Applying to Direct

The following information is intended for students who are applying to direct, but may be useful for producers and other members of the production team. Please contact the HRDC Board with any questions. 

In order to apply to direct, you must have a clearly outlined concept and vision for a show!
A director may apply with any play not performed in the past four years. While there are no restrictions on the type of play that can be put on at Harvard, directors are reminded to choose shows that are feasible with the resources (human and technical) available at the time of the production. It is also recommended that directors be able to demonstrate a clear vision for the proposed show. The second most common reason for an application to be rejected is the failure to demonstrate a clear and cohesive vision.

You must also have a substantial production staff committed to the show!
The director (and producers or other executive staff members) must assemble a staff that includes, but is by no means limited to, producer(s), a music director (if a musical), a stage manager, a set designer, a technical director, a lighting designer, a sound designer, a costume designer, and a properties designer. Depending upon the requirements of the show, it may also be necessary to have other staff positions filled, such as choreographer, video designer, projectionist, or orchestra manager. The most common reason for an application to be rejected is the lack of a sufficient staff relative to the concept being proposed.

Application Season

The HRDC board will release applications for the following semester roughly a month before the end of each semester Please keep an eye out in the HRDC Newsletter for the most current application deadlines. Applications are available through the HRDC’s online portal.

Applications for the Loeb Mainstage, the Ex, and OFA spaces (Farkas Hall and the Agassiz Theater) are comprised of an online submission and an in-person interview with the show’s production staff.

Intent to Apply
In order to be considered, a show must submit their intent to apply by an additional deadline before the full submission is due. To submit intent to apply, you must start your application in the online portal and fill out a preliminary staff list and residency preferences. These can both be edited before you submit your full application.

Full Application
A full application consists of the following:

  • A full staff list (note that staff members must log in themselves to confirm their commitment to the show)
  • Residency date preferences
  • Preliminary budgets for each venue
  • Answers to the questions contained in the application
  • Statements, applicable design plans, resumes, and potential conflicts for the semester from each member of the production team. Note that these staff members must log in themselves to submit this information.

Additionally, if the work being proposed is either highly obscure or student-written, a script should be included in the full application. For unfinished student-written works, the Board suggests at least 10-20 draft pages and an outline. Such productions are encouraged to discuss the feasibility of mounting their work with the board.

Interviews will be scheduled after the “Intent to Apply” deadline.

Questions about applying to the Loeb Mainstage should be directed to the Mainstage Coordinator.

Questions about applying to the Loeb Ex should be directed to the Ex Coordinator.

Questions about applying to OFA spaces should be sent to Dana Knox.

Applying to Other Venues

Students wishing to put on productions in other campus locations must obtain permission from the administrator of that location before commencing any performances in the space.