Directors

10 Minute Play Festival

Updated October 17, 2017

 

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.

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 November 14, 2016

SDC is the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Hello Region III!

I wanted to take a minute and remind you about the amazing opportunity that is the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) National Student Directing Fellowship Award. After scene presentations/selections at the festival in Indianapolis, one student director (either graduate or undergraduate) from Region III 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.

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 2nd 2016

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.

SCENES-

All nominees will prepare one scene from the SDC selected list which can be found at http://www.kcactf3.org/directors.htm#scenes

REPONDENTS-

This year we have an incredible group of respondents! Please read a little about them below:

Mumbi Tindyebwa is a Kenyan-Ugandan-Canadian Theatre creator and Director raised in Kenya and Victoria, BC and now based in Toronto. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of IFT Theatre and recent participant in the distinguished Michael Langham Workshop in Classical Direction at Stratford Shakespeare Festival. In 2011, Mumbi was honored with the Mallory Gilbert Leadership Protege Award and nominated for the John Hirsch Award in Direction. She has also received funding support for her work and development as an artist through the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council and Theatre Ontario. Some works include directing and assistant directing projects for the Stratford Festival, Canadian Stage, Obsidian Theatre, Volcano Theatre and DVxT Theatre. Mumbi received her training in directing at York University.

Gregg Henry is the artistic director of KCACTF nationally and its Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards program. In addition to his KCACTF responsibilities he is artistic associate for New Works and Commissions for Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences, the curator of the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage New Play Festival, and the director of the Kennedy Center/Kenan Trust Fellowship program. He produces the annual MFA Playwrights' Workshop at the Kennedy Center in association with NNPN and the National Center for New Plays at Stanford University. As a director, productions for: the Kennedy Center, Hub Theatre, Metro Stage, Round House Theatre, Theatre Alliance, Washington Shakespeare Company, Journeyman Theatre and three MFA Playwriting thesis productions for Catholic University: Meg Schadl's Listen, Stephen Spotswood's Miranda is Morning, and Bob Bartlett's Whales.

Brandy Austin is a director and teacher who balances projects in the theatre, music, and television industries. As a director she has worked Off- Broadway on Feathers: A Musical Portrait, at Northlight Theatre, The Athenaeum, Stockyards Theatre Project, and at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. Additionally she was the assistant to James Lapin on the Broadway in Chicago production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She has worked on national music tours including GAC Television, Montgomery Gentry, Little Big Town and the Judds. She has served on the faculty at DePaul University, Belmont University, and been a guest faculty member at Centenary College in Shreveport, LA. She spent several seasons as an Artistic consultant for Silver Dollar City Themepark in Branson, MO and managed tours in Honduras, Cuba, Puerto Rico, entertaining America’s troops for the U.S. Department of Defense.

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.

As your new SDC coordinator I hope that my email will be flooded with nominations over the next few weeks. Please feel free to reach out with any questions. I look forward to seeing everyone at the KCACTF Region III Festival in Indianapolis, IN, January 10-14, 2017!!

Remember NOMINATIONS ARE DUE BY DECEMBER 2nd 2016

Best,

Matthew Scott Campbell
SDC Coordinator KCACTF Region III
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 2, 2016.

SDC National Student Directing Fellowship Award: SCENE AUDITION FORM
To be completed by the STUDENT DIRECTOR.
Please complete by December 2, 2016.

SDC National Student Directing Fellowship Award: Regional Event Guidelines 2016-17

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 9, 2016

SDC Nationally Selected Scenes for 2017 Festival 49

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

2017 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival SDC Fellowship Scenes

(Page numbers may or may not align with acting editions)

The Stonewater Rapture
by Doug Wright
Published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 1990.
Begin on p. 16 “Hello, Carlyle.” To the end of scene 1 on p. 23

Hir
by Taylor Mac
Published by Northwestern University Press, 2015.
Begin on page 19 – “I should show you your bed.” to page 34 “Things are truly good now. Your father's out of the picture and it's not like how it was before.”

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
by August Wilson
Published by Samuel French.
Begin with “SLOW DRAG: Don't make no difference if she leave or not.” to “LEVEE: Your God ain't shit, Cutler.”

Love and Information
by Carryl Churchill
Published by Theatre Communications Group, 2012.
Begin on p. 48 “Linguist”, end on P. 52 last line. Insert “Depression” lines wherever deemed appropriate.

The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams
Published by Dramatist's Play Service, Inc., 1998.
Begin on p. 44 Laura's line “Mother!” Amanda's response “What's the matter now?” to the end of Act I p. 51, Tom's line “For these and all Thy mercies – God's Holy Name be praised.”

Roosters
by Milcha Sanchez Scott
Published by Dramatist's Play Service.
All of Scene 4.

Eclipse
by Danai Gurira
Published by Dramatist's Play Service, New York, 2010.
Scene 6, p. 27-32

The Who and The What
by Ayadh Aktar
Published by Back Bay Books/Little Brown and Company, 2014.
Start p. 75, “Mahwish: Zaina you have to talk to him.” to p. 84 end of Act II.

Speech and Debate
by Stephen Karam
Published by Dramatist's Play Service, Inc. 2012 (revised version).
Scene 8 Declamation, p. 52-60

Rag and Bone
by Noah Haidle
Published byDramatist's Play Service Inc., 2006.
Top of play to end of Scene 3.

Cleave
by Elena Belyea
Not yet published, available by pdf.
Begin with "(CAROL grabs the chicken and potatoes and goes onstage.)" at the bottom of page 27 and goes till "(PINA keeps eating. CAROL grabs the bottle of wine off the table then exits.)" at the top of page 39.

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

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