Wednesday, September 02, 2009

[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Newnan Theatre Seeking Directors

  Coweta Arts Tidbits

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Composed By: Forrest W. Schultz 770-583-3258


September 2, 2009


Newnan Theatre Seeks Directors For Plays


     From time to time we read about the Newnan Theatre (and other theatres) asking for audtions for cast members for their plays.  Now the Newnan Theatre is inviting people to apply for the position of Directors of their plays.  Exactly how this differs from an audtion is explained in the news release below about this issued by the Theatre's Publicity Director Dianne Olsen:



Newnan Community Theatre Company (NCTC) is looking for directors for their 2010 season.  The seven shows on the Main Stage are "What the Butler Saw", "Death of a Salesman", "Cabaret", "Psycho Beach Party", "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds", "Fuddy Meers", and "Miracle on 34th Street."  Anyone interested in directing any of these shows needs to schedule a pitch meeting with Darren Mathews, the theatre's Artistic Director.

The "pitch" is a competitive audition of the director's vision of the play.  The meeting is informal, but a full knowledge of the play is recommended.   NCTC would like to hear a clear, fully thought-out idea with what the director wants to emphasize.   Some specifics about set, lights, sound, logo, publicity, etc. are always helpful.  The theater is full of talented people and space is plentiful, but because they are a community theatre; there are some limitations.  Please consider this when coming up with your vision.  The pitch idea chosen will be the one that best considers our audience while addressing the theater's resources and limitations, with the director's own unique vision on top.

The theatre will also be scheduling pitches for their Black Box Theater.   NCTC hopes to present black box shows during the weeks they are not presenting something on the main stage.  The funding for these shows will be low, but the content can be as diverse as you choose.   However, not all pitches can be accepted due to time, resources, and/or content.    Use the same criteria listed above when planning your pitch. 

If you are interested in pitching a show for the 2010 season on either the main stage or in the black box, please contact Mathews via e-mail ( with the show, time of year,  director's name, phone number, e-mail and the best day of the week/time to schedule the pitch.

NCTC would like to hear from experienced directors, those who haven't directed at NCTC in a while, newer directors with just one or two shows under their belt, or even directors with no experience but have a great idea and energy to try and direct.

NCTC is located at 24 1st Avenue in downtown Newnan.  The next show on the main stage is "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer."  Show dates are Sept. 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27.  For more information about the all-volunteer organization, call the theatre at (770) 683-6282 or visit their website at

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