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Alumnae Theatre Company invites non-union directors to apply to direct one of the 15 plays (running time 10 to 40 minutes) for New Ideas Festival (NIF) 2019, our 31st annual three-week juried festival of new plays, works-in-progress, and experimental theatre to be held from March 6 to 24, 2019

If you are interested in directing a play in the New Ideas Festival, email by Oct 5, 2018. Please make the subject line “Director Application (your name)” and provide a directing CV or paragraph description of your experience (not required for returning directors). You will receive further details once you have submitted your application. As our industry has far fewer female directors, women directors are especially encouraged to apply.

Important dates:
Fri., Oct. 5, 2018: Deadline to apply to direct one of the New Ideas Festival plays (We encourage returning directors and Alumnae members to apply by Sept. 30.)
Tue. & Wed. October 16 & 17, 2018: (MANDATORY) New directors interviews
Sat., Nov. 3, 2018: (MANDATORY) Creative Exchange: directors meet playwrights
Dec. 3, 4, 5, 6, 2018: (MANDATORY) Attend your play’s cold reading on one of these dates
Jan. 5-9, 2019: (MANDATORY) Attend Festival auditions according to your casting needs
Sun., Jan. 27, 2019: Rehearsals begin
Wed March 6 to Sun March 24, 2019: New Ideas Festival. Each show runs one week.

NIF provides the following:
Stage managers, technical crew, and front of house staff
Festival auditions presenting a large pool of actors
Rehearsal space, performance space
Promotional materials and publicity
Access to Alumnae Theatre’s wardrobe, props, and sets
A collaborative process with the playwright to continue developing a new work with actors and a dramaturg (if requested)
A supportive place for directors to experiment and hone their skills
Production guidelines and mentorship that get all the plays and dozens of performers successfully from audition to rehearsal to stage

New Ideas Festival does not pay fees, royalties, or a box office share to participants. Alumnae Theatre Company retains creative discretion over the festival as a whole. The focus of the festival is script development, so technical requirements for the plays are kept to a minimum.

NIF is an exciting opportunity to work one-on-one with a playwright to develop a new work.

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