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Directing Fellowships

About the OCP Directing Fellowship

In an effort to support the development of future Omaha directors, the Omaha Community Playhouse is excited to offer the OCP Directing Fellowship.

This Fellowship provides a new generation of early and mid-career directors and gifted artists with a unique education and understanding of the directorial skills necessary to create theatre. Fellows will gain first-hand experience within Omaha’s leading organization for community-based theatre and education. They will work alongside, in collaboration with and ultimately become the leaders shaping Omaha’s theatrical landscape.

The Directing Fellows are selected by a committee that includes the OCP Artistic Director and the Directing Fellowship Coordinator, among others. A Fellow’s schedule and duties may vary widely based on their personal strengths and any director they may be paired with and may include directing, assistant directing, observership, dramaturgy, note taking, coordinating and creating casting and rehearsal schedules, attending rehearsals and performances and providing general support for the various individuals involved with productions.

Mission Statement

The mission of the OCP Directing Fellowship Program is to develop, support and encourage qualified community members in the art and practice of directing for the theatre. Our goal is to grow and diversify the Omaha directing pool in a way that we hope will benefit the entire theatre community.

Inclusion and Equity Statement

OCP will be a creative home for everyone. We will use theatre to break down barriers rather than to build them up. We will listen to those who have been systematically oppressed and felt excluded in order to better serve our community.

Become an OCP Directing Fellow

Each Directing Fellow will serve as an assistant director for one of this season’s productions and will work closely with its director. Fellows will be included in the design process, auditions, casting, production meetings, and all rehearsals through tech week and opening night.

Fellows will also take part in six Fellowship Roundtable Events throughout the season, led by Directing Fellowship Coordinator Ablan Roblin and Interim Artistic Director Susan Baer Collins, both of whom will serve as mentors and advisors.

The program will be a “fellowship” in the true sense of the word, in which a group with a common goal can learn with and from one another.

Directing Fellows receive a stipend of $500 for their participation in the season. Responsibilities include assistant directing and attending roundtable events.

Assistant Direct One of the Following Plays or Musicals

  • Dear Jack, Dear Louise by Ken Ludwig — Directed by Susan Baer Collins — opens August 20, 2021
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Ken Ludwig — Directed by Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek — opens September 17, 2021
  • The Mystery of Irma Vep by Charles Ludlam — Directed by Jim McKain — opens October 8, 2021
  • Outside Mullingar — Directed by Susan Baer Collins — opens February 11, 2022
  • The Color Purple — Directed by Kathy Tyree — opens March 4, 2022
  • The Giver — Director TBA — opens April 15, 2022
  • Stick Fly — Director TBA — opens May 6, 2022
  • Kinky Boots — Directed by Ablan Roblin — opens May 27, 2022

Attend Fellowship Roundtable Events

All members of the Fellowship are required to attend a total of six Fellowship Roundtables. Each three-hour roundtable event will consist of workshops and discussions throughout the season that include:

  • A pre-season discussion with Fellows, Directors, Fellowship Coordinator and Artistic Director to determine expectations and goals of each.
  • Presentations by guest speakers that may include designers, playwrights, choreographers, music directors, dramaturgs and composers, among others.
  • Topics of interest that may include script analysis, auditions, working with designers, working with actors, working with choreographers, scheduling rehearsals, creating a safe and comfortable rehearsal space, etc.

Note: Reading or viewing assignments may be required for each Roundtable discussion.

Roundtable events will take place at these approximate times of the year:

  • Mid-June 2021 — Pre-season discussion event
  • Early August 2021 — Fellowship Roundtable #1
  • Late November 2021 — Fellowship Roundtable #2
  • Early March 2022 — Fellowship Roundtable #3
  • Mid-May 2022 — Fellowship Roundtable #4
  • Mid-June 2022 — Post-season discussion event

Roundtable days and times will be based as much as possible on the availability of the participants.

In Addition

Since no two directors work the same way, interested members of the fellowship will be encouraged to observe rehearsals of other shows throughout the season, as COVID-19 restrictions allow. Of particular interest to directing fellows might be to observe rehearsals for the OCP annual production of A Christmas Carol, a show that must maintain the integrity and intention of Charles Jones’ original 1976 production each year. Fellows must request permission to attend rehearsals for other shows from each particular show’s director.

All fellowship members will have opportunities for one-on-one discussions with their director as well as with the Fellowship Coordinator or OCP Artistic Director, as schedules allow.


Qualifications to Apply

  • Applicants must reside in the Omaha metro area.
  • Applicants must have at least three years of experience in theatre, either as actors, stage managers, designers or directors.
  • Applicants must be willing to meet the responsibilities set forth above.

How to Apply for the 2022/23 Program

  1. Fill out the 2022/23 Directing Fellowship Application Form
  2. Prepare your current theatrical résumé along with names and contact information for two references