Thank you for your interest in the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. The Festival is now entering its 39th season, producing energetic new interpretations of plays, with the artistry and humanity of the Shakespearean canon as our inspiration and guide. The Festival plays to audiences of over 12,000 every summer and operates under an Actors' Equity Association U/RTA Tier II contract.
All contracts typically extend from mid-May to mid-August. Specifically for 2016, the company will be in residence from May 17 - August 13.
The entire company, including management, will meet on May 17, 2016. Weekly management meetings are scheduled afterward to plan and implement Festival guidelines. The Festival provides all housing if necessary.
All Illinois Shakespeare Festival Seasonal Employees are offered a housing option*. Currently, housing is provided at College Station Apartments.
College Station Apartments is a smoke-free, modern, fully furnished apartment building, near city bus lines, 2.5 miles from ISU rehearsal space, 4 miles from the performance space.
Central A/C, dishwasher, off-street parking, and laundry facilities are provided in each apartment. Provided to each resident is use of the Computer room containing computers, high-speed internet connections, a fax machine and copier; a 24 hr. Fitness Center containing aerobic machines, weight machines, televisions, and restrooms; and the Club Room with a fireplace, entertainment center, kitchen facility, and pool.
Hours for the Apartment Office, Clubhouse, and Computer Lab are Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Apartment Office is closed on all major holidays. The phone number for the office is 309-454-5549.
College Station does accept some pets. Please review their pet policy; The Festival has no input into accommodations for pets.
For more information** on College Station apartments: www.collegestationapt.com.
Apartment Furnishings: Each company member is housed in either a two or four bedroom apartment. Each company member will have their own bedroom and bathroom and share a living room, kitchen, and dining area. Each apartment contains a bed, desk, and chair in each bedroom, a kitchen table and chairs, as well as a coffee table, end table, couch, and chair in the living room. The closets in each bedroom have wire rack drawers. Televisions are provided.
AEA company members are provided plates, cups, pots and pans, silverware, linens and towels, a lamp, and a garbage can. Non-AEA company members must furnish their own.
Utilities: The Festival covers utility fees for water and electricity. Each bedroom has an Ethernet jack but company members must provide their own Ethernet cable. Wireless internet or cable is not provided. Per the AEA contract, local telephone service is provided in each AEA apartment. The Festival will provide all AEA company members' apartments with a telephone. A waiver will be provided to AEA company members wishing to exclude themselves from this AEA provision. Long distance calls cannot be made from the apartment phone.
*Note: any difference between the fair market value of housing and the offered rate of housing is considered imputed income by the Internal Revenue Service, subject to all applicable tax reporting and withholding.
**College Station-specific information is subject to change. Please see the apartment complex website for the latest descriptions of units.