**Call For Theater Director**

**Call For Theater Director**

The Kingfisher Theater is conducting a search for a theater director for our spring 2017 production of Votes for Women! by Elizabeth Robins.

ABOUT THE SHOW:  In an era when few women playwrights were able to make their voices heard, Votes for Women! premiered at the Royal Court in London in 1907.  Known as the “first suffragette play,” Votes for Women! announced, through Robins’ Ibsenesque style, the reasons why women needed the right to vote. Many of the issues Robins touches on–the sex trade, homelessness, poverty, and abortion–still resonate today.

It is England. Bee, a sheltered, wealthy young woman, is newly engaged to the Honorable Geoffrey Stonor, a somewhat older man, who is campaigning for a position as Cabinet Minister. At a Sunday gathering at her aunt’s house, she is introduced to the beautiful, mysterious Miss Levering, an independent woman who is heavily involved in the fight for women’s rights.  In learning about Miss Levering’s past and the terrors that can occur because of women’s dependence on others, Bee’s own feminism begins to develop, much to the chagrin of her conservative fiancé.

You can find the full text at:  http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/vwwp/view?docId=VAB7192&doc.view=print

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 (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.  Please note that due to casting limitations, the second act “crowd scene,” needs to be conceived in such a way that there is no actual crowd.
  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 August 15, 2016.