SUMMER 2016 THEATRICAL PRODUCTION DIRECTOR

Waterman’s Community Center, a 501(c)3 charitable corporation on North Haven Island in Maine, is seeking a director for its 2016 summer production The Book Club Play by Karen Zacarias. The play will be produced in Waterman’s Community Center’s 134-seat theater. Applicants must be creative, hard-working, and have directing experience. Experience directing comedy a plus. Applicants should also be resourceful and comfortable working in a rural environment. 

Application Deadline: March 14, 2016

Play Synopsis: “A comedy about books and the people who love them. When the members of a devoted book club become the subjects of a documentary filmmaker and accept a provocative new member, their long-standing group dynamics take a hilarious turn. Sprinkled with wit, joy and novels galore.”

Job Description:
The director of the 2016 Waterman’s Community Center theatrical production will:

  • Direct The Book Club Play at Waterman’s Community Center, North Haven, Maine. Four performances are slated for August 4, 5, 6 & 7. The director will collaborate with on- and off-island talent to create a unified whole. All performances begin at 7:30pm with exception of the August 7 performance, a matinee, beginning at 1:00pm.
  • Work with and inspire predominantly local talent to create a funny, coherent, and exciting production that makes the best use of the available resources and works within the available budget.
  • Contribute to and be an active participant in the engagement of designers and crew well-suited for this production and of highest quality possible given budget and other constraints. (assistant to the director, lighting, scenic design, costume, etc.)
  • Work with a remote production team prior to initial in-person meetings on-site. Timing, communication and excellent organizational skills are key for working remotely on the production. 
  • Report regularly on production progress to Waterman's Drama Committee and work closely with stage manager to report weekly when rehearsals begin.  
  • Visit the island for an overnight stay in May to become familiar with the theater and local resources, meet with as many designers and other staff or participants as possible, and solidify audition procedures.
  • Supervise remotely the on-island director’s assistant/stage manager/tech manager in pre-production activities during the spring and early summer of 2016.
  • Conduct auditions (in person and via video) and cast principals by mid-June and supporting actors by June 30 and oversee all aspects of the production through several performances in early August.
  • Manage the unique challenges (transportation and budget constraints; living in guest quarters; a wide variety of local acting and design talent) and opportunities (enthusiasm, dedication, creativity and a strong work ethic exhibited by the island community; recreation, beauty and serenity of North Haven island) posed by mounting productions on North Haven.
  • Accept the time commitment which entails one on-island visit during May 2016 and full-time residency on-island from late June through August 8.

Additional Considerations:

  • Stipend: $3,500.00 paid out in four installments (after May trip; after completion of casting; July 15; post-production). Housing and utilities will be provided throughout by one or more local residents free of charge. Reasonable travel costs will be reimbursed for the two trips to and from the island, subject to pre-approval by the Drama Committee, not to exceed $500.00
  • Waterman’s Community Center is located on North Haven Island, 12 miles out in Penobscot Bay. Waterman’s Community Center includes a 134-seat theater, state of the art sound and lighting equipment, a large community room for events and art exhibits, a coffee shop, classroom and meeting space. The organization has a history of producing original and adapted plays, including works by John Wulp, Cidny Bullens and Susan Minot as well as an adaptation of Deerhoof’s Milk Man album.

Waterman’s Community Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

Please email resumes to: programs@watermans.org

For any other questions, please contact:
Bill Trevaskis, Programs Director
Waterman’s Community Center
PO Box 526
North Haven, ME 04853
207.867.2100

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