig sound systems is preferred but not a requirement. Good people skills and strong troubleshooting skills are a must. This position reports to the Resident Sound Designer and the Assistant Producing Director.

Sound Technician:
The primary duties of the sound technician are operation of shows, installation of sound equipment at the start of the season and performing change overs for shows that run in repertory. The ability to mix musical theatre productions is strongly preferred. Sound design opportunities are available based on the applicant's experience and the needs of the current season. This position reports to the Master Sound Technician.

Sound Design Internship:
The Sound Design internship is geared for those that have an interest in learning more about the sound design process and the tools used in sound production for theatre. The sound design intern will closely work with the resident Sound Designer and possibly guest sound designers, gaining valuable experience as an Assistant Sound Designer. Sound Design and musical theatre mixing opportunities are available based on the applicant's experience, personal goals for the internship and the needs of the current season. This position reports to the Resident Sound Designer and the Master Sound Technician. College course credits are available in addition to a stipend.

Stage Management

HSRT is a professional equity repertory theatre environment. You will be given the opportunity to work and network with equity actors, professional directors and designers. The stage management team is generally made up of six stage managers; the production stage manager, three staff stage managers, and two stage management interns. The stage management team is responsible for running rehearsals, production meetings and performances. Stage management is responsible for the creation of the daily schedule and meets every morning prior to company meeting to prep rehearsal spaces and finalize the daily. As a stage manager, you can expect the typical work day to be longer than most of the company. Prior stage management experience, organization, some knowledge of the equity handbook and the ability to deal with stressful situations are a plus.

Production Stage Manager:
The Production Stage Manager (PSM) is responsible for overseeing the stage management staff and works closely with all department heads.  Responsibilities include managing the stage management budget, leading the morning company meeting, scheduling doctor and dentist appointments, and overseeing technical rehearsals. The PSM will stage manage at least one production and should expect to be on call 24/7 in case of any emergencies. This position reports to the Producing Director and Assistant Producing Director

Stage Managers:
Stage Managers are given the opportunity to gain experience while working with professional directors, designers, and actors.  Stage managers should expect to stage-manage at least one show per season with the possibility of assistant stage-managing on one or more shows. This position reports to the Production Stage Manager. 

Stage Management Interns:
The Stage Management Internship is directed to those who are interested in expanding their knowledge in stage management. Interns will work alongside the stage management staff and will be assigned a children's show to stage manage, as well assistant stage managing for two-three other productions. Interns should expect to be constantly busy with the willingness to help out the other stage managers. This position reports to the Production Stage Manager. College course credits are available in addition to a stipend.