Directing

Directing

Directing

There are opportunities for both new and experienced directors at Putney Arts Theatre. We are always looking for people with ideas for shows and a great story that they want to tell.

Generally directors are asked to get involved in other aspects of the theatre first, such as acting, stage management, assistant directing or new writing, before progressing onto directing a full length play.  We want our directors to understand our theatre, its unique attributes as well as its challenges, before you take on sucha major project. 

How does the process work for selecting plays?

For newcomers to wanting to put on a play the basic way the process works is you first of all let me know you're interested send me an email, text or call, then we can have a chat, then from there I'll guide you through how to submit your full idea for a play you've selected, or help you to find plays that might be suitable.  Selection is based on the directors previous experience, quality of ideas, and the chosen plays fit within the overall season balance. 

Directing isn't for everyone, it's a lot of hard work, but when it goes really well there's nothing quite like that sense of pride seeing your creation on stage.

 

DIRECTORS CALLOUT!

To all directors past, present and future,

Please get in touch ASAP about directing in our next season, January 2018 - July 2018
 
How does the process work for selecting plays?
For newcomers, or members who haven't directed with us before, who want to put on a play, the basic way the process works is this:

  1. You first of all let me know you're interested in directing
  2. If you have a play in mind - great!  If not, that's fine too, I have plenty to suggest.
  3. From there I'll guide you through how to submit your full idea for a play you've selected, or help you to find plays that might be suitable.

Directing isn't for everyone, it's a lot of hard work, but when you see your creation on stage there's nothing quite like that sense of pride and ownership of an idea.   

If it does interest you, and you're willing to really put in the hard work to make your vision come to life, then please do read on...


Thanks, and see you all soon

Tom Sainsbury

Artistic Director - Putney Theatre Company


2018 Spring/Summer - 'Rags to Riches'

I am going to keep with the idea of themes to help provide some additional structure for the season (although once again there is a big caveat that if it turns out not to work then I may go with something else!).  

This time I'm asking Directors to submit ideas for plays that fit within the theme of 'Rags to Riches'

Now, this doesn't mean that it has to be a story about a transformation of rags to riches, but more that I'm looking for plays that have themes to do with money, wealth, power, politics and the tensions they create.   
 
The deadlines for submission are as follows:
 
Signal of initial interest:                      20th July 2017
Final submissions of play proposals:     15th August 2017

Late Jan - Studio One Week

Late Feb - Main Stage

Mid March - Two week Studio

Early April - Rehearsed Reading

Late April - Main Stage

Late May - Main Stage

Late June / Early July - Main Stage & Outside

Late July - Rehearsed Reading

 

Slots Available for Programming:
 
Rehearsed readings:
These are script in hand readings of plays, that have minimal set, costume and technical requirements.  Around 3-4 rehearsals will be scheduled for each one.  A really great way for new directors to start to understand the space and show us what they can do, equally good as a vehicle for established directors to try new things, or move into a genre they are less experienced with.
 
New Writing - Directing
We're looking for a Director who is interested in getting involved with an incredibly exciting new writing project!  Lots of opportunity to help work with our new writing team to develop this idea from the beginning. 

Site lines & other ideas:
We're looking at maybe doing a site lines production (off site) in this season, so if there is something that you think would work really well, or indeed if there are any other ideas you have for things you'd like to produce then please do let me know.  I'm really happy to consider any ideas, no matter how wacky, I want us to continue to be really creative as a group. 

Studio Shows:
We're going to continue with a two week run of a studio show, and also a single week run of a studio show.  Looking for pieces that have a good mix of male and female roles and don't have too many people on stage at once, the studio can't cope with more than 5 or 6 really.

Main Stage Shows:
I'm really open to ideas, and am really keen to hear about plays and authors that are less well known, however I'm also after some big hitters to both fill seats and also with substantial casts that provide lots of opportunities for our membership.  Key things to consider when putting forward plays are ensuring a good gender balance, and thinking about the practicalities of putting on the production on our stage.  

 

If you are interested....

 

Then please email info@putneyartstheatre.org.uk addressed to the Artistic Director.  Please provide details of the production you're interested in directing alongside your past experience and ideas for the production.