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2710 Wetmore Avenue Everett, WA 98201
Box Office: (425) 257-8600 | Admin: (425) 392-1942

Summer Independent

What is Summer Independent?

The Summer Independent program is a professionally-mentored program unique to Village Theatre. It is the pinnacle experience for students who come with a background in live theatre, and it provides autonomy, resources, and mentorship to select, mount, and produce their own full-scale show from start to finish. Students take on every aspect of production, from performing, directing, and stage management, to designing and building sets, creating costumes, running sound and lights, marketing, production management, and more.

Village Theatre's entire professional staff — from the technical and design studios to the marketing office to the stage managers and beyond — are involved in mentoring the artistic team, all of whom are interns. The Summer Independent program is an entry point to professional theatre for the entire production team and Summer Independent performers are challenged with the goal of reaching the highest professional standards possible.

The Summer Independent Internship program includes:

  • A customized learning plan
  • 20-40 hours per week of hands-on experiential learning
  • Direct mentorship by a theatre professional
  • A progressive learning experience that can potentially lead to paid positions
  • Theatre skills applicable to career opportunities
  • The promotion of positive values through art
  • Summer Independent internships include a stipend to reimburse expenses depending on schedule and position

Students prepare a show proposal of what show the team would like to produce for the following summer, and submit an application to be reviewed by the Village Theatre Executive Producer, Artistic Director, and KIDSTAGE staff.

Deadline for Submission: September 27, 2019

Interviews will be held in November and should be finalized by mid-December. A production proposal will be selected by January 2020.


Summer Independent Designers

The Summer Independent Program pairs young designers with professional mentors as they work towards putting a show together from concept through fruition. Designers should have experience working on shows in their chosen field, and have an interest in learning how to work in a professional theater environment. Although Directors, Choreographers and Music Directors are typically attached to a show proposal, positions are open for assistants who may wish to propose in the future.

Designer applications are accepted year-round.


How to Submit a Show Proposal

  • Applicant Requirements

    Show proposals can be submitted by any student who has been involved in Summer Independent or SummerStock. The creative team should be college undergraduate students or younger, studying theatre or a relate field. The majority of the creative team should be students who have been trained at KIDSTAGE. The strongest teams have existing relationships with mentors and history working in the Village Theatre shops, on top of other theatrical settings.

    The Summer Independent artistic team members, ideally, have previously participated as TAP students and, have participated in at least one Summer Independent production in the past, either as an actor or assistant team member.

    This year’s proposal team should be comprised of a Director, Music Director, and Choreographer only, with an optional Stage Manager or Production Manager. It is recommended that proposing teams also have a list of interested designers and assistants included in their proposal. Hiring for those positions will be done after the proposed show has been selected.

  • How to Pick a Show

    Picking shows for your proposal requires a lot of thought into what makes a production successful. Considerations such as your target audience, the talent required to put on the show, and how the show compliments the Village Theatre KIDSTAGE program are all important to having the strongest possible proposal. It is highly recommended to research the history of KIDSTAGE and past performances before making your selection.

    Things to consider when picking a show:

    • The show should be marketable and attract both student participants and the public.
    • The show needs to operate under a very small materials budget.
    • The show will be performed at First Stage Theatre in Issaquah or Cope Gillette Theatre in Everett.
  • Include in Your Proposal

    A successful proposal should include two to three show choices, and answer certain key questions as to why you have chosen the shows you are submitting. Each show should be thoroughly researched. It is best to focus your proposal around your first choice, however be prepared to answer any and all questions about your second or third choices as well.

    Your proposal should include:

    • A cover letter explaining why you are submitting
    • Bios of the Creative team: Director, Music Director, Choreographer (and Production Manager if applicable)
    • A section explaining each show choice

    Each show selection should include:

    • A synopsis of the show
    • A character outline for every major character
    • A clear description of why you chose this show
    • An explanation of any concept you might have
    • Production challenges and how you might meet them

    It is helpful to have research, drawings, or other materials (costume renderings, set sketches, research pictures, etc.) that represent your vision with you. The more visuals you can provide, the easier it is for others to understand what you see in your head.


  • Interview Process

    Interview Process
    After you submit a proposal, you may be contacted about setting up an interview. Please be aware that not every application is guaranteed an interview. Ideally, your entire creative team (Director, Music Director and Choreographer) should be present at your interview. Come prepared to discuss ALL of your shows included in your proposal. The interview will focus on the artistic vision of the show.

  • Questions?

    It is highly recommended for you to reach out to KIDSTAGE and ask questions or get feedback on your proposal before you submit it.

    For questions or feedback on your proposal, please contact:
    KIDSTAGE Production Manager – Issaquah: Joel Arpin (425) 392-2900 x228
    KIDSTAGE Production Manager – Everett: Aaron Alonso (425) 740-5035 x109

Summer Independent Team Positions

  • Artistic

    Directors are responsible for the artistic rendering of the show. They collaborate with the artistic team and designers to tell a cohesive story. They create stage pictures, do dramaturgical research, communicate their concept to visual designers, and coach actors in scenes. Directors are creative, patient, team players, skilled compromisers, and natural leaders.

    For a full job description, CLICK HERE

    Choreographers create the dance and movement to tell the story of the show. They create original choreography, teach and notate dance steps and formations, clean dance combinations, teach students techniques and dance steps, and run daily fitness conditioning warm-ups with actors. Choreographers are experienced dancers, patient teachers, clear communicators, and able to visualize stage pictures and movement.

    For a full job description, CLICK HERE

    Music Director
    Music Directors are responsible for the musical rendering of the show, by integrating vocal and orchestral elements into a production. They manage both singers and musicians, working with performers to teach/rehearse music, harmonies, parts, and to clean vocal and orchestral performances. Music directors are knowledgeable about vocal technique and instrumentation, patient teachers, clear communicators, natural leaders, and able to balance the needs of vocalists and instrumentalists.

    For a full job description, CLICK HERE

  • Management

    Stage Management
    Stage Managers are responsible for coordinating all aspects of rehearsals and performances. They organize people and paperwork, take general, blocking and line notes during rehearsals, help organize costume fittings, prop lists, and other pertinent show data and run both rehearsals and performances. Stage managers are highly organized, leaders, detail oriented, proficient with Microsoft Office, and calm under pressure.

    For a full job description, CLICK HERE

    Production Management
    Production Managers oversee the entire production from hiring of the production team to striking the show. They collect and gather important paperwork, run production meetings, coordinate parent and student volunteers, organize and distribute marketing materials, and assist with flow of communication between production team members. Production managers are highly organized, knowledgeable about a wide range of theatre disciplines, proficient with Microsoft Office, and capable of seeing the big picture without missing the details.

    For a full job description, CLICK HERE

    Technical Director
    Technical Directors coordinate the design team and technical staff to achieve artistic goals on time and on budget. They work with carpenters, painters, and designers to execute a scenic design, create detailed technical drawings of scenery in Autocad, oversee a scenic materials budget, and help engineer scenery. Technical directors are attentive to detail, knowledgeable about all areas of technical theatre, capable schedulers, strong negotiators, and like to work with a variety of people.

    For a full job description, CLICK HERE

  • Design

    Designers work collaboratively with the director and each other to fulfill the vision/concept of the production through their own particular areas.

    Scenic Designers fulfill the vision or concept of the production both conceptually and physically. They create an exciting, safe, and visually interesting performance space for the show. They generate a floor plan, front and rear elevations, color renderings, a 3-D model, and collaborate with the technical director to produce the final set. Scenic designers are visual communicators, good at spatial relationships, collaborative, and enjoy interpreting the director’s concept visually.

    For a full job description, CLICK HERE

    Lighting Designers use different lighting instruments and colors of light to appropriately illuminate the performance space. They mimic different lighting conditions (daylight, nighttime, indoors, outdoors, etc.), as well as enhance the mood of a scene. They also create a light plot, hang and focus instruments, and program cues. Lighting designers are collaborators, understand appropriate use of color and angles of light, and are adept at programming a light board.

    For a full job description, CLICK HERE

    Sound Designers work collaboratively with the director, music director and other designers to create the way the show sounds. They oversee the audio dynamics of the performance space, microphone and speaker placement, balancing levels of all sound sources for all areas of the audience, cabling, and pulling/creating environmental sound effects. They run the soundboard during sound checks and performances. Sound designers are collaborative, inventive, proactive, able to process opinions and feedback from multiple listeners, multi-taskers, and have a good ear.

    For a full job description, CLICK HERE

    Costume Designers create costumes befitting the characters, story, and actor needs. They produce sketches and color renderings of designs, as well as choose appropriate fabrics for the performance space and actor movement used in the show. They build, pull, or requisition costume pieces, including shoes and accessories. Costume designers are experienced sewers, attentive to detail, visual communicators, collaborative, enjoy working with and leading a team, and enjoy interpreting the director’s concept in clothing.

    For a full job description, CLICK HERE

    Properties masters work directly with the scenic designer to create handheld props and furniture that complete the performance space and the actor’s performance. They research different environments (time periods or fantastical places), and different construction techniques, to produce items that appear authentic, can stand up to performance use, and help inform the overall story. Prop masters are attentive to detail, collaborative, inventive, resourceful, and persistent.

    For a full job description, CLICK HERE


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