Ready to Direct Competition

The SETC 2018 convention directing programming includes a combination of presentations, discussions, workshops, and new this year: Ready to Direct!

While most SETC workshops will inform and embellish the director’s experience, the workshop list on this page is targeted to those who direct, teach directing and/or are studying the discipline.

The Ready to Direct competition offers early career directors (individuals available for year-round work) who are seeking professional experience, an opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals, and potential work at a professional theatre. Pre-registered candidates will participate, and up to two candidates may receive professional directing opportunity and payment as negotiated with the hiring theatre. SETC supports the companies financially by offering additional funding through a grant of up to $2,000 to hire an early career director that participates in this competition (if an appropriate candidate is found).

The Ready to Direct Convention Schedule

Ready to Direct Candidates “1st Rehearsal”

Wed., March 7, 2018   |  7 – 9 p.m.
Project Leads: Preston Lane, Triad Stage; Rick St. Peter, SETC Directing Chair; Alan Litsey (Birmingham-Southern College)

Pre-registered candidates meet with project leaders and then disperse to work separately with two actors, beginning the rehearsal process — this could include staging, a read thru, table work, exercises, etc. — for a pre-selected text. Professional, community and university theatre directors, and others are invited to move room to room to observe the candidates in process. Entire group re-gathers at 8:30 p.m. for feedback and a discussion on what they were able to accomplish and what they wish they could have accomplished.

Job Fair Offstage Showcase

Thurs., March 8, 2018  |  10:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Presider: April J’C Marshall, SETC Professional Theatre Services

Candidates are introduced with their portfolio display to hiring theatre representatives from the Theatre Job Fair.

Ready to Direct Discussion

Thurs., March 8, 2018  |  5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Dialogue Leader: Preston Lane, Triad Stage

Participants discuss directors’ choices and process and explore ideas of dramaturgy and dramatic action. Open to all convention attendees interested in directing.

Participating Companies

Birmingham Children’s Theatre (BCT) will be actively seeking a director to join their artistic team for the upcoming 2018-2019 Season.

Additional companies who wish to hire directors or partner in Ready to Direct are encouraged to contact Betsey Horth in the SETC Central Office for more information.

Candidate Application & Guidelines

Directing Candidate Applications are closed for 2018. Check back for 2019 after Oct. 16, 2018.

Before the Convention:

  • Up to 10 candidates will be chosen by a committee of professional directors.
  • If selected, prepare a portfolio display, video or other methods of sharing your directing work with hiring and Ready to Direct companies.
  • Read the play selected by the SETC Committee (Title will be sent upon acceptance).

At the Convention:

  • Participate in the events as outlined by the Ready to Direct Convention Schedule
  • Set up materials in the Theatre Job Fair by 10 a.m. Meet company representatives, interview and connect. Materials may remain in the Theatre Job Fair for further perusal, or they may be removed at the candidate’s discretion after the showcase.
  • Attend any of the additional directing workshops available during the convention.

More Directing Programming

You are invited and encouraged to participate in the variety of workshops and events geared toward directors. Consider joining the Directing Interest Meeting to get more involved with SETC’s directing community. Event dates and times are subject to change.