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Director - Obsidian Theatre Festival - GhostLight Creative Productions Inc.

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COMPANY: GhostLight Creative Productions Inc.
DATE POSTED: 1/31/2023
PHONE #: 8327242704
ADDRESS: 2126 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

Listing Information:

The Obsidian Theatre Festival, produced by GhostLight Creative Productions, Incorporated and Nicely Theatre Group, is CALLING for Directors for its third season.
ABOUT: The Obsidian Theatre Festival centers Black stories, through an invigorating celebration of new work by emerging Black voices. Produced by Detroiters in the city of Detroit, the Obsidian Theatre Festival illuminates the rich diversity of experiences relevant to the African diaspora.
Our team seeks to normalize the panoply of Black American culture through an inclusive, color conscious lens. We are dedicated to the exploration of universal themes, and acknowledgment of the ways in which intersecting identities shape the world in which we live.
Returning for our third season, we believe art is most impactful when artists bring the fullness of their identities and experiences to their work; and we actively encourage creativity in thought, storytelling and casting by asking the following:
*How do stories shift if the established ideas of a character’s gender identity, ethnicity, disability, skin color, height, weight, and/or sexual orientation are challenged?
*What layers of meaning and depth, if any, are brought to the surface in this exploration?
*How does an imaginative, out of the box creative process push back against, or reinforce existing social structures?
The Obsidian Theatre Festival accepts applicants of every identity, and does not discriminate on the basis of identity, including but not limited to: race, creed, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, religion, HIV serostatus, disability, height, weight, veteran status, marital status, or economic class.
The Obsidian Theatre Festival will be presented in 3 parts
*OTF Main Stage: Featuring full-length plays that examine the diversity of the black experience.
*Musical Theatre Showcase: Staged readings of new musicals, highlighting an important step in the development of new work.
*Obsidian Cabaret: Featuring nationally renowned artists in an intimate evening of music and storytelling.
For more information about The Obsidian Theatre Festival please visit
SEEKING: Stage Director’s with experience in Theatre, Musical Theatre and/or Multimedia. BIPOC artists are strongly encouraged to submit.
*Directors for the Obsidian Theatre Festival will be selected to oversee the artistic vision of a production or showcase, including working closely with the Producing Artistic Director and Supervising Director throughout the process (from casting to curtain.)
*A candidate who is flexible, strategic and able to work in a collaborative space.
*Directors will be selected based on their experience to oversee a piece in the dedicated areas (OTF Main Stage or Musical Theatre Showcase)
*Candidates within close proximity to Detroit Metro area are strongly preferred
*Strong organizational, leadership and mentoring skills
*Outstanding deductive reasoning and ability to prioritize varying tasks.
*Skilled in communicating clearly, with tact and discretion, as well as maintaining confidentiality.
*Able to coordinate timely responses between internal departments.
*Be able to work closely with the Production Stage Manager and Musical Director (if applicable) to plan and execute the rehearsal schedule.
*Experience maintaining relationships with artists and stagehands.
*Ability to collaborate with production on design elements, while being cognizant of budget limitations.
*Excellent written and communication skills.
*Must be able to work along with the playwright, composer and/or lyricist in developing the script for production
*High level of computer proficiency with knowledge of Google Suite.
*Previous experiences with the following are a plus:
-Click Up or similar task management programs
-Frame IO
-COVID-19 Safety standards
The Obsidian Theatre Festival’s Directors will be intimately involved in the casting, design and rehearsal of selected works. Casting is anticipated in late February, with callbacks in March. Auditions will be submitted electronically and callbacks will be via Zoom. Live performances will be June 22nd-25th in Detroit, MI and culminating in live stream virtual productions. Main Stage rehearsals will begin virtually and then transfer into the rehearsal room a week later. Musical Showcase rehearsals will be in the performance space.
Estimated workload averages 20 hours per week for rehearsal weeks.
Tentative Dates
Interviews: Beginning immediately
Auditions Review Period: February 27th-March 6th
Callbacks: Beginning March 13th
Virtual Rehearsal (Main Stage Only): Starts May 22nd
In Person Rehearsal (Main Stage Only): Starts May 30th
In Person Rehearsal (MT Showcase): Starts June 12th
Tech: Begins June 17th (Main Stage); June 20 (MT)
Performances: June 22nd-June 25th
SAFETY: We are committed to the health and safety of all of our artists, employees, and guests. In order to maintain the safest environment possible, all Obsidian Theatre Festival staff, artists, creative teams, crews, and ushers are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid 19 (both rounds of vaccinations and the booster shot.) The only exception to mandatory vaccination is providing a physician note due to a qualifying disability or a statement of religious exemption.
COMPENSATION: Flat Fee: $1000-2,000
APPLICATION INFORMATION: Please fill out the Google Form (link below) and submit your Cover Letter and Resume per the instructions inside the form by Friday, February 3rd.
Director Applicant Google Form:
If you have any questions please email,

Salary: $1000-2000.00 Flat Fee

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