OSTF is Seeking Paid Interns for the 2017 Season


Free family classics

The Oberlin Summer Theater Festival has several paid internships available this summer. Now going into its 9th season, OSTF is a professional, not-for-profit theater company, operating under the auspices of Oberlin College. We present free productions of family-friendly classics in rotating repertory, attracting a growing and diverse audience from throughout northeastern Ohio. OSTF’s Acting Company consists of a combination of professional Equity actors, local non-equity players, and undergraduate/graduate interns from around the country. Our senior technical staff is composed of theater professionals and educators from Northeastern Ohio. For more information about OSTF visit: www.oberlin.edu/ostf.

OSTF is currently seeking interns for our upcoming 2017 Season. These are 10 - 11 (ten to eleven) week commitments. Interns must be current or recent college students, and at least 18 years old. Only applicants with prior educational or professional experience in the area of the internship will be considered. To apply for a job or internship, send a letter of interest, resume and two references to ostf@oberlin.edu

Available Internships include:

ASSISTANT TO THE TECHNICAL DIRECTOR. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  assist in construction, load-in, run and strike of productions, supervise student shop workers, maintaining shop and supplies, deck management, and helping with supervision of rep change-overs.  Qualified candidates should have at least 2 years of technical theater experience, esp. scenery construction.  11-week commitment, May 16th-Aug. 2nd.  $1800-$2500 season stipend, based on experience, plus housing.

MASTER ELECTRICIAN. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: execution of repertory light plot from hang to focus, programming Ion Console, board op for performances, and troubleshooting/maintenance. Qualified candidates should have at least 2 years of lighting production experience.  10-week commitment, May 25th-Aug. 2nd.  $1800-$2500 season stipend, based on experience, plus housing.

GENERAL PRODUCTION: Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: to work as part of a team, as needed, on carpentry, rigging, electrics, scene painting, running crew and rep changeovers. Qualified candidates should have some experience in each of these areas, with specialized skills in at least one.  10-week commitment, May 25th-Aug.2nd.  $1900 season stipend, plus housing.

PROPERTIES COORDINATOR: Responsibilities include, but not limited to, working with TD, Scenic Designer and Stage Management to pull, locate, rent, and buy (or arrange for the building of) all rehearsal and performance props; then maintain these throughout seven-week, three-show rotating-repertory run, including repairs, replenishing consumables, set-ups and change-overs. Valid driver’s license required. Car a plus (gas reimbursed). Prop building experience a plus, but not required. 10-week commitment, May 25th-Aug.2nd. $1900 season stipend, plus housing.

COSTUMING/WARDROBE ASSISTANTS: Responsibilities include: assisting Head Costumers as needed with all aspects of costume construction, fitting and alterations. Also, maintenance of all costumes throughout the seven-week, three show rotating-repertory run, including repairs, laundry, set-ups and change-overs.  10-week commitment, May 25th-Aug.2nd. $1900 season stipend, plus housing.

STAGE MANAGEMENT: working as a team, under the supervision of the Production Stage Manager, responsible for duties as assigned, including: scheduling and daily communication (especially with actors and staff), running rehearsals (calls, being on book, recording blocking, rehearsal props) and performances (calling show, deck assignment, set up and change-overs). Typically, each SM calls one show and assists on another. 10-week commitment, May 25th-Aug.2nd.  $1900 season stipend, plus housing.

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER: under the direct supervision of the Producing Artistic Director, the PSM will head a team of two other stage managers and a Properties Coordinator, to run rehearsals and performances for three shows in rotating rep. Typically the PSM calls one show, assists on another. The PSM runs weekly production meetings and is the point person for daily communication between departments and within the company, esp. all weekly and daily calls. Will also assist PAD with personnel issues as needed. 10-week commitment, May 25th-Aug. 2nd. $2500 season stipend, plus housing. Qualified candidates will have 2 years graduate school or comparable professional experience.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS: responsibilities will include, but not limited to, working as a team to run the box office, front of house, publicity and company management. Will work under the supervision of the Producing Artistic Director and Associate Producer. 10-week commitment, May 25th - Aug.2nd. $1900 season stipend, plus housing.

UNDERGRADUATE PERFORMANCE/GENERAL INTERNS: responsibilities will include, but not limited to, performing in one or two shows, plus other assignments during those show(s) not cast in, depending on previous experience and interests, such as tech/running crew, costumes, administrative/box office team, and change-overs. 10-week commitment, May 25th-Aug.2nd.  $1900 season stipend, plus housing. Audition required. Qualified candidates must be current undergraduate students or recent 2017 graduate.

GRADUATE ENSEMBLE MEMBER: responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, performing in one or two of the three rep shows, assisting with front of house on other rep show(s) and helping teach week-long Shakespeare Intensive for area HS students. (No tech or changeover responsibilities (except strike)). 10-week commitment, May 25th-Aug.2nd.  $2000 - 2500 season stipend, depending upon number of roles, plus housing. Qualified candidates must be current graduate students (MFA) or have comparable level experience and have graduated college prior to Dec. 2016. Audition required.

OSTF provides all interns with furnished, single, air-conditioned studio-apartment housing with private bath and kitchenette. The building has laundry facilities and is within easy walking distance of the theater, a grocery store, and Oberlin’s small downtown. Parking available.  Applications are due by March 15th, but will be accepted until positions are filled.  More information can be requested and provided upon applying.

Paul Moser, Producing Artistic Director

Joseph Natt, Senior Technical Director

Oberlin Summer Theater Festival

Thank you all for another great season!

Today is strike! We are in the theater all day long; tearing down three different sets, returning props and costumes, restoring lighting and sound equipment, and cleaning out the box office and lobby.

As we make our way out of Hall and look back on our successful seventh season, we have so many people to thank. This festival would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors, audience members, individual donors, and a number of local businesses.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and we can't wait to see you again in June!

A fabulous weekend, and it just gets better!

Not only are all three productions now open and running in rep, but we concluded another successful fundraising weekend with the help of Cowhaus Creamery! Thanks to Cowhaus and the generous patrons who made this weekend extra sweet.

And don't forget that tomorrow's matinee of Treasure Island marks our first DRESS LIKE A PIRATE DAY! Come in costume, take pics with your favorite pirates after the show, and then post your pics on our Facebook page! And don't forget to tag us ;)


Cowhaus Creamery Presents: A Fundraiser in Three Acts

Don't forget that tomorrow marks that start of Cowhaus Creamery's 2nd Annual Fundraiser for OSTF!

The fundraiser will last from Friday, July 17th until Sunday, July 19th, and 20% of all proceeds will go to the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival. Enjoy their fabulous ice creams and sorbets, and who knows? You might find yourself sharing a cone with a friendly pirate!

Hope to see you there!

Want to Usher? OSTF Welcomes You!

Though our 2015 season productions have not yet opened, we are always looking for volunteers to help usher our shows. It is a great opportunity to meet some of the OSTF company members and get a behind the scenes look at the festival. Ushers are also welcome to choose their favorite seat and attend the show after their duties are complete!

If interested, please call (440-775-8169) or email us (ostf@oberlin.edu) with your name, contact information, and which performance(s) you would like to usher. Ushers arrive 45 minutes prior to curtain and will be greeted and instructed by our lovely box office staff.

We hope to hear from you soon!