Stage Write: Proposal Season

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(Pictured above: Shows that got approved by the pw board for this fall semester.)

Are you interested in theatre at Brown?  Whether you’re a veteran actor or a fresh newbie, you’ve come to the right place – Stage Write! I’m Olivia Cummings, first-year Shakespeare enthusiast (try to find the Shakespeare reference in this blog post!), techie, and budding thespian. I’ll be writing about my experiences in the various facets of theatre life at Brown this year.  

You may have heard of “cuffing season,” the time of year from late fall to early spring when people seem to settle into new relationships.  Well the rest of the world might have cuffing season, Brown theatre has proposal season!

So the term “proposal season” may be a little misleading.  No one gets proposed to and it’s not really a set “season.” However, would-be directors do get a production team together and propose their shows to the student-led theatre boards.  It’s like applying to college, except this time you’re submitting your “application” to a jury of your peers.  This jury of your peers will also be your interviewers.  Not to mention that you will also have to get at least 5+ designers (sound, lighting, costumes, props, etc.)  who are committed to being a part of your potential production.  It’s no big deal right?!


So if you’re interested in catching the conscience of the king…ahem…directing a play, musical, or almost anything else during your college experience, be aware that you will first have to get through proposal season.  And remember, this is all before you get to enjoy being a stressed-out director who has to deal with…actors. (#sorrynotsorry)


Of course, college is all about taking risks, so start proposing as soon as you get here!  You first (or your second or third) proposal will probably not be approved, but you’ll get it eventually!  Plus by the end you’ll also be super good at writing proposals, which is always a great skill to have. (#putitonyourresume)


As a potential Immunobiology and/or Public Health concentrator who is pre-med (PLME), I’ll approach theatre as someone who is doing it as a (very time-intensive) hobby. If you have any questions for me or would like to be connected with someone who is looking to pursue theatre after college, email me at  Looking forward to seeing you all at Brown soon!



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