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Theatrical Director

ACT is seeking a skilled and passionate Theatrical Director to lead our upcoming production of The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie. Directors are chosen based on their interest, experience, ability to support a creative team of volunteer theatre-makers. Candidates should be positive personalities who communicate well, are organized, respectful, and create a safe and fun environment. They should be community builders; leaving folks wanting to work with them and at ACT again.

Theatrical Directors will be responsible for overseeing and directing the artistic vision and creative elements of the production. They will collaborate closely with the production team, actors, designers, and ACT staff members to bring compelling and engaging performances to our audiences. Pay is $599 stipend.

Theatrical Director Responsibilities:

  1. Collaborate with the artistic team to conceptualize and develop the artistic vision for each production, ensuring alignment with ACT’s goals and objectives.
  2. Select and lead the audition process for casting actors, providing guidance and feedback to ensure the right talent is chosen for each role.
  3. Conduct rehearsals, guiding actors in interpreting characters, blocking, and delivering captivating performances.
  4. Collaborate with Technical Director and Designers (set, costume, lighting, sound, etc.) to create a cohesive and visually appealing production.
  5. Work closely with the production team to ensure seamless hand off of all elements during performances.
  6. Provide guidance and feedback to the creative team throughout the production process, fostering a collaborative and supportive environment.
  7. Work with Producer to oversee the production schedule, ensuring that deadlines are met and the production stays within budget.
  8. Maintain effective communication with ACT’s Artistic Director, Technical Director, and Production team, keeping them informed about the progress of each production via weekly Production meetings.
  9. Stay up-to-date with current theater trends, techniques, and industry developments to enhance the quality and creativity of productions.


  1. Previous experience as a Theatrical Director or Assistant Director of successful productions. Mentorship will be implemented at ACT’s discretion.
  2. Understanding of theatrical principles, production processes, and stagecraft.
  3. Strong leadership and organizational skills to effectively manage a diverse team of artists.
  4. Exceptional communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills.
  5. Knowledge of various theatrical styles, genres, and playwrights.
  6. Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines without compromising the safety and well-being of others.
  7. Flexibility to adapt to changing production requirements and collaborate creatively with limited resources.
  8. Preferred but not required: University education in Theater Arts, Performing Arts, or a related field.

About the show:

The Mousetrap opens this autumn, September 22, 2023 and closes October 14, 2023. Rehearsals are expected to begin late July. Auditions are currently scheduled for June 24 & 25 at 1pm (flexible for the right candidate).

Directors are expected to commit time intermittently from date of hire to the start of rehearsals to prepare and attend Production meetings. Directors are then expected to devote time as needed (approx. 20 hours per week) from first read thru to opening night. Directors and their Producer report directly to ACT’s Artistic Director, will work collaboratively with ACT’s Technical Director, and may interact with other ACT staff and ACT Board Members as needed. Some Production members have already been hired for this show.

About ACT:

Since 1964, Anacortes Community Theatre (ACT) has served the Anacortes community and the wider Skagit Valley by presenting consistent and high-quality live performances on our mainstage and in smaller productions. 

Our mission is to be an advocate for theatre, celebrating live theatre and engaging the human needs for expression and growth by entertaining and educating all ages and abilities of our diverse community through shared passion for the arts. Wide community support has allowed us to also serve our community through many other avenues of service, including our incredible year-round Class ACT education program.

ACT is not a repertory, regional, or private theatre organization—anyone can be a part of our organization, so come and be ACT-er today!

How to Apply:

Interested candidates please email your resume and cover letter to Aurora Rupert, Artistic Director, at aurora@acttheatre.com. Please include “Mousetrap Director Application” in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted until June 15th, 2023.

We appreciate all applications; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Anacortes Community Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Applicants from underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.

We are always accepting applications.

If you have a skill or interest you think we should know about, please send ACT’s Artistic Director your resume and letter of interest. We will reach out when your interest aligns with an opening.

As a community theater, the majority of our roles are volunteer based. If you are interesting in volunteering your skills, please visit our volunteer page.

Thank you!