Call for Directors – Carrollwood Players Theatre


Apr 22 2021 - May 19 2021


Carrollwood Players
4333 Gunn Highway Tampa FL 33618

Carrollwood Players Theatre announces an open call for directors for our 2021/2022 Fall/Winter Mainstage and Black Box productions.

The application deadline for Cabaret is 5 p.m. on May 1st, 2021. The application deadline for all other productions is 5 p.m. on May 19th, 2021.

We are accepting director applications for the following productions:


Book by Joe Masteroff. Music by John Kander. Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Mainstage Musical: September 10th – October 2nd, 2021

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920’s draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. (1998 version)

The deadline to apply for Cabaret is 5 p.m. on May 1st, 2021

The Normal Heart

by Larry Kramer

Black Box Drama: November 5th – 13th, 2021

A searing drama about public and private indifference to the AIDS plague and one man’s lonely fight to awaken the world to the crisis, The Normal Heart was based on Kramer’s real-life experience. Produced to acclaim in New York, London and Los Angeles, the play centers on Ned Weeks, a gay activist enraged at the indifference of public officials and the gay community. While trying to save the world from itself, Ned confronts the personal toll of AIDS when his lover dies of the disease.

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

Mainstage Holiday Classic: December 3rd – 18th, 2021

An annual tradition at Carrollwood Players brings Dickens’ classic to life for the holiday season with the director selecting or creating their stage adaptation of Dickens’ original story.

Wedding Secrets

by Joe Starzyk

Mainstage Farce: January 7th – 22nd, 2022

A young couple have a whirlwind courtship and marry. However, their families have never met the respective spouses, so the couple allows the families to believe they have only become engaged.

Once the families gather, everyone’s secrets come to life. Susan’s parents are secretly divorcing and keeping it from their children. Her aunt is an unstable serial dater and her sister is a typical angst ridden teenager. Bill’s parents aren’t intimate and his father is greatly in debt.

And there is the mysterious uncle Joey who lives in the basement and is a strange derivation of the Greek Chorus. In all, there are Oedipal issues, hookers, an Irish revolutionary, priests, a lounge singer, the Phantom of the Opera, heartbreak, romance, impotence, happy endings and lots of ties.


by JC Lee

Black Box Drama: February 4th – 12th, 2022

JC Lee’s probing play about a suspicious teenager addresses issues of privilege, race, and trust. When a teacher makes an alarming discovery about Luce, an all-star high school student, Luce’s parents are forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted years ago from a war-torn African country. Told primarily from the perspective of the adults, Luce also raises questions about the roles that parents and teachers play in the lives of these teenage students.

Greater Tuna

by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard

Black Box Comedy: February 25th – March 5th, 2022

The long-running Off Broadway hit features two actors creating the entire population of Tuna in a tour de farce of quick change artistry, changing costumes and characterizations faster than a jackrabbit runs from a coyote. Two actors, twenty characters, and a barrel of laughs, y’all.

Greater Tuna was originally produced in 1981 in Austin, Texas by its authors, Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard. The play’s stars, Williams and Sears, played all twenty characters, and Howard directed. One year after its premiere, Greater Tuna opened Off Broadway, ran for over a year, and went on to tour major theaters all over America and spots overseas for the next thirty-some years, becoming one of the most produced plays in American theatre history.

General Information About Director Opportunities

Carrollwood Players is a community theatre with volunteer performers from all backgrounds and experience levels. We are seeking a culturally diverse group of experienced directors who can create quality productions in a “teaching theatre” environment where everyone from the community is welcome.

Directors are paid a stipend.

The application process consists of completing the online application form and attending an interview with our committee.

More information is included in the online application form.

Please note, our Fall/Winter productions include a production of Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike, which was postponed. A director is already in place for that production.

Directing opportunities for the Spring/Summer productions in our 2021/2022 Season will be announced at a later time.

Application Deadline for Cabaret is 5 p.m. on May 1st, 2021

Application Deadline for all other productions is May 19th, 2021

Questions about these opportunities may be directed to Penni Willen at


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