Directors

10 Minute Play Festival

Updated November 30, 2017

Application Deadline Extended for 10 Minute Play Directors

Aspiring directors, it's not to late to be part of a dynamic collaboration at Festival 50. Send your application ASAP before December 15 for the opportunity to work with a playwright and direct a staged reading of their new 10 minute play. 

 

At the Region III conference in January, directing students are eligible to participate in several different projects. Six directors will be selected from the region to direct the ten-minute plays that participate in the 10 Minute Play Festival at the conference. These directors will be eligible for the 10 Minute Directing Award. The selected director will receive a book award and a certificate of recognition.

How to Apply: Fill Out Application Components A & B

DIRECTORS 10 MINUTE PLAY STUDENT DIRECTOR APPLICATION FORM
Please complete by December 1, 2017.
Deadline Extended to December 15, 2017

A. ONLINE APPLICATION COMPONENT

Complete the online application form above to identify yourself as a student director. By submitting this form, you agree that:

"I am a currently enrolled student and I would like to apply to direct one of the 10 Minute plays at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region III."

B. EMAIL APPLICATION COMPONENT

A detailed resume (CV)

A statement of directing philosophy and goals

Two letters of recommendation

A Process Journal

Participating student directors are expected to keep a journal of their process. This will include their preparation work before the festival, and their process work at the festival. The journal will be due at the Friday morning production meeting.

All materials for directing a ten-minute play should be forwarded to the Ten Minute Play Directing Coordinator Lynne Perkins Socey perkily@earlham.edu.

Participating Student Director Award

Updated October 9, 2016

Student directors who are selected to bring a participating entry to festival will compete for the Participating Student Director Award. The selected director for this honor will receive a book award and a certificate of recognition. All student-directed participating productions will be entered for this award. Directors are asked to provide a CV and a statement of your directing philosophy to the SDC Directing Coordinator Matt Campbell (mscampbell@viterbo.edu).

SDC National Student Directing Fellowship Award

Updated October 27, 2017

SDC is the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Hello Region III!

If you're an aspiring director, this program is for you! The SDC National Student Directing Fellowship Award program is an amazing opportunity to advance your directing skills through collaborative mentorship with professional directors at the regional festival. You choose a scene to direct from the list below, cast and rehearse it at your school, then present it at the festival where professional directing artists will respond to your work with suggestions and insights that will help you develop your scene and grow as a director.  At the conclusion of the festival week, one student director will be selected to participate in the KCACTF National Festival in Washington, DC in April. This award includes travel, lodging and per diem expenses, and the opportunity to participate in workshops and master classes with professional artists.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE-

Students who have demonstrated success in directing must be nominated by a faculty mentor from the college or university they attend. The school must have entered either an associate or participating production for the regional festival to for a student to be eligible to participate in the SDC program.

HOW TO APPLY-NOMINATIONS ARE DUE BY DECEMBER 8th 2017

To participate in this event a nomination form is submitted by a faculty or staff member, and the audition form is submitted by a student. Both forms can be submitted in either order and can be found at www.kcactf3.org

 Or

http://www.kcactf3.org/qbforms/sdc_student_nomination.htm

And

http://www.kcactf3.org/qbforms/sdc_scene_audition.htm

SCENES-

All nominees will prepare one scene from the SDC selected list which can be found at http://www.kcactf.org/directing/directing-scene-selections.html

THE EVENT-
Preliminary and Final presentation of a rehearsed, nationally selected scene. The scene will include bona fide student actors, and will be rehearsed at the institution for presentation at the regional festival. On the first day of the regional festival the nominee will turn in a prepared prompt book and director's statement that reflects their analysis of the scene. If an institution has more than one director, actors may not participate in more than two scenes. Directors may not act or be otherwise involved in the production of the scenes, and is required to be available to observe all of the presentations.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the KCACTF Region III Festival in Indianapolis, IN, 9-14, 2018!! Remember NOMINATIONS ARE DUE BY DECEMBER 8th 2017

Best,

Matthew Scott Campbell 
SDC Coordinator KCACTF Region III 
Department Chair | Assistant Professor 
Theatre and Music Theatre 
Viterbo University 
La Crosse, WI 
mscampbell@viterbo.edu

How to Apply: Fill Out Both Online Forms Below

The nomination form is to be submitted by a faculty or staff member, and the audition form is submitted by a student. Both forms can be submitted in either order.

SDC National Student Directing Fellowship Award: NOMINATION FORM
To be completed by A FACULTY OR STAFF MEMBER ONLY.
Please complete by December 8, 2017.

SDC National Student Directing Fellowship Award: SCENE AUDITION FORM
To be completed by the STUDENT DIRECTOR.
Please complete by December 8, 2017.

SDC National Student Directing Fellowship Award: Regional Event Guidelines 2017-18

One student director (either graduate or undergraduate) from each region will be selected to participate in the National Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington DC each April. This award includes travel, lodging and per diem expenses, as well as attendance at KCACTF National Festival workshops and performances. Unique educational opportunities will be planned for the award recipients at the National Festival.

CANDIDATES:

Students who have demonstrated success in directing must be nominated by a faculty mentor from the college or university they attend. The school must have entered either an associate or participating production for the regional festival to for a student to be eligible to participate in the SDC program.

EVENT:

Preliminary and Final presentation of a rehearsed, nationally selected scene. The scene will include bona fide student actors, and will be rehearsed at the institution for presentation at the regional festival. On the first day of the regional festival the nominee will turn in a prepared prompt book and director's statement that reflects their analysis of the scene. If an institution has more than one director, actors may not participate in more than two scenes. Directors may not act or be otherwise involved in the production of the scenes, and is required to be available to observe all of the presentations. Directors are required to observe all scenes and participate in responses as scheduled.

SCENES:

All nominees will prepare one scene from a list to be selected at the national meetings in August under the guidance of the national member at large who oversees direction. The scenes will be announced to all of the regions at the end of the summer meeting.

RESPONSES:

Both the preliminary and final rounds of the event will have respondents who respond to the work immediately following the presentation. The respondents are skilled directors who have a strong track record of responding to directing. The same individuals will respond to both rounds of presentations.

RESPONDENTS:

Out of region colleagues or local professionals who are not affiliated with regional institutions. Judges will make the decisions on which student director will attend the National KCACTF in Washington DC. At least one member of the team must be a SDC member. The same individuals will judge both rounds of presentations.

EVALUATION:

Directors will be evaluated through the preliminary scene presentation, interview process, written materials, and final presentation.

Prompt Book: A Prompt Book including a Director's Statement is required to be turned-in on the first day of the regional festival at a time and place to be determined.

Preliminary Round of Scenes: Open to the public. All of the nominees (directors only) are required to attend all preliminary round presentations. Mentors are encouraged but not required to attend. After the presentation the respondents will react to the work in front of the closed gathering of directors.

Interviews: Directors who are selected for the final round attend individual interviews with the respondents and adjudicators. At the interview the director's statement and approach will be discussed along with other directing experiences and goals. A current resume (required) and additional materials (optional) are requested for the interview.

Final Round of Scenes: Open to the public. All of the nominees (directors only) are required to attend all final round presentations. Mentors are encouraged but not required to attend. After the presentation the respondents will react to the work in front of the closed gathering of directors. Directors are expected to incorporate feedback from the preliminary round into the final presentations.

NOTE: Failure to read and adhere to the current published guidelines for the SDC Student Directing Event may result in disqualification of the student director

SCENES

Updated October 27, 2017

SDC Nationally Selected Scenes for 2018 Festival 50

All regional student directing candidates must present a scene at festival from the following list:

2018 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival SDC Fellowship Scenes

1.     Milk Like Sugar by Kristen Greenidge, published by Samuel French, Inc., 2012. Begin on   p. 26 (A bank of lockers) To on p. 33 “Keera:  I have a more excellent way.” 3  women.

2.     Stupid Fucking Bird by Aaron Posner published by Dramatists Play Service.  Sc. 25-26 “Feelings” & “Not, Not”  p. 65-70 2 Women 4 Men.

3.     Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals by Young Jean Lee, in Three Plays: A One Act Collection, published by Samuel French, Inc. 2006. P. 24-29.  2 men, 2 women.

4.     140 (In Love's Fire: Seven New Plays Inspired by Seven Shakespearean Sonnets published by William Morrow & Co., 1998)by Marsha Norman p. 33-43 (entire play) 5men 4 women.

5.     Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar.  Back Bay Books.  P.45 – Begin with “Emily:  I did a portrait of Amir a few months ago…” to p. 55 “Isaac – Bon appetite.”

6.     Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief by Paula Vogel Dramatist Play Service

Scene 21: starting with “Doesn't—doesn't it hurt?” TO End of scene 23:  “he…he said…he said he was on guard duty.”   3 women

7.     A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, Project Gutenberg free e-book: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/2542/2542-h/2542-h.htm#act3

Begin: “Nora [hanging back in the doorway, and struggling with him]. No, no, no!--don't take me in. I want to go upstairs again; I don't want to leave so early.”

End: “Helmer. What's that? You're joking, my little Nora! You won't--you won't? Am I not your husband--?”

1 man. 2 women.

8.     Angels in America:  The Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner. TCG New York, 1992

Sc. 9, p. 82-87; 3 men, 1 woman.

9.     Ruined by Lynn Notttage, Dramatists Play Service

p. 5-13 “Ah, cold.” to “I won't uncle.” 1 man 3 women.

10.     A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesee Williams; Signet printing, October 1951

sc. 5, p. 76-81; Begins “Blanche: I must jot that down in my notebook…”; ends “Blanche: …I can leave here and not be anyone's problem.” 2 women, 1 man.

QUESTIONS:
Any additional questions can be directed to the Coordinator of the SDC Directing program.

Information and Evaluation of the SDC Event

At festival, candidates will provide respondents with a prepared written statement that reflects their analysis of the scene. The scene is presented in a preliminary round at the regional festival. After the scene presentation, respondents will give feedback to the director and his/her mentor/teacher. SDC candidates who are chosen for the final round will be interviewed by the respondents. The finalists who are interviewed will then present their scenes in a public showing with a public response session afterward. The purpose of redesigning the SDC Award is to highlight student directing in our region in a more distinguished manner.

Design Storm!

Design Storm! is a timed collaborative exercise that teams a director with a dramaturg, a lighting designer, a sound designer, a costume designer, and a scenic designer to create an approach to a classic or contemporary text that is unlike all previous productions. Please sign up prior to arriving at the festival.

Design Storm! Registration and Rules

Top of Page