Are you an experienced director with a love for dynamic and exciting productions?
Are you organized, good with people, and great at managing deadlines?
Does the idea of working with a professional circus intrigue you?

Job Title: Director, Boston Circus Guild Presents: "Throwback Tales"

The Director works with the cast and crew to provide feedback and direction on individual circus acts for our throwback themed variety show. We have a proud tradition of professional circus performance that emphasizes the relationship between performer, story, and audience. Potential directing candidates are encouraged to consider the advantages and limitations of working with variety-style circus acts, and should have experience in theater direction. Circus direction is not required, but is preferred. The candidate must have a history of working on productions with collaborative artistic vision.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating with Producer to ensure artistic vision is interpreted in rehearsals with performers
  • Working closely with the Production Manager to organize and schedule rehearsals
  • Attending individual performer rehearsals at least twice per act and offering feedback and guidance on content and choreography
  • Working with the MC/Host to develop theme appropriate introductions to acts
  • Attending production meetings and rehearsals which include, but are not limited to individual rehearsals for every act in the show
  • Attending the following:
    • Tech Day: Wednesday, May 4, 2017
    • Performance 1: Thursday, May 4, 2017 and provide notes to the performers, as needed

Time Commitment

We anticipate this position starting in early March and ramping up in time commitment as the show dates become closer. We estimate the position will be roughly 72 hours total for the course of the run.


A flat fee of $1,200 for the work completed, plus share in the profits of the production if it exceeds net expenses. This position is funded from the production budget of the show, as such it doesn’t pay out until after the show goes up.

About Boston Circus Guild

The Boston Circus Guild is a collaborative-based membership organization of over fifty musicians, artists, circus performers, dancers, and event producers from the New England area.

Our mission is to:

  • Create career opportunities for artists, musicians, and circus performers
  • Encourage local community members to engage in performing arts
  • Develop a community of performing artists to foster cross pollination of arts and ideas
  • Inspire, educate, and entertain audiences
We execute our mission through:
  • The creation and running of original theatrical circus productions
  • Entertainment booking for corporate events, weddings, bar mitzvahs, festivals, and social events
Boston Circus Guild is proud to have been an Artist-In-Residence at Harvard University’s American Repertory Theater.

Boston Circus Guild regularly performs at prestigious events and venues throughout New England including OBERON, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Peabody Essex Museum, Museum of Science, Artists for Humanity EpiCenter, Honk! Festival, and the inaugural Outside-the-Box Festival. We have performed at events for Pfizer, Cirque du Soleil, Johnson & Johnson, and The Boston Bruins Foundation.

To Apply

Send your cover letter and resume to Priority will be given to applications received by March 15th 2017.