Call for Directors

Portland Actors Ensemble, 2016 Shakespeare-in-the-Parks

Deadlines for proposals:

Coriolanus: January 6, 2016

Love’s Labour’s Lost: January 6, 2016

Portland Actors Ensemble seeks directors for its summer 2016 free Shakespeare-in-the-Parks season featuring Coriolanus and Love’s Labour’s Lost. Coriolanus, our twilight show, is scheduled to begin rehearsals in May, and open in late June. The touring production of Love’s Labour’s Lost is scheduled to begin rehearsals in late May or early June, open in late July and run through Labor Day. Directors are invited to submit proposals for one or both shows. There is a stipend for directors.

We at Portland Actors Ensemble are proud to be Portland’s original outdoor Shakespeare company, and are excited to be working on our 47th consecutive season. PAE remains committed to providing financially-accessible classical theatre in a variety of locations. Our tradition is to embrace the natural beauty of the area, rather than to attempt to recreate an indoor production outside. Some performances will be ASL-interpreted and/or audio-described.

The Twilight Tragedie, Coriolanus, will use one park or Metro space as its primary performance location. This location has not yet been determined and directors are encouraged to suggest a location that fits their vision of the production.  (We performed Macbeth in Lone Fir Cemetery in 2015 and Antony and Cleopatra in Laurelhurst Park in 2014.) The touring production of Love’s Labour’s Lost will visit a variety of parks, vineyards, and universities around the Portland area and Maryhill Museum in the gorge.

If you have not yet worked with PAE, or not yet seen a production by PAE, please feel free to visit our website at for more information about our company, mission, and tradition, or contact us for answers to any questions you might have about directing with PAE.

Proposals should describe your vision for the production, and discuss your method and means of bringing that vision to fruition. Help us imagine how your production would look, and feel, and sound. If you have worked with PAE before, discuss what you learned from those experiences and how they will affect the way you approach directing this production. We do our very best to bring your vision to life. Below are some areas to cover in your proposal(s). Please explore and expand, however be sure to cover at least these topics:

·         In what time period do you plan to place your play? Do you plan to do a “concept” show? If so, what is it and how does it fit this play?

·         What sort of design elements (Costume/Set/Movement/Music, et al.) do you imagine? Do you have specific designers with whom you work well and would like to hire for this project?

·         What are the dominant themes you are emphasizing? How will the controversial themes (if any) be addressed/approached?

·         What is your approach to the text itself? What would be moved or compressed, or go away? Is there extra material you would be bringing in? We do not need a line-by-line rundown, but an overview.

·         What will your rehearsal process be like? How long?

·         Describe your casting approach (gender, age, etc). Cast size? Doubling? Consolidating characters? Our productions generally use 9-12 paid actors.

·         What is your preferred allocation of budget? This can be done in terms of % or prioritization if you prefer. Our general production budget is in the range of $12,000-$15,000.

·         We try to keep our shows around a maximum of 2 hours if possible. How would you accomplish this?

LLL-specific topic:

·         The language and humor in LLL can be particularly challenging for modern audiences. How do you deal with this?

Please include a resume with your proposal.

Please submit proposals (or any questions you may have) to the Artistic Director, Michael Godsey, at

Good Will for All,

Michael Godsey

Artistic Director, Portland Actors Ensemble