Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Call for Directors, UofA Studio Series - applications due 10/31


University of Arizona

The School of Theatre, Film and Television

Call for Directors/Director Application

Studio Series   TAR 497W/597W


The School of Theatre, Film and Television produces a season of Studio Series productions each year for majors in the BA program in Theatre Arts or majors in the BA in Film and Television.  The Studio Series is dedicated to supporting original, contemporary, and experimental pieces of performance through a “bare essentials” production format that draws primary focus to the artistic and intellectual labor of theatre students.  Its community-centered, people-generated approach to performance provides creative learning opportunities for student artists, thought-provoking experiences for audiences, and occasions for productive dialogue around topics relevant to student populations and the broader Tucson community.


The Studio Series productions are coordinated by a committee that includes faculty and student representatives from the School.  The School provides a stock set of scenery, props and costumes as well as limited lighting and sound.  Productions are housed in the Harold Dixon Directing Studio which is a black box theatre that seats about 80. The playing space is approximately 14’ x 25’ with a 9’ ceiling/grid.  Due to the small space and ceiling height, smoking, the firing of guns, and video projections are not possible.


Directors are also instructors for the course TAR 497W and are responsible for the course as well as the production. Our goal is to offer 5- 10 roles per production. Given our population, we encourage scripts with a strong cast of women characters.  We also encourage full act plays that embrace a variety of styles as well as contemporary new works.


There are four productions in the season – two during fall semester and two during spring. At least one of the productions (usually the second production in fall) is a devised play.  Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester (Aug/Sept for Fall; January for Spring).  Rehearsals are four weeks with a fifth week of dress rehearsals and four performances.  Devised productions usually rehearse for six weeks in order to accommodate script development.


Please submit a cover letter with your resume and up to three play titles and/or up to three ideas for a devised play you would like to direct in the series.  If you have a copy of the play script, please include.  For each devised play idea and/or script suggested, please include a statement that addresses the following:

  • Conceptualization for the production
  • How the devised play or script fits the mission of the Studio Series
  • # of Characters



  • How the Design/Technical Requirements fits with the “bare essentials” production format
  • Marketing and Outreach ideas for the play


Please address and send your application (either as hard copy or as PDF) to:

Bobbi McKean, Studio Series

School of Theatre Film and Television

University of Arizona

PO Box 210003

Tucson, AZ 85721






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