Fellows and Interns

Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship and Internship Program 2021 Update

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Allen Lee Hughes 2021 summer internship program has been cancelled. The Allen Lee Hughes 2021/22 Fellowship program and all applications are currently on hold at least through the end of April 2021.

As soon as we have more information about when we will be able to return to normal operations, we will update this page. Until then, we will not be accepting applications and cannot provide additional information about when this program will return. Please fill out this form should you wish to receive fellowship updates regarding the 2021/2022 season by email.


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

“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 Director

Season Fellowship Information

How to Apply
Fellowship Disciplines

Summer Internship Information

How to Apply
Summer Internship Disciplines

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.

2019/20 Fellows


Media Relations Fellow


Casting Fellow


Marketing Fellow


Literary Fellow


Lighting Fellow


Leadership and Business Fellow


Community Engagement Fellow


Development Fellow


Publications Fellow


Community Engagement Fellow


Stage Management Fellow


Events and Rentals Fellow


Directing Fellow


Company Management Fellow

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.


Arena Stage’s community engagement efforts are generously sponsored by Denie and Frank Weil; AT&T; The Coca-Cola Foundation; the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; Joanne Barker; the deLaski Family Foundation; the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Arthur and Barbara Bushkin; Hattie M. Strong Foundation; Robert and Natalie Mandel Family Foundation; Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.; Exelon Corporation; Alice Shaver Foundation; Theatre Forward; Collins Aerospace; Edington, Peel & Associates; Friends of Southwest D.C.; GEICO; JBG Smith; Wayne and Susan Jonas; Venable Foundation; Washington Nationals Dream Foundation; Wells Fargo & Company; Foley & Lardner LLP; Weissberg Foundation in memory of Wallace Kent Babington; The Albert & Lillian Small Foundation; Jean Schiro- Zavela and Vance Zavela; Actors’ Equity Foundation; and Youth Activities Task Force (YATF) of the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly, Inc.