Programming Process

Programming Process – Circa Theatre

The Circa Council is currently encouraging submissions from established professional theatre directors to be considered for the 2015 and 2016 Circa Theatre programmes. There will be a Pitch Presentation Day on Saturday, 7 June, 2014 at which Circa will invite those submissions of interest to present. Submissions will be accepted until Friday, 23 May for inclusion in the Pitch Day.

Circa’s programme is the life-blood of our theatre. The Circa Council is responsible for all programming decisions and reads a large number of plays each year in order to settle on a programme which strives to match our vision “We believe a great theatre experience inspires, entertains, transforms and nourishes the human spirit”.

Circa Theatre welcomes approaches from established professional theatre directors. We have developed a two step process:

1. In the first instance please submit a short CV or bio to along with the script of the play. We will send you an acknowledgement that we have received your submission, however it could then be up to six months before you receive a response regarding the way forward while your submission is circulated amongst the Circa Council members.

Your submission will be read by the Council, from which a shortlist will be determined. At that stage the Circa Council may invite you to make a pitch for a season at the theatre.

2. A ‘Pitch Presentation Day’ will be scheduled each year (next is: Saturday, 7 June, 2014) for Directors to present their pitch to the Circa Council. The programme will then be confirmed based on these pitches. If there are some slots in the programme that are still vacant after the first Pitch Presentation Day, there will be a second Pitch Presentation Day (26 July 2014).

Things to consider in your pitch could include:

o What is your motivation for doing the play?

o Why at Circa?

o Who is your potential audience?

o Are there any potential sponsors?

o Cast size;

o Treatment;

o Budget components e.g elaborate costumes, minimal set;

o Marketing strategies;

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

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