Call for Director Proposals for the 2021-2022 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 two of the plays that will be part our 54th season. We have secured the rights to each of the plays listed below:

Dead and Breathing, by Chisa Hutchinson
April 29 – May 22, 2022 (10 performances)
For script and/or more information about the play:
https://www.playscripts.com/play/2971
https://newplayexchange.org/plays/292898/dead-and-breathing

Native Gardens, by Karen Zacarías
June 24 – July 16, 2022 (10 performances)
For script and/or more information about the play:
http://www.karenzacarias.com/plays/native-gardens-2/
https://newplayexchange.org/users/3261/karen-zacarias

INTRODUCTION & SUMMARY

This Director’s Proposal Process has 2 Parts:
PART 1:

  • 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.
  • Carefully consider the “Questions for Directors” (see below) and provide thorough answers.
  • Provide phone and email for two to 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.

Please make sure your name appears somewhere on each document. Attach all files and send by email Maura Suilebhan at: playselection@ssstage.org

If the committee thinks your proposal is a good fit for the Stage, we invite you for an interview

PART 2: 

Interviews will be held by invitation only. All interviews will be held virtually with members of the Play Reading Committee

Final Selection: Based on the combination of your vision for the script and interview, the PRC may choose to recommend you to fill the role of director in our 2021-2022 season. 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 find the “Questions for the Directors” below.

SOME THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

Facts about Silver Spring Stage and our process:

  • We are a community theatre and have limited financial resources. We offer a stipend of $300 to directors but otherwise we do not pay anyone involved in our productions. Our production budgets are between $750 and $1,000 to help cover materials and supplies.
  • This season is unique. The season will be composed of a Fall “soft re-opening” production that will run October 1st – 3rd. We are currently planning to produce a Holiday Show in December to be followed by 4 additional plays to be performed fully in-person on our stage. Most productions receive a 4-weekend run. Directors are not required to attend all performances.
  • We have a COVID-compliance team in place to support our transition back to in-person theater and we update protocols as circumstances require. As of August 8, 2021, Silver Spring Stage requires that patrons and volunteers over age 12 present a photo ID and show proof of vaccination – a physical or digital copy of a vaccination card – at the time of entering the theater. Masks will also be required for all guests, regardless of vaccination status. Our artists over age 12 are also required to show proof of vaccination status and to wear masks during the rehearsal process, with the exception of auditions, dress rehearsals, and performances. Read the full description of our protocols HERE.
  • 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 will take place either in our space or via our ZOOM account (virtual meetings and rehearsals are an option if needed). 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 slate for the full season, 2021-2022, and ensuring that each play has a director that will be a good fit for helping bring the story to life on our stage. We are currently looking to find directors for three (3) of these plays that are part of our 2021-2022 season.

QUESTIONS FOR DIRECTORS

Your Name

Name of play

The Script
What’s in this text? Let us know why you are interested in directing this play at Silver Spring Stage. (theme or big idea, not plot summary).

Production challenges
What are the major production challenges the Stage would face producing this play in our space?
How will you, as director, overcome or mitigate these potential issues in production?

Practical and Artistic Concerns
Who else might be joining you on this production, and in what capacity? We recognize you may not want to make promises to other artists too far in advance, but we ask directors to consider who else is interested in working with you on your play. Please identify any individuals likely to join your production team (designers, stage managers, carpenters, dialect coaches, choreographers, etc.). Strong commitments from collaborators are encouraged.

In which production areas will you need the most help recruiting talent? The Stage will pair directors with producers to help assemble final teams. This answer will help the Stage plan the most effective use of our resources.

Will you have special needs or demands of the cast and/or crew beyond those immediately apparent in the script?

Additional Thoughts
What, if any, commitments affect your availability between January and July 2022? If you have known or likely conflicts that would impact your engagement with this project, please let us know!

Anything else you’d like us to know about you not covered elsewhere in this list or in your letter/bio/resume?

THANK YOU FOR ADDRESSING THESE QUESTIONS!

 Submit completed questions to playselection@ssstage.org by SEPTEMBER 24, 2021.