Summer Independent Production - Village Theatre

Summer Independent Production

Big Fish, Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE Summer Independent Production, 2017, Photo by Jean Johnson.

Village Theatre KIDSTAGE’s Summer Independent production is a professionally mentored program unique to Village Theatre. It is the pinnacle experience for students who come with a background in live theater, 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 managing, to designing and building sets, creating costumes, running sound and lights, production managing, 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. KIDSTAGE Summer Independent is an entry point to professional theater for the entire production team and Summer Independent performers are challenged with the goal of reaching the highest professional standards possible.

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*.  

Students are paired with professional Seattle theater 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.

*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.

The Summer Independent Production includes:

  • A customized learning plan
  • 20-40 hours per week of hands-on experiential learning
  • Direct mentorship by a theater professional
  • A progressive learning experience that can potentially lead to paid positions
  • Theater 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 were due September 21, 2023
  • Summer Independent artistic team interviews were September 27-28, 2023
  • Show was selected November 2023
  • All applications for Summer Independent Design and Assistant positions are due by or before January 31, 2024.

Production meetings and design deadlines begin in April, with rehearsals starting in June and performances July 19 – August 4, 2024.

Show Application Process for Artistic Team

We are pleased to announce the artistic team for the 2024 Village Theatre KIDSTAGE’s Summer Independent Production of:

Fiddler on the Roof.

Book by Joseph Stein, Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

Director – Kyle Gerstel
Music Director – Teddy Goldman
Choreographer – Annabel Rimmer

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.

Application for summer 2024 are due by or before January 31, 2024.

Apply here


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Questions about KIDSTAGE Productions
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Skills for Theatre… Skills for Life
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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