2013 IGNITE! Directing Mentorship (Scripted Material and Devised Material)
The 2013 IGNITE! Directing Mentorship Program allows young aspiring directors the opportunity to work with a world-class mentor to bring a fully realized theatrical production to the stage. The 2013 directing mentors are: Stephen Drover, Adrienne Wong, and James Fagan Tait.
Three participants will be selected by jury and will work directly with their mentor who will help them through the process of preparing a show for the stage.
Along the way, participants will meet with some of the city’s top arts administrators and industry professionals for skill building workshops in areas such as media relations, grant writing, and professional theatre standards. These Industry Sessions are designed to assist young artists who want to pursue a career in the arts.
The shows produced by each participant will premiere as part of the 2013 IGNITE! Theatre Festival running from May 6-11, 2013 in the Vancity Culture Lab at The Cultch, one of Canada’s premiere performing arts venues.
Directing Mentorship (Scripted Material): 2 participants
Participants will work with the winning scripts from the 2012 Young Playwrights Competition, an annual event held as part of the IGNITE! Festival. The scripts are currently being edited and redrafted as part of the IGNITE! Playwriting Mentorship Program.
Directing Mentorship (Devised Material): 1 participant or team
In the inaugural year of the Directing Mentorship Program [Devised Material], we are accepting applications from aspiring directors interested in creating devised work. Applicants are welcome to pitch an idea for a piece derived from a source other than a script. The inspiration for your piece can come from anywhere: an image, a quote, a piece of clothing…anything YOU’D be interested in exploring and seeing on stage. Applications will be chosen based on the potential of their idea and the feasibility of their proposed rehearsal plan.
The application deadline is Monday, January 7th, 2013. It is free to apply. Participants are chosen by a jury made up of the mentors, The Cultch’s Youth Program Manager, and members of the IGNITE! Youth Panel.
Note: Aspiring directors are allowed to apply for either or both of the Devised Material and Scripted Material Mentorships. Please indicate your choice on the application and submit the full requirements for the chosen avenue.
About the Mentors
Originally from Newfoundland, Stephen is a Vancouver-based director and teacher. As Artistic Director of Pound of Flesh Theatre he has directed or co-created The Bond (an original adaptation of The Merchant of Venice); Macbeth; the multi-company outdoor morality play Everyone, an extended staged reading of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (co-produced with Pacific Theatre); and is developing a new adaptation of Hamlet called DenmarK. He holds a BA and BFA (Memorial University) and an MFA (UBC). He regularly teaches and directs at Douglas College and Memorial University and works as a freelance director. Favorite directing credits include PolitiKo (Ghost River Theatre, Calgary); Orphans (Wink Theatre, Vancouver); Skydive (Realwheels) for which he won a Jessie Richardson Award; The Patron Saint of Stanley Park (Arts Club Theatre); Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Guild Theatre, Whitehorse); The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (Carousel Theatre); The Pillowman (Wild Geese). He is the recipient of the 2007 Ray Michal Award for Outstanding Body of Work by an Emerging Director.
Adrienne Wong creates, performs, directs and produces new work for theatre and radio. Recent projects include PodPlays ( a series of walking audio plays), performing in Peter Panties (Neworld and Leaky Heaven), and Frisked at HIVE 3 (co-written with Paulo Ribeiro). Directing credits include The Plum Tree (Firehall Arts Centre), Population 11 (Studio 58, assisting Kim Collier) and Are We There Yet? (Neworld Theatre). Adrienne is Artistic Producer of Neworld Theatre.
James Fagan Tait
James is a director, actor, and playwright. He directed his own adaptations of The Idiot (Neworld/VMT/UBC/PuSh), The Life Inside (The Belfry), Cyrano (The Arts Club), Old Goriot (Western Gold/PuSh/UBC), A Christmas Carol (The Vancouver Playhouse) and Crime and Punishment (Critics’ Innovation Award. Neworld/VMT/PuSh). He directed King Lear and Timon of Athens at Bard on the Beach and wrote Vassily the Luckless (Critic’s Innovation Award), The Shoes That Were Danced To Pieces and Quasimodo for Boca Del Lupo. He has been nominated for 16 Jessie Richardson Awards as an actor, director, or playwright and has won two. He most recently acted in The Electric Company’s Tear the Curtain at The Arts Club and at Canadian Stage in Toronto. He studied acting and theatre at Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto and Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, and singing and music at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.