Student Director Mentorship For high-school & college students
Thank you to everyone who applied for our 2017-18 Student Director Mentorship!
We are very excited to introduce this year's Student Director, Cambria Herrera!
ABOUT CAMBRIA: Cambria Herrera is a director and writer from Garden Grove, CA and recently graduated with a B.A. in Theatre from George Fox University. She was twice awarded as top director in Region 7 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and traveled to Washington D.C. for the national festival at the Kennedy Center in 2014. Her current passions are brand new plays that reflect our world back to us, swimming in Oregon's beautiful rivers, and learning about self care for mental health. She is thrilled to be mentored by Enso Theatre Ensemble, and thankful for the opportunity to direct while expanding her knowledge of self-care through mindfulness.
We'll post more about Cambria's project soon!
OBJECTIVE:Enso’s Director Mentorship is intended to provide high-school & college student directors with the experience of producing and directing their own semi-professional production, mentored closely by Enso’s Artistic Director and guided by the company’s wellness-based process.
Each year, one student director is chosen to be mentored by Enso’s Artistic Director. Under her guidance, the student director will:
Choose a show to direct in the timeline provided (see below)
Create a fundraising plan & execute a crowdfunding campaign for their show
Hire student designers and stage managers
Hold auditions & callbacks
Cast the production
Create a rehearsal plan & schedule, as well as “Self-Wellness Plan” for the duration of the process
Explore various rehearsal techniques & learn key aspects of Enso’s wellness-based approach
Meet with their designers
Work with their stage manager to create a tech schedule
Assist with the tech process
Post-show exit interview
"Before the Enso mentorship I had never thought about theatre and wellness coexisting. Enso's focus on wellness, mentally and physically, makes working collaboratively so much more accessible for everyone involved. Because of the mentorship program, wellness is now a key aspect of all of the work I do. I enjoy the work more, and I make better work when I am focusing on taking care of myself and those around me.
Enso gave me a place to explore who I am as an artist. Choosing a show to direct, collaborating with designers, making creative choices, were all experiences in which I learned about myself. I was able to uncover what I want to make art about, and then I was able to practice doing just that." ~former Student Director, Isabele McTighe
PROPOSED TIMELINE FOR 2017 MENTORSHIP (subject to change):
September 15th: Applications Due September 18-22nd: Interviews September 23rd: Student Director Chosen September 25th - Oct. 13: Meetings with Student Director & Artistic Director; Prep for Kickstarter Campaign October 12th: Launch Kickstarter Campaign October 12th & 13th: Auditions & Callbacks October 17 -Nov. 11th: Rehearsals Tuesdays - Saturdays*
*Flexible according to Student Director & Actor Availability
The Kickstarter promotional video for our Fall 2016 Student Director Mentorship, "I'm Alright." Directed by Isabele McTighe.
Meetings: The director will meet with their mentor several times before the start of rehearsals. The dates and times of these meetings will be arranged between the director and the Mentor according to their availabilities. The frequency of meetings is subject to the needs of the director and the mentor, but in the past directors & mentors have met approximately 1x/week in the month preceding rehearsals. Meetings will continue during the rehearsal process on an as-needed basis.
Rehearsals: Rehearsals will take place in the evening between 6:00pm and 10:00pm The director is expected to arrive a half hour early to each rehearsal (5:30pm), and should anticipate staying a half hour after (10:30pm).
Tech rehearsals: Tech Rehearsals will take place in the evening between 6:00pm and 10:30pm. The director is expected to arrive at least a half hour early to each tech rehearsal (5:30pm), and should anticipate staying at least a half hour after (11:00pm).
Performances: The director is required to attend every performance, and is expected to arrive a half hour early before the Actors Call, and should anticipate staying a half hour after the show.
For the director:
Full commitment to the process
Clear and frequent communication
Commitment to integrating wellness into process, including for yourself!
Openness to learn
For the Mentor:
Full commitment to the process - the mentor will attend every rehearsal & performance (excepting conflicts discussed at the start of the mentorship)
Clear and frequent communication
Guidance in the director’s creation of a “Self-Wellness” plan for the duration of the process
Openness to learn
This year (Fall 2017), Enso is accepting applications from high-school & college-aged students interested in directing. Auditions for the production will be open to any and all young performers, 13 - 22.
Applications are due by September 15th, 2017.
After submitting the application below, students will be contacted to set up an in-person interview with Enso’s Artistic Director, Caitlin Lushington.
"...it’s a truth that ought to be universally acknowledged, that the Enso Theatre’s production of Pride & Prejudice is a must-see show, and that Caitlin Lushington as adaptor of classic stories is going to be a force to be reckoned with..."
~Jane Austen Society of North America
"Her energy, open-heart and boundless creativity makes Caitlin Lushington pure magic...I am so thankful she has created a place [Word Elf Theater Classes] where my son can let his imagination run free..."
"I can confidently say [The R&J Project] was the best audition I have ever been to. I am incredibly inspired by your ability to seemingly get the best possible work from all the actors you work with..."