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Play submissions for the 2024 season!

Calling all directors!
You're invited to submit a proposal to direct a musical or straight play for the 2024 season! All submissions must be in by January 15.  Please read the information below and complete the submission form!

ACTING OUT! Requirements for all productions.  

Please note: While other theater companies may have personnel to fill all the components of a production- WE DO NOT.  This document outlines an overview of how ACTING OUT approaches its productions. While this may not be “standard descriptions” of various theater positions, this is how we must approach our shows.   After twenty-plus years of producing shows, we have found this formula works best for successful productions in all aspects.  Acting Out provides stipends for only a few positions, however, volunteers can assist with other tasks OR anyone on the production team receiving stipends can take on the responsibility themselves.  

Descriptons

PRODUCER (ACTING OUT will always assume this role)

  • Oversees and is responsible for the financial, strategic, and managerial aspects of staging the production.  

  • The Producer will check in with the Director/Stage Manager to ensure that the production is on track.  

  • Can and will make changes to any aspects of the production as seen fit.  This includes set, costumes, and technical aspects based on budget and accessibility.  

  • Director must provide the Producer with a set design schematic and costume requirements prior to the start of rehearsals for approval.  

 

DIRECTOR (stipend)

  • Become familiar with the script to create a vision

  • Audition and cast production

  • Meet with a Choreographer/Music Director(Musical) to be certain that the vision is cohesive and create a plan to accomplish it 

  • Guide design of sets, costumes, and props. This includes painting and set dressing your set, if you cannot manage this component by yourself- you must create a team to aid you. 

  • Discuss set, costumes, and any other specific requirements with the Producer

  • Lead read-throughs/create rehearsal schedule with Stage Manager

  • Organize blocking

  • Mark up sound and lighting scripts for tech booth

  • Provide program information, and advertising info with the assistance of the Stage Manager

  • Create plans, drawings, and/or models of sets in order to prepare an estimate of set costs.

STAGE MANAGER (stipend)

  • Schedule and run rehearsals.

  • Keep track of blocking for the Director

  • Communicate the Director's wishes to costume/set crew.

  • Coordinate the work of the stage crew.

  • Be an active member of the team that will set dress, paint, and create the set. 

  • Create a prop list based on Directors notes

  • Oversee the entire show each time it is performed.

  • Collect Participation Fees

  • Keep attendance

  • Distribute scripts, and collect them all to be returned after the run

 

LIGHTING/SOUND (Work with Acting Out for list of names and people available that have been trained)

  • Work with Director to design the lights and sound for the performances

  • Run tech rehearsals, must work closely with Stage manager

  • Focus lighting and adjust mic levels accordingly

 

PROGRAM/MARKETING/AD SALES

 ( You can assign a cast member to take on this responsibility)

  • Work with Director for all required information for the program and send to program designer 

  • Communicate with Acting Out Social Media contacts to advertise production

  • Collect Ads send them to program designer

  • Collect Ad sales and send them to Producer

COSTUMER 

  • Read the full script, mark and make notes on script requirements for costumes

  • Research the time period and setting of the play

  • Design the costume for each character based on the Director's vision

 

SET BUILD/PAINT

  • Build and paint to Director’s schematic and Producers approval

  • If you cannot do this task, you must assemble a team to complete the construction and design of the set

 

PROPS (We do not generally have a prop master, however a stage crew member or Stage Manager can be assigned as someone to oversee this)

  • Pull/build props, and set up area for easy access for actors

  • Return props to correct areas after the run

 

MUSIC DIRECTOR (stipend)

  • Attend creative team meetings with the Director and Choreographer to develop the overall vision of the show

  • Study the script and music

  • Participate in auditions, evaluate the vocal abilities of all auditionees and offer suggestions on which individual might be best suited to each role based on vocal performance

  • Teach music to the cast and musicians

  • Lead regular warm-ups with the cast and musicians before shows

  • Serve as the conductor during live performances 

  • Hires musicians for the pit within the budget allotting by Director and Producer

 

CHOREOGRAPHER (stipend)

  • Create dance routines that work with the music and lyrics of a production or performance. Must work closely with Director's vision

  • Read through the script and interpret all musical moments.

  • Participate in auditions and offer suggestions based on actors' ability

  • Run choreo rehearsals and ensure that the cast has a clear understanding of the routine.

  • Update Director on participation levels.

 

HOUSE MANAGER

  • Lead the Front of House team and ensure that it runs smoothly

  • Responsible for recruitment of volunteers for concession ushers (if needed) 

  • Manage Box office

  • Alert Stage Manager of any delays based on audience arrivals.

  • Deal with issues raised by visitors

PROGRAM/MARKETING/AD SALES

 ( You can assign a cast member to take on this responsibility)

  • Work with Director for all required information for the program and send to program designer 

  • Communicate with Acting Out Social Media contacts to advertise production

  • Collect Ads send them to program designer

  • Collect Ad sales and send them to Producer

PLAY SUBMISSION FORM

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