Assistant Director for New Musical

Rate of Pay: 

Theater Mu is seeking an assistant director for its spring production and world premiere of Again. This person will support director Nana Dakin across production meetings, rehearsals, and performances with note taking, observations, and more.

Stipend: $1,000

Application process: Send a resume and cover letter to [email protected] (subject: AGAIN Assistant Director Application). Deadline is Oct 10, 2022.

If you have any questions about the position, please direct them to the same email.



Hmong memoirist and cancer survivor Mai See meets a young filmmaker named Quest, who is inspired to document Mai See’s story despite suffering from chronic cancer herself. When Mai See relapses, their unlikely friendship helps her understand the things in life that are worth keeping and the things worth letting go.

“As a cancer survivor and now finding my way as a thriver, I want to tell a story that highlights nuances most folks wouldn't normally see when dealing with cancer, as well as show as many varied cancering characters as I can. Also the question, ‘What does one need to move forward?’ has been pivotal in shaping this work,” Katie Ka Vang says.



Rehearsals: Feb 28 - Mar 31, 2023

Tech Rehearsals: Mar 21 - 31, 2023

Previews: Mar 29 & 30, 2023

Opening Night: Mar 31, 2023

Closing Performance: Apr 16, 2023

Rehearsals will take place in the Mu Studio (755 Prior Ave., Suite 107, Saint Paul, MN 55104) and at Mixed Blood Theatre (1501 S Fourth St., Minneapolis, MN 55454).

Performances will take place at Mixed Blood Theatre.



  • Demonstrated experience and interest in a theater discipline (directing, acting, writing, designing, stage management, producing, dramaturging, etc.)

  • A positive attitude

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills

  • Excellent observation, listening, attentiveness, and awareness skills

  • Experience, ability, and commitment to working with individuals and teams that are mixed across lines of difference such as race, gender-identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class, and immigrant status

  • The ability to work well under pressure and to respond calmly and efficiently to frequent changes during the production and rehearsal process

  • Reliability: While hours can be flexible, you must be open to evenings and weekends, reflective of the dynamic schedule of the theater

  • Ability to take handwritten or typed notes quickly and legibly



  • Reports to and supports the director, Nana Dakin

  • Attends rehearsals, preview performances, and some design and production meetings, where they are responsible for careful observation, notetaking, and flexibility to meet the requests of the director. Rehearsal schedule will be determined by director, assistant director, and cast availability. 

  • Ensures familiarity with the play before design meetings begin

  • Establishes working relationship with the director

  • Keeps careful observation of actors’ notes being given by the director. Takes, organizes, and distributes notes for designers and actors per the director’s request.

Contact information

Theater Mu
Jane Peña
Web site

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Monday, October 10
Posted September 13