Director and Music Director positions for Fall (Streamed) University Production

Penn Singers Light Opera Company
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Kate McNamara-Marsland

Job Details


Penn Singers Light Opera Company, the University of Pennsylvania’s premier student-run musical theatre company, is seeking a non-union Director and Music Director for its Fall 2020 production. Upon completion of the hiring process, the title of our show will be democratically voted upon by our current company members. We will choose from a selection of titles that are proposed by our hired director. Our performance will be streamed, so proposed titles must have streaming rights available.

Due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and the implications it will have on University life and student activities, there are a series of unknowns surrounding this production that are subject to change based on University guidelines. The production itself will most likely occur through a streaming format during the month of November. Penn Singers rehearsals are located on Penn’s campus in Philadelphia, PA. Rehearsals will likely occur in person using appropriate social distancing and cleaning measures.

See University of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 page here:

Our ideal Director candidate is immensely flexible and prepared for a dynamic, collaborative environment. These qualities are especially important as our Director will be working closely with student actors, musicians, crew, and designers throughout the creative process. We are looking for a director with a clear vision, who is passionate about ensemble work. Experience with streaming and skills that translate well to a streamed production are a plus but not required.

Our ideal Music Director candidate works well with differing levels of musicianship, and is highly skilled at piano. Experience working with college-aged performers is a plus.   

Our mission statement is the following: Penn Singers Light Opera Company is a four-year musical theatre company based at the University of Pennsylvania that values inclusivity of all genders, races, sexual orientations, and identities. We are a community of performers, musicians, and theatre technicians that is committed to producing professional-level musical theatre in a fun, welcoming, and social environment.

Director and Music Director contracts begin on the first day of rehearsal (TBD, likely early September) and will be completed upon our closing performance (TBD, likely late November). Salary for each position is a flat stipend of $2500. Housing and transportation are not provided. Due to safety/health precautions, preference will be given to candidates who do not require public transportation to arrive on campus and/or live in close proximity to the University of Pennsylvania. If you are located outside of Philadelphia, you are responsible for bearing any costs related to accommodations, travel, etc.

To apply: All applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to [email protected]. Director applicants should additionally send a proposal for Urinetown. Urinetown will not be our Fall title, but will be used for proposal purposes. All applications are due by August, 1st at 11:59 P.M EST. 

For more information regarding our company, its members, and previous shows, visit our website at If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Kate McNamara-Marsland, President, at [email protected]!


September 8, 2020 – November 21, 2020





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