All call for Director’s Assistant:
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 an underclassmen, 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.
All call for Script Secretary:
The role of the Script Secretary is especially important to the director in rehearsals. Here the director and the script secretary work side by side, with the script secretary recording the director’s decisions about blocking and notes for the actors, keeping track of logistical and scheduling details and communicating what goes on in rehearsals to the rest of the team. This enables the director to concentrate his or her full attention on directing.
Script secretaries have several key responsibilities and tasks to perform in each phase of a production, including
- Writing blocking down
- Communicating the director’s wishes to designers and crafts people
- Calling cues and possibly actors’ entrances during performance
- Overseeing the entire show each time it is performed
- Make sure rehearsal props and furnishings are available for the actors
attend all rehearsals
- Notify the designers and crafts people of changes made in rehearsal
In rehearsals the script secretary also records all blocking, plus all the light, sound and set change cues, in a master copy of the script called the prompt book. The information in the prompt book also allows the stage manager to run the technical rehearsals, calling each technical cue in turn to determine precisely how it needs to be timed to coordinate with the onstage action.
Once the show opens, the director’s work is essentially complete. Now it’s the script secretary’s job to make sure that every aspect of the production runs just as the director intended time after time, until the production closes.
If you are interested in being the Directors Assistant/Script Secretary in-training for the spring play “Romeo and Juliet” please submit a resume and cover letter stating why you are the person for the job.
Must be a Junior or younger.