**Call for Theater Directors**

**Call For Theater Director**

The Kingfisher Theater is conducting a search for a theater director for our upcoming winter production of The Devil, the Witch, and the Blacksmith by Amy Canfield and Kevin Dedes.

ABOUT THE SHOW:  This script, adapted from Nikolai Gogol’s short story by company members Amy Canfield and Kevin Dedes, is our signature ‘Winter Show’. Our inaugural production this past January was a great success, and we look forward to making next season’s show even bigger and better!

‘Tis the night before Christmas and all through the Ukrainian village of Dikanka, visions of caroling and vodka and love were dancing in everyone’s heads. The Devil, of course, has other plans. Vakula, the town blacksmith, has humiliated His Evilness for the last time! As revenge, he will steal the moon and unleash a blinding snowstorm, stopping at nothing to ruin Vakula’s chance to win the beautiful but conceited Oksana. Vakula’s mother, the town witch and ‘comforter’ of half the town’s menfolk, gets in on the action along with Oksana’s wealthy Cossack father–then mischief abounds! Gogol’s masterful tale of magic and farce in a sleepy Ukrainian village on Christmas Eve makes for a joyful holiday treat!

For a full synopsis of the inspirational story: wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_Eve_(Gogol)

PERFORMANCE & REHEARSAL DATES: The performances dates are currently TBA, but will likely be during 3 weeks in the month of January 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 (between $50 and $100) and other benefits to our director, to be discussed upon receipt of proposal.

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:

  1. a theatrical resume, preferably showing directing experience, although acting or other resumes will be considered
  2. A short statement regarding your interest in this show, and perhaps some ideas of how you’d like to conceptualize this production.
  3. any specific technical, costume, or design elements you would like to use in this production
  4. any other production or artistic collaborators you would like to bring to this production

The deadline for submission is July 1, 2016.

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