Application Deadline: Friday, June 20, 2014
Start Date: February/March 2015
City/Town: Niagara‐on‐the‐Lake, ON
About the Neil Munro Intern Directors Project at the Shaw Festival
The Neil Munro Intern Directors Project at the Shaw Festival is one of the most prestigious and
vigorously sought‐after director development and showcase opportunities for emerging
directors in Canada. Each year, two intern directors are selected to participate in the program.
Successful candidates are promising professionals who have not had an opportunity to work on
the scale of production that is characteristic of the Shaw Festival and who are at a point in their
careers where an extended residency with a company like The Shaw is of benefit to their
Now in its 27th year, the Directors Project holds a legacy of igniting the careers of directors who
have gone on to shape the culture of theatre within this country. Over 55 individuals have
participated in the project, immersing themselves in the unique environment of the Shaw
Festival where they hone their craft with the support of the leading minds in theatre from across the country and around the world.
Beginning in February or March, each intern is assigned to two or three successive shows at the
Shaw as an Assistant Director, one usually in the Festival Theatre (860 seats) and another in a
smaller venue (330 seats). These are key positions within the Shaw Festival, as they provide
hands‐on support for the directors and shows. Tasks involve observing the senior directors at
work in rehearsal, doing research and acting as a sounding board as required. Interns also assist in various audience development programs, including hosting pre‐show chats for the
productions on which they have worked. They are encouraged to participate in classes, scene
studies and play readings at the Slaight Family Academy, the professional development and
public education wing of the Shaw Festival.
The culmination of the Directors Project in September is a showcase of two one‐act plays
directed by the Intern Directors. Pieces are selected by the Interns with oversight from Associate Director Eda Holmes from the period of the Shaw Festival mandate (1856‐1950) and are given three performances to invited audiences in a studio setting. The shows are cast from actors within the company ensemble and apprentice designers and stage managers are assigned to the projects to provide all production elements. The actors participate on a voluntary basis as it is in excess of actors’ contracted workload. Each one‐act has between 40 and 50 hours of rehearsal over 5‐6 weeks, scheduled by our Production Stage Manager.
Intern directors are contracted by the Shaw Festival and receive an apprentice level salary of
approximately $675 per week. Accommodations for the duration of the contract can be
arranged at a reasonable price through the Shaw Festival Company Manager.
How to Apply
Applications are made through Theatre Ontario only.
Please submit the following no later than Friday, June 20, 2014.
- A cover letter outlining why you would like to be an Intern Director at the Shaw Festival and how spending a season with the company relates to your development as a director.
- Your current professional resume.
- Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
- Hiring decisions are made exclusively by the Shaw Festival.
All applications are considered confidential. We thank everyone who applies, but only those we
wish to interview will be contacted.
Submissions will be accepted via email only, as a single PDF (no larger than 10MG). Please use
the subject line Shaw Directors Project – Your Name.
Submission Contact Info
Name: Mairin Smit, Program Coordinator – Theatre Ontario
Phone: 416‐408‐4556 x12