Applications Now Open for The Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase with OPERA America

by Stage Directions
A production proposal for Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's Three Decembers, selected for the 2015–2016 Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase. Joshua Miller (director), William Anderson (scenic designer), Hope Bennett (costume designer) and Stephanie Busing (projection designer).
A production proposal for Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's Three Decembers, selected for the 2015–2016 Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase. Joshua Miller (director), William Anderson (scenic designer), Hope Bennett (costume designer) and Stephanie Busing (projection designer).

OPERA America invites applications from director- or designer-driven teams of artists, who must create a production proposal for one of 10 pre-selected operas. This unique Opera America program for emerging directors and designers, supported by the Tobin Theatre Arts Fund, offers an opportunity to showcase your work to programmers and producers from around the country. Build a team of creative professionals and then develop a production proposal that could become a mainstage show. You must submit an Intent to Apply by August 20.

This program is intended to bring new talent to the forefront and connect promising directors and designers with those who are in a position to advance their careers. OPERA America will consider applications from director- or designer-driven teams of artists.

Finalist teams will receive funds to further develop their production designs, present them at Opera Conference 2019, and later showcase them in an exhibition at the National Opera Center in New York City. For a list of previous grant recipients, click here.

Application available online: June 2018
Intent to Apply deadline: August 20, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. EDT
Application deadline: September 27, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. EDT
Applications adjudicated: October 2018
Grantees notified: November 2018

The Director-Designer Showcase is open to emerging opera and theater artists, regardless of membership status with OPERA America.

Guidelines: 2018-2019 Director-Designer Showcase Grant Guidelines (PDF)
Worksheets: Intent to apply questions (PDF), application questions (PDF)
Apply: All applications must be submitted online.

Further information from Opera America: operaamerica.org/Grants