Become A Director
Buck Creek Players is seeking directors who are passionate about theater and have a production they'd like to see on our stage!
Are you or someone you know interested in directing a production in our 46th season in 2019-2020? Now is your chance!
How does BCP choose a season?
This is a very important question, and one that really shapes meeting our mission.
The short answer: We ask potential directors to submit productions they would like to direct, and we choose from the pieces submitted.
That really oversimplifies the process, but it truly is the basis of how the decisions are made. In fact, we have used this traditional method for selecting a season for most of our history. We desire directors who are truly passionate about the piece they will be directing so that passion comes through in the final product.
As part of the selection process, we try to offer a balanced season - providing a variety of genres: comedies, dramas, and musicals. Because of this variety of subject matter, we understand that not every production will appeal to every audience member, patron, and donor. We balance riskier productions (those which may not generally have a wide audience) with productions that have wider appeal. We also balance first-time directors, or directors new to BCP, with names who have a history with the playhouse. It is this balance that has allowed our subject matter to remain relevant and be able to continuously produce a diverse season to the greater Indianapolis area for the past 45 years.
As a Director, how do I submit?
To be considered, please provide the following information in your submission:
- Program Selection Submission Form in either .pdf or Excel format. On the form, please include information on the proposed production, other important details, whether it is a youth production, and rank our six production time slots in order of preference. Please note that all production slots may be chosen at this time. A separate call for submissions is not guaranteed at a later date.
- Please submit one (1) copy of each script (play and/or musical). Please be sure to also submit one (1) copy of a cast recording (CD or .mp3 audio files) in addition to the script for all musical submissions. Since the musical score is such an integral part of a stage musical, no musical submissions can be considered without a recording accompanying it.
- A theatrical resume outlining past directing experience and theatrical background.
A director may propose any play or musical they would like to direct; however, please keep in mind our facility and stage, as well as the marketability of your submission.
All submissions must be received or postmarked no later than Friday, August 31, 2018. Submissions may be mailed via U.S. Mail, dropped off, or e-mailed .
If you choose to mail your submissions, please send to:
Buck Creek Players
Attn: Program Selection
11150 Southeastern Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46259
If mailing your submission, please send by way of the United States Postal Service ONLY. We are an all-volunteer community theater and unfortunately do not have staff available during the day to sign for UPS or Fed Ex deliveries. You may also save postage by dropping off submissions directly to the playhouse or by e-mailing your submission(s).
What happens after I submit?
All submissions will be reviewed by the Program Selection Committee in the coming months, and the proposed season will be chosen and approved by the Buck Creek Players Board of Directors and General Membership. All potential directors will be notified whether or not their pieces were selected for the 2019-2020 season.
Does BCP repeat shows they've produced in the past?
Over our 40+ years of existence, very few productions have been repeated, with new pieces highly encouraged. We will fully consider pieces we have previously produced; however, if all other factors are equal, preference will be given to the piece we have not produced. For a list of past productions, please view our Past Seasons.
What production dates/slots are available?
We are requesting submissions for all six production times with this call for submissions. This is a change from previous years requests. Youth submissions are encouraged for any of the time slots and should be noted as such on the submission form. Additionally, any fundraisers or non-traditional productions are strongly encouraged to submit a form at this time. Based on submissions, all available production slots may be chosen at this time. A separate call for submissions is not guaranteed at a later date.
What if I have questions?
Please feel free to drop us your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to answer your questions as quickly as we can!
We hope to see a diverse group of submissions this year by a variety of potential directors. This is a fun and exciting process, and I hope you will play a part.
President of the BCP Board of Directors
Please find the following forms available for download below:
- 2019-2020 Program Selection Submission Form (.PDF)
- 2019-2020 Fillable Program Selection Submission Form - (Microsoft Excel)
- Production FAQ's
- Sample Production Budgets
- Stage Floor Diagram