Call for Director and Producer for 2020 Production

The Summer Shakespeare Trust is seeking a director and a producer to lead the 2020 Production team

Season dates will be 13th February – 29 February 2020.

Planning for the production will begin in July 2017, with rehearsals taking place over the summer period in Wellington.

Applications for either role are due at 5pm Saturday 29 June

Applicants for director should send a CV and an expression of interest detailing their choice of play to David Carnegie at summershakespearetrust@gmail.com

Applicants for Producer should send a CV and cover letter to Fiona McNamara at summershakespearetrust@gmail.com

Scroll down for more information about each role

Director

Directors will be asked to choose from any of the following Shakespeare’s plays; Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice, Richard III

Please note – this is a two part selection process with expressions of interest only, being sought at present.

A shortlist will be determined from all expressions of interest received and those directors will then be contacted and invited to prepare a full pitch for an interview in early July 2019. This full pitch will include:

reasons for the selection of play;

how you would approach working with a cast and design team drawn mainly from students and recent graduates;
how you would work with possible multiple venues;
a clear sense of their overall concept for the production.
Following these interviews, the director for the 2020 production would be appointed in July 2019.

This is a paid position with a high-level of responsibility. Applicants not based in Wellington are responsible for travel and associated expenses. Prospective directors are expected to have a strong sense of the Summer Shakespeare ethos and background.

Producer

The producer will lead the production team, working closely with the Production Manager and Director to manage all aspects of the 2020 production. The producer reports to the Summer Shakespeare Trust Board.

Key responsibilities include:

Setting and managing the production budget
Securing and managing funding and sponsorship
Recruiting and managing the production team
Working with the director to cast the performers
Overseeing marketing and publicity
Overseeing Front of House and ensuring a positive audience experience
Team leadership, including supporting the mentoring and development of volunteers and emerging practitioners
Taking responsibility for the health and safety of all involved in the production
Communicating with the Trust Board, including representing the needs of the production team and cast
Managing relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including sponsors, guests, funders, partners, volunteers, cast and crew, schools and audience
Ensuring all reporting and documentation is produced and provided to the Trust Board, funders and others as required

The ideal candidate will

Have exceptional interpersonal skills
Strong written and oral communication skills and an ability to communicate with a wide range of audiences
Be highly organised
Self-motivated and able to work independently
Knowledgeable of the Wellington Arts Community, including and especially in terms of fundraising venues and sources.
Able to work under pressure and often with unexpected or last-minute changes to plans
Strong command of Microsoft Office and Google suite, social media and other relevant software

This is a paid position with a high-level of responsibility. Applicants not based in Wellington are responsible for travel and associated expenses. Prospective producers are expected to have a strong sense of the Summer Shakespeare ethos and background.

Celebrating over 35 years of live performance!

Welcome to the home of Summer Shakespeare Wellington and the Summer Shakespeare Trust. We have announced our 2019 season, Hamlet directed by David O’Donnell and starring Stevie Hancox-Monk.

Summer Shakespeare has been an annual outdoor theatre event in the capital city since 1983, when students at Victoria University of Wellington presented A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Victoria University Quadrangle.  For over thirty years, Wellington audiences have been treated each year to large-scale, large-cast productions of Shakespeare in a variety of settings including the Dell in the Wellington Botanic Gardens, Civic Square, Te Papa and in 2018 in Reading Carpark.  Our productions have ranged from some of the most popular to some of the most obscure plays in the Shakespeare canon, approached with diverse concepts and staging, directed and performed by both the country’s newest talents and leading practitioners alike.