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Director for Bleacher Bums

Summer Place Theatre is a community theatre group in Naperville, IL. We are seeking Directors for our 52nd season. Our production of Bleacher Bums will be auditioned in April and run June 8th though June 17th, with performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Rehearsals are usually in the evenings, starting around 6pm and ending no later than 10pm.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Research Show/Identify casting needs
  • Attend Production meetings
  • Create Rehearsal Schedule with Stage Management and other Production Staff
  • Collaborate with designers to create a unified production concept
  • Work with producer(s) to ensure production needs are met
  • Run rehearsals
  • Be willing to work with Actors of all abilities/talents (This is a Community Theatre)
  • Foster Community Spirit of the Bleacher Bums Company
  • Be flexible and willing to problem solve

Pay is a Stipend of $1000.

SPT does not provide housing or additional travel stipends.

Skills & Qualifications: 

We are looking with someone who has experience with directing plays/live theatre and familiar with working in a community theatre environment. Problem solving and being able to work under pressure are essential skills. Community theatre can pose unique challenges and being ready for anything is a must.

To Apply: 

To apply please email a resume with 3 references and a cover letter to In your letter please tell us about your work style, your vision for this production, anything you would like to do to set this production apart from others, and why you choose to apply for this directing position at SPT. Please keep letters to a 1.5 page maximum.

Include in your email any availability for a interview in late December and early January.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for help bringing our 2017 season to life! Summer Place is powered by dedicated, creative, generous, efficient people who donate their time to getting our shows off the ground.

Whether you can help for only one night, all summer or for a hour here and there, we would love to have you be part of the team! Volunteering opportunities include set building, costuming, backstage crew, ushering, concessions and box office support, props coordination, marketing and promotion, fundraising, play reading, and more. Find out how you and your family can get involved by emailing


A Partial List of Tasks Volunteers Do for Summer Place Theatre

  • Serve as actors, crew, orchestra
  • Usher
  • Assist costuming/props
  • Advertise in the program/online
  • Write/send press releases
  • Collect bios of technical crew and actors
  • Design and print tickets/postcards/programs
  • Post on social media outlets
  • Take cast/crew photos
  • Distribute promotional material
  • Help with move-in/move-out
  • Give money or in-kind donation
  • Post show info at online calendars
  • Volunteer management
  • Plan annual picnic
  • Design show posters 
  • Update website 
  • Post posters at local businesses
  • Build set for each show
  • Ask businesses for ads or in-kind donations
  • Schedule ushers/box office staffconcession staff for each show
  • Plan and execute marketing
  • Inventory concession products
  • Collect/erase scripts 
  • Research/write grants
  • Provide snacks during tech week
  • Tear down set for each show
  • Archive selection of programs, tickets, posters, photos, et
  • Thank sponsors/advertisers

Can you do one of these tasks? Email us now! And thank you for your support!


Check out our Auditions page for information about how and where to try out for any of our summer shows!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Consider supporting The Summer Place by buying an ad that will appear in our season's programs or on our website! Email for pricing.

Our theatre is a non-profit organization that relies on the generosity of our sponsors. Your donation is tax-deductible, and your name or the name of the loved one in whose memory you dedicate your donation will appear in our season's programs and here on our website. You can make a donation right here on our website by adding it to your cart when you purchase tickets for any of our shows. Not planning to buy tickets right now, but would like to donate anyway? Simply "Add a Donation" and check outyou don't need any other items in your cart for your generous gift to find its way to us!

About Us

The Summer Place, Inc. is a 501-C3 not-for-profit organization and receives our funding through sales of affordably priced tickets, program ads, concessions, from a small number of grants and from the kind donations of our patrons. 

Summer Place Theatre, as we're best-known, is all about Community. Our all volunteer board, crew and cast work hard together to produce entertaining plays and musicals for the Naperville area. We invite you to get involved!

Contact Us

The Summer Place, Inc.
P.O. Box 2394
Naperville, IL 60567


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