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Directing Fellowship

Roughly one month before the rehearsal process is scheduled to begin, the recruitment/audition process for the production will take place.  Between the auditions and the start of rehearsals, Directing Fellows will meet weekly with Highwood staff members to continue the planning process for rehearsals, as well as planning for the production’s technical needs and working with sound, lighting, set, prop, and costume designers.

Depending on the production, there will be a 6-8 week rehearsal period.  Rehearsals will occur roughly 3 times per week (weekday evenings or weekends).  During the rehearsal process, the Directing Fellow will meet before/after many rehearsals with Highwood staff members for mentoring, progress updates, and other production-related discussion.

The final week of the rehearsal process is tech week - tech rehearsals will occur on 3-4 evenings prior to the opening of the production.  Productions will run for one or two weekends of performances.  

Following the performances, the Directing Fellow will have a debriefing session with Highwood staff members about the process.

Directing Fellows should:

  • be in 8th - 12th grade during the 2017-2018 school year
  • have experience with and a passion for theatre
  • have a vision for and excitement about producing a particular piece
  • be up for a challenge, but an incredibly rewarding and beneficial experience

Interested students should fill out the following application no later than 11:59 PM on April 14, 2017.  Any questions should be directed to  Participation is free for Directing Fellows, but Fellows must be able to commit the required amount of time.
Please fill out this application completely.  Take time to think about and respond to each question.  Your responses directly influence the success of your proposal.

Questions?  E-mail

The Highwood Theatre is honored to announce the continuation of its Student Directing Fellowship for the 2017-2018 season.  The fellowship gives a small number of students each year the opportunity to propose, plan, and direct a production within Highwood’s Students’ Theatre.  Separate from Highwood’s regular After School Production Company, the Directing Fellowship will give selected Directors an incredible opportunity to create their production in a process mimicking that of professional theatre, while giving selected student actors a chance to hone their skills, rehearse, and perform in a carefully crafted production.

Student Directing Fellows will meet regularly with Highwood Theatre staff members, serving as mentors and advisors about all aspects of their production.

Selected productions will take place in The Highwood Theatre’s 2017-2018 Season.  Our 2017-2018 season theme is “Off Your Rocker: Redefining and Defying the Status Quo”.  Proposed productions should somehow fit into that theme.  

Here are some more details about the process and time commitment for selected directing fellows:

3/28/17 - Applications Open
4/14/17 - Applications Close
4/19/17 - Applicants are notified about whether their proposals will move on to the final round of the application process.
4/20/17 - 5/3/17 - Finalists meet with Highwood staff members to further discuss proposals
5/12/17- Selected proposals are announced to candidates.

Directing Fellows can expect 6-8 meetings with Highwood Theatre staff members during the summer (June through early September - scheduled based on your summer availability) to begin the planning process for their productions, including discussions and planning related to:

Vision/Design Schemes
Recruitment/Auditions for Actors

Fellows are also required to participate in a series of intensive directing workshops at Highwood over the course of their rehearsal process, and consult regularly with their assigned Teaching Artist Mentor.