Request for Proposals: SpringBoard 2014 Director

Deadline for submissions is Monday, April 21, 2014

A core value of Cleveland Public Theatre is to support and nurture the development of new works of diverse style, discipline and creative processes by Northeast Ohio artists. Artists are welcome to apply for one or more of CPT’s development series.

SpringBoard seeks to nurture the growth of emerging and established directors, support the development of new scripts, and act as a catalyst for forming and deepening relationships between playwrights and directors. SpringBoard will invite the audience to play a part in the process through publicly performed staged readings and post-show discussions.

Series Logistics:

  • CPT selects 4-8 directors and asks them to choose an accepted script.
  • Directors will be part of the play selection process and will play an active role in selecting the script they will direct. Work on this process includes
      • Reading and assessing 10+ scripts
      • Attending up to four meetings to discuss scripts and work with other directors to make final selections.
  • Each director and playwright team is expected to have 4-6 rehearsals in the two weeks prior to their first showing and at least 2 rehearsals in the week between showings.
  • Directors will be expected to attend all rehearsals and engage in developmental discussions with directors and the series producers.
  • All directors are required to attend all other series readings.
  • SpringBoard is scheduled to take place either October or November 2014.
  • Directors will receive $200.

Applying for SpringBoard:

If you would like to be considered as a director for the 14/15 SpringBoard Series, please complete the application form below and send it to New Play Associate, Caitlin Lewins at

Deadline for submissions is April 21, 2014


Please contact:

Caitlin Lewins
New Play Associate
216-631-2727 x 211


Deadline for submissions is April 21, 2014

Thank you for your interest in CPT’s SpringBoard. Please complete the application and submit it with your resume and any additional materials electronically as an attachment to New Play Associate, Caitlin Lewins at

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In selecting directors for SpringBoard we are hoping to form a team with diverse training and backgrounds. We are looking for directors interested in innovating and in developing new work. Because directors will need to accomplish a great deal of work in the selection process, we will be looking for hard working people who can get the job done.

We are not necessarily looking for the most experienced directors. We want to find directors that will truly benefit from being part of this series.

General Information:

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Please include the following as an attached PDF document. This document should total roughly one page in length:

  1. Why do you want to be part of SpringBoard?
  2. Describe your directing experience including your past work on developing scripts and directing staged readings. What are your particular strengths and weaknesses as a director?
  3. Directing in the SpringBoard series requires
      • reading 10-20 scripts
      • attending multiple meetings and workshops (typically on Saturdays)
      • participating in casting shows
      • leading a week of rehearsals and performances
      • attending at least one showing of all the other pieces in SpringBoard

Do you have the time to undertake this project? Do you have any specific concerns or needs related to other projects between October and November 2014.

Supplementary Materials:

Please email additional material to support your application including resume, bio, etc., to New Play Associate, Caitlin Lewins at

Materials will not be returned to applicants.