Return to Forum

Call for Theatre Directors

Rebecca Martinez

Nov 2011

Original Post

Posted on:
March 5, 2013



Director-Driven Work: Director Submission Form





The 2013 Working Theater Directors Salon is excited to announce that we will be presenting short works by emerging directors during our Fourth Annual week-long Directors Salon in summer 2013. We are looking for director-driven work that has not had a previous production.


We know that there are many ways to define “director-driven” For us, “director-driven” means work that is instigated and led by the director as lead artist. Our goal is to give space and resources to directors who are in the middle of leading a collaborative process and would benefit from a concentrated rehearsal period and public showing.


We are supporting works-in-progress and are looking for directors that are currently working on and developing original pieces.  These projects can be excerpts of a larger project or short pieces that are no more than 20 minutes long. Each director’s team will receive 10 rehearsal hours during the week of the festival, minimal technical resources, and one final public presentation during the festival to aid in the development of the piece. The director and artistic team will also receive a talkback with the audience following the final presentation.  The dates for the festival are June 17-23, 2013, and the night of Director-Driven work will be on Saturday, June 22.


We are looking for projects with a unique vision and aesthetic, bold ideas, and engaging, exciting subject matter.


Note: we are not simply looking for new play submissions, as we can only provide rehearsal space during the week of the festival.  Submissions should be pieces that are already in development and would benefit from the opportunity to be shown in front of an audience.


Please complete the submission form, and email your directing resumé, and a list of team members with short bios to  We are only accepting submissions by e-mail and by application form.

To fill out the application form,copy and paste this link into your browser:


Submission deadline is Friday, March 22, 2013 by 6pm.  Finalists will be contacted in April to schedule interviews with the curatorial team.

Feel free to e-mail with any questions about the festival or the submission process.




Luke Harlan, Nicole A. Watson, and Dina Vovsi

Founders and Co-Curators

About the Working Theater Directors Salon

The Working Theater Directors Salon is a week of events created to inspire and assist emerging stage directors in their careers.


Throughout the salon, directors will be given the opportunity to work, network, hear from leaders in the field and join a community of both emerging and established directors.


Founded in 1985, Working Theater’s mission is to produce plays for and about working people.  We believe that theater should not be a privilege or a luxury, but a staple.  We want working people who may not be able to afford commercial theater or who feel that it does not resonate with their lives and experiences, to make play-going a regular part of their cultural activities.  By creating theater of interest to working people and by bringing this constituency to our productions we aim to change the composition of New York’s theater audience to reflect a full range of socio-economic diversity.  In a nation that is frequently divided by cultural and class distinctions and where economic disparity continues to widen, Working Theater is committed to making theater that can bridge those divisions, expanding the reach of theater’s impact to all people, uniting us in our common humanity.  Over the years, the Theater has commissioned and produced more than 60 world premieres of culturally diverse new plays (24 of which have been published), has earned six Drama Desk nominations and three Audelco Awards, and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble for Rob Ackerman’s Tabletop.


Working Theater

520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 303

New York, NY 10018

For more information about the Directors Salon and Working Theater, please visit the website at




Log-in to :