Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Seeking Fearless Directors

We have the dates! We have the times! We have the shows! And now we need the directors to bring The Best of Fresh Blood to life! If you are interested in directing, you can send your resume to: LaPetiteMorgue@gmail.com. If you're not sold on the idea, here's some more information:
What We're Offering:
  • Your choice of scripts. We will let you read the selected scripts and choose the one you like best. If you don't like any of the scripts, no hard feelings! We'll still keep your resume on file for next time. You won't get stuck directing a script you don't like. That's for people who are getting a paycheck.
  • Fancy lighting and a real sound system. The space (Stage Left Studio) has very fancy lighting, plus a projector and a sound system. No need to bring your own heat lamps or run the sound cues off your iPod - LPM is moving up in the world!
  • Air conditioned performance space. If you've ever done a show in July that didn't offer AC, you realize how important this is.
  • An assistant. Not only do you get to boss around your actors (that is why Kellie directs plays), you also get to boss around (within reason) a wannabe future director - someone with limited directing experience who wants to study at your feet, learn from you, and more importantly, be on book when actors call "Line?"
  • Help finding props and costumes. We can't promise to reimburse you for all of your expenses, but we can promise to help you buy, beg, borrow, and/or steal what you need from our vast network of fans and horror enthusiasts.
  • Marketing, publicity, and programs. Yes, we want you to invite your family and friends. When it comes to indie theatre, word of mouth is the most important form of marketing. But the burdens of writing the press release, printing the programs, running the box office, sucking up to critics, and otherwise attempting to drum up an audience is on the company, not on you.
  • A special effects makeup designer/artist. To handle any special effects makeup your show may need! (Not to do your laundry. Pervert.)
  • All the Fake Blood you can drink. It's sticky, but delicious!
  • We can help you find your cast, but you are under no obligation to use "our" actors. If you have friends you want to work with, you can skip the auditions and recruit them.
  • You determine your own rehearsal schedule, with the exception of a communal first read-through (TBA), tech rehearsal/dress rehearsal (July 16), and performances (July 17-19).
  • You get to see the other shows for free. Depending on how fundraising goes, you might even be able to bring a guest.
  • Our undying gratitude.*
But wait, there's more!

  • A sweet Letter of Recommendation and/or the ability to list Kellie and/or Chelsea as a Professional Reference. (I have been a reference for two people, and both were hired. That means: I have a 100% success rate.)
  • Swag. Your very own BOFB Poster or a custom-made LPM T-Shirt.
  • A credit on your resume. You can say that you directed a reading in Manhattan! You don't have to tell anyone that you did it in exchange for a Bloody Mary and a high five!
  • A Bloody Mary and a high five. 
  • First shot at being hired for paid directing gigs in the future if/when the company offers any.
* Previously defined here.

Your Qualifications:
  • Free of conflicts for July 16-19, 2014.
  • Personal traits: Organized, reliable, punctual, flexible, and ridiculously brave.
  • Leadership Skills - otherwise known as The Ability to Boss People Around When They're Not Getting Paid To Do What You Say.
  • Willing to rehearse in Creative Places, or pay for your own rehearsal space. (Previous LPM shows have rehearsed in: director's apartments, public parks, bars, coffee shops, lobbies, and large hallways.) We will be providing the space for the communal auditions, communal first read-through, tech/dress rehearsal, and performances. We will help you as much as we can to find cheap or free rehearsal space. But ultimately, you have to be willing to shell out some dollars, or rehearse in your kitchen. This is NYC, after all.
  • Previous directing or stage managing experience, in some capacity.
  • Ability to catch bullets in your teeth, and leap tall buildings in a single bound. (Just seeing if you're paying attention.)
We hope that you will consider directing for La Petite Morgue. We would hate for you to miss out on the fun!

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