Boston's oldest professional theatre company, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston is dedicated to presenting a wide range of plays and musicals of the highest quality, including world premieres, regional premieres, and classics that are entertaining, challenging, and inspiring. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Spiro Veloudos and Managing Director Matt Chapuran, the Lyric Stage is deeply committed to nurturing the talents of Boston area theatre artists and administrators through employment, training, and development opportunities.
An essential element of the Lyric Stage Company of Boston’s mission is to support local artists. We are announcing a new program to support the development of the many early and mid-career directors who get their start in Boston and to encourage them to consider Boston a viable artistic home. Our program is a season residency (August –May), with a $2000 grant offered to each participant to off-set costs associated with the program. The Next Stage Directing Fellows program focuses on professional and artistic development through mentorships, observerships, and hands-on training.
Fellows meet monthly with Lyric artistic staff to develop artistic projects and discuss career advancement strategies. Topics may include: resume reviews, effective pitches, and scene review.
Fellows regularly meet other members of the theatre community to discuss particular issues in working in the field. Guests may include: designers, choreographers, dramaturgs, music directors, etc.
Each fellow will observe or assistant direct (depending on the needs of the production) two shows in the Lyric season. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with two different directors, and discuss their experience and analyze the details of technique with Lyric artistic staff.
Fellows will receive a pair of complimentary tickets to each show in the Lyric season, and will have the opportunity to analyze and constructively critique the shows with artistic staff.
Fellows will be able to take advantage of theatre resources, such as the script library, casting database, and season auditions, to enrich their work and development through the program.
At the conclusion of the program, fellows will present short scenes or 10-minute plays for an invited audience. Fellows will then receive constructive feedback from artistic staff.
Becoming a Directing Fellow is a not a guarantee of a future production at the Lyric, although the goal is to develop a deeper pool of prospective directors for upcoming seasons. Fellows will develop projects to pitch to the Lyric and other area theatres over the course of the program. Fellows may also be offered other directing opportunities through the theatre, such as the Boston Theatre Marathon.
Director applicants must be Greater Boston-area residents and not enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate training program at the time of the program. Ideal applicants have at least one professional (i.e. outside of university) production credit at the time of application.
Complete this application form no later than April 15, 2017.
Please direct any questions to Nora Long, Associate Artistic Director, firstname.lastname@example.org .