Call for Director for Southern Shakespeare Company's Romeo & Juliet

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Call for Director for Southern Shakespeare Company's Romeo & Juliet




The Southern Shakespeare Company (SSC) is seeking applications/proposals for Guest Director for William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, to be performed at the Capital City Amphitheater at Cascades Park in Tallahassee, May 10-13, 2018. This is a paid (contract) position.

The successful applicant will demonstrate the ability to organize and mount this large-scale event and manage a professional production team and cast required for the signature event.
Following three highly successful years of “concept” productions, this year’s Free Shakespeare in the Park event is planned as a Renaissance Fair and, in keeping with that, the mainstage production of Romeo & Juliet will be an “Elizabethan style” production.
Application to Direct
William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet
May 10-13, 2018 Cascades Park
with additional performance planned May 5-6 in Thomasville, GA
Deadline to submit: October 15, 2017
Applications should be submitted to Laura W. Johnson (

Requirement: Must have previous Director experience and extensive knowledge of Shakespeare language and plays.

For consideration, please provide the following:

I. Cover Letter with introduction and basic contact information
II. Proposal/Vision
Please provide an overview of your vision for the production.
Please limit this overview to (a maximum of) two pages.

The following are points of consideration when writing your proposal.

• Reneé O’Connor (Gabrielle, Xena: Warrior Princess) is our Guest Artist, performing in the role of NURSE

• There will be TWO separate productions, totaling six performances: May 10-13, 2018 at Cascades Park 7:30PM each evening; and May 5-6, 2018 7:30PM May 5th; 3PM May 6th (subject to change) at the Amphitheater in Thomasville, Georgia.

The Thomasville, GA production will require a separate set, on a much smaller scale, and modified production.

Information and specs for these venues can be found below. It is important to carefully examine and understand the stage specs/dimensions, as your proposal should include ideas for set design considerations.

• Cast size with double casting considerations
• Casting vision (age ranges, actor types, etc.)
• Auditions to be held late January/early February
• Technical aspects (set design, costume concepts, etc.)
• Do you have a production team with whom you prefer to work?
• Please include any other information that you feel is necessary to communicate your vision
• Only digitally submitted applications will be accepted.

Deadline for submissions is October 15, 2017. We anticipate that a decision will be made by late October. Applicants may be scheduled for a live interview by the casting committee on a scheduled date to be determined after review of applications.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura W. Johnson at

Thank you for your interest in the Southern Shakespeare Company.


City of Tallahassee Capital City Amphitheater
General overall dimensions Overall width down stage = 77’ Stage height = 28”
Overall depth from stage edge to upstage wall = 53’4”
Edge of stage to first row of seats = 19’5”

Stage dimensions
Stage width between down stage steps = 62’ 5”
Mid stage curtain line width = 56’ Up stage curtain line width = 39’

Roof height
Down Stage center = 38’ Audio hang points = 28’ 10”
Down stage lighting hang points = 33’ 8” Up stage curtain line trim height = 24’ 10” Mid stage line trim height = 27’ 5”

City of Thomasville Amphitheater
Stage Specs:
Stage Area: 620 square feet. It is approximately a 30’ wide by 20’ deep space; however, it is not a true rectangle.

Stage Material: Concrete floors and brick walls. There will be a curtain track system installed along the back walls to allow for back drops to be provided and suspended around the rear perimeter of the stage.

Load-In Area: Ramp from Stevens Street is located at rear of stage. For large acts bringing in additional rigging, and additional stage space, users can utilize pavers at front of stage.


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