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View volunteer directing opportunities at Alumnae Theatre Company

Alumnae Theatre Company is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and has been staging adventurous theatre for over 100 years.

Directing Opportunities at Alumnae Theatre:

They are all volunteer opportunities.
Calls and timelines for these opportunities vary each year.
Toronto’s Alumnae Theatre Company puts out calls for Theatre Directors.
Please keep checking back here for details of these Theatre Directing opportunities.

1) Open to both Non-Members and Alumnae Members

New Ideas Festival (to be presented in the 2025-26 season)

Call for Directors for the New Ideas Festival is usually in September/October.
Alumnae Theatre Company invites non-union Directors to apply to direct one of the many plays (running time 10 to 40 minutes) for New Ideas Festival (NIF). This juried festival of new plays, works-in-progress, and experimental theatre is performed in March.

FireWorks Festival (to be presented  in April, 2025)
Call for Directors for the FireWorks Festival is usually in April.
FireWorks is a development festival, dramaturgy will continue right through production, and the writer will be part of the process.
Casting/rehearsals begin September. Alumnae is a non-professional theatre, committed to the highest standards of performance and production and diversity among artists. Performed in the Alumnae Theatre Studio – there are usually 2-3 new plays as part of the Festival.
Each play runs for one week, Wednesday to Sunday, with two performances on Saturday.

2) Open to Alumnae Members

Three Mainstage Shows (staged in Sept/Oct, Jan/Feb, April/May)

Call for Director/Producer Pitches and/or Pitch-a-Package for Mainstage shows are usually in September.
At that time, the Alumnae Mainstage Programming Committee seeks submissions from members and member teams:
Options for Directors or Director/Producer teams:
1. Pitch to direct a play from our shortlist of plays (Directors may pitch for more than one play)
2. Pitch to direct a play of your choosing that fits our criteria
3. Do both!

Are you a Director who is interested in pitching a play about which you are passionate?
Are you able to form a Director/Producer team (Designers and SM’s) with other Alumnae members?
Are you a solo Producer interested in producing one of the plays on our shortlist?

Write Now! Challenge (staged in Oct.)
Call for Directors who are Active Alumnae Members, for the Write Now! Challenge is usually in September/October.
The Write Now! Challenge is an Alumnae New Play Development Group event for it’s group members to write a 10 minute play – over a weekend – based on a mystery subject.
Each play gets assigned a Director and it is presented, as a reading, a week later in the Alumnae Studio Theatre, usually on on a Sunday.
Audience is invited, and there’s free admission.
There is typically one rehearsal.

Big Ideas Festival of Readings (staged in May)
Call for Directors who are Active Alumnae Members, for the Big Ideas Festival is usually in November/December.
At that time, the Alumnae’s New Play Development Group seeks experienced Directors to connect with Playwrights for our ‘Big Ideas’ play reading week of new works, which runs May.


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