**Call For Theater Director**

**Call For Theater Director**

The Kingfisher Theater is conducting a search for a theater director for our Spring 2018 production of R.U.R. by Karel Čapek.

ABOUT THE SHOW: Hailed by critics as a masterpiece, this thought-provoking and highly original thriller was written by Czech writer Karel Čapek in the year 1920. Not only did Čapek create this now-classic sci-fi melodrama, in his play he coined the very term ‘robots’ which has now become an everyday part of modern life. Short for “Rossum’s Universal Robots,” R.U.R. explores what makes us human, and to what lengths we’ll go to protect ourselves, our identities, and our loves.

You can find the full text at: https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/c/capek/karel/rur/(*this may not be the final text we use for this production)

PERFORMANCE & REHEARSAL DATES: The performances dates are currently TBA, but will likely be during 3 weeks in late April / early May 2017. Location is also TBA in the City of Rochester. Rehearsals will depend on you and your cast availability, but The Kingfisher Theater will provide a space and other logistical support. More details upon receipt of a proposal.

CASTING PRACTICES: The Kingfisher Theater adheres to the Actors Equity standard of encouraging and promoting Non-Traditional Casting. “Non-Traditional Casting is designed to increase artistic options by expanding casting opportunities for women, actors of color, seniors and actors with disabilities in roles where race, gender, age or the presence or absence of a disability are not germane.” The Kingfisher Theater will offer Buffalo/Rochester Special Appearance Equity Contracts to Equity actors who may be cast in this production. No roles have been pre-cast although we require our company members to have the right of first refusal. There will likely be doubling of roles. This is a medium to large sized ensemble cast (roughly 10 actors of various ages, although it is somewhat flexible.)

COMPENSATION: The Kingfisher Theater acknowledges that artists are the essence of theater and strives to compensate them for their work. We plan to offer a small stipend and other benefits to our director, to be discussed upon receipt of proposal. We may consider an SDC contract for this project.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: If you would like to be considered for this position, please submit as much of the following to Kevin Dedes at kdedes@thekingfishertheater.org:
A theatrical resume, preferably showing directing experience, although acting or other resumes will be considered.

  • A short statement regarding your interest in this show, and perhaps some ideas of how you’d like to conceptualize this production.
  • Any specific technical, costume, or design elements you would like to use in this production. (Please note that we are looking to collaborate with local technology and cognitive science university departments on this production.)
  • Any other production or artistic collaborators you would like to bring to this production.

The deadline for submission is September 1, 2017.

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