Direct a Play

SUBMIT A PLAY FOR OUR 2025 SEASON

The Anacortes Community Theater (ACT) Play Selection Committee is seeking submissions from prospective directors who are interested in directing a specific play. (If you are a Member of ACT and want to suggest a play for our 2025 season simply send the play title to: info@acttheatre.com)

Directors are chosen based on their interest, experience, and ability to support a creative team of volunteers. We value positive personalities who communicate well, are organized, respectful, and can create a safe and fun environment. They should be community builders, leaving folks wanting to work with them and at ACT again.

Plays are selected by a Play Selection Committee and then approved by the Board of Directors. We seek to offer plays that address a wide range of interests and appeal to a diverse and inclusive audience. When shaping our season we consider our audience’s taste as well as what would challenge them. We also consider our talent pool, the technical requirements, and what plays have been done recently.

Since 1964, Anacortes Community Theatre (ACT) has served the Anacortes community and the wider Skagit Valley by presenting high-quality live performances performed by talented volunteer community members. At ACT we do plays in every style and genre, five each season, from large to small, musical and straight plays. Look HERE to see the kinds of plays we have produced in the past. 

ACT is not a repertory, regional, or private theatre organization—anyone can be a part of our organization. We seek diverse voices and welcome different perspectives. So come and be an ACT-er today!

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

  • Directors may submit up to 3 plays/musicals.
  • Deadline for submissions, via mail, email or in person, is no later than April 30, 2024. (Check the website for office hours.)
  • The Selection Committee will schedule interviews for Directors in late May. 
  • If your play is selected you, or your designate, will be required to make a short presentation to our Membership on Play Day, Sunday June 9, 2024.

DIRECTOR QUALIFICATIONS

  • Previously directed, assistant directed, or stage managed at ACT or previously directed at another theater. Experience must be approved by the Play Selection Committee. Please include a resume or a list of credits with your submission.
  • If you have never directed at ACT before we highly recommend that you volunteer as an Assistant Director, Stage Manager, or in some other volunteer position, for an ACT production first. If you have not worked at ACT before we will judge you on your experience elsewhere.
  • If the Play Selection Committee approves your experience and you are selected as a director and have never directed at ACT before, an Executive Producer will be assigned to guide you through the process of working at ACT.
  • The choice of a director is always subject to the approval of the Board.

DIRECTOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conceptualize and develop the artistic vision for each production to create a cohesive and visually appealing production in alignment with ACT’s goals and objectives.
  • Lead the casting process, providing guidance and feedback to ensure the right talent is chosen for each role.
  • Conduct rehearsals, guiding actors in interpreting characters, blocking, and delivering captivating performances.
  • Work with the Producer to oversee the production schedule, ensuring that deadlines are met and the production stays within budget.
  • Maintain effective communication with ACT’s Theatre Manager, and Production team, keeping them informed about the progress of each production via weekly Production meetings.
  • Stay up-to-date with current theater trends, techniques, and industry developments to enhance the quality and creativity of productions. 

WHAT TO SUBMIT

  • You may submit up to 3 plays. Consider submitting plays of different styles/cast sizes, etc.
  • You must submit a copy of the script of each play you wish to direct. Provided scripts will be returned at the end of the selection process. Acting Editions are preferred. If there is an online version of the script available, please include a link to the online document in your proposal. Photocopies or synopses are not acceptable.
  • You may submit additional material that may help the Play Selection Committee with their decision such as recordings, reviews, design concepts, awards, or links to any of these.

HOW TO SUBMIT A PLAY

  • Submissions must be received, via mail, email, or in person, no later than April 30, 2024.
  • You must complete and submit the submission form (link below).
  • Mail, email or drop off any additional submission materials. Make sure your name and contact information are on all materials submitted. 
  • ALL MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE DEADLINE OF APRIL 30, 2024.
  • Email submissions: info@acttheatre.com.
  • Mail-in submissions: ACT, P.O. BOX 35, Anacortes, WA 98221
  • In person submissions:  at 918 M Ave, Anacortes, WA 98221 (check website for office hours)
  • Questions? Email info@acttheatre.com