Apply by May 10 for Seattle Children's Theatre/WWU Summer Test Kitchen 2024

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Image: Rich Brown, Johamy Morales, Teague Parker, Anna Olsen, Gabe O’Rourke-Dela Cruz, Bryer Ramsey and others stage reading "The Snow Queen".

In the summer of 2024, Western's Department of Theatre and Dance will once again partner with Seattle Children's Theatre to create a live theatre workshop we're calling "Summer Test Kitchen."

Theatre professionals, students, and faculty members will work together to develop two pieces by SCT's Artistic Director Idris Goodwin.

First, we will workshop the development of this new, stage adaptation of William Steig's classic picture book for kids, "Doctor De Soto." The play is not written yet, so our work will be to assist the playwright in their work to generate a first full-draft. We will conclude our development workshop with an “in progress” staged reading, open to the public, on July 19. The piece will premiere on SCT’s mainstage in spring 2025.

Then, the company will develop an existing play, "American Prom," into a shorter version that is slated to tour high schools in Washington state. Our work will be to develop a final draft for touring. We will conclude our development workshop with an “in progress” reading, open to the public, on July 24.

This is an excellent opportunity to work with professional artists from Seattle, make connections with the leadership of Seattle Children’s Theatre, gain experience developing new work, and get paid for your contribution! We hope you will submit an application.

Please only submit one application per person. You can indicate multiple positions you’d like to apply for. Applications due Friday, May 10.

Open positions and roles, timeline, stipends

Adaptation of "Doctor De Soto" by Idris Goodwin, July 15 through 19

The company will meet for six hours per day, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m., for five days.

Students, including those graduating in Spring 2024, can submit an application for:

  • actors (2) - play the two mice, Mr. and Mrs. DeSoto
  • puppeteers (4) - working with two professional puppeteers from Seattle to explore the physical movement of the “head of the Fox.”
  • stage manager (1) - stage manage!
  • costume assistant (1) - work with Sarah Jo Monaghan to provide the puppeteers with materials/objects/puppets to explore

Rich Brown will be reading the voice of the Fox. Kamarie Chapman will be the dramaturg. Director, TBD, assigned by SCT.

All positions include a $500 stipend, except the stage manager position which will receive a stipend of $575 for additional time/work.

Development of "American Prom" by Idris Goodwin, July 22 through 24

The company will meet for six hours per day, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m., for three days.

Students, including those graduating in Spring 2024, can submit an application for:

  • stage manager
  • two acting roles
    • Kia B (17, Young Woman, Black)
    • Jimmy T (17, Young Man, White).

A professional actor from SCT will be joining us to play Black Adult Female. Evan Mueller is directing. Evan and Rich are reading the White Adult Male. Dr. Christina Gutierrez-Dennehy will be the dramaturg.

The two acting positions include a $300 stipend; the stage manager position includes a stipend for $375.

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Apr 23, 2024 2:44pm