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.”
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, Education, Events & Rental, and Production.
Dates: Seasonal fellowships are full-time and require a commitment of 35 weeks generally between August and May. Specific dates depend on departmental needs.
Compensation: Weekly stipend of $400 and a health, dental and vision insurance package. Housing is not provided.
How to apply:
Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020
ARENA STAGE DOES NOT PROVIDE FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.
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 & Rentals Fellow – 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. This position begins in October and ends in June.
Leadership & Business Fellow – works with the Executive Director, Artistic Director, Chief Financial Officer, Controller, and Leadership Office Manager, both independently and as part of small teams on special projects and ongoing business/finance tasks including: board relations, budget analysis, financial reporting and tracking, assisting in drafting program notes, 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. Excellent writing, organization, communicant and computer literacy skills (a familiarity with Excel) is required.
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. This position begins in January and ends in October.
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; serves as a teaching artist for the Voices of Now devised theater program during the school year. Ideal candidates are both artists and educators that enjoy working with artists from a diversity of backgrounds.
Education and Community Programs Fellow – assists the Director of Education and Community Programs Manager with administrative and artistic support for Voices of Now (VON), a devised theater program for middle school, high school and adult artists; acts as co-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: Community Engagement, Education, Events & Rentals, Development, Leadership & Business, and Production.
Dates: Summer internships are full-time and require a 10 week commitment between June and August. Specific dates depend on departmental needs.
Compensation: Weekly stipend of $200.
How to apply:
Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020
ARENA STAGE DOES NOT PROVIDE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.
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 & Business Intern – works with the Executive Director, Artistic Director, Chief Financial Officer, Controller, and Leadership Office Manager, both independently and as part of small teams on special projects and ongoing business/finance tasks including board relations, budget analysis, financial reporting and tracking, assisting in drafting program notes, 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. Excellent writing, organization, communicant and computer literacy skills (familiarity with Excel) are required.
Events & Rentals Intern – : 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 intern 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.
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.
Teaching and Community Outreach Intern – splits time between teaching at Camp Arena Stage, a summer multi-art (theater, dance, music, filmmaking, visual art) camp for ages 8–15, and assisting with community outreach workshops as needed. The intern will be trained to co-instruct in Voices of Now, Arena Stage’s devised theater for social change program, and will also plan and teach a daily class on their own. Intern will provide administrative support and preparation of materials for summer programs as assigned. 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.
DELAYINE “LAYNIE” RIZER
GREGORY KENG STRASSER (费铿铿)
CAROLINE AUSTIN (Media Relations Fellow) is excited to be back at Arena Stage after graduating from William & Mary with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing coupled with a minor in theatre. At William & Mary, she served as the first student publicist for the Theatre and Dance Department, promoting the mainstage productions. She was the membership vice president for Alpha Kappa Psi (National Business Fraternity), where she was responsible for membership recruitment and retention. She revamped the recruitment process, resulting in the fraternity’s largest pledge class since the 1990s. Back home in Alexandria, she designed and conducted the first-ever musical theatre workshops at the Fort Belvoir USO for children of soldiers assigned to the Wounded Warrior Transition Unit. Last summer, she was the development intern at Arena Stage. Caroline is excited to be a fellow at Arena Stage because of the company’s leadership role in offering exciting quality productions which promote diversity and inclusiveness.
MARY ESTRERA (Casting Fellow) is a proud graduate of Mount Holyoke College where she earned a B.A. in critical social thought, a minor in music, and a 5-College certificate in Asian/Pacific/American studies. As an undergraduate student she was an active member of Asian American Students in Action, the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra, and WMHC 91.5 FM and completed an internship with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Off-Broadway, Mary worked as a production and marketing assistant for the National Asian American Theatre Company's two-part adaptation of Henry VI, Parts 1-3, which received two 2019 Drama Desk Award Nominations including Outstanding Revival of a Play. Particularly concerned with the intersections of theater and Ethnic Studies, Mary is thrilled to join the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship Program at Arena Stage as the 2019/20 Casting Fellow!
TRISTIN EVANS (Marketing Fellow) is a recent graduate of Southwestern University, where she received a B.A. in theatre and business. In her time at Southwestern she served as the vice president and president of the Mask & Wig Student Theatre Organization, and she was awarded both the Richard J. Hossalla Theatre Departmental Award and the Merriman Morton Business Departmental Leadership Award. Tristin also worked as a lead student ambassador for the Office of Admissions and served on the Executive Board as a proud member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Beyond performing and directing at Southwestern, she has performed with the City Theatre Company in Austin, Texas, as well as internationally at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. Before coming to Arena Stage, Tristin completed internships with Millbrook Playhouse and the American High School Theatre Festival. She is absolutely thrilled to be working at the forefront of American theater here at Arena Stage!
DANTE FLORES (Literary Fellow) is a recent college graduate with a B.A. in theatre studies from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. While in Boston, he worked at HowlRound, providing technical assistance on both its journal and with its convenings, in particular helping to livestream its convening on “Theatre in the Age of Climate Change.” Additionally, he works remotely as a literary associate for Theatre Three in Dallas, Texas, his home city. He was a regional winner in 2018 for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. He thanks his loved ones and the family cats for their unconditional support as he navigates life both in Washington, D.C., and the American Theatre.
MINJOO KIM (Lighting Fellow) received an M.F.A. in theatrical lighting design from UC San Diego. She holds a B.A. in theatre and film design from Chung-Ang University in Seoul, Korea. She is a lighting designer who is, such as an explorer, on a never-ending quest of understanding the perpetually fascinating facets of light. Her lighting design credits include Quiet No More (San Diego Women's Chorus), IDEAS-Cetacea (Calit2 Theater, Atkinson Hall), Crimson Girl (Dongsoong Art Center), Die or Not (Seoul Art Space Mullae), and Mask on/off (Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre). UCSD credits include The Misanthrope, MIKO, Mother Courage and Her Children, How to Defend Yourself, The Human Body Time Machine, Othello, The Green Cockatoo, New Directions, Birds of North America and Anansi - The Story King.
J.P. McLAURIN (Leadership and Business Fellow) is a founding member of Boots on the Ground Theater and a graduate of Coastal Carolina University (CCU). In addition to his studies at CCU, he has worked and trained at the Guthrie Theater, the SITI Company with director Anne Bogart, and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey,. Recent directing credits include Grounded (Piccolo Spoleto Festival, BOTG); “Fire Mountain” (Los Angeles Public Library); Assassins (Asst. Director, Theater Latté Da); Hamlet (Asst. Director, Park Square Theatre); Three Sisters and Marisol (CCU). Acting credits include A Year with Frog & Toad (SC Children's Theatre); Love's Labour's Lost and Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ); Lincoln’s Last Day (Smithsonian Channel); and “Identity” (The CW). He is an alumnus of Directors Lab West at the Pasadena Playhouse and a recipient of the Dean's Excellence Scholarship at CCU. He is thrilled to serve in this newly formed position at Arena and to be a part of the legacy of the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship program. jpmclaurin.com
TRÉS McMICHAEL (Community Engagement Fellow) is an emerging arts leader passionate about community engagement, arts education and social justice. Before Arena Stage, he worked with various nonprofit organizations such as the A Broaderway Foundation, Maryland Leadership Workshops and the NAACP. Trés is a recent graduate of Elon University where he majored in music theater and arts administration with minors in leadership studies, business administration, and African and African-American studies. While at Elon, he was named an Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellow, Phillips-Perry Black Excellence Awardee and Elon Engagement Scholar. Over the years, Trés has been seen showcased in the Baltimore Sun, Playbill, and Time Magazine, performing on stages at the Lyric Opera House, Signature Theater, Lincoln Center and throughout the Republic of Ghana. Through his work, Trés strives to make the arts inclusive and equitable for all.
KAYLI MODELL (Development Fellow) is a recent graduate of Wright State University with a B.F.A. in musical theatre. Her most memorable performance role was fulfilling a lifelong dream as Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof. While balancing her schoolwork and productions, she worked in the College of Liberal Arts as the public relations intern, showcase development lead for the class of 2019, and fell in love with development through her work interning for ArtsGala. Kayli is absolutely thrilled to be back in the D.C. Metro area and join this incredible team at Arena Stage for the 2019/20 Season!
BRANDON PELAR (Publications Fellow) is a recent graduate of James Madison University where he received a B.A. with majors in media arts and design as well as theatre. While balancing the workload of two majors, Brandon worked extensively with the Stratford Players, the student-run theatre organization on campus. He could be found doing everything from directing to performing to lighting design. His favorite role while at James Madison University was Jared in Annie Baker’s Body Awareness. Upon graduating, Brandon completed a marketing internship at the American Shakespeare Center. Brandon is ecstatic to be an Allen Lee Hughes fellow and continue to learn and grow while surrounded by so many wonderful theater artists and professionals. Twitter/Instagram: @BrandonDPelar
MEGAN PHILIPPI (Community Engagement Fellow) received her B.A. in theater and performance studies from the University of Chicago, where she devised Nothing Gets Shared at Pool Parties and directed Eurydice and After the Revolution among other productions and readings. She directed Drop at the Going Dutch Festival and assistant directed The Adventures of Augie March at Court Theatre. She has also interned at The Goodman Theatre (dramaturgy), Court Theatre (dramaturgy), Lookingglass Theatre (summer camp), and Chicago Shakespeare Theater (directing). Megan loves teaching and has assistant taught preschool drama, worked at the Great Books Summer Program in Amherst, and tutored many students in writing. Her own writing has been performed at a Victory Gardens Theater college night and selected as a competition winner by Statue Stories Chicago. She is absolutely thrilled to be spending the 2019/20 Season as a Community Engagement fellow at Arena!
DELAYINE “LAYNIE” RIZER
DELAYINE “LAYNIE” RIZER (Stage Management Fellow) is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in theatre and a double minor in English and women’s studies. During her time as a student in Knoxville, she worked extensively at the Clarence Brown Theatre as a stage manager. Additionally, she has completed stage management internships at the Nashville Children’s Theatre, the Oberlin Summer Theatre Festival, and here in D.C., at Studio Theatre. She is delighted and grateful to be returning to the District and to spend the season as a part of the stage management team here at Arena Stage!
TOMMY STACK (Events and Rentals Fellow) recently graduated from the Catholic University of America with a B.A. in drama and a minor in philosophy. As a drama major, Tommy had the privilege of being cast in a wide variety of productions, such as: Macbeth, Our Town, Antigone and others. Additionally, Tommy worked as a resident assistant with the Department of Residence Life from the fall of 2016 to the spring of 2019. Tommy is honored to become a member of the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship program and is very excited to spend the 2019/20 Season with Arena Stage.
GREGORY KENG STRASSER (费铿铿)
GREGORY KENG STRASSER (费铿铿) (Directing Fellow) is a Chinese-American director and adapter. As an artistic apprentice for the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, he made his Bangkok debut working on a Thai-and-American dance theatre collaboration entitled "Doi Nang Non." He made his directorial debut with 410[GONE] by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig for Rorschach Theatre, which the Washington Post called “audacious, irreverent, and ultimately moving.” He directed and adapted the world premiere of Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey for the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts’ inaugural summerstock season. With Arena Stage, he will serve as the directing assistant on Right to be Forgotten, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Celia and Fidel and Toni Stone. In December, he will make his directorial debut at 4615 Theatre Company with The Infinite Tales, his adaptation of Irish myths. He has previously worked with Odin Teatret, Theatre J, the Kennedy Center, Mosaic Theatre of DC and Shanghai Media Group. University of Michigan ’17. You can follow him on Instagram: @gregory.keng.strasser
KATHARINE TEMPLETON (Company Management Fellow) is a recent graduate of the University of Rhode Island (URI) where she received a B.F.A. in theatre and a B.A. in psychology. While at URI, she was fortunate to be cast in multiple productions but also enjoyed her time backstage as an assistant stage manager, house manager and a member of the department’s social media team. Outside of URI, Katharine helped direct after-school theater productions at a local elementary school, the Gordon School. Katharine recently completed an internship at the Cape Playhouse, where she helped the development department with their fundraising efforts. During her free time, Katharine can be found cheering on any New England sports team, dreaming of travel plans and spending time with friends. Katharine has always had a passion for the arts, so she is ecstatic and grateful to be a part of the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship!
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; 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.