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Design/Production Staff for Confabulation - World Premiere Queer Play

The Strides Collective

Post Date: Apr 24, 2024

The Strides Collective, a Philadelphia based non-profit queer theatre company, is seeking applicants for design positions for the World Premiere of Confabulation by Matt Shvyrkov, directed by Jonathan Edmondson, Founding Artistic Director.  

ABOUT US: Founded in 2020, The Strides Collective produces and develops theatrical work by emerging playwrights that embraces the queer experience through authentic, modern, and innovative storytelling. Our work prioritizes the goal of normalizing the conversation about queer identity, creating a safe haven in which emerging artists can tell their stories and have the ability to express themselves without fear of judgment.

Our first two seasons of programming took place online. Ignite and The Diamond Peak Studio Sessions - completely original, queer audio plays - streamed in 2020 and 2021, respectively, and reached audience members in over 20 states and in 10 countries. 

In 2022, we resumed in-person programming with the World Premiere of the pigeon. at The Christ Church Neighborhood House. Our 2023 Season featured a reading of bogfriends by jose sebastian alberdi at the Maas Building and the World Premiere of Sister of Mine by Kate McGunagle at The Community Education Center in University City.

In addition to our mainstage productions, we support the development of new queer plays by emerging queer playwrights through our Emerging Playwrights Program and New Strides Play Fest. Alumni of our development programs have gone on to work with The National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, The Dramatist Guild Foundation, Primary Stages, The Tank NYC, and more.


We are seeking five individuals to complete our production team for the World Premiere of Confabulation. The production will run Thursday, October 10 through Sunday, October 20, 2024 at The Bob and Selma Horan Studio Theatre at the Arden’s Hamilton Family Arts Center. Rehearsals begin on/about Monday, August 19 and will be 2-3 nights a week at a TBD location in Philadelphia. 

Virtual and/or in-person production meetings will take place beginning in late June. Applicants must be available for the entire duration of tech week (which includes one preview performance): Sunday, October 7 - Friday, October 11. Each position will be paid a stipend of $400 upon completion of the run. Housing and travel is the responsibility of the applicant. For full position descriptions, please visit our website

Play Synopsis: A gas station attendant joins a “past life regression” support group to take control of her life, which is currently haunted by past versions of herself. But as she looks inward, her group-mates transform into the people who've hurt her most, exploring new relationships among themselves and forcing her to confront her own darkness. Strangers become sisters become lovers become straight men who become gay men who become straight men again—all under one binding ultimatum: don't break the rules, or you're out of the group.

Available Positions:

  • Assistant Stage Manager
  • Scenic / Props Designer
  • Costume Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Sound Designer

The Strides Collective provides equal opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex, disability, religion, national origin, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic.  Applicants from historically underrepresented groups in the theatre industry are strongly encouraged to apply.

How To Apply

Applications are due by Thursday, May 19th. To apply, please fill out this form.


$400 Stipend
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