OPC seeks writers who care and dare to engage the great social, political and cultural issues of our time. We welcome challenging work that reflects the ethnic, cultural and ideological diversity of the country.
The OPC Summer Conference and New Works Festival bring selected playwrights and artistic teams together in Ojai for a two-week residency (late July through mid-August) that culminates in a series of public workshops of their new plays, performed by professional actors, in an intimate 140-seat theater.
Conference Week: Community / Dramaturgy
Working with directors, dramaturges and OPC artistic staff, the writers live and work together in a bucolic Ojai setting. During this first week, the new plays are read daily in an intimate atmosphere, providing the playwrights with an opportunity to hear their plays read aloud, and receive valuable feedback from the assembled artistic teams. Breakfast and lunch are served at a private ranch. And in the evenings, special dinners are graciously hosted in Ojai by board members and community supporters, creating opportunities for casual discussions and further inspiration.
Festival Week: Rehearsals / Public Readings
The acting company, stage managers and production staff arrive in Ojai to continue the creative process. Each play workshop has its own rehearsal room at Besant Hill School, where the playwright meets daily with his/her creative team, professional actors, stage manager and interns to rehearse and further refine their works. At the end of the week, public workshops take place in front of an audience as part of the New Works Festival. After each reading, the playwright has the opportunity to receive valuable, moderated feedback from audience members about the experience of their play.
Directors & Dramaturges
OPC seeks seasoned, experienced professional directors and dramaturges in new play development to work on the selected plays each season. If you are interested in being a part of the creative process at OPC, please send a full resume and letter of intent to Robert Egan, OPC Artistic Director/Producer.
The casting of the workshops for the OPC New Works Festival is done in collaboration with the playwrights and directors. We cast professional actors from the Southern California acting community, the Ojai community and past company members. There are no formal auditions, but there is an AEA open call each year.
Please check the Equity website for dates and info on how to sign up. Casting decisions are generally made in July.
The acting company comes to Ojai for eight days in support of the work of the playwright and director to further develop the selected play. There are daily rehearsals and there may be extensive or minimal work on the plays. Housing and meals are provided for the acting company at Besant Hill School during their stay.
The actors are there to help the playwright fulfill their vision of their new play. The process culminates in public workshops in the OPC New Works Festival.
For more information, contact Nicole Arbusto, Casting Director.
“The OPC was a savior for both my play, and my life. I work in TV and rarely get to disconnect from that world. Just 90 minutes outside of LA, I was able to truly shut that part of my brain down, and open my heart back up to my play. OPC truly nurtures the writers, and provide infinite wisdom / space / time / pasta / wine to facilitate whatever the writer needs... Hands down my new favorite play development conference! ”
– Bekah Brunstetter
The Company Manager supports OPC in all management activities for the Conference and New Works Festival, including but not limited to the following duties:
- Assist in the operations of the Production Office
- Assist in financial tracking and expense reporting for Conference and Festival
- Coordinate all Conference Week company meals with Interns/Operations Director and meal hosts
- Oversee Company hospitality issues
- Coordinate Intern schedules
- Prepare dorms for Company arrival
- Coordinate local travel issues to/from events and venues for actors and interns
- Other duties as assigned
This is a seasonal contract position that requires being in Ojai from July 29 through August 12, 2018.
Contact Mark Seldis, Managing Director, for more information.
The Stage Managers' responsibilities include, but are not limited to: assisting the Playwright, Director, Dramaturge and Producer in all aspects of production; coordinating rehearsal room needs with Literary and Directing Interns; coordinating with production team to ensure a smooth tech rehearsal and performance; and other duties as assigned by the General Manager. Seasonal contract position, in Ojai for Festival week.
Contact Max Oken, General Manager, for more information.
OPC contracts lighting designers, sound technicians, electricians, and other technical support specialists to assist in the production of the new play workshop and Intersection series events during to OPC Summer New Works Festival. Seasonal positions, in Ojai for Festival week.
Contact Jose Delgado, Producing Director, for more information.
Box Office Manager
The Box Office Manager works under the direction of the OPC Marketing Director to manage and process the sale of Summer Festival tickets and passes (using Vendini software); respond to patron calls, emails and requests; manage wait list requests for sold-out performances; staff the on-site box office for all public events; reconcile box office receipts and provide ticket sales reports. This is a seasonal, part-time contract position, from mid-June through mid-August. Duties may be performed remotely up until the Festival week, then must be performed in Ojai.
Contact Ruth Ballin, Marketing Director, for more information.
The Concessions Manager overseas and manages the concessions area for the entirety of the New Works Festival, reporting directly to the General Manager. Duties includes shopping and stocking all supplies; selling snacks, beverages and souvenirs; interacting with patrons; maintaining the standards and practices of the bar; and creating regular reports and cost analysis. The Concessions Manager also assists in the daily operations of the Festival as needed. Seasonal contract position.
Contact Max Oken, General Manager, for more information.
OPC Interns are college students from across the country, who are selected to participate through an online application process. While most are theater students focusing on play writing, directing, or acting, all areas of interest/study are considered.
Interns are fully immersed into the OPC artistic community for two weeks, and act as literary or directing assistants for the new play workshops. Interns also participate in a writing workshop with OPC playwrights and dramaturgs; write and perform an original solo piece as part of the New Works Festival; and assist OPC staff with overall Conference operations and logistics.
Participation Fee & Scholarships
The fee is $1,000 to participate in the OPC Intern program for two weeks. This fee covers a shared dorm room at Besant Hill School, meals, and writing workshops. Interns based in Ojai, who choose not to live on campus, pay $650 for meals and workshops. Limited scholarships are available and based on need and merit.
The application process is competitive. Interns are chosen based on a combination of factors, including experience, passion for the work, and potential for excellence. OPC seeks interns who will benefit from the deep immersion offered at the Summer Conference where interns are treated as full members of our artistic community.
The application process is closed for 2018,
Applicants for 2019 will be accepted next spring. For more information contact Tiffany Moon, OPC Literary Manager/Intern Program Coordinator.
Local Hosts & Volunteers
OPC seeks the support of Ojai Valley residents and businesses in a variety of ways, including:
- Housing for guest artists and staff
- Hosted meals during Conference week
- Marketing support / poster & flier distribution
- Special event volunteer support (ushers, servers, greeters, etc.)
For more info on becoming a housing host, please contact: Robin Gerber, Housing Coordinator.
For all other opportunities, please contact: Mark Seldis, Managing Director.
OPC is proud to be in residence at Besant Hill School