ASSISTANT DIRECTOR CALLOUT
The Gate theatre is looking for an assistant director to work with Ellen McDougall who will direct Faces in the Crowd. Below is a synopsis of the play.
“Leave A Life. Blow Everything Up.”
Or better still: leave empty chairs at the tables you once shared with friends. What few people understand is that you leave one life to start another.
In Mexico City, a mother begins writing her novel.
She is constantly interrupted.
In New York, a woman is haunted by the ghost of a Mexican poet.
She can’t keep out the past.
100 years earlier, a poet is troubled by visions of a woman on the subway.
She lives decades in the future.
As a mother tries to remember the faces from her past, the lines between her and them blur, time folds in on itself and ghosts appear everywhere.
Based on Valeria Luiselli’s award winning, internationally-acclaimed novel, Faces in the Crowd beautifully intertwines three narratives in unexpected ways. Pushing the boundaries of storytelling, this dizzying, fluid and haunting adaptation explores whether our identities are more permeable than we imagine.
The production dates are as follows:
Rehearsals: 2nd December – 11th January
Technical Rehearsals: w/c 13th January
First preview: 16th January
Press night: 21st January
Run ends: 15th February
Please do not apply if you are not available for all of the period up to Press Night.
We are looking for an assistant director who:
- Can be supportive and sensitive in the rehearsal room.
- Can give a strong reason for wanting to work on Faces In The Crowd.
- Can explain how this experience will inform their artistic development.
- Has experience working with new writing and/or devising
Desirable (but not essential)
- Ability to speak and read Spanish
- Knowledge of Mexican Culture
- Experience of text analysis and dramaturgy.
HOW TO APPLY
The application should be typed and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject, Faces In The Crowd- Assistant Director. The application will require a directing CV (no more than two pages) and a letter (one A4 page) detailing:
- Why you are interested in assisting on this particular project.
- What the project will mean in terms of your artistic development.
- The skills and experience you can bring to the rehearsal room and production.
- Please also follow the link here to fill out the Equal Opportunities form.
We also welcome applications and cover letters in the form of audio recordings, videos and power point presentations, please do let us know if you require any of our documents in another format by emailing Valerie.
We are particularly keen to hear from applicants from underrepresented communities in the theatre industry.
We are committed to creating a workforce which is representative of our society and to bringing together those with a variety of skills and experiences, to help shape what we do and how we work. We are particularly keen to hear from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and disabled candidates. Please note that our theatre and office are not wheelchair accessible.
There is a fee of £1600 to cover the rehearsal and preview period up to press night; a total of 5 weeks. The assistant director is welcome to attend any rehearsals beyond their duties on a voluntary basis but this is not required. Specific rehearsal hours you will be required for will be agreed in advance with the director.
The assistant director may be required to undertake research and attend meetings prior to the rehearsal period.
CLOSING DATE AND SELECTION PROCESS
The deadline for applications is Thursday 19th September, 2019. Interviews will take place week commencing Monday 21st October 2019