Directing Assistantship

2018 Directing Assistant William Wade with Hair director Daisy Walker.

Directing Assistantship

Berkshire Theatre Group’s programming on three stages offers aspiring students an opportunity to further their theatre careers by observing and assisting professional directors over a 4 week period.

The selected applicants will observe and assist directors on one or two productions during the summer from the first rehearsal through opening night. Directing Assistantships are assigned duties based on directors’ needs as well as assistants’ strengths, but daily tasks include dramaturgical work, note taking for the director, and general support throughout each rehearsal.  This opportunity allows a student director to observe the creative and technical process in a fast-paced environment while creating lasting career relationships in the theatre community.

Kate Maguire, Artistic Director/CEO, and Mark Gionfriddo, Music Director with over 28 years of musical theatre and jazz arrangement experience, will mentor and guide assistantships throughout the process.

As part of the Berkshire Theatre Group, summer festival Directing Assistantships will also have the opportunity to see multiple shows, attend small group discussions with other festival directors concerning process and career experience, and observe other show production meetings and technical rehearsals.

“The Directing Assistantship was the perfect way for me to start to transition from the college world to professional theatres. It provided a comfortable learning environment where I got to observe, ask questions, and deal directly with the actors giving notes and helping rehearse some scenes.”

—Dawn Loveland
2009 Directing Assistantship, now Director of Education at the Playhouse on Park.

The Directing Assistantship Program’s tuition is $1,900 and includes housing while in the Berkshires.  Some financial aid may be available and awarded on a need-basis. Read BTG’s Blog Post, A Decade of Directing Assistants: Alumni Spotlight for more Alumni stories!

Music Directing Assistantship

The Music Directing Assistantship from late May to the end of August is for students who are interested in expanding their music directing skills by observing and assisting Music Director, Mark Gionfriddo, who has over 28 years of musical theatre and jazz arrangement experience, and other music directors as assigned. The chosen applicants will work directly with the Music Director in a fast-paced environment on a fully staged musical production from the first rehearsal through opening night. Daily tasks include arranging, accompanying, schedule, music organization, etc.  Applicants must be able to read music and have the ability to play the piano.

The Music Directing Assistantship Program’s tuition is $1,900 and includes housing while in the Berkshires.  Some financial aid may be available and awarded on a need-basis.

How to Apply:

Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of recommendation, and a page describing the type of directing work that most intrigues you.  Additional materials such as photos and DVDs may also be included.  If applying for financial aid, please send a statement of your financial needs and a detailed description of your personal, as well as your as your family’s, financial situation.  If attending school, copies of your student FAFSA forms are required for the past two years.

Upon receipt of all materials you will be contacted and an interview will be scheduled.

Application Deadline is March 21, 2019.

Send materials to:

Corey Cavenaugh
General Manager
111 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Questions can be answered by emailing corey@berkshiretheatre.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Housing included?
    Yes. Assistantships are housed in dormitory-style housing with roommates.
  • What is the performance schedule?
    Each theatre runs on a nightly basis with eight performances a week. Productions last three or four weeks and do not run in rep.
  • Do I need a car?
    We encourage you to bring a car if you are able to. Public transportation is available in the Berkshires but not readily accessible. Transportation to and from theatres, rehearsal, and meetings will be the student’s responsibility.
  • Do people return to BTG?
    Interns and Assistantships from past years are often considered when openings are available.
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