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Director Submission

Applications for The Producers must be in no later than 11:59pm on Sunday, March 1, 2020. Applications for all other shows must be in no later than 11:59pm on Sunday, April 5, 2020.

DIRECTOR

Answers to: ARTISTIC DIRECTOR (AD)

The DIRECTOR will be responsible for

  • Assembling a production team consisting of a STAGE MANAGER (SM), ASSISTANT DIRECTOR* (AsD), DESIGNERS (including but not necessarily limited to SCENIC, LIGHTING, SOUND, PROPERTIES, and COSTUMES), MUSIC DIRECTOR (MD) and CHOREOGRAPHER (if necessary), as well as any other appropriate production roles
  • Holding production meetings with DESIGNERS, at least one of which should occur well in advance of auditions. The PRODUCER, PRODUCTION COMMITTEE CHAIR (PC), and AD are to be informed of and invited to these meetings
  • Communicating to the DESIGNERS the vision for the show early enough that they can meet deadlines set by the PC
  • Communicating to the MARKETING DIRECTOR and AD any information to be included in the audition announcement. This includes what
    will be expected of those auditioning as well as any character breakdowns
  • Holding auditions on the nights designated by LTN. If the designated audition dates are problematic, it is the DIRECTOR’s responsibility to discuss this with the PRODUCER and/or AD (Note: DIRECTORS are expected to get an answer from those auditioning on whether they will accept any role before they leave auditions)
  • Holding callbacks if necessary within one week of the first night of auditions
  • Casting the show appropriately
  • Creating a rehearsal schedule in conjunction with the SM and AsD that respects the CAST’s and CREW’s time
  • Rehearsing the CAST
  • Giving notes to the CAST during/after rehearsals to polish their performances. This may be done in person, via email, or through any appropriate communication medium
  • Informing DESIGNERS of their budgets

Once the show has opened, the DIRECTOR’s job is essentially done. There is no expectation that a DIRECTOR will be present at all performances or that they will give notes after opening (the latter is usually discouraged unless a production has severely deteriorated).

*In some instances LTN may ask that the DIRECTOR take on a particular individual as an AsD; this will typically occur for one of two reasons: either (1) we wish to give the individual some directorial experience before giving them a show to direct, or (2) the DIRECTOR is new to LTN and we want to make sure there is someone on the production team that can help the Director navigate LTN’s quirks.

STAGE MANAGER (SM)

Answers to: DIRECTOR

The SM assists with the production from the start. SM needs to be present at every rehearsal and performance.

The SM is responsible for:

  • Making sure rehearsals and breaks start and end on time
  • Coordinating and managing the CAST and CREW. This means making sure everyone is present and where they need to be in order for a rehearsal or performance to begin. The SM is also authorized to deal with discipline problems among the CAST or CREW (for extreme problems, the SM should seek the advice or assistance of the PRODUCER)
  • Using the SCENIC DESIGNER’s ground plan as a guide, tape out the floor of the rehearsal space to reflect what will be installed onstage (This helps the ACTORS and DIRECTOR create the blocking)
  • Keeping detailed and up-to-date notes on all technical cues and blocking
  • Performing certain clerical tasks such as keeping detailed and up-to-date contact information for all CAST and CREW members and production personnel, making copies of scripts and handing them out to the cast (and recollecting them when necessary)
  • Being “on book” during rehearsals to remind ACTORS of their lines
  • Serve as “backstage bouncer” to make sure unauthorized personnel stay out of the area during rehearsals and performances
  • Call all cues for lighting and sound effects, as well as coordinating the RUN CREW for any scene changes or stage effects that may be called for
  • Making sure all props, costumes, set pieces or stage effects are in place and ready to go before the show begins, and making sure everything is properly put away after the performance
  • Arrange prop tables, costume racks, blue lights, etc. backstage when the CAST moves into onstage rehearsals
  • Tape down cables, make sure the backstage area is clear of trip hazards, and is otherwise safe to navigate in the dark
  • Post sign-in sheet and take attendance prior to each performance
  • Passing communications between the DIRECTOR and TECHNICAL STAFF (such as notes about the set, lights, etc.)
  • Writing and submitting rehearsal reports (A template will be provided)

The following SM’s responsibilities are specific to LTN:

  • Turn on rehearsal lights and unlock green room and backstage doors before rehearsal begins
  • Turn blue lights on and ghost lights off before each tech rehearsal and performance, turn blue lights off and ghost lights on after each tech rehearsal and performance
  • Secure the facility after rehearsals and performances
  • Let the HOUSE MANAGER know when the CAST and CREW are ready for the second act to begin

The SM must be present for Tech.

SPECIAL SKILLS REQUIRED: Concentration, Attentiveness, Assertiveness, Detail and Organization, People skills

TIME COMMITMENT: Pre-Production through Post-Production (8–10 weeks)

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (AsD)

Answers to: DIRECTOR

The role of AsD may vary depending on the show’s DIRECTOR. Typically the AsD will

  • Aid the DIRECTOR in scheduling rehearsals
  • Be available to sit in for the DIRECTOR and run rehearsals if necessary
  • Act as a second pair of eyes and ears for the DIRECTOR and give notes to ACTORS when appropriate (the level at which the AsD will give rehearsal notes should be discussed with the DIRECTOR before rehearsals begin)
  • Help facilitate communication between the DIRECTOR and DESIGNERS
  • Help facilitate communication between the DIRECTOR and PRODUCER
  • Aid the DIRECTOR and DESIGNERS in whatever other way the team deems appropriate and necessary

MUSIC DIRECTOR (MD)

Answers to: DIRECTOR

The MD will be responsible for:

  • In conjunction with the show’s DIRECTOR and CHOREOGRAPHER, making any necessary cuts to the score (within the scope of the copyright agreement)
  • Arranging for a REHEARSAL ACCOMPANIST if needed
  • Arranging for an AUDITION ACCOMPANIST if needed
  • Rehearsing music with the CAST
  • Arranging for MUSICIANS to be in the BAND/ORCHESTRA (BAND) (unless prerecorded music is used)
  • Arranging for a CONDUCTOR for the BAND if MD will not be conducting
  • Rehearsing the BAND
  • Arranging for combined rehearsals with both the BAND and the CAST, the first of which may happen no later than five days prior to opening

In the case that the MD, in conjunction with the ARTISTIC DIRECTOR (AD) and show’s DIRECTOR, makes the decision to use prerecorded music, the MD will be responsible for:

  • Keeping track of any cuts and communicating them to the representative of the company providing the prerecorded music in a timely manner, so that updated tracks will be available to the CAST well in advance of any performances
  • Arranging for someone to operate the music during performances
  • Working with the CAST to perfect their timing with the tracks

LTN shall reserve a small sum of money to be distributed amongst the BAND. It is the MD’s responsibility to determine how the funds are to be distributed and to communicate this to the PRODUCER. The PRODUCER will inform LTN’s TREASURER, who will cut checks to the members of the BAND.