Stage Director/Choreographer

New Paradigm Theatre Company Inc.
Stamford, CT 06905
US

CONTACT NAME

kristin huffman

Job Details

DESCRIPTION

New Paradigm Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theatre promoting social responsibility and fostering creative problem solvers, leaders, and global citizens through theatre arts education and productions.  We are interested in submissions for the director/choreographer job in our summer production of FOOTLOOSE. 
Rehearsals begin July 26th with three shows Aug 14/15 in Fairfield CT. 

New Paradigm Theatre is well-known for its multi-cultural productions that reflect the theme of each show by partnering with another local community nonprofit to “share” the stage.  This reflects the organization’s mission to benefit our community through a collective impact initiative. 

Past examples of NPT partnership nonprofits include:

OLIVER in 2016:  The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport was chosen as the OLIVER theme was “Homelessness to Hunger to Hope”.  The cast volunteered at their soup kitchen and raised money for this charity during the Prologue Bazaar before each show, as well as sharing their extensive PR networks. Many “in need” children where included in the show. 

PETER PAN in 2017:  KEYS (free instrumental lessons for youth in need) was the nonprofit partner for this show. Children from their program on scholarships were included in the show as well as fund raising during the Prologue Bazaar. Once again featuring them in all the extensive PR (see below).

HUNCHBACK in 2018:  The Connecticut Burns Care Foundation was chosen to reflect the show’s famous song, “God Help the Outcasts” and the treatment of the Hunchback as it compared to how children with burns are often treated. Kathy Gerrity, the Executive director of the CT Burns Care Foundation led an information session for the youth in the show, helped to give the curtain speech, appeared on Channel 8 with NPT and benefited from the extensive PR for the show. 

WEST SIDE STORY in FEB 2019:  NPT and the Norwalk Symphony co-produced and were proud to partner with Building One Community, B1C. The Center for Immigrant Opportunity (B1C), is a nonprofit organization that educates, employs, empowers, and engages immigrants and the community. The themes presented in West Side Story resonated with their mission to support the most vulnerable.  We hosted a Self Defense class that featured this non profit, the Norwalk PD and gave tips on self defense especially for young women. Visits to Channel 8, Channel 12 and print coverage were extensive.  

BYE BYE BIRDIE in AUG 2019:  The American Legion Post 12/Veterans were chosen.  As a patriotic Veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness, and with the resonating themes of military service and Americanism, it was a fitting partner as the musical is inspired by the phenomenon of singer Elvis Presley, one of America’s most significant icons in rock and roll history, as he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1957.  The American Legion family includes the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion; organizations comprised of descendants of Legion eligible Veterans.  “We are honored and grateful to NPT for this opportunity and along with them we wish to thank all our Veterans for their service to this great nation.”  NPT also featured a group of the Veterans onstage during one of the Bye Bye Birdie scenes.

We feature AEA adult performers, local non AEA adults, local youth (both experienced and new to theatre, including those with special needs). So our director must be able to juggle a variety of professional to amateur actors.   All of our technical staff (lighting, sound, set, SM etc) are professional, but we do use a volunteer crew of parents to make sets, gather props. Therefore we can only consider directors who can understand our unique theatre and its mission.  Please feel free to visit our website www.nptheatre.org before you apply.  

  • Must be available for: Meetings/updates starting in February TBD (Some on Phone or in person to discuss casting notice/breakdown and staff) 
  • Auditions for adults and youth (probably in May) This is negotiable. 
  • Artistic concept meetings with Artistic director and team starting in April
  • Must be able to work well with children and adults.  
  • Must be able to plan and coordinate rehearsal schedules that start at 12:00-5pm with youth and 6pm-10pm with adults on weekdays.  Weekends run approx 12:00-7pm  for adult and youth combined rehearsals.  (2nd Monday and 3rd Monday are off) 
  • Must be prepared to work with professional lighting/sound staff and with lighting designer in a dry tech rehearsal (approx 5 hours) with lighting designer prior to the cast tech rehearsal week.  As well as with AEA stage manager. 
  • Should be able to coordinate with stage manager and program director effectively and must be able to submit details on sets, costumes, props and schedules on a timetable set by Artistic Director. 
  • Should be able to come up with a unique vision that ties into our theme and non profit.  

PLEASE SEND RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO [email protected] by Jan 18th.

DURATION

July 26, 2020 – August 15, 2020

SALARY

$2000 (dir) plus $500 (choreography)

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