Fellows and Interns
“We will break the cycle of exclusion and disengagement among our young people that keeps them from considering the theater as a realistic career option.”
— Zelda Fichandler, Founding Artistic Director of Arena Stage
Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship and Internship Program
The goal of Arena Stage's fellowship and internship program is to cultivate the next generation of theater professionals by providing the highest standard of training through immersion in the art and business of producing theater. Successful candidates for both programs are highly motivated individuals who have arts-related experience and training, as well as a passion for the exploration of the human condition through the dramatic forms.
The program offers personalized training and in-depth, hands-on experience with seasoned professionals in artistic and technical production, arts administration, arts education and community outreach. All fellowship and internship programs are also supplemented with the following:
- Mentorship from a senior staff member
- Professional development workshops
- Monthly meetings with directors, designers and senior staff administrators who provide insight into the overall management of the theater
Season Fellowship Information
How to Apply
Fellowships are designed for recent graduates (undergraduate or graduate) and career changers interested in pursuing a career in the professional theater. Fellowship positions vary depending on the season, but season positions are generally available in the following areas: Arts Administration, Artistic Development, Communications, Community Engagement, Development, and Production.
Dates: Seasonal fellowships are full-time and require 30-44 week commitment generally between August and May. Specific dates depend on departmental needs.
Compensation: Weekly stipend of $300.00 and a health, dental and vision insurance package.
How to apply:
- Fellowship application available now!
- Cover letter
- Diversity Statement
- Unofficial Transcript
- Writing Sample (For administrative, artistic development, and community engagement applicants only)
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.
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 interest in donor relations and individual giving.
Events Fellows – The candidate will work directly with the Mead Center Events and Rentals staff to provide support on all aspects of event planning and management. This position fields and processes event inquiries, drafts contracts, and leads site tours for potential clients. During events, the fellow will coordinate with caterers and vendors, assist with event load in and help facilitate event operations. The ideal candidate should have a background in event execution, excellent written and verbal communication skills, be comfortable working on both independent and collaborative projects, ability to keep a calm demeanor in challenging situations and have a passion for events management. Knowledge of theatrical productions or arts management a plus. The position requires a flexible schedule with the ability to work nights and weekends. Some events may run outside of the hours of public transportation. This position requires standing and walking as well as the ability to lift 30 lbs.
Leadership Office Fellow – works on special projects in support of the Executive Director 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.
Marketing Fellow – assist with the planning and implementation of marketing strategies and creative audience-building initiatives; Assist with the writing, proofing and creation of advertisements, marketing collateral, online copy; assist with photo and video shoots; provide administrative support; reporting, analysis of data, social media support. Candidate should have excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, experience with Microsoft Office and the willingness to manage multiple projects independently.
Media Relations Fellow – supports the publicity efforts surrounding Arena Stage’s programming, institutional projects and leadership in a way that is consistent with the theater’s mission. Responsibilities include monitoring and tracking daily news coverage; scheduling tickets for journalists covering shows; compiling press kits as needed; responding to photo requests from media outlets; assists with updating Arena Stage’s online press room, including photos, releases and relevant news coverage; managing the electronic distribution of press releases and media invites; drafting and editing press releases; assisting in facilitating media interviews with Arena Stage artists and leaders; and additional assignments developing and implementing Arena Stage communications strategies. Candidate should have excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, experience with Microsoft Office and the willingness to manage multiple projects independently.
Publications Fellow – The Publications Fellow at the direction of the Publications Coordinator will aid designing print and digital materials. The fellow will also aid with Arena Stage’s multimedia projects including filming and editing. Additionally, the publications fellow will research new digital resources of interest to performing arts, including social media and e-publishing opportunities. Candidate should be familiar with Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office; knowledge of social media and HTML is also helpful.
Literary Fellow – works closely with the Literary Manager on script submissions, script reading and reporting, production dramaturgy research, facilitating post-show discussions, and script tracking for new play development. Other activities may include: staffing special artistic events and workshops, being on-book as needed, and general office support. This position requires a flexible schedule for occasional evening and weekend hours. Candidates with a strong background in dramaturgy, and/or producing theater are preferred. Computer skills in Word and Excel are required.
Casting Fellow – works closely with the Artistic Associate & Casting Director to schedule, plan, and execute auditions, maintain the casting database, scout talent, and facilitate new play readings and workshops. Also supports the Artistic Development office with script reading, reporting, and being on book in the rehearsal hall, dramaturgical research, and special event staffing. This position requires a flexible schedule for occasional evening and weekend hours. Though casting experience is not required, directing, producing, stage management, or other experience working in the rehearsal hall “across the table” from actors is preferred. Ideal candidates will be well-grounded, meticulously organized, detail-oriented, and able to work with different personalities and quickly changing situations. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and creative problem-solving skills are required.
Directing Fellow – serves as the Directing Assistant on several Arena Stage productions (LORT B+), and is expected to support the director at every rehearsal, production meeting, and during tech, and previews. This work may include taking notes, providing research, and ensuring the well-being of the director. This position requires a flexible schedule for evening and weekend hours while in productions. In addition, this Fellow supports the Deputy Artistic Director, Casting Director and Literary Associate on other Artistic Development Department initiatives and activities when not working on a production. During these times, this Fellow’s work hours may switch back to a traditional work week. Ideal candidates must have directing, dramaturgy, stage management or performance experience and high emotional intelligence. Stamina, keen listening and observation skills, attention to detail, a fierce commitment to artistic excellence, excellent communication skills, a good sense of humor, and compassion are required as well as computer skills in Word and Excel.
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.
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.
Summer Internship Information
How to Apply
Summer internships are appropriate for college students, graduate students, recent graduates, or career changers. Summer internships vary depending on the season, but positions are generally available in the following areas, Casting, Education, Events, Development, and Production. The casting summer internship is a volunteered position.
Dates: Summer internships are full-time and require an 8-12 week commitment between June and August. Specific dates depend on departmental needs.
Compensation: Weekly stipend of $200.00 distributed the last Thursday of every month worked.
How to apply:
- Internship application available now!
- Cover letter
- Diversity statement
- Unofficial Transcript
- Writing Sample (For administrative, artistic development and community engagement applicants only)
Summer Internship Disciplines
Development Intern – 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 interest in donor relations and individual giving.
Leadership Office Intern – works on special projects in support of the Executive Director, including budget analysis, contract development, board relations 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.
Events Intern – works directly with the Mead Center Events and Rental staff to provide support on all aspects of event planning and management. The events intern will work a flexible schedule that involves administrative and hands-on event coordination during the day, along with some evening and weekend events. In the office, the fellow will assist with fielding and processing event inquiries, drafting contracts and leading site tours for potential clients. During events, the fellow will coordinate caterers and vendors, assist with event load in and help facilitate event operations. The ideal candidate should have excellent written and communication skills, be comfortable working on both independent and collaborative projects and have a passion for events management.
Casting Intern – assists the Artistic Associate & Casting Director with auditions that take place over the summer. This is a great opportunity to see how all elements of the casting process work from scheduling actors to preparing audition documents to serving as a monitor and observing auditions to assisting the creative team at every step along the way. This is a part-time commitment requiring an average of 20 hours/week, but a flexible schedule is necessary, as the volunteer will need to be available whenever auditions are scheduled. No casting experience is required but directing, producing, stage management, or other experience working in the rehearsal hall “across the table” from actors is preferred. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and creative problem-solving skills are required.
Production Intern – assists the production management and general management teams in daily operations of the production office; helps facilitate the needs of current productions, events, and building operations; assists with preparation for the upcoming season and the planning and execution of rental and internal events involving production. Candidates must show a demonstrated interest in theatrical management and/or production and have excellent written and oral communication skills, thrive in a fast-paced environment and adapt to change quickly.
Education Programs Administration Intern – provides administrative support for Arena Stage's summer education programs: Camp Arena Stage and the Arena Stage Academy's Musical Theater Training Company (MTTC); assists with program registration, student and parent communication, preparation of materials, daily on-site assistance to guest artist faculty for the MTTC program, event support and other duties as assigned. This is a non-teaching position; however, there are opportunities for observation of classes, rehearsals and planning sessions with guest artists and teachers. Candidate should have basic computer skills. Familiarity with American musical theater canon and/or ability to read music is helpful but not required.
Teaching and Community Outreach Intern – splits time between teaching at Camp Arena Stage, a summer multi-arts (theater, dance, music, filmmaking, visual art) camp for ages 8–15, and helping to plan and implement a variety of community outreach workshops Successful candidate must have some teaching experience and enjoy working with young people from diverse backgrounds.
Meet Allen Lee Hughes
A lighting designer and teacher of lighting design, Allen Lee Hughes has a B.A. from Catholic University and a M.F.A. from New York University. He received the USITT Distinguished Achievement Award in Lighting Design for 2003. He is the recipient of the 1997 Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration and the recipient of two Helen Hayes Awards in Washington and nominated eight other times. His work has been seen at major theaters throughout the country, including the McCarter Theatre, Seattle Rep, Long Wharf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Hartford Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Steppenwolf, Kennedy Center, Denver Center and Alliance Theatre. His dance designs include works for American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Ballet Tech, Hartford Ballet and Pilobolus Dance Theatre. He has served as an associate artist at Arena Stage, where the fellows program has been named in his honor. Hughes is an associate arts professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
CAMERON "CAM" APPEL
SAMANTHA "SAMI" SCHNEIDER
ANNA'LE HORNAK (Senior Literary Fellow) is a dramaturg and playwright originally from just outside of Philadelphia. She received her B.A. in English and Theatre from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. She has presented her academic work at several undergraduate conferences and has received recognition for production dramaturgy and student leadership from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and from her alma mater. After completing undergrad, she served as Artistic Resident at Luna Stage Company in West Orange, NJ for the 2016-2017 season, and at the Theatre Communications Group as an intern in the Research, Policy, and Collective Action department. She spent this past season serving as Artistic Development Fellow at Arena Stage, working on the world premieres of Sovereignty and Snow Child, and spent this past summer tracking script changes on Dave. She is delighted to return to Arena as Senior Literary Fellow this year.
BRANDI LAVIGNE (Events Fellow), originally from a tiny town near Lewiston/Auburn, Maine, is an Arts Administrator, and graduate of Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts. Her experience at organizations such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, College Light Opera Company, and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center has fostered a love of learning and passion for a variety of art forms. Brandi is a world traveler, having recently made the ambitious choice to visit 10 cities in 7 countries over the course of a 3-week trip to Europe. After graduating with her Bachelor’s Degree in Arts & Entertainment Management and Theatre, with a minor in Psychology, Brandi is excited to continue a career in the arts, engaging with new, relevant works which inspire social activism and change. Brandi is thrilled join Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. as a Leadership Office Fellow for the 2018-2019 season.
CAMERON "CAM" APPEL
CAMERON "CAM" APPEL (Company Management Fellow) is a recent graduate of The George Washington University where she majored in Political Science and minored in Theatre. She spent the majority of her time there working with the student theatre company Forbidden Planet Productions in various technical roles, and lastly as Technical Director. Cameron was also involved in the Theatre and Dance Department at GW, as well as with Pi Beta Phi Fraternity. She has interned across the District at Studio Theatre, theatreWashington, and on Capitol Hill, as well as back home in New York in Columbia University's School of Professional Studies. Cameron is thrilled to continue her time in Washington working for Arena Stage and helping to make the magic happen!
CAROLINE DOWDEN (Marketing Fellow) graduated in May, 2018 from American University with a B.A. degree in Public Relations and Strategic Communication and a minor in Theatre. During her time at AU, Caroline was the Health Editor for the University magazine, The American Word, a member of PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) and a member of the University Choir. She has also held several marketing and arts administrative internships at The American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE), Ford's Theatre, The New 42nd Street, Inc./New Victory Theater, and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. This summer, Caroline returned to AATE to work as a coordinator for its National Conference. In her free time, Caroline loves to travel, cook, and explore D.C. She is ecstatic to join Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater as a member of its 2018-19 Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship Program and is looking forward to a wonderful season.
CATON HAMRICK (Costumes Fellow) is a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where she received a B.F.A. in Theatre Design with a focus in Costumes. While there, she draped and constructed costumes for multiple VCU productions, including Morticia from The Addams Family, the Lady of the Lake from Spamalot, Elle from Legally Blonde, and The Witch from Into the Woods. She also designed costumes for VCU's production of Boy Gets Girl. Caton supplemented her time in school with working backstage at The Altria, dressing for travelling Broadway shows The Lion King and Newsies. Outside of school, Caton completed an internship at The Public Theater in NYC, where she was able to construct and alter costumes for Shakespeare in the Park's Julius Caesar and A Midsummer's Night Dream, as well as Hamlet and the From Hair to Hamilton Gala. She is honored and very excited to be joining Arena Stage this season!
DALIA ASHURINA (Directing Fellow) is elated to be in D.C. and joining Arena Stage for their 2018/2019 season! She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in Drama, minor in Political Science, and honors in Directing. Her favorite directing credits at UCI include: Machinal, by Sophie Treadwell and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin. She spent a summer in Toronto working at No Strings Theatre Company, teaching and creating musical theatre for both children and adults. Last summer, she spent some time in Colorado Springs, acting in the annual THEATREWORKS outdoor Shakespeare festival. While living in Los Angeles, she directed various productions and staged readings of new plays with Playwright's Arena, INK Fest, Orange County Playwrights Alliance, and The Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble. She also served as assistant director on productions with Center Theatre Group and Cornerstone Theater Company.
LAUREN MILLER (Community Engagement Fellow) is a recent graduate of Texas Tech University with an MFA in Theatre Performance and Pedagogy. She received her BA in Theatre and Elementary Education from Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. Her interests lie in voice and movement work, teaching, and directing. As an artist, she is excited by works that explore the "grey" areas, helping blur the lines of our extremely black and white society. Lauren is enthralled to be combining her interests in her work at Arena Stage, giving individuals a safe place to express their own thoughts and feelings through the arts.
MALEK MAYO (Casting Fellow) a Baltimore native, received his B.A. in Theatre Arts from Clark Atlanta University. While in Atlanta, he’s worked to become the in-house assistant director for Kenny Leon’s Theatre Company. His most recent projects includes King Hedley II, Holla If You Hear Me, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. Mayo is thrilled to contribute to the communities of DC as a 2018/2019 Allen Lee Hughes Casting Fellow!
SAMANTHA "SAMI" SCHNEIDER
SAMANTHA "SAMI" SCHNEIDER (Media Relations Fellow) is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she attended the School of Media and Journalism with a focus in broadcast news. She produced and created content for two news shows while at UNC and worked as the media producer for the UNC theatre group, Pauper Players. Samantha was also a member of the UNC Phi Mu Gamma Lambda chapter and performed in various productions with the Kenan and Pauper theatre companies. Outside of school Samantha worked with the North Carolina CBS news and marketing teams, as well as the marketing and public relations teams at the Durham Performing Arts Center. She has also enjoyed teaching at Stage Door Dance in Raleigh for the past five years. Samantha is very excited to be a part of the Allen Hughes Fellowship and continue to grow in this industry!
VENUS GULBRANSON (Lighting Fellow), is a graduate of Idaho State University with a BA in Theatre—emphasis in lighting design and electrics, where she spent most of her time serving as the master electrician and assistants for professional guest designers. Venus also designed for local dance concerts and smaller productions at The Stephens Performing Arts Center. After graduating, Venus worked for The Santa Fe Opera for two summer seasons, and the Pacific Conservatory Theatre in the off-season. Venus is excited to travel across the country and experience life and theatre in a whole new environment. She hopes to inspire others through theatre the way it inspired her years ago.
Arena Stage is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Arena champions diversity throughout the organization and in the community and strongly encourages applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups.