Introducing: Providence Players “PopUp”

As you know or probably heard, Providence Players of Fairfax’s special engagement production of Oleanna was a huge success. Not only did this thought-provoking show play to sell-out crowds, it opened up a new venue for Providence, allowing us to engage more intimately with our audiences and artists. Many of you told us you loved the format, and wanted more. Well, here’s your chance.

Providence Players introduces Providence Players PopUp (or Providence PopUp for short) where we will be accepting applications for non-mainstage projects on a rolling basis or for targeted “pop-up” windows of opportunity. Your first opportunity to pitch a project… is NOW! We are currently looking for a director for our next Providence PopUp Production in August/September, 2019. Applications via e-mail are due June 7, 2019.

Christopher Crockett and Amanda Ranowsky in “Oleanna.” Photo by Chip Gertzog

Here’s how it works:

  • Think of a project you are passionate about. It could be a full play, one act, staged reading, etc.
  • Ask yourself: Does this project lend itself to a more intimate space, like the Italian Café? (Some things to consider: Is the set simple? Are there minimal tech requirements? Is the cast small?)
  • If the answer is yes, apply! ALL CAN APPLY. You do NOT have to have directed with Providence before. All we ask is that if you are new to directing with Providence, you find a board member to act as your sponsor.
  • Once you are ready to apply, download an application (in Word or pdf format) and submit to with the subject “Providence PopUp Application”
  • Members of the Providence Players Board will review your application and be in touch by 12 June. Directors under consideration will be expected to pitch their project to the Providence Players Board on or around 17 June.

Too soon? That’s okay. More targeted opportunities will “pop-up” and you can apply at any time!

Want to know more? Here you go!

Providence PopUp Vision: Providence PopUp provides our members opportunities to expand artistically while broadening our audience, membership, and repertoire. Providence PopUp offers greater intimacy than Providence’s mainstage productions, allowing our artists to take risks and our audiences to more closely interact with the performers and production teams.

  • Providence PopUp projects will be produced on an ad hoc basis as opportunities and applications allow and inspire
  • Regardless of the number of applicants, there is no guarantee of project approval
  • Projects can range from staged readings of original work, to full-length productions
  • Projects should be relatively small and simple compared to Providence’s normal mainstage productions
  • Board member Julie Janson is the standing producer of Providence PopUp productions unless other arrangements are made. Unlike Providence mainstage productions, where the producer and director have equal authority, Providence PopUp producers will have the final say in major production decisions. Artistic directors will be free to direct their project as long as the process remains professional, on budget, on schedule, and represents the values of Providence Players
  • The default location for Providence PopUp performances is the Italian Café in Falls Church, but applicants are welcome to work with other venues who serve the local community (Falls Church, Falls Church City, Fairfax, Arlington). Applicants must gain approval from the venue owner and the producer if they wish to use an alternate location
  • The default location for Providence PopUp rehearsals is the James Lee Community Center but other locations can be used upon producer approval
  • Providence PopUp is an opportunity for new directors to work with Providence Players. Those who have never worked with Providence as a director are required to find a board sponsor for their project. If selected, those who are not yet members of Providence Players will be expected to become a member.

Want to know MORE? Join us at our Annual Meeting, Monday, June 3rd at the Italian Café where Providence Board members will be happy to answer your questions. You can also e-mail, just use the subject line “Providence PopUp.”

We can’t wait to hear your ideas!