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
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.

2018/19 Fellows

ANNA'LE HORNAK

Senior Literary Fellow

APRIL MONU

Community Engagement Fellow

BRANDI LAVIGNE

Leadership Office Fellow

CAMERON "CAM" APPEL

Company Management Fellow

CAROLINE DOWDEN

Marketing Fellow

CATON HAMRICK

Costumes Fellow

DALIA ASHURINA

Directing Fellow

JENNIFER "JENNIE" WEYMAN

Development Fellow

JJ HERSH

Stage Management Fellow

LAUREN MILLER

Community Engagement Fellow

MALEK MAYO

Casting Fellow

SAMANTHA "SAMI" SCHNEIDER

Media Relations Fellow

VENUS GULBRANSON

Lighting 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.