KIDSTAGE Summer Independent Proposals
Applications for summer 2025 will be due in September 2024.
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, production management, and more.
Village Theatre’s entire professional staff — from the technical and design studios to the stage managers and beyond — are involved in mentoring the artistic team. 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 Student program includes:
- Customized learning plans.
- 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.
From a curated list of show selections, students prepare a proposal of what show the team would like to produce, and then submit proposal applications to be reviewed by the Village Theatre Artistic Director, Managing Director, and KIDSTAGE staff.
Deadline for Proposal Submission: September 2024
Interviews will be held October 2024, and a production proposal will be selected by November 2024.
More information about the proposal process will be posted on our web-site late spring/early summer of 2024.