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Theatre associates

Timeline:

  • June 1 – August 20, 2017 (59 performances)
  • Wednesday – Sunday; curtain at 7:30pm (5 performances each week)
  • Each shift is from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Must be available to work the whole shift.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Attend an orientation and training session to learn facilities operations for the Old State House Museum and production details for Blood on the Snow.
  • Availability to work 3-4 evening shifts each week.
  • Arrive 2 hours before show time to organize audience list and coordinate house set up.
  • Check-in audience members and coordinate seating to accommodate for late arrivals, reserved seats, VIP guests, and sightlines.
  • Communicate with producers, stage management, and fellow theatre associates before, during, and after performances.
  • Generate and send nightly house reports.
  • Respond to unusual or atypical problems that arise and provide solutions with minimal impact on audience experience or production integrity.

Qualifications:

  • Exceptional customer service skills and experience.
  • Ability to organize resources, information, and details.
  • Ability to maintain a calm and responsible demeanor in difficult situations.
  • Management or supervision experience is desirable.
  • Theatre or event management experience is desirable.
  • Ability to function physically in a multi-story historic building with no elevator.
  • Regular, flexible availability to travel to downtown Boston throughout June, July, and August

Salary:

  • $13/hour

To Apply:

  • Please e-mail resume and letter of interest to Peter Meacham, Public Programs Manager, peter@bostonhistory.org.
  • Please apply by April 23rd. No phone calls or visits, please.

About Blood on the Snow:

Following last year's sold-out run, BLOOD ON THE SNOW returns to Boston's Old State House, the site where, 250 years ago, Boston's leaders placed Massachusetts on the road to revolution. Audiences experience a dramatic face-to-face encounter with one of the formative events of the American Revolution in the very room where it happened. In the aftermath of the Boston Massacre, the town's leaders desperately struggle to prevent more bloodshed. Their decision could save a city, or tear apart an empire.

Four unarmed protesters are dead and eight more lie wounded by occupying British troops. Angry citizens crowd the streets and rumor has it that 10,000 men are about to enter Boston to remove the soldiers by force. Acting Governor Thomas Hutchinson must find a way to stem the tide of violence, or face open rebellion.

About The Bostonian Society:

Established in 1881, the nonprofit Bostonian Society is the primary steward of the Old State House and its collection of Revolutionary American artifacts and records. The Society was established at the dawn of the historic preservation movement, to rescue the Old State House from threatened demolition, and to preserve it on-site when an offer from Chicago's citizens proposed that it be moved to Lake Michigan.

Today the Bostonian Society maintains this national historic treasure for the public, raising all funds for its ongoing preservation and restoration. The Society's staff interprets the Revolutionary-era history of Boston for future generations every day in the museum. In addition, the Bostonian Society maintains a research library and a collection of over 7,500 books, 350 maps, and over 30,000 photographs. The Society also makes accessible an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture, textiles, and archival materials for researchers and students.

 

First-Person Interpreter (Revolutionary Character)

Revolutionary Characters are interpreters who wear period costume and adopt the personas of real people who lived in Boston 250 years ago. Interpreters engage with visitors to connect them to the everyday lives and attitudes of revolutionary-era Boston. We are seeking outgoing individuals who enjoy working with the public and are excited by the benefits and challenges of bringing historical characters to life.

Responsibilities

Interpretation:

  • Accurately portray a person from Boston’s past through scheduled daily talks and informal interactions with visitors inside the building as well as the building’s immediate surroundings.
  • Wear correctly and maintain reproduction period wardrobe and appearance; wardrobe will be provided;
  • Assist other interpreters when not costumed by introducing and facilitating their programs.
  • Maintain a presence in the galleries to answer questions, engage visitors and monitor the security of our building and collections;
  • Create a positive museum-going experience for all visitors;

Additional Duties:

  • Participate actively in interpreter training, demonstrating satisfactory knowledge of Boston history and command of one or more historical characters to be interpreted;
  • Pursue ongoing improvement of historical knowledge, skills, and interpretive technique throughout the course of employment;
  • Through research, experimentation, and evaluation, assist the continuing improvement of the program;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Strong improvisation skills, sense of humor and ability to adapt to the unexpected;
  • Ability to read and analyze diverse historical source materials;
  • Ability to accurately portray a character through speech, mannerisms, appearance, and attitudes;
  • Strong interest in history, education and/or museum field;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, professionalism and ability to provide excellent visitor service;
  • Ability to function physically in a multi-story historic building with no elevator;

Scheduling is flexible; weekend, evening, and holiday work may be required. Please note, this is a seasonal position which will run from early May to the beginning of October.  Estimated weekly hours of 24 hours or less.

Please e-mail resume and letter of interest and a head shot or, if possible, a photo in period costume to Daud Alzayer, Revolutionary Characters Manager, daud@bostonhistory.org.

Please apply by the end of Sunday, April 23th. No phone calls or visits, please.


Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

The Bostonian Society operates the Old State House and maintains a library and archives. We rely on the skills and dedication of the volunteers and interns who generously share their enthusiasm and expertise.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Bostonian Society, please fill out and return the application to our volunteer coordinator by email or by mail to 206 Washington Street, Boston, MA, 02109. If you are applying for an internship, please follow the directions outlined in the specific posting. Contact the volunteer coordinator at (617) 720-1713 ext. 100 or by email with any questions.

There are currently no Volunteer and Internship Opportunities.