The Musical Theatre Directing Program
THE MUSICAL THEATRE DIRECTING PROGRAM IS A TWO-MONTH IMMERSION IN THE ART AND CRAFT OF DEVELOPING AND DIRECTING NEW WORKS FOR THE MUSICAL THEATRE.
The Musical Directing Program lasts for approximately 12 weeks. It is split into two parts – an orientation in New York and a regional theatre residency — and the Fellow needs to be available for both parts.
The first part is Professionals Week — an intensive one-week orientation in mid-May. The Directing Fellows selected for every program will come together in New York City for an intensive orientation week in the professional theatre. All Fellows will meet with members of the NY theatre community, attend performances, and participate in seminars and workshops with prominent industry professionals — in both the nonprofit and commercial theatre. There will then be a week’s break before the summer residency commences.
The residency will be held from late-May to mid-August at Barrington Stage Company, a nonprofit theatre located in Pittsfield, Mass. During the residency, the Musical Fellow will assist on the mainstage and in the Musical Theatre Lab (MTL), which is overseen by composer/lyricist William Finn. MTL was created in 2006 as a place for young musical theater writers to develop their work on all levels. In its short existence, MTL has produced many world premieres and workshops. To learn more about the MTL click HERE
The Musical Fellow will assist on two productions – a classic mainstage musical and a new musical from a young artistic team. Each will be directed by a prominent director experienced in musical theatre. Supporting these artists’ visions and learning about the craft of developing new musicals is primary focus of the fellowship. While there will also be the opportunity to direct a cabaret performance and/or an evening of songs from young composers and lyricists, directing should not be the fellow’s main expectation.
One director will be selected for the 2013 Musical Directing Program. We seek a candidate with experience in musical theatre, and/or a background in music. Candidates must have experience in creating and directing cabaret work. The Fellow will be provided with housing during the orientation period in New York City, transportation from New York to Pittsfield, Mass., housing at Barrington Stage Company, and a stipend to cover living expenses.
Duration: late-May (1 week) and late-May to mid-August (11 weeks)
Application Deadline: February 1, 2013
* Candidates must have completed their undergraduate degree by the commencement of the program. Candidates may be in the midst of their graduate training.
* Candidates may have come to a directing career after working in another field, but may not have directed regularly at the professional level.