Directing at OLT

CALL FOR DIRECTORS; Olympia Little Theatre


“There are only a handful of plays dating back to Aeschylus with perfect dramatic structures. They’re the reason we’re here. The ones that touched us in such a way that we have dedicated our lives to finding or helping to create others like them. Where every character has a purpose. Where everything introduced is brought back. Where every scene ends with a reversal that propels us on to the next. And it’s all so logical and perfect and delicate, that all you can do when it is over is wonder…and marvel…and sigh, because you know that it will never be as beautiful as this again.”

            Jim Foley in “Blame it on Beckett” by John Morogiello


Deadline for submissions March 31st.
After surviving the vicissitudes of the Covid-19 pandemic, Olympia Little Theatre is thrilled to begin the process for constructing a totally new season! We are now beginning the process of setting up our 2022-2023 season and are soliciting proposals from directors for plays that they would like to direct for us. Our plan is for 7 full productions next season, with 3 week runs for each.  And while we have done so in the past, we are not really looking for stage readings/reader’s theater or 1-person shows.  We have also done new, original works by local playwrights, but in general a previously published play has a much higher chance of being chosen.

We strive to present a balanced season; genre, number & gender of characters, classic vs new, ease of production.  So besides a holiday play for our December slot (always a priority to find a good one), we typically present 3 comedies, 2 dramas, and either a farce or a mystery.  Of these 2 or 3 could be more challenging fare (dark/explicit/tragic/hard-hitting/experimental) and the rest more mainstream.  We are also a little theater as well as being a “Little Theatre”, so very large casts and/or very elaborate sets & costumes can be quite difficult to pull off. Note also that we are a non-profit, volunteer organization so that stipends for cast, crew, or production team are not something that is a usual part of our budget for shows.

We allow each prospective director to submit up to three proposals, so if you have a play (or three) that you are interested in directing for us, please download the Director Proposal Form from the OLT website (, found under the “Directors” tab. Fill it out and send it, along with a copy (electronic preferred, but can be physical) of the play, for each proposal to the Play Reading Committee. This can be done by e-mail (, to the Artistic Director (, by mail at Olympia Little Theatre, Attn: Artistic Manager, P.O Box 7882, Olympia, WA 98507, or drop it off at the theater. Please don’t worry about submitting the perfect proposal, just tell us what you’d like to do.

Kendra Malm,

President & Artistic Director, Olympia Little Theatre