There are very few training opportunities that integrate theatre directing training with a live production to gain valuable exposure and feedback. Theatre InspiraTO, the producers of the InspiraTO Festival, is excited to present a new initiative in theatre directing: The Director’s Toolbox.  

The Directors Toolbox provides mentorship to new and emerging artists to learn the art of theatre directing.  The Directors Toolbox pushes artists to develop as directors through critically and creatively engaging with a short theatrical production. This program is meant to ease the transition into the professional theatre community.  

16 participants will be selected in The Director’s Toolbox program who will:
- Direct a ten-minute play at Canada’s largest ten-minute play festival (June 1 – 10, 2017)
- The festival is performed at the Alumnae Theatre in Toronto (on the Mainstage, Studio & Trinity)    
- Receive training in theatre directing  
- Open to University/College theatre students in their last two years of schooling or recent graduates (within two years from graduation.)

 -Deadline to apply: Nov. 30/16. To apply click here.       
- There are no fees to apply or to be part of the program 

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Participants receive video tutorials, a one-on- one session with Theatre InspiraTO’s Directors Academy head Andreja Kovac during the rehearsal process, informative content, and will direct a ten-minute play produced in the 2016/2017 Inspirato Theatre Festival – Canada’s largest 10-minute play festival.  The schedule is very flexible from January to April (self-paced learning) and a more intense process in May leading up to the production in June.

About Andreja Kovac:  
Andreja Kovac is head of Theatre InspiraTO's Directors' Academy. She is an award winning director with more than 15 years of professional experience. Her directing credits include large scale productions, contemporary play development, devised work and opera. She is an experienced educator holding workshops in the UK, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Austria and her native Slovenia where she is currently servig as an artistic director of an internationally recognised theatre school. Andreja graduated from the prestigious directing program at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal. She frequently travels to international theatre festival and is a great connoisseur of both international and Canadian theatre scene. 

The program allows for a flexible schedule from January to mid April.      

Dec. 5/16:  Applicants selected for the Director's Toolbox program.

Dec. 20/16: Plays posted for directors to review. Directors submit which plays they would like to direct (from a list of 24 ten-minute plays).  

Jan. 15/17: A director is assigned one ten-minute play to be performed at the InspiraTO Festival in June (Canada's largest ten-minute play festival). Each director holds their own auditions and/or requests to be part of InspiraTO's general audition process (held in March in Toronto). Each director must provide one volunteer production crew member i.e. Stage Manager, ASM, lighting operator etc. for the festival.

Feb. 5: Open call for auditions posted.

Feb. 15: First video sent to participants. Play Concept Mood Board to be emailed to Andreja Kovac by Mid March.

Feb. 22 at 7 pm OR Feb. 25 at  2pm: Attend the Director's Meeting.  

Mid to late March: Open call auditions held. Each director can cast their own actors and/or use the open call for auditions.

April 2: Each director must submit their cast list to the Artistic Director.

Apirl 15: Second video emailed to participants with exercises to complete.

Late April to mid May: Rehearsals begin (the schedule is set by each director). Each director must secure their own rehearsal space.*

May: Andreja Kovac, Lead Director for Theatre InspiraTO will visit or attend virtually one rehearsal for each play (schedule to be determined by each director).   

May 27- 31: Tech. Each director will be given two tech times and a dress rehearsal at the Alumnae Theatre in Toronto. The exact times will be determined at the Director's Meeting in February. All actors and directors must be available for those times.

June 1: Festival opens. Each play will have between 6-9 shows. Shows close on June 10.  Directors need to be available for at least two of their performances  (performance times will be determined in late January). They must also attend The Director's Feedback Session on June 5 at 6:30 pm to 9 pm.

June 10: Final awards ceremony: all actors and directors available for closing ceremony  at 9 pm.     
*Theatre InspiraTO, a not-for-profit organization, has grown because of the commitment level of the theatre artists and production crew. We uphold high standards of theatre practice. We do not pay for any travel or lodging fees or rehearsal space (for most ten-minute plays this does not pose much of a problem). There are no fees for participating artists in The Director's Toolbox program.  Theatre artists experience a dynamic theatre festival (now entering its 12th season with over 200 ten-minute plays produced to date) with hands on experience, audience feedback, training and a chance to connect with over 100 theatre artists each season. 
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