New Director’s Evening | Actorshop

Are you a theatre director looking for an opportunity to kick start your career in theatre?

Would you like the chance to work with a professional group of actors directing them in a short play written by an established playwright?

Would you like the opportunity to be mentored by a well known theatre director during the process?

If this sounds like you, we want to hear from you.

Actorshop is looking for seven of the sharpest, exciting and thought-provoking new directing talent that are aiming for a career in theatre.

We want to give you the opportunity to work with a team of industry recognised professionals which will culminate in an evening of short plays to be shown to invited industry guests, friends and family at one of London’s most respected theatres.  This is your chance to put yourself on the map, network and have fun all at the same time.

If this sounds like you send us a CV detailing your work to date along with a cover letter about why and how you got into directing and what your ambitions are in the industry.

There are a few stipulations that you must meet to be considered which are outlined below.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

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Who Can Apply
The call is open to all directors who have not yet been paid professionally to direct a play in London. You must be 18 years of age or older and able to demonstrate a comfortable knowledge of theatre directing and what it involves.  We are especially looking for directors who have a vision for the future and are seeking a career in the industry.

How To Apply
For your cover letter please tell us about you and why you think why you would be the perfect candidate for the project. We want to hear about the most recent project you directed, or assistant directed on, what your vision for the project was and how you materialised it.  We’d also like you to outline your thoughts about the future of London theatre and the shape you see it taking.

The deadline for us to receive your submission is Friday, 27 March 2015.

Please send your submission to  Allen Liedkie at:

Application Process
After we’ve had the chance to go through the applications we will short list 14 directors for a face to face meeting with the production team.  These will take place on Monday, 30th March and Wednesday, 1st April and will last approximately 45 minutes.

We will announce the seven directors chosen to participate on Thursday, 2nd April.

Rehearsal Process
Throughout the month of April you will be required to meet with your team for 1 read through and 3 rehearsals.

The read through will last appoximately 3 – 4 hours and will take place on Tuesday, 7 April.

The 3 rehearsals will last between 2 – 3 hours per meeting.  We will work with you to schedule times which suite everyone accordingly.  This might require your availability in the evenings and weekends depending on the teams schedule and space requirements.

You will be matched with an established industry professional director who will guide you through the directing process with their wisdom and insight.  They will be present at two rehearsals during the rehearsal period for you to ask any questions or get their advice.  This will be your opportunity to learn from creative professionals and get the tricks of the trade.

Performance Day and Evening of Shows
On Saturday, 9th May you will be required from 2PM for the get in and to rehearse your plays in the space.  The evening will culminate with invited industry guests, friends, and family coming to see your work with the shows starting at 6:30PM.  Afterwards we’ll have a chance for those in attendance to meet and mingle with everyone in the theatre bar.

Good luck and we look forward to receiving your submissions!


Submission Deadline | Friday, 27th March by 17:00.  Email Submissions to Allen Liedkie –
Short Listed Interviews | Monday, 30th March & Wednesday, 1st April
Announcement of Final Seven Directors | Thursday, 2nd April
1st Meeting – Read Through | Tuesday, 7th April
3 Rehearsal Dates with Team | Between Wednesday, 8th April – Wednesday, 6th May
Performance Date | Saturday, 9th May

It’s imperative that you are available during all the dates above so that the process can run smoothly for all those involved.  We can take into consideration a previously scheduled date or two, but we must remain firm with the outline above so please be aware of this when you apply.

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