The Director’s Assistant is an person who works closely with the director throughout the production process. They are involved at the pre-production stage through to post production marketing and distribution. They must be well organized, flexible, and have a good overview of the production process. The director will determine their responsibilities throughout the production on a day to day basis. Their tasks may include writing coverage on scripts, drafting letters, making phone, coordinating the fundraising process, assisting with duties on and off the stage.
The Director’s Assistant will typically act as another set of eyes and ears and as a sounding board for the Director at rehearsals, and performances. When asked, the Director’s Assistant will offer constructive suggestions to the Director regarding all elements of the production from design to performances. It is important to keep in mind that the Director should be the only person communicating these suggestions with the production team including performers. The Assistant Director should restrict comments to the Director in order to avoid confusing or possibly contradictory messages.
It is also important to realize that the Director’s Assistant position is one of trust and confidentiality–the Director may share thoughts or concerns that should not be common knowledge. The Director’s Assistant position is an opportunity for students to learn firsthand an individual director’s process and the production process as a whole. The following are some of the duties and responsibilities a Director may require of an Assistant Director.
- Reads and studies the play; discusses interpretation and production concept with the Director.
- Assists the Director as needed. Sits in on all rehearsals, taking notes and actively watching and listening. Communicates regularly with the Director regarding the progress of the production.
- Insures that appropriate people and/or organizations are thanked in the program for their contributions to the production.
- See “Who is Called to Tech Rehearsals” for rehearsal attendance requirements.
- Makes notes of any details yet to be completed.
If you are interested in being the Director’s Assistant for the Musical “Carousel” please submit a resume and cover letter stating why you are the person for the job.