Current Job Openings

Assistant Director(s)

Forward Theater Company is the professional resident theater at Overture Center for the Arts. Each season we produce four mainstage productions of the best in contemporary theater plus a Monologue Festival or New Play Festival. We’re deeply involved with our community and give professional actors, designers, and directors an artistic home.

We are launching a new opportunity for Wisconsin-based emerging directors. We seek candidates to serve as assistant director to Artistic Director Jen Uphoff Gray on Forward’s Spring 2022 production of RUSSIAN TROLL FARM by Sarah Gancher. Rehearsals begin March 29, 2022, with an April 22, 2022 opening.

In summer 2022 we will be accepting additional applications for an assistant director on our Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 productions.

The ideal candidates are theater artists ready to learn from participation in a professional rehearsal process. Past participation in Anti-Racism and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion training is a plus.

These positions will remain open until filled. Forward Theater Company is committed to a culturally diverse and equitable working environment. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.


Production Team meetings
• Attend production team meetings in advance of rehearsals (as available).

• Attend all production rehearsals (which take place over a 4-week period).
• Take notes for the director and assist with minor research projects or other rehearsal needs as they come up.
• Attend all technical rehearsals through opening night.
• Participate in an ‘exit interview’ conversation with Forward’s leadership.

Skills and Attributes Needed
• Past experience working on theater productions, and ideally past directing experience.
• Willingness to work select evenings and weekends during the rehearsal process.


$15/hour (Approximately $600/week for 4 weeks). At this time we are unable to provide local housing.


Approximately 40 per week.


Please apply by Monday, January 24, 2022. Email cover letter and resume to Jen Uphoff Gray, Artistic Director, at

Please answer the following questions in your cover letter:
- What do you hope to take away from this experience?
- What would be your next steps after this assistant directorship?