Overview

Mudlark Theater, a youth theater in Evanston, is seeking submissions from directors for our masked, socially distanced, outdoor spring season. We are debuting several new 1-hour plays by exciting Chicago-area playwrights for casts of 10-12. We are especially seeking directors who identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA, as the plays will feature diverse authorship and diverse casts of youth actors aged 10-15.

Directors should be prepared to foster an enriching, emotionally safe, inclusive rehearsal environment that empowers young actors to make big choices and take artistic risks—all while following Mudlark’s rigorous safety precautions for outdoor programming.

Mudlark’s philosophy is that when youth artists are treated with respect and held to a higher standard, they can create theater that transcends all expectations. First-time audience members often describe getting lost in the story and forgetting that the actors are kids. This standard for excellence, paired with innovative content that examines the world from a youth perspective, have made Mudlark a unique gem in the Chicago theater scene.

Rehearsals will occur outdoors in Evanston when weather permits and over Zoom when it does not. The rehearsal process will begin in late March, with 2-hour rehearsals three days a week, either MWF from 4-6 or T/TH from 4-6 and Saturdays late mornings/early afternoons. Each show performs for one weekend in May before a small, carefully managed, socially distanced audience.

Please submit a brief cover letter and resume to Andrew Biliter, Artistic Director, at headquarters@mudlarktheater.org. Electronic submissions only. Please use the following format in the email’s subject line: Mudlark Director Submission: [Your Name]

Mudlark Theater is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to bringing diverse perspectives to our administrative and artistic teams. Mudlark staff will contact select applicants for Zoom interviews.

Instructions to Apply:

Please submit a brief cover letter and resume to Andrew Biliter, Artistic Director, at headquarters@mudlarktheater.org. Electronic submissions only. Please use the following format in the email’s subject line: Mudlark Director Submission: [Your Name]

To apply for this job email your details to headquarters@mudlarktheater.org

Pay Rate/Range*: $1,200