The Free Theatre has been formed by a group of dedicated high school seniors who have the desire and drive to create a non-profit 501(c)3, student-run, tuition-free company for students who are passionate about creating theater.
In this company, students will be at the helm of the creative process, working onstage, offstage and on the production side (in any area of interest that appeals to them, whether it be direction, music, costumes, PR, choreography, tech, set design, stage management, props, etc.) to help make the shows possible.
The season will have two shows, with the first being performed in December, and the second in May
There will be one rehearsal a week (most likely Sundays 11-4). Students will be expected to practice outside of rehearsal to best maintain and advance the creative process that takes place within rehearsal.
The students will be managing their own productions, with the guidance and support of an Advisory Board of professional theater/music/dance/art mentors and advisors, as well as business and technical professionals. Key artistic positions on our productions will be supported by our Artist-In-Residence program.
While the Free Theatre is a peer to peer educational program created to foster a community of artists, adult mentorship from at least one professional will be maintained for all rehearsals, master classes, workshops, and performances. The safety, well-being, and consistent guidance of our students is of the utmost importance at the Free Theatre.
In the classroom with be our professional music director (along with a musical apprentice), but the direction, choreography, technical and production management will all be handled by the senior apprentices, who will be mentored by the Advisory Board
Master classes are part of the plan
The Free Theatre will have several different boards set up to serve the students:
-- A volunteer Advisory Board of professionals to mentor and donate time to teach master classes for the students
-- A Patrons Board to fundraise, write grants and support the program financially
-- An Alumni/Young Advisory Council to advise on programming
Application to the company will be open to 7th-12th graders, with audition information posted here on our website. Our audition process will include a video audition (singing/dancing/acting) as well as a written (or video) essay explaining how the student feels they could contribute to the organization.
Once the company is established for the year, casting decisions will be made by the artistic team of each production.
If you have questions please feel free to contact our General Manager, Devin, at firstname.lastname@example.org