April 26, 2017

THE SUMMER SHAKESPEARE TRUST (in Wellington) is seeking a Director for the 2018 Summer Shakespeare production  

Directors will be asked to choose from any of Shakespeare’s plays, except plays that Summer Shakespeare has presented in the last eight years – these are: All’s Well That Ends Well; Love’s Labours Lost; Timon of Athens; Macbeth; Antony and Cleopatra; Twelfth Night; The Winter’s Tale; The Merry Wives of Windsor. (Please refer to summershakespeare.co.nz for earlier productions).

The production will take place at a venue to be determined by the Director in collaboration with the Producer and Summer Shakespeare Trust Board.

Season dates will be:

16th February – 3rd March 2018. 

There is also a possibilty of a 3 night season in the Wairarapa earlier in February.

Planning for the production will begin in July 2017, with rehearsals taking place over the summer period in Wellington.

Please note – this is a two part selection process with expressions of interest only, being sought at present.

A short list will be determined from all expressions of interest received and those directors will then be contacted and invited to prepare a full pitch for an interview in late May 2017.  This full pitch will include: reasons for the selection of play; how they would approach working with a cast and design team drawn mainly from students and recent graduates; how they would work with possible multiple venues; as well as a clear sense of their overall concept for the production.   Following these interviews, the director for the 2018 production would be appointed in June 2017.

This is a paid position with a high-level of responsibility.  Applicants not based in Wellington are responsible for travel and associated expenses. Prospective directors are expected to have a strong sense of the Summer Shakespeare ethos and background.

If you are interested, please email a cover letter indicating your play of choice and a CV to:

Sally Thorburn sally@summershakespeare.co.nz by 5pm Friday 11th May 2017. 

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