Asst Director and Asst Stage Manager for Wonderlust’s Incarceration Play Project

About us
Wonderlust Productions illuminates a community’s story through performance, mixing community members from across generations, ethnicities, and perspectives, alongside an ensemble of professional actors, designers, writers, and directors. Together, we create a new play based on high-quality dramatic storytelling and artistry; inspired by community experience; embracing the inherent conflict of opposing perspectives within a community; epic enough to encompass diversity and inspire transformative experience. Recent productions include the Capitol Play Project, performed at the Minnesota State Capitol January 2017, the Adoption Play Project, staged at Mixed Blood Theater in December 2016, and the Veterans Play Project, which took place at Fort Snelling November 2013.

About the Incarceration Play Project
We have spent the last year and a half gathering stories from people in and impacted by Minnesota’s incarceration system, including people who are or have been incarcerated, their loved ones, people working in the system, or in support or advocacy roles around the system. We have written a new fictional play based on these stories, to be performed by a cast mixing professional actors and members of the incarceration community together, at Mixed Blood Theatre and in prison facilities.

About these positions
We are seeking individuals interested in hands-on learning about large-scale, professional, community-engaged theater through an opportunity to serve as Assistant Director or Assistant Stage Manager for the production, supporting Co-Directors Leah Cooper and Alan Berks and Stage Manager Kari Olk.

Rehearsals will be March 29 – May 24, 4-5 days per week, Sun-Thur nights. Tech will be May 25-29. Performances will be May 30 – June 14 at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis. There will be 1-3 prison facility performances, dates TBD weeknights during the production run.

Responsibilities for the Assistant Director:

  • Attend all rehearsals.

  • Help coordinate warmups and group ensemble work with the cast, which is a mix of professional performers and incarceration community members.

  • When cast members are absent from rehearsals, fill in their positions, and pass on notes, direction and blocking to them.

  • Help track script revisions and distribution of them to the cast.

  • Provide logistical and administrative support to the directors and the stage manager as needed.

  • Possibly help in a backstage crew capacity.

Responsibilities for the Assistant Stage Manager:

  • Attend all rehearsals.

  • Support Stage Manager with watching book, taking line notes, setup, cleanup, and keeping production/design notes and charts.

  • Help track cast scheduling.

  • Help with organizing non-performing community volunteers into roles like backstage crew, box office, ushers, etc.

  • Provide logistical and administrative support to the directors and the stage manager as needed.

  • Possibly help in a backstage crew capacity.

Qualifications for either position:

  • Passion and skill at dealing with a wide diversity of performers, including professional and amateur, and from a wide range of backgrounds, ethnicities, and experience levels.

  • Experience with performing and/or directing and/or stage managing theater, especially new plays.

  • Great listening and detail tracking skills.

  • Energetic, adaptable, creative, and can-do in a multi-tasking, problem-solving role.

  • Patience, empathy, and fortitude.

  • Ability to use their own device to access email, web, and Google drive docs

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 40 lbs. and help move furniture, see and hear rehearsal activities, and take notes.

We have a strong preference to work with individuals that bring firsthand life experience from community(s) that are sometimes marginalized or misunderstood. All ethnicities, genders, backgrounds inclusive. Diversity makes our work better.

Compensation for each position will be a $1,000 stipend. To apply, please send resume and a cover letter ASAP and no later than January 31st, explaining how you fit the above qualifications to Leah Cooper at [email protected]. Interviews will be conducted the week of February 10-16.

Contact information

Wonderlust Productions
Leah Cooper
Web site

Respond by
Friday, January 31
Posted January 9