Summer Independent Production - Village Theatre

Summer Independent Production

Summer Independent students are part of a unique training program focused on providing an environment for young aspiring theatre professionals to collaborate and produce a musical.

Together, the Summer Independent students produce a full-length musical that is completely directed, designed, managed, performed, and crewed by high school and college aged youth up to age 20*.

*Due to a recent change in Summer Independent eligibility criteria, for the summer of 2024 only, alumni of KS production programs or the Village Theatre Institute who are 21 years of age will be considered eligible for Summer Independent. 

Students are paired with professional Seattle theatre artists working in their respective disciplines who provide guidance and mentorship. The Summer Independent production provides access to all Village Theatre facilities and resources for the duration of the summer.

The Summer Independent Production 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

Learning opportunities are available in a variety of design, management, and crew positions. View the full list of positions below.

Assistant positions are available for all learning opportunities, as well as Directing, Music Directing, and Choreography Assistants. All students interested in assistant positions should apply using the Summer Independent Student Application.

Important Dates

  • Summer Independent show proposals are due September 21, 2023
  • Summer Independent Artistic Team interviews September 27-28, 2023
  • Show Selected by November, 2023
  • All applications for Summer Independent Design and Assistant positions are due by or before January 15, 2024.

Production meetings and design deadlines begin in April, with rehearsals starting in June and performances mid July 2024.

Show Application Process for Artistic Team

We are currently taking show proposal applications for the Summer of 2024. Please see our auditions/opportunities page for the details about the proposals.

Application Process for Designers, Management, and Assistants

The Summer Independent Production pairs young designers and stage managers with professional mentors as they work towards putting a show together from concept through fruition. Designers/Stage Managers 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/Stage Manager applications are generally due in January for the upcoming summer. 


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To provide a personal development program for young people which uses theatre arts:

  • To teach creativity and responsibility
  • To encourage teamwork and personal integrity
  • To foster self-esteem and appreciation for live theatre

Everyone benefits from an inclusive, multi-cultural environment of students, staff and programming. We welcome people of every ethnicity, race, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, income and ability.

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