KIDSTAGE Summer Independent Proposals

Applications for summer 2023 were due September 14, 2022. 

Proposal submission

What is Summer Independent?

The Summer Independent program is a professionally mentored program unique to Village Theatre. It is the pinnacle theatrical experience for students in the KIDSTAGE program and provides autonomy, resources, and mentorship to aspiring theatre professionals to produce their own full-scale show from start to finish. Unlike other KIDSTAGE productions, emphasis is put on the design, creation of the show, and peer-to-peer mentorship. Students take on every aspect of producing; from directing to designing and building sets, creating costumes, running sound and lights, marketing, management, and more.

Village Theatre’s entire professional staff — from the technical and design studios to the marketing office, 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 KIDSTAGE Summer Independent program is designed to give young theatre professionals creative control over the entire production process. To produce a show, students form a proposal team and submit a written proposal detailing the shows the shows they wish to produce and the artistic vision that will bring their shows to life. Applications are reviewed by Village Theatre Executive Producer, Artistic Director, and KIDSTAGE staff, and interviews are held with select teams before a show is selected to produce.

To learn more about Summer Independent, check out this VIDEO.

Read an interview from one of our 2022 Summer Independent student directors HERE.

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 Artistic Director, Managing Director, and KIDSTAGE staff.

The Summer Independent Proposal process consists of two steps: the written proposal and the interview.

Important Dates

  • Directing team proposals are due September 14, 2022 for the summer of 2023
  • Interviews will be held September 28–29, 2022, and a production proposal will be selected by December 2022.
  • Production meetings and design deadlines begin in April 2023, with rehearsals starting in June and performances July 2023
  • All applications for Summer Independent Design and Assistant positions are due by or before January 13, 2023

Proposal submission

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. Applications for summer 2023 are due by or before January 13, 2023.


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