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 Technical Production.
Fellowships are only available for full-time, full-season commitments of 30-44 weeks.
Compensation: Weekly stipend of $300.00
How to apply: Return the following to email@example.com by Friday, March 16, 2018.
- Fellowship application
- Cover letter
- Diversity Statement
- Unofficial Transcript
- Writing Sample (For administrative, artistic development, and community engagement applicants only)
The deadline for 2018/19 season fellowship applications is Friday, March 16, 2018.
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 and directors; acts as the first responder once a week for emergencies involving guest artists; assists with the preparation and processing of union and 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 particular interest in donor relations and individual giving.
Finance Fellow – supports the Business Department and has the opportunity to learn the nuts and bolts of running a theater and performing arts center, making sure all payments to vendors and artists are made on time and expenses are tracked accurately across all departments. Tasks include processing invoices and purchase orders in the accounting software, assisting with account reconciliation for both income and expenses and providing administrative support to the business office. Candidate should possess acute attention to detail, exceptional interpersonal skills, be comfortable working in Excel, be able to work independently and think analytically. A great attitude and willingness to learn is a must; course work or experience in accounting or bookkeeping is helpful, but not required.
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.
Marketing Fellow – assists with the planning and implementation of marketing strategies and creative audience-building initiatives; assists with the writing, proofing and creation of advertisements, marketing collateral, online copy; assists with photo and video shoots; provides administrative support; reporting, analysis of data and 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; assisting 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.
Artistic Development Fellow – works closely with the Deputy Artistic Director and the Literary Associate on multiple projects and initiatives of the Artistic Development Department, including script submissions, script reading and reporting, production dramaturgy research, facilitating post-show discussions and script tracking for new play development; as well as Consensus Organizing for Theater activities of community research, pitching, meetings and follow ups. 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, producing theater, community engagement/activism and producing theater are preferred. Computer skills in Word and Excel are required.
Casting Fellow – works closely with the Artistic Associate and 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.
Technical Direction Fellow – assists the Technical Director and Assistant Technical Director in drafting, budgeting and planning of each main stage production. The fellow will gain extensive experience in technical design and shop management through work with computer aided drafting (CAD), labor and material estimation, analysis of structural and aesthetic requirements for construction, and monitoring of safe practices for scenery creation, installation and strike. Candidates must have a degree or training in technical theatre, and should have experience with drafting, carpentry and metal work. Exposure to rigging and automation is a plus.
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 departments: Casting, Community Engagement, 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
Compensation: Weekly stipend of $200 distributed the last Thursday of every month worked
How to apply:
- Cover letter
- Diversity statement
- Unofficial Transcript
- Writing Sample (For administrative, artistic development and community engagement applicants only)
Submissions for the 2018/19 summer internship applications are now closed.
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 particular interest in donor relations and individual giving.
Finance Intern – supports the Business Department and has the opportunity to learn the nuts and bolts of running a theater and performing arts center, making sure all payments to vendors and artists are made on time and expenses tracked accurately across all departments. Tasks include processing invoices and purchase orders in the accounting software, assisting with account reconciliation both income and expenses, and providing administrative support to the business office. Candidate should possess acute attention to detail, exceptional interpersonal skills, be comfortable working in Excel, be able to work independently and think analytically. A great attitude and willingness to learn is a must; course work or experience in accounting or bookkeeping helpful, but not required.
Management 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.
Casting Intern – assists the Artistic Associate and 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 and 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.
JUAN PABLO AMAYA
F. BINTA BARRY
JUAN PABLO AMAYA
Juan Pablo Amaya was born in Washington D.C. He is a musician proficient in piano and viola. He graduated from The Duke Ellington School of the Arts and got his B.A. in music composition from The Catholic University. Juan Pablo has performed with artist like Patti LaBelle and Earth Wind and Fire, and has performed a various venues throughout the D.C. area. He has had two of his operas staged and performed in the city as well as many chamber works. Juan Pablo also has a passion and a great love for dance. He studied choreography in New Zealand and learned about the native cultures music and dance traditions. Juan Pablo is very excited to start this new adventure at Arena Stage.
F. BINTA BARRY
F. Binta Barry, a recent graduate of Longwood University (B.A. theater) and life-long lover of theater, is excited to come back to the D.C.-area's vibrant theater community! Just off a summer internship with Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City, F. Binta is overjoyed to be working as a casting professional. Since beginning her casting work in Virginia with arvold.casting, to working alongside Calleri Casting in New York City, F. Binta has had the fortune to work on projects such as House of Cards, Loving, Off-Broadway productions including Tick, Tick...Boom! and The Moors, and regional work with McCarter Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre and the Actors Theatre of Louisville. F. Binta aspires to focus on representation on stage and in film and TV, and making these media accessible to underrepresented stories and communities.
Sydney Becker graduated from Princeton University in June 2017 with a degree in anthropology and a minor in theater. During her undergraduate career she designed many shows for the university's program in theater, including Into the Woods, Mad Forest, The Seagull and How I Learned to Drive. Additionally, she designed lights for productions with Princeton's various student theater, music, and dance groups. She is thrilled to be at Arena and can't wait for the upcoming season!
Selene Betancourt graduated with honors with from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2016. She holds a B.A. in theater with concentrations in directing and playwriting, and a minor in applied psychology. Her favorite directing credits at UCSB include: A Moment Defined, The Vagina Monologues and a staged reading of her senior thesis, The Survivor’s Journey. She recently completed a season long directing internship at PCPA Pacific Conservatory Theatre in Santa Maria, where she served as assistant director on multiple mainstage and conservatory productions. Her most recent directing credits include: Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room, or the vibrator play with a cast of PCPA conservatory students and a staged reading of Taking Sides by Ronald Harwood at San Luis Obispo Reparatory Theatre. She is thrilled to be serving as the directing fellow at Arena Stage for the 2017/2018 season.
Ariana Garcia is a proud Southern Californian, recently graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in political science and a minor in global studies. Although she started on the stage, she found her true love in managing and producing productions with her student group HOOLIGAN Theatre Company. She served as the artistic director for two years, where her mission was to diversify the work and prioritize underrepresented voices at UCLA. Her favorite producing credits include In the Heights (2016), RENT (2015), and Anything Goes (2017). Prior to Arena Stage, she interned at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, where she first witnessed that political theater could thrive—you can imagine her excitement to be here at Arena!
Miranda Gohh is a recent graduate of Wesleyan University with a B.A. in art history and a minor in economics. While at Wesleyan, she worked extensively with Second Stage, a student-run theater organization, as a sound designer and served as goaltender for the Women's Ice Hockey team. Regionally, Miranda has completed internships at The Playwrights Realm, Goodspeed Musicals and The Metropolitan Opera. She is excited to be spending the season at Arena Stage and to work towards building the next generation of theatergoers!
Anna’le Hornak is a dramaturg, playwright, and improviser originally from just outside of Philadelphia. She received her B.A. in English and theater from Albright College in Reading, Penn., where she worked on several mainstage and student productions as an actor, production dramaturg and lighting designer. She also served as editor-in-chief of the on-campus literary magazine, Agon, and programmed productions and events for a student-lead theatre group, the Albright College Thespian Society. She has presented her academic work at several undergraduate conferences and has received recognition from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and from her alma mater. In addition to her current work at Arena Stage, she served as artistic resident for the 2016-2017 season at Luna Stage and as the Research, Policy, and Collective Action intern at the Theatre Communications Group.
Jordan Jackson is a recent graduate of Oglethorpe University where she received her degree in art history and political science. During this time, she worked as an assistant for the Oglethorpe Museum and was an active member of the Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority and Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. Although Arena Stage is her first formal experience in theater, she has actively participated in the arts and cultural policy since high school. In 2015, she was selected to be a part of the Liberal Arts Symposium panel discussing African American Cultural Identity and The N-Word, and in 2017 while studying at the Studio Arts College International in Florence Italy, she, alongside five other museology students designed programs regarding Museum Accessibility for The Uffizi Gallery and Galleria dell ‘Academia. She is very interested in the role theater plays in the development of tradition and innovation, and hopes to one day be an artistic director of a cultural institution as progressive as Arena Stage.
Akhila Khanna is from New Delhi, India and recently graduated with a B.A in theater from Middlebury College. Her favorite credits include playing Ismene in Oedipus at Colonus at British American Drama Academy in London and directing Damini the Damager at Middlebury. She discovered her love for devised theater while directing her senior thesis when she combined physical theater with Indian classical choreography to narrate an Eastern animal fable. With 15 years of training in Indian dance forms and a passion for Augusto Boal’s theater pedagogy, Akhila has facilitated performance-based workshops in schools in India, U.S. and Latin America. She has also worked as assistant stage manager at Potomac Theatre Project (NY), community engagement intern at The San Francisco Mime Troupe (CA) and production assistant at Town Hall Theater (VT). She is now excited to engage with the artistic community in D.C. through her work at Arena.
Skye Lindberg is a recent graduate from George Mason University where she received a B.A. in theater, with a concentration in performance and a minor in dance. In college she took advantage of many opportunities, including studying theater in London, England with the GMU Theatre Department, as well as studying at The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. Some of her favorite theater credits include: Mayella Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird (The Little Theatre of Alexandria) and Nicole in We Found the Wild Things (Who What Where Theatre Co.). This past summer, she was the Allen Lee Hughes teaching and community outreach intern, and loved her experiences teaching at Camp Arena Stage. She is thrilled to be back at Arena Stage as an Allen Lee Hughes Fellow for the 2017/18 Season!
A.J. Orth is originally from Prairie Village, Kansas. A.J. recently graduated with a B.F.A. in drama from the University of Oklahoma where he was awarded the A. Max Weitzenhoffer Award for Technical Achievement. While at OU, A.J. had the opportunity to stage manage multiple productions with OU University Theatre. Favorite shows included The Firebird with the Oklahoma Festival Ballet, Eugene Onegin with OU Opera Theatre, and Ragtime with the College of Fine Arts. Professionally, A.J. worked for two seasons on the Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s annual production of The Christmas Show as an assistant stage manager. He has previously interned with the Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Muny, Music Theatre Wichita, and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. He is excited to join the team at Arena!
Mary Patano is a recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame where she double majored in marketing and film, television, and theater with a concentration in theater. Originally from Los Angeles, Mary had the opportunity to study abroad in London her junior year where she saw over 30 productions over the course of 4 months. She was actively involved in the Notre Dame theater community, acting in ten productions, directing three shows and serving as executive producer of the student theatre group, Student Players, for two years. Mary has previously worked for the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival as an assistant stage manager, The Second City Theater in Chicago as a marketing/production intern, and the dating website eHarmony as a matching communications intern. She is passionate about the arts as a means for social change and engagement, and is thrilled to be working at Arena Stage, who leads the charge in creating meaningful art.
Lucía Ruppert is a Boston University graduate with a B.F.A. in stage management and mass communications minor. She is from Lima, Peru and is fluent in both English and Spanish. Her previous experience includes interning at Baltimore Center Stage, 13th Street Theater Company (off off Broadway) and at the Arcola Theatre (London), assistant stage managing Robert Brustein’s Exposed (Boston Center for American Performance) and stage managing Kirsten Greenidge’s Baltimore (Boston Center for American Performance). She loves collaborative environments that nurture artists, and that is why she is so excited to become a part of the Arena Stage family.
Elizabeth Spilsbury is a D.C.-area native and graduate of Muhlenberg College, where she earned her B.A. with a double major in theater and dance. In 2014 she spent a semester abroad, studying at the Accademia dell'Arte, in Arezzo, Italy. In addition to her work in costumes, she is also an actor, dancer and choreographer. Most recently, Elizabeth worked this summer with Double Edge Theatre, in Ashfield, MA, as a costume designer and stitcher on their Town Spectacle and Summer Spectacle, We the People.
Dayne Sundman is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Baldwin Wallace University where he majored in theater with a focus in stage management. Previously he has worked as a stage management apprentice for Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, FL, where he assisted on The Great Society, Born Yesterday, and The Little Foxes in rotating rep, and led Asolo Rep’s 45-minute educational tour of Hamlet. For the past two summers, he has stage managed at the Black Hills Playhouse in South Dakota, working on Young Frankenstein, Unnecessary Farce, Pageant and Shipwrecked! An Entertainment. Some other favorite SM credits include In the Heights (Beck Center for the Arts), Romeo & Juliet, Carousel (BWU), The 39 Steps, West Side Story (Huron Playhouse).
Nola Werlinich is a New York expat who is stoked to be the first technical direction fellow with Arena Stage. She recently received her B.A. in theater from Wesleyan University, where she concentrated in production and design, and drinking a lot of coffee. Outside of the classroom, Nola was the building & maintenance liaison for Wesleyan’s prominent student theater production company, Second Stage, and the assistant technical director for the theater department. Since graduating, she has worked as a carpenter with Williamstown Theatre Festival, and was the scenic designer for the world premiere of Resistance at The Wild Project in New York City. Check out her work at nolajwerlinich.weebly.com .
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.