Direct a Show
There are many opportunities during the school year to
direct a show for the Barnstormers. Each year we have three shows
where we specifically request submissions from student directors.
In addition to these opportunities, you may submit to direct a show at any
other time. Taking this route requires extra effort, because you need
to find a place to perform your show (and to rehearse in). While theater
space in the Swirnow Theater would be hard to come by, consider other options
such as Arelleno Theater, Shriver Hall, the Beach, the steps of Gilman,
Bloomberg Auditorium, etc.
- Orientation Show - This is our first show of the year and is targeted at
freshman to encourage them to get involved with the Barnstormers.
Auditions are usually held in late July and rehearsals run through the end
of the summer. Opening Night is typically during the first week of
classes and performances are in the Swirnow Theater.
- Freshman One Acts - This collection of one acts is directed by upperclassmen
and all of the actors are freshman. The production typically consists
of 4-6 one act plays, and auditions are held shortly after the Orientation
Show. Performances are usually in mid-October in Arelleno Theater.
- Intersession Show - This show auditions right before winter break, usually
during reading period. Rehearsals are during, you guessed it, Intersession
when there is nothing better to do. The show goes up during the second
weekend in February in Arelleno Theater.
If you would like to submit a show, we reccommend you take the following
- Pick a play - Choose a play that you would be interested in directing,
and keep in mind that you will need to dedicate a good amount of time
to the directorial process. Choose something that you feel something about,
or that you have some sort of vision for. Choose something that is both
practical and feasible for a group such as the Barnstormers to produce.
- Find out the rights - The rights to every play are different. Some,
like Shakespeare and other classics may be open-access, and not cost anything.
Others range in price, depending on popularity. Often, a show that was
recently a big hit on Broadway or other popular venues may be somewhat
expensive to get rights for. The rights to practically every play are
owned by one of the following. Do a little research and call to see what
the rights and scripts for your play should be. Hopefully these numbers
are current. If not, email us to let us know.
Samuel French: (212) 206-8990 plays/musicals
Dramatists Play Service: (212) 683-8960 plays
Baker's Plays: (617) 482-1280 plays
Tams-Witmark: (212) 688-2525 musicals
Rogers and Hammerstein Theatre Library: (212) 564-4000 musicals
- Determine technical costs - Here you need to consider props, costumes,
and sets. If you'll need any special lighting or sound items that we should
know about, this is the place to tell us. You can generalize, but be as
specific as possible, especially when it comes to particular items, and
absolutely for items that you view to be essential to your production.
If you're not sure what you need, or how much you need them - mark items
that you would like but could do without. For budgeting purposes, it is
very important that we know how much each director is hoping to spend,
and what they are spending it on. As a general guideline, most studio
shows receive a $500 budget, including rights.
- Write it all down - Write everything you've come up with, as neatly
as possible, in the form of a letter to the producer. The Board will select
a producer for each show, but if you are submitting before one is chosen,
address your submission to the current VP of Studio Productions. Make
sure you include the name of the play, it's author, your name, and your
contact information in your letter. If you have any assistants already
picked, list their names as well. Then, include a synopsis of the play
and a basic list of characters. It helps us a lot if you note how many
male and female parts your play calls for. Then, include the cost information
you determined in steps two and three, in as much detail as possible.
Finally, explain, to the best of your abilities, generally what you had
in mind - your vision or your plans for the show. Other, optional, things
to include are - sketches of the set, specific costumes or set pieces,
and anything else you think is appropriate.
- Deliver your submission - You can usually email a typed submission
to the producer, this is often easiest and most practical. If you know
the producer or will see them around campus, feel free to hand deliver
the proposal to them directly. Also, the Barnstormers Mailbox is in the
North Offices of the Mattin Center. This is also a very viable option
- Director interviews - It is sometimes our policy to hold director interviews,
to help us choose if there are several possibilities. You will be notified
by us, regarding specific details, but in general - here are a few pointers.
Don't worry about dressing up or looking smart. We're more concerned with
your ability to talk a little bit about what you have in mind for the
show. This is a wonderful opportunity to explain, face to face, any specifics
that might not come across as well in a formal submission. Usually, we
hold these interviews to be assured of a director's professional attitude
and to provide a chance to talk a little about your ideas or explain anything
you feel you need to clarify. Relax and be prepared to talk a little,
and that's all you really need to do!