Ready to Direct Competition

The SETC 2019 convention directing programming includes a combination of presentations, discussions, workshops and, continuing this year, Ready to Direct!

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 earn potential work at a professional theatre. Pre-registered Ready to Direct candidates will participate, and up to two candidates may receive professional directing opportunities and payment as negotiated with an SETC 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 who participates in this competition (if an appropriate candidate is found).

The Ready to Direct Convention Schedule

Ready to Direct Candidates “1st Rehearsal”

Wed., Feb. 27, 2019   |  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.

Theatre Job Fair – Offstage Showcase

Thurs., Feb. 28, 2019  |  10:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Presider: April J’C Marshall, SETC Professional Theatre Services

Candidates are introduced with their portfolios to hiring theatre representatives from the Theatre Job Fair for a chance at discussion and interview. Note: Based on companies’ schedules, a theatre may ask to meet and interview you at a different time after this initial introduction.

Ready to Direct Discussion

Thurs., Feb. 28, 2019  |  5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Dialogue Leader: Preston Lane, Triad Stage

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

Candidate Application & Guidelines

Directing Candidate Applications are open now until online registration for the 2019 convention closes at Noon (ET) on Jan. 22, 2019. 

Before the Convention:

  • Up to five (5) candidates will be chosen by a committee of professional directors.
  • If selected, candidates prepare a portfolio display, video or other methods of sharing their directing work with hiring and Ready to Direct companies.
  • Selected candidates read the play selected by the committee (Title will be sent upon acceptance).

At the Convention:

  • Participate in the events as outlined by the Ready to Direct Convention Schedule above.
  • Set up materials in the Theatre Job Fair by 10 a.m. on Thursday. 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.

Participating Companies

Negotiated companies will be actively seeking director(s) to join their artistic team for the upcoming 2019-2020 season.

Companies who wish to hire directors or partner in Ready to Direct are encouraged to contact April J’C Marshall in the SETC Central Office for more information.

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 at the SETC Annual Convetnion to get more involved with SETC’s directing community. This year’s meeting is scheduled to take place Thurs. Feb. 28, 2019 from 4:00PM – 5:00PM with SETC’s Directing Chair Rick St. Peter presiding. This is a meeting of all SETC participants interested in the field of directing. Location for this meeting at the SETC Annual Convention is TBD. Event dates, times and locations are subject to change.