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Fellowship Disciplines

Arts Administration Opportunities

Company Management Fellow – assists the company manager and associate company manager in day-to-day tasks; helps facilitate housing, transportation, and other needs for actors, designers & directors; acts as the first responder once a week for emergencies involving guest artists; assists with the preparation and processing of union & non-union contracts. Candidate should be able to keep a calm demeanor in potentially stressful situations, have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office and have a charming and warm personality.

Management Fellow – works on special projects in support of the executive producer and artistic director, including board relations, budget analysis, contract development and corporate and foundation research; observes senior staff, board, and committee meetings. Candidate should have a strong interest in not-for-profit leadership, the ability to work independently and the willingness to tackle a variety of projects.

Communications Fellow – serves as an integral part of the Communications department and a full participant in the planning, implementation and execution of marketing strategies; facilitates marketing and media-related events and promotions; drafts and edits copy for promotional items; develops and implements strategies for audience development. Assists with the creation and compilation of materials for press packets; implements strategies to garner coverage of Arena productions and programs; assists with photo shoots; works on press releases; tracks media coverage; provides administrative support. Candidate should have excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, experience with Microsoft Office and the willingness to manage multiple projects independently.

Publications Fellow – assists the webmaster with updates to the website; assists the graphic designer with print materials; maintains a calendar of work orders and trafficking proofs; researches new digital resources of interest to performing arts, including social media and e-publishing opportunities; develops an action plan to enhance Arena Stage's digital presence. Candidate should be familiar with Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office; knowledge of social media and HTML is also helpful.

Development Fellow – assists in all areas of fundraising, including individual giving, corporations, foundations and Board relations; drafts grant proposals and donor correspondence; researches prospective donors; assists with the preparation and execution of donor mailings; provides support for special events and offers overall administrative support to the team. Candidate should have excellent written and interpersonal skills, the ability to work independently on multiple projects and particular interest in donor relations and individual giving.

Artistic Opportunities

Artistic Development Fellow – works closely with the director of artistic programming, literary manager and casting director; may focus more on casting or more on literary management. Assists in scouting and auditions; community partnerships; script reading and reporting; literary management and producing the Kogod Cradle series. Candidate should have strong analytical reading and research skills, clear and concise writing, attention to detail, excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work independently with multiple priorities and deadlines, and a strong interest in artistic development.

Directing – observes and assists directors of several season productions during the rehearsal and preview performance periods; attends production meetings for all season productions; conceives and implements an independent study project under the mentorship of the director of artistic programming; supports the director of artistic programming and artistic development department as needed. Candidate should have excellent interpersonal skills, attention to detail, the ability to work independently on diverse projects and some experience with directing.

Technical production Opportunities

Costumes Fellow – plays a vital role in both production and presentation of the costume shop; assists designers on productions, including research, paperwork, note taking, costume bible creation and maintenance and assistance with fittings; serves as wardrobe for at least one production; serves as stitcher for the costume shop; assists the first hands and drapers during the build of costumes; assists the costume director and costume shop manager. Candidate should show a demonstrated interest in costume design and/or the management of a costume shop and have some experience in costume design, costume construction and/or working in a costume shop in either an academic or professional setting.

Lighting Fellow – works alongside some of the top lighting designers in the field; acts as the resident assistant for visiting lighting designers during their residency at Arena Stage and assists the master electrician and staff electricians in the planning, implementation and maintenance of the lighting designs and systems. Candidate must be proficient in computer-aided drafting and have a strong knowledge of theatrical lighting practice, common office software, and theatrical lighting equipment.

Stage Management Fellow – experiences the entire process of putting together a production in the realm of stage management, including the rehearsal process, the production and technical process and the performance run process. Duties will vary by show and stage management team, but will include preparing schedules, preparing notes and other paperwork, assisting in rehearsal duties and assisting in backstage duties. Candidate should have extensive exposure to stage management in their educational program, preferably in both study and application and show a demonstrated interest in stage management.

Community engagement opportunities

Candidates must be committed to arts education and community involvement; applicants should be strong teachers, strong writers, theater artists and administrators. Additionally, candidates must have excellent communication skills, computer literacy, attention to detail, knowledge of theater, and a passion for working from all backgrounds.

Education and School Programs – assists the school programs manager with administration of the D.C. Ticket Partnership (Arena Stage's subsidized ticket program for D.C. public school students), including scheduling, lesson planning, curriculum material assistance and teaching in-school workshops connected to main-stage productions; researches and writes at least five student study guides for main-stage productions; assists with administration for Actors Arena (Arena Stage's professional actor development program); serves as a teaching artist for the Voices of Now devised theater program during the school year.

Education and Community Programs Fellow – assists the director of education with administrative and artistic support for Voices of Now (VON), a devised theater program for middle school, high school and adult artists; acts as coordinator for the VON mentor ensemble and stage manager/teaching artist for several VON ensembles; responsible for assisting with lesson planning and teaching for in-school and community-based workshops with participants ages 4-25 as part of VON, additional community outreach workshops, and the Moving Stories literacy-through-drama program for artists in Pre-K and Kindergarten. Ideal candidates are both artists and educators that enjoy working with artists from a diversity of backgrounds.