Directing Apprentice for Uprising’s October 2017 production: These Shining Lives

Uprising Theatre Company is seeking a Directing Apprentice for their Fall production of These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich. Ideal candidates are those who are interested in directing, but have little to no experience either due to new interest or barriers preventing access. Candidates may include college students, 1-2 year post-undergraduates looking to break into the twin cities theatre scene, or artists in different roles or disciplines interested in observing a directorial process.

Uprising Theatre’s Directing Apprentice will get to observe a director throughout every step of a full-fledged theatrical production from auditions, to rehearsals, production meetings, tech and performance. You will also get the opportunity to participate in Uprising Theatre Company’s unique mission to connect audience members with community partners in specific social justice acts that directly improve our community. You will be shadowing and working with Director Shalee Coleman, who will answer your questions and provide her insight as an early career freelance director. 

These Shining Lives chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine and her friends are dying, it's true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits—or endanger the lives of those who come after them. A historical fiction period drama delving into the lives and trial of the 1920 Radium Girls who painted radium numbers onto clock faces, contracted radium poison and fought for justice despite biting criticism. 


These Shining Lives Relevant Dates: 

Auditions: May

Rehearsals: Mid August-October
Tech:    October 1st-5th

Performances: October 5-15th

Strike: October 15th

Uprising Theatre Company tells powerful stories about important topics in a way that’s not preachy or strident, but is instead rooted in people’s lived experiences. From mental illness and suicide to transgender issues, we tell stories that come from people who have lived those experiences. But we don’t want it to stop with just telling stories. We hope people are so inspired by stories that they want to make a concrete difference. So we partner with local organizations who are working on the issues presented in the show to funnel the energy and excitement generated by storytelling into action that will make the world a better place.

Because stories can change the world. Uprising believes in compensating all artists; the directing apprentice will be paid a $50 stipend.

If you are interested in applying for Uprising Theatre Company’s Directing Apprenticeship, please submit a resume and 2 week availability for an interview to Shannon TL Kearns at 

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Uprising Theatre Company
Shannon TL Kearns
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