Monday, August 19, 2013

Capital T's Annual 'New Directions' Opportunity for a First-Time Professional Director, Application Deadline August 31, 2013

Capital T Theatre Austin TX
Capital T New Directions Program Austin TX

Call for Promising Young Directors


When is the deadline?
August 31st 2013 at 11:59pm.

What is New Directions?
The New Directions program offers a young director with no professional credit the opportunity to direct a full-length play and bring a fresh new voice to Austin theatre while getting paid. The show will be fully produced by Capital T Theatre, and the director will have the opportunity to develop a piece of theatre that both reflects and contributes to the diversity of the Austin/Central Texas arts scene. As part of the New Directions program, Capital T is currently searching for a promising young director for the company's contribution to the Long Fringe of FronteraFest. The Austin American Statesman calls this festival the fringe theater event of the Southwest.

All applicants need to be available in the Austin area during the rehearsal and performance processes (early December through early February). The company currently has several exciting scripts under consideration for FronteraFest, but welcomes suggestions from applicants as well.

Plays must meet the following criteria:
  • newer, edgy, and engaging full-length scripts (90 minutes or less);
  • up to approximately 3-4 characters;
  • minimal technical requirements;
  • ability to be produced in six weeks or less.

Who can apply?

Anyone under 35 years of age who does not have a professional directing credit on their resume may apply. We consider any paid directing job a professional credit.
What do I need to do to apply?

To be considered for New Directions an applicant must submit a full theatrical resume and cover letter. The resume should include all theatrical credits. The cover letter should address why you are interested in being the next New Directions Director. It should also answer the question:"How can the New Directions program help you reach your next goal?". Forward the resume and cover letter to
What happens next?

After the deadline has passed, the resumes and letters of interest will be read by a committee who will then select up to 10 finalists to invite to formal interviews. At these interviews each candidate will be given the opportunity to share a visual portfolio as well as discuss plays that are being considered for production. After this first round of interviews 3 finalist are selected for final interviews. Final interviews will be conducted with the artistic director, past new directions directors, and company members.
Who are the past New Directions directors?

Gruesome Playground Injujies Rajiv Joseph Capital T Austin TX
Most recently, Kelsey Kling directed the Austin premiere of GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES. This was Kelsey's first collaboration with Cap T. It was a critical and box office hit. The Austin Chronicle boasted “Kelsey Kling makes a distinguished directorial debut with Rajiv Joseph’s gem of a love story”.

Precious Little Talent Capital T Theatre Austin TX
In 2012 Scott Tipton was selected to have the honor of directing the United States premiere of Ella Hickson's PRECIOUS LITTLE TALENT. Scott said of the experience, "It is a great honor to be ‘entrusted’ with the responsibility of being one of the first individuals who introduces the playwrights story." This was the first time he had worked with Cap T. After directing PLT he has since relocated to the Houston area and continues to direct theatre.

Spirits to Enforce Mical Maher Capital T Theatre Austin TX

In 2011 Gary Jaffe directed the smash hit SPIRITS TO ENFORCE by Mickle Maher. Not only gaining rare unanimous praise fromcritics and audiences alike, it was nominated and won the 2011 Austin Critics' Table Award for Best Drama. This was Gary's first time to work with Capital T. Gary was recently named Artistic Director for Tutto Theatre Company here in Austin.

Dying City Capital T Austin TX

In 2010 Derek Kolluri directed the critically acclaimed DYING CITY for Capital T. The show, which was the most well received of fronterafest longfringe, was given extended performances outside of the festival. Since directing for Capital T Derek has gone on to found The Sustainable Theatre Project. A new theatre company in Austin, STP plans to offer fresh, professional theatre to the Austin theatre community while maintaining the highest possible respect for the environment.
In 2009 Kelli Bland was selected as for our New Directions program to direct the US premiere of THE BIRD and THE BEE by Al Smith and Matt Hartley. This was her first time to work with Capital T. The plays THE BIRD and THE BEE were nominated for Outstanding production of a Drama by the Austin Critics Table Awards. The plays were also the highest attended theatrical event of FronteraFest 2009. Since directing for Capital T she went on to direct and produce the world premiere of the independent musical FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF LIGHT at Salvage Vanguard Theatre and now collaborates with PAPER CHAIRS.

In 2008 John Carroll was selected for the New Directions program. It was his first time to work with Capital T. He directed the regional premiere of I GOOGLE MYSELF by Jason Shafer. The play earned great critical success in it fronterafest run and was subsequently remounted at Hyde Park Theatre in the summer of 2008 becoming the highest earning production of Capital T's at the time. John has gone on to found the Weird City Theatre Company, a company that produces re-envisioned classics and original works while merging a new audience with the traditional.

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