2021 – 2022 • Director's Circle
Monday, May 10th - Tuesday, May 11
Click HERE to submit your application before your audition/interview.
The Director's Circle is a small group of Niles North Theatre students who have shown themselves to excel both in class work and in theatre productions and are considered to be artistic leaders in the department. These students are given a unique opportunity to hone their craft, and they are expected to give back to the department by sharing their expertise with other students throughout the school year. Some Director's Circle members may be asked to assist in theatre classes, help with auditorium events, assistant direct, or stage manage, but often their service to the department is seen in other less defined ways. You must be a junior or senior next year to be considered.
The students in Director's Circle work on a full-length production that is researched, designed, and built prior to school beginning in late July and early August – and during the first week of the 2021-22 school year. Some work, certainly design and perhaps construction, may begin as this school year ends. Rehearsals begin in earnest July 26.
One of the unique aspects of the Director's Circle Project is that the usual selection process is turned around -- instead of selecting students for a particular play, the actors, technicians, and designers are selected independently of the play. A play is subsequently selected to suit the talents of those particular students. In this way, no compromise is made regarding the selection of students to be members of the Director's Circle because of the needs of a given dramatic work.
Actor Auditions: Monday, May 10th
Auditions will be held in person on Monday, May 10th beginning at 2pm - unless other arrangements are needed.
Actors should prepare 2 contrasting monologues, not to exceed a combined length of five minutes. This audition should represent your best work. In addition to your monologue performance, you will need to submit an audition application that includes a 1-2 page reflection on leadership along with a one-page resumé of your theatrical experience.
More information including audition sign up and audition application coming soon.
Interviews/Projects for tech/design positions: Tuesday, May 11
Interviews will be held in person on Tuesday, May 11, by appointment, beginning at 2pm - unless other arrangements are needed. Email Mr. Ortmann and Ms. Baskin by May 8 to submit your name, schedule a specific interview time, ask questions, and get project approval.
Interviewees should prepare and submit one-page resumé of theatre experience (featuring technical/design experience) and present a theatrical design for their area of interest. Each applicant should contact Mr. Ortmann prior to beginning design work. We have limited prep time, so this communication is important for determining play selection, scope of project, etc.
•Scenic design: floor plan (to scale) and color rendering … OR a scale, color model, including any pertinent research;
•Costume design: character costume renderings and swatches, including any pertinent research;
•Lighting design: script analysis of lighting needs and light sources along with visual samples representative of the emotive aspects of the play; renderings of key scenes/locations, including any pertinent research.
Note: If students wish to apply for Stage Management or Technical Direction, they may discuss alternate projects with Mr. Ortmann.