Open Call for Directors

Sterling Playmakers is accepting director applications for the 2023 calendar year as well as for our pre-selected summer musical, Shrek the Musical. Shrek the Musical will perform for 3 weekends in July and August 2023.


If you are interested in directing for the Playmakers, you may apply to direct Shrek and/or submit up to three proposals for shows of your choice. Generally, selected directors do not direct more than one show per season.

Application: Word Document | PDF Document     

Email your application to or mail to Sterling Playmakers Director Selection, PO Box 1611, Sterling, VA 20167.

Applications are due March 1, 2022.

Our organization was recently admitted into the Washington Area Theatre Community Honors (WATCH). The WATCH organization recognizes excellence in community theatre and organizes an annual awards ceremony at The Birchmere in Alexandria. Each director will determine whether or not to submit their show for WATCH adjudication, with support and coordination from Sterling Playmakers Board member John Geddie. 


Three possible time slots are available, but it is up to the Board’s discretion how many time slots are chosen.


  • Late Spring 2023 (Performs two weekends in late spring/early summer)

  • Early Fall 2023 (Performs two weekends in October)

  • Late Fall 2023 (Performs two weekends in November/December)


The Board reserves the right to choose from the application pool, to extend the application deadline if necessary, or seek out other alternatives. 


The Season Development Committee is willing to consider both plays and musicals. If the Board selects a second musical, the musical will most likely be slated for late fall 2023. 


The committee will consider director proposals for new plays, musicals or other original work. The director should submit a sample (the first 10-15 pages) of the piece.  If the director is selected as a finalist, they will be required to submit the entire piece so the committee may read it in its entirety. 


In addition to traditional plays and musicals, the Committee is also open to alternate type productions. Examples might include, but are not limited to: a one act or short plays festival, poetry readings, comedy sketch show, improv night, a monologue competition/festival, staged readings of new works, experimental, or other works. 


While we will consider many types of shows, the committee has a particular interest in the following: 


For the late spring/early fall/late fall slots: 

  • Musicals featuring a small-medium sized cast 

  • Plays featuring major roles for children, or teens.

  • Shows highlighting diversity and inclusion

  • Shows possibly traveling and lending themselves to alternative venues (outside, a coffee shop, a church, etc...)

  • Shows appealing to a wide general audience


Shows we are less likely to consider:

  • Shows we’ve done within the last ten years (see production history)

  • Shows that are too dark, too edgy, or have excessive foul language. Sterling Playmakers highlights “by the community for the community” plays and musicals. We tend to choose shows appealing to a wide general audience, although one show per year may push the boundaries a bit. 


While the committee will accept proposals up until the deadline, Sterling Playmakers encourages you to apply as soon as you are able, as this allows more time for the committee to review your proposal.


Following submission, the committee and the board will review applications. The Board may reach out to applicants with questions about their application. Finalists will be selected and asked to attend an interview either in person or virtually. Final notifications will be made after interviews are completed and the Board makes their final decisions.


Sterling Playmakers looks forward to considering your submissions! Contact us at with any questions.

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