Director – PICNIC by William Inge

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The Barnstormers at Johns Hopkins University are looking to hire a Director for their Fall 2022 production of PICNIC by William Inge. This entirely student-run theatre group will perform the show in Arellano Theatre, a 115-seat space on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus in Baltimore, MD. This is a relatively new performance space for the Barnstormers; as such, we are looking for a Director who can be collaborative and flexible throughout the production process. The Director will be expected to work closely with student actors and technical designers to foster their creativity, create a positive environment, and build a production that incorporates a student-led vision. Director interviews will be conducted August 16-18 via Zoom; applicants must be available for 30-45 minutes on one of those days. We hope to hold auditions September 16-18 and begin rehearsals immediately afterwards. The performances will be November 4th at 8pm, 5th at 8pm, and 6th at 3pm. The salary for the Director is $2,300 with up to a $500 stipend for travel expenses.


Additional Information:

  • The job is located in Baltimore, MD.
  • Housing is not included, but we can assist in finding affordable housing in the area for any out-of-towners.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until August 13.
  • A typical rehearsal schedule will be six days a week: generally 6-10pm on weeknights and a longer rehearsal (usually in the afternoon) on whichever day of the weekend has fewer student conflicts.
    The Barnstormers is completely extracurricular, so every student involved works with us on top of their schoolwork.
  • For space allocation and scheduling reasons, the set design for this production will be a collaboration with other productions using the theatre. As such, the Director will be expected to have some flexibility regarding the set design to ensure that other productions can, after closing, modify the set of Picnic as needed. Preliminary conversations have begun; our student set designers will have more information as pre-production gets underway.

Mission of the Barnstormers:

The Johns Hopkins University Barnstormers is an entirely student-run organization that has brought quality theatrical productions to campus and the greater Baltimore community for over one hundred years. At the heart of the group is its dedication to providing creative outlets and learning opportunities to student actors and designers, all of whom participate in theater in addition to other academic and professional pursuits. For one straight play and one musical each year, the Barnstormers hire a professional director to enhance this learning experience for the group’s members through collaboration and a sharing of expertise.


To submit an application, please email the following materials to

  • Resume
  • Contact information (email and/or phone number) for two references who would be contacted following an interview
  • Cover letter, which should address the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in directing this particular show?
    • What experience, if any, do you have with amateur (community, collegiate, etc.) theater?
    • What conflicts do you have from September 16 to November 6? (Examples include, but are not limited to, scheduled out-of-town days, dates for other productions you may be working on, daytime work schedules, other personal days, and religious obligations.)

Based on these materials, you may be offered an interview with our Executive Board.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the producer, Courtney Carreira, at Thank you!

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