Call for Director Proposals

Little Theater, Big Ideas
Silver Spring Stage is soliciting director proposals for the following play to be produced as part of our 52nd Season, in the Spring of 2020.
(For information about submitting proposals for our 2020-21 season, jump to HERE.)

Pride & Prejudice
by Christina Calvit adapted from the book by Jane Austen
A delightful adaptation of the story surrounding the Bennet sisters and their attempts to make their way in a society that deems them unsuitable. Our heroine, Lizzy, takes us along with her as she narrates the story while a chorus of townspeople help to create the atmosphere of gossip in which Lizzy and her family are attempting to hold their own. Including a cast of 14 with double casting and the potential to keep all actors on stage throughout, this production promises to enchant Jane Austen lovers both on stage and off.
Will run May 15 – June 06, 2020

 Submission Requirements 

Interested? Here’s where to start:

  1. Send a quick note to let us know you’re considering a submission to Maura Suilebhan at playselection@ssstage.org and she will send you an electronic copy of the script.
  2. Then, get to work on that proposal. In your submission, we request the following:
    1. A resume of your directorial and other theatrical experience.
    2. A proposal for the play that features:
      1. Themes you believe important or relevant in the play.
      2. Your concept/vision for a production; e.g. period, style, etc.
      3. Ideas on production elements; i.e. set, costumes, lighting, sound, or other special effects (we do not require actual set drawings or lighting plots).
      4. Any designers or staff members you would bring on to your team (we don’t require a full staff in the proposal, but it does help us plan our resources across the season if we know which roles may already be spoken for).
      5. Any other items, including how you might address any particular challenge you see in staging the piece in our unique space.
    3. If you are new to directing at Silver Spring Stage, we also request email contact information for three references familiar with your work as a director.

Director interviews may be scheduled following the submission deadline.

Please send the above materials to Maura Suilebhan at playselection@ssstage.org

Deadline: September 27, 2019

For your information –
Silver Spring Stage offers an intimate, flexible, and unique performance space. The stage dimensions are 23 feet x 22 feet for a total playing area of 506 square feet. If you have not seen the stage, we recommend that you make a visit to help yourself to visualize a production. Physically, it is laid out in a diamond shape, with the two lower sides of the diamond facing the audience and featuring a support pole at the tip. The upper sides of the diamond have backstage areas behind them.

And finally, please note that Silver Spring Stage is an all-volunteer organization.

For information or questions, please contact Maura Suilebhan at playselection@ssstage.org. Thank you!


Call for Director Proposals for the 2020-2021 Season

Silver Spring Stage, a long-standing community theatre located in the Woodmoor/Four Corners area of Silver Spring MD, is seeking proposals from directors for productions to be considered for our 53rd season in 2020-2021.

INTRODUCTION & SUMMARY
The Director’s Proposal Process has 3 Parts. Details are provided below. Here is a summary:

PART 1 — Send the following items by October 2, 2019:
Copy of the script you wish to direct, resume of your relevant experience, short cover-letter of introduction with short compelling argument for doing this show. (Details below.)
If we think the script is a good fit, the committee will invite directors to submit Part 2. Our goal is to let you know no later than October 10. You may wish to start thinking about the Questions for Directors section right away.

PART 2 — If invited, send the following items by October 30:
References and answers addressing “Questions for Directors.” (Details below.)
The Play Reading Committee will consider these answers and contact references. We plan to let you know by November 4 whether we wish to schedule an in-person interview with you.

PART 3 — Interviews, in person at the Stage.
These will be scheduled for Saturday, November 16, or a date near that to accommodate individual schedules, if necessary.

To submit, attach all files to an email (preferred) and send it to: playselection@ssstage.org

If you can only provide a hard copy of the script, please note that submissions mailed for Part 1 must be post-marked October 2, 2019 or earlier to ensure timely consideration. Send mail to:
Silver Spring Stage Play Reading Committee
c/o Stephanie Dorius
PRC Chair
10145 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20901

The sooner you can send us your material, the sooner we can start reading!

Questions may be directed to PRC Chair, Stephanie Dorius (playselection@ssstage.org).

No phone calls, please.

What’s next? Based on the combination of script, answers, and interview, the PRC may choose to add your project to our season slate proposal which will be reviewed by the Stage’s full Board of Directors in January.  Final decisions or offers cannot be made until the Board gives its approval.  We will try to let directors know, as we move along, the status of their proposals. Please review the next section, “Some Things You Should Know,” and then proceed to the section “Submitting a Director Proposal.

SOME THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Facts about Silver Spring Stage and our process:

  • We are a true all-volunteer community theatre. Actors, designers, directors, producers, board members, carpenters, painters, graphic designers and others donate their time, talent, and energy. We do not pay anyone involved in our productions. (We do have a modest production budget to help cover materials and supplies.)
  • A typical season includes 7 fully-produced shows PLUS 1 holiday show. Most productions receive a 4-weekend run. Directors are not required to attend all performances. You are welcome to submit a holiday-themed script; family-friendly holiday submissions are especially appreciated. (The summer One-Act Festival operates under the guidance of a separate committee.)
  • We have a unique space all our own. Our theatre spaces reside in the basement level of the Woodmoor shopping center. We have our own rehearsal rooms, conference room, and shop/storage on site. All interviews, meetings, auditions, rehearsals, and performances must take place on site using the theatre’s facilities unless there are extraordinary circumstances or you have sought and received approval to do otherwise. Our stage offers black-box style intimacy with fixed seating on two sides. The playing area is set on point like a diamond. (If you think of it as a baseball diamond, the audience sits along the base lines that run to home base. The backstage area follows the lines from first base to second to third base.) Our backstage area is generous but our floor-to-ceiling height is limited by the architecture of the building. We don’t use microphones.
  • All shows must hold open auditions – we don’t “pre-cast” roles. That said, directors are responsible for casting their own shows. If you know someone you want for a role, invite them to audition and cast them if you wish. We ask directors to keep an open mind.
  • The Play Reading Committee is charged by the Board of Directors with putting together a proposed slate for the full season, 2020-2021. There are lots of moving parts and lots of factors to consider as we attempt to pull together a balanced season. Final programming decisions are made by the Board of Directors. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

What type of play should I propose?

  • We primarily, but not exclusively, produce contemporary and modern plays.
  • We are willing to consider strong proposals for modern classics (i.e., works by Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Lorraine Hansberry, etc.) and traditional European classics (i.e., Moliere, Aristophanes, Shakespeare, Ibsen, etc.).
  • We are not currently accepting proposals for traditional musicals in the 2020-2021 season. We are open to reviewing proposals for plays with music, especially if issues related to sound and the Stage’s technical capabilities have been thoroughly addressed.
  • We generally try to avoid producing shows that have been done previously at the Stage. However, we would likely consider a proposal for a show that had been produced here in years past if sufficient time had elapsed between the earlier production and the current proposal. A full list of previous productions can be found online at SSStage.org.
  • We are not currently accepting proposals for workshops, staged readings, works of improv, devised ensemble or solo performance art shows.

READY TO SUBMIT? Here are the details.

SUBMITTING A DIRECTOR PROPOSAL

 PART 1: DUE OCTOBER 2

  • Submit a copy of the script you wish to direct.
  • Submit a resume featuring your work as a theatrical director.
  • Submit a one-paragraph letter of introduction. Even if you’ve directed here before, some members of our committee may not know you yet, personally or professionally.
  • Submit one paragraph briefly explaining why YOU want to do THIS show in THIS theatre. What is it about this script that excites or inspires you? Why is the Stage the right fit for this particular project?

Please make sure your name appears somewhere on each document. Attach all files and send by email to: playselection@ssstage.org  Email is strongly preferred. If submitting in hard copy, postmark by October 2 and use address listed above. Scripts or other original documents will not be returned unless you also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

If the committee thinks the play is a good fit for the Stage, we will ask for Part 2

PART 2: DUE OCTOBER 30

  • Provide phone and email for at least THREE References. Ideally, these should be people who have worked with you as a director and can speak to your collaboration style, theatrical skill sets, reliability, and insight.
  • Carefully consider the following “Questions for Directors” (below) and provide thorough answers.

Please make sure your name appears somewhere on each document. Attach all files and send by email to: playselection@ssstage.org (Only email submissions will be accepted for this portion.)

PART THREE: NOVEMBER 16

Final interviews will be held by invitation only. The Play Reading Committee hopes to let all applicants know by November 4 whether we wish to schedule an in-person interview. All interviews will be held at Silver Spring Stage with members of the Play Reading Committee. We plan to hold interviews on November 16, or another nearby date if necessary to accommodate scheduling conflicts.