The MSF is looking for enthusiastic candidates to be a part of our Board.
The Michigan Shakespeare Festival is a Union theatre and The Official Shakespeare Festival of the State of Michigan. The Festival is critically acclaimed and beloved by its audiences. We are seeking board members who bring enthusiasm and positivity, along with professional skills, strong networks, and a readiness to raise resources and build connections. We seek candidates with strong leadership skills, and who also are reliable team members. Ours is a working board, so candidates must have strong execution and follow-through skills.
If you are interested in being a part of our Board please contact our Board President, Jill Blixt, at
Terms of Office
MSF Board Members serve three year terms with renewal possibilities.
MSF Board Officers: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary are chosen from the Board through election and serve one year terms with renewal possibilities.
MSF Board Members are expected at every possible monthly Board meeting-- either in person or virtually.* The meeting schedule is set in advance - at the yearly meeting - but can be altered due to the needs of the Board. Meetings usually last about 2 hours.
Board Members are also expected to (on average) spend an hour per week on Board responsibilities.
*The Michigan Shakespeare Festival has Board Members from many diverse places throughout Southeast and Southcentral Michigan and recognizes that the drive to and from meetings can be difficult even in good weather. Therefore, each Board Meeting is also connected to through "Go To Meeting" and members can attend virtually through their home computers or digital devices.
Like all non-profit Boards, the most important responsibility of the MSF Board is to oversee the organization's finances and lend assistance in fundraising, marketing, and outreach.
The MSF Board responsibilities are structured around the giving concepts of "Time, Talent, and/or Treasure."
Time: We seek Board members who are volunteers of their Time: arranging mailings, meeting with sponsors, making phone calls, taking meetings with the venues and others, delivering our materials, and researching fundraising opportunities.
Talent: We seek Board members who are volunteers of their Talent: accountants able to review our budgets and 990s, lawyers able to review our contracts, advertising specialists able to help create campaigns, insurance specialists able to review policies, business people able to help write clear and appropriate grants and proposals. We seek members with experience in business, finance, fundraising, marketing, and publicity
Treasure: Like all non-profit Boards, the most important responsibility of the MSF Board is to oversee the organization's finances and lend assistance in fundraising, marketing, and outreach. We have had Board members who are great volunteers of their Treasure: being able to “give” – donate or “get” – fundraise through networking and personal outreach. and personal outreach.
The Michigan Shakespeare Festival is organized as a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt arts organization.
Our fiscal year is from October 1 - September 30.
We follow the general rules of order (best practices rules) for non-profit organizations. Our by-laws are available upon request to the email at the top of the page.