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 are interested in pursuing a career in the arts.

The program offers personalized training and in-depth, hands-on experience with top-tier professionals in artistic and technical production, arts administration, arts education, and community outreach! Additionally, all fellows and interns experience:

  • Mentorship from Arena Stage staff members
  • 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


What are the educational requirements?

None! No degree, theater or otherwise, is required. Our fellowships are crafted for those pursuing a career in professional theater. Please share any skills or experiences you may have that would allow you to succeed as a fellow or intern at Arena Stage in your resume and cover letter. All relevant administrative, creative, and work experience will be considered.

What is the time commitment?

Typically, fellowships are 35 weeks long and average 40 hours of training per week.

Can I apply for more than one fellowship?

Yes. Be sure to submit a customized cover letter with each application.

Do you offer internships for actors?

Arena Stage does not offer internships or fellowships in acting.

Do you offer high school internships?

Arena Stage does not offer high school internships. Applicants must be 18 years of age to apply.

I don’t identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color), can I still apply for this fellowship?

We are only considering applicants that identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color.) If you have questions about eligibility, please contact Olivia Jones at fellows@ArenaStage.org.

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.

We provide equal opportunity career training and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of religion, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.



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.