Tuesday, 16 August 2011

65 Applications Received for the 2012 Directors Project at the Shaw Festival

Theatre Ontario is pleased to announce that we received 65 applications for the 2012 Neil Munro Intern Directors Project at the Shaw Festival.  Applications came in from Canadians in six provinces, the United States and the United Kingdom.

“The Neil Munro Directors Project at the Shaw Festival continues to be an extremely competitive director training opportunity, consistently receiving a large number of applications from across Canada,” said Tim Chapman, Professional Theatre Coordinator.

Each year, the Shaw Festival hires two Intern Directors for a period of about six months. They look for promising professional directors near the beginning of their careers.  The Intern Directors work under the mentorship of the Directors of the Academy, which is the Shaw Festival's professional development and public education wing. Each intern is assigned to two or three successive shows as an Assistant Director.  For the most part, being an Assistant Director involves observing the senior directors at work in rehearsal, doing research as required, acting as a sounding board as required. (Getting them coffee is not required.) The Interns also assist the company in educating audiences about theatre in general and the Shaw's productions and programmes in particular.

Since its inception in 1988, the project has been sponsored annually by Sun Life Financial and Theatre Ontario.  Read more about the Neil Munro Intern Directors Project at the Shaw Festival on the Theatre Ontario website

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