Seeking Set, Lighting, Costume, Sound Designer, Puppet Designer/Builder. Also Technical Director and Stage Manager.

 AEA Showcase Code

Rehearsals: In May and June- Fridays - Tuesdays  (6p-10p); possible,  Wednesdays and Thursdays (9a-5p).

Performance Dates: June 11-24

Stipend: $400

Theatre: Shelter Studios Theatre 54


Jenny is in love with Peanut, her cat. Naturally, then, Taylor, her husband leaves. Now, Jenny wants Taylor back, only he’s found someone else, Porkie, his new dog. What’s Jenny to do? Hilarious and heartfelt, Ms. de la Puente writes with insight about obsessive pet owners and the search for unconditional love.


Designer’s responsibilities will include:

  • Collaborating with the director to arrive at a cohesive and original design.
  • Working with other designers to integrate elements into the production.
  • Creating and providing renderings, mock-ups, scale drawings, cue sheets, light plots, instrument schedules, shop orders, and focus charts as required.
  • Attending all meetings and rehearsals as required.
  • Visiting/Surveying theatre to make sure scenic elements work correctly in the space.

Stage Manager’s responsibilities will include:

  • Overseeing technical details of production.
  • Assisting the director during rehearsal.
  • Supervising the lighting, costuming, setting, prompting, etc.
  • Assuming full responsibility for the stage during a performance of a play.
  • Attending all meetings and rehearsals as required.
  • Operating light and sound board.

Technical Director’s responsibilities will include:

  • Implementing the production design.
  • Building sets, Props.
  • Installing sets, lights, etc.
  • Attending all meetings and rehearsals as required.
  • Manage load-in/load-out.


February:                                                                                                        Production Meetings 

Tuesday, April 2-Sunday April 8:                                                                   Auditions

Monday, May 21:                                                                                            Rehearsals begin

Monday, June 11:                                                                                            Load-in/ Tech

Tuesday, June 12:                                                                                            Tech/Dress

Wednesday, June 13:                                                                                        Dress

Thursday, June 14:                                                                                           Opening Night at 7pm

Sunday, June 24:                                                                                              Strike/ Load-out  


THE PET PLAY: ESTIMATED DESIGN BUDGET                                                                                

Sets/Props:                                                                                                       $1,200

Puppets:                                                                                                           $1,000

Lighting:                                                                                                          $800

Costumes:                                                                                                        $500

Sound:                                                                                                             $50




Ms. de la Puente earned her MFA in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa, her MSE from Princeton University, and her BSE from the California Institute of Technology. She is the librettist and lyricist of the musical comedy MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY (Winner, 2014 NYMF Developmental Reading Series Award; Winner, 2015 New York Music Festival’s Special Award for Social Relevance and Impact, Nominated, 2015 New York Music Festival’s Best Musical Award; Finalist, 2016 O’Neill National Music Theatre Conference). Her ten minute musical, LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE, was premiered by the DQT at the Huron Club of the Soho Playhouse; and, subsequently, produced by the Microteatro-SEA in Caracas Venezuela. Ms. de la Puente’s GENERIC HISPANIC (Finalist, 2012 MultiStages New Works Contest) was produced by the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre Company. Her solo show FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH was premiered by the Carolinian Shakespeare Festival and received subsequent productions by the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and the DQT at Theatre 3. From 2004 to 2012, Ms. de la Puente was a member of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre’s Professional Playwrights Unit. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and a founding member of the Dramatic Question Theatre


Mr. Davila studied vocal performance and theatre at the University of North Texas and arts administration at the University of Texas, before becoming thefounding artistic director of the Lone Star Theatre. He’s the author of a series of plays about life along Texas/Mexico border that include MEN OF GOD, ADAN Y JULIO, WINE & THE WAY WE EMBRACE, CREDO, AZTEC PIRATES & THE INSIGNIFICANCE OF LIFE ON MARS, and ANIMAL HUSBANDRY. Mr. Davila’s musical, VOX POP, received a 4x15 workshop by the Musical Theatre Factory and was presented in concert form, at 54 Below. As a song-writer, Mr. Davila created the song cycle, TALES FROM HIGHWAY 281, for the INTAR Hispanic American Theatre. Additionally, he self-initiated the project #52SONGS wherein he composed one song a week for an entire year. This artistic endeavor yielded material for a sold-out mini-tour across New York City with stops at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, the Triad, the Underground, and The West End Lounge. Mr. Davila is a member of the Musical Theatre Factory and a Primary Stages Rockwell Scholar.


                                      THE DRAMATIC QUESTION THEATRE (DQT)

DQT develops and produces plays written by playwrights of color, female playwrights; and plays that deal with race, culture, and class in ways that are dynamic and different. Concurrently, DQT builds a diverse audience from the Latino and African American communities it serves.