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2020 – 2021 Fellowships at STC
Application Deadline: March 1, 2020
Shakespeare Theatre Company is dedicated to supporting the next generation of theatre practitioners, administrators and leaders. Each season STC offers approximately twenty fellowship positions that are an integral part of the company, working alongside renowned artists and accomplished administrative staff at the center of D.C.’s dynamic theatre community and vibrant artistic scene. STC’s highly competitive Professional Fellowship program allows early career theatre-makers the opportunity to learn from and contribute to the running of the nation’s leading classical theatre.
Fellowship Fast Facts:
- Most are season-long, full time commitment*
- $150 weekly stipend
- Fully furnished, rent-free housing in downtown D.C.
- Staff benefits including free tickets, acting classes and company events
*Please see discipline descriptions for specific fellowship lengths. Schedules are rigorous — administrative fellows work 40+ hours a week as well as additional weekend and evening hours when needed, and production fellows often work 40-60 hours a week.
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- Company Management
- Costume Design
- Costume Production
- Engagement and Education
- General Management
- Graphic Design
- Marketing and Communications
- Special Events
- Stage Management
Fellowships are made possible in part by Michael and Maureen McMurphy, in memory of Patrick McMurphy.
Meet the Current Fellows
Company Management Fellow: Steven Breiter
Steven is excited to continue his professional development with the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Last summer Steven interned at Davenport Theatrical Enterprises in New York. Steven is a graduate of The University of Florida with a Business Administration degree, with a concentration in Theatre Studies. Originally from Miami, Steven is a huge hometown sports fan and lover of outdoor activities. Steven loves to travel, with the preferred method being road trip. He’s very proud of the fact that he’s already been to 30 states, most by driving, and has a goal to visit all 50 by age 30. A fun fact about him is that he learned how to juggle fire as a young teenager while attending the renowned performing arts summer camp, French Woods Festival, and he still knows how to do it!
General Management Fellow: Anderson Molina
Anderson is originally from Stamford, CT. He graduated in 2017 from Ohio Wesleyan University with degrees in Theatre & Management Economics. During his time at university he studied abroad in London where he developed a love for devised and applied theatre practices. After graduating he worked as a production assistant for the Untitled Theatre Company #61 in New York and as an intern with the Summer Theatre of New Canaan in Connecticut. In his free time he enjoys playing various tabletop game. He is ecstatic to be joining the STC team and to experience the D.C. theatre scene!
Engagement and Education Fellow: Eliseo Valerio
Eliseo comes to D.C. from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he graduated from Stanford with a degree in Theater and Performance Studies. He has worked in education at the Alley Theatre, the New Victory Theater, and Second Stage in New York City. Most recently, he served as the Student Engagement Coordinator at Stanford Arts. He’s excited to be part of the Engagement and Education team during Simon Godwin’s debut season at STC. Originally from Texas, he is most looking forward to experiencing real seasons, especially fall and winter, in D.C.
Development Fellow: Diamond Fisher
Diamond is an avid anime lover from Baltimore, Maryland who enjoys eating oysters and going thrifting. She is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland where she doubled in communication and theater with focuses in public relations and costume design. Diamond loves creating things out of nothing and is a self-proclaimed DIY and craft queen. While mostly excited to experience her first Christmas in D.C., she also looks forward to visiting all of the theatres and museums she has yet had the chance to visit.
Graphic Design Fellow: Nikolya Sereda
Nikolya Sereda was born in Massachusetts and raised by a ballerina and an architect. Born into the theatre, Nikolya found her calling in a place that felt like home. She holds two Bachelors degrees in English and Theatre Arts from Gallaudet University in DC. Deaf since 6 months old, she is also fluent in American Sign Language and a proud member of the Deaf community. Nikolya is pursuing the fields of playwriting, costume design, and graphic design. She just completed a costume design internship at Williamstown Theatre Festival and is looking forward to immersing herself into the D.C. theatre scene once again and continuing to create more theatre opportunities for #DeafTalent.
Marketing and Communications Fellow: Ashley Lim
Ashley is thrilled to be joining the STC communications team. She found her passion for theatre because of Shakespeare, after spending 7 years attending the San Francisco Shakespeare Company’s summer programs. She has recently graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, with a degree in Civic Communication and Media Rhetoric, as well as a minor in Theatre. As a Bay Area native, she is a massive fan of Green Day, and when she’s not in the theatre, you can find her dying her hair, watching Tim Burton movies, cooking lots of Chinese food, and co-hosting the internet’s most popular Vampire Chronicles podcast.
Costume Design Fellow: Lily Komarow
Lily is a recent graduate of James Madison University with a B.A. in Theatre. She grew up in Vienna, Virginia and has spent the past few years going back and forth between Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley where she was in school. She is happy to have gotten the chance to experience two wonderful different sides of Virginia. Over the summer, Lily worked as a Wigs and Makeup Apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera. She is looking forward to frequenting the museums in D.C. and getting the chance to explore all the art the city has to offer. Additionally, she is excited to be working in the city that first fostered her love of theatre. She loves music, bunnies, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and nerding out over weird facts– she hopes to become a trivia night pro before the year is over.
Costume Production Fellow: Noelle Cremer
Noelle graduated from George Washington University with a BA in Costume Design and Technology and they are excited to be spending this season with STC as a costume production fellow. They are looking forward to learning new sewing techniques, especially for period costume, and the flow of a profession costume shop. In their free time Noelle likes to draw and visit D.C.’s museums, and they hope to get even more involved in the D.C. theatre scene this year.
Costume Production Fellow: Alexandra Plache
Alexandra, or Alli, is from the D.C. area and is very happy to be staying in her lovely city! She studied Fine Arts and Film at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and spent a lot of time working in their theatre costume shop and sewing fabric sculptural objects for her thesis. She is so excited to be at STC utilizing her experiences and learning more about her passion for creative construction out in the real world!
Artistic Fellow: Kate Blauvelt
Kate is originally from the Central Coast of California. She holds dual degrees in Dramaturgy and International Human Rights from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. She previously worked with the Repertory Theatre of St Louis, San Francisco Playhouse, and Shakespeare Festival St Louis, among others. When not in a theatre, Kate enjoys binging true crime podcasts, swimming/surfing, hosting Bachelor viewing parties with her friends, and putting hot sauce on absolutely everything.
Directing Fellow: C McCabe
C (they/them) is a director and intimacy choreographer. They received the 2019 Stage Directors and Choreographers Award from the Kennedy Center and have assistant directed at the Kennedy Center and Actors Theatre of Louisville. They are a recent graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. Their work experiments with form, the audience, and challenging ideas in an effort to create something new. When not working on theatre, they enjoy skateboarding, reading, playing tabletop games, and eating pizza! You can find more about them and reach them at cmccabetheatre.com.
Stage Management Fellows
Stage Management Fellow: Leslie Castro
Leslie hails from Raleigh, North Carolina. She holds a B.A. from Meredith College where she studied Theatre, English, and Medieval & Renaissance Studies. She has worked with companies throughout North Carolina as a stage manager, actor-combatant, dramaturg, and designer. When not at the theatre she can be found playing video games, petting dogs, or sampling craft cocktails. She is thrilled to explore the history and culture that D.C. has to offer.
Stage Management Fellow: Heather Janay Ogden
Heather is a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, having received a BFA in Theatre with a concentration in Stage Management and a double minor in Sociology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women Studies. Having just worked at Seattle Children’s Theatre on their summer season, Heather is excited to be back on the East Coast! Last summer she worked at Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut and recently just finished the first production of Atlantis: A New Musial at Virginia Repertory Theatre. In her spare time, you can find Heather somehow knowing the lyrics to every song in existence, taking a nap, or drinking a piña colada.
The company management fellow assists in the daily operations of production administration through union adherence and guest artist hospitality. Duties include coordinating guest artist travel, housing and shipping; representing the general management office; and assisting with general administrative functions. Successful candidates will have some theatre experience with excellent organizational and people skills, and a flexible schedule.
Engagement and Education
The engagement and education fellow supports the implementation of school, community, training and audience enrichment programs. Duties include scheduling, facilitating and assisting both in-school and after-school workshops and residencies, developing student and teacher curriculum guides, coordinating special events and assisting with the daily administrative needs of the Engagement and Education Department. Successful candidates will have experience in both theatre and education. Occasional evening and weekend work is required.
The general management fellow works on special projects in the areas of organizational management, strategic planning, human resources, accounting and trustee administration. Duties include daily business functions, research and analysis, coordinating staff and board committee meetings, and special projects aligned with the candidate’s individual focus. Successful candidates are exceptional collaborators with an interest in theatre management.
The graphic design fellow receives hands-on training in conceptualizing, creating and preparing pieces for print. Duties include realizing projects ranging from newspaper ads to brochures to full-size posters. Knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite – especially InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator on a Mac platform is mandatory. Successful candidates will provide a portfolio and/or examples of work that demonstrate understanding of layout, typography, color and design.
Marketing and Communications
The marketing and communications fellow supports the daily operations of the Marketing Department. Duties include assisting with audience development, subscription and single ticket marketing, press, publications, research and special projects depending on the needs of the season. Successful candidates will have strong written and verbal communication skills as well as excellent organizational skills.
The special events fellow supports the Chief Development Officer and the rest of the Development Department in all aspects of donor relations and fundraising, with a focus on planning and executing specials events such as Opening Nights, Meet the Cast events, the Annual Gala, National Council events, and more. Duties include research, writing, meeting planning, event assistance, entering information into STC’s donor database (Tessitura) and daily office tasks. Successful candidates will have exceptional writing and organizational skills and strong verbal communication ability. Occasional evening and weekend work is required.
Acting and Directing
Acting and directing fellowships for the 2020-2021 season are currently under review. Updated information will be available before February 1 and applications will be accepted through April 1.
The casting fellow assists the Resident Casting Director and the rest of the Artistic Department with current and future productions. Further information about this new fellowship will be available soon.
The costume production fellow assists in costume construction, shop maintenance, and running of the company’s mainstage productions and other projects. The shop consists of draping teams of three (draper, firsthand and stitcher), a crafts department and a management team. Production fellows work in several areas over the course of a fellowship. Costume work spans many eras and styles, including corsetry, tailoring, millinery and armor. Basic sewing skills are required; a portfolio and/or examples of work are desirable.
The costume design fellow will work side by side with shop professionals and designers on projects spanning all eras and styles with a range of work from contemporary to fantastical. Duties may include shopping, pulling costumes, production paperwork, and attending fittings and technical rehearsals. Basic sewing skills, a portfolio and/or examples of work are required.
The literary fellow assists the Literary Manager and the rest of the Artistic Department with current and future productions. Duties include reading, writing about, and discussing plays, dramaturgical research for productions, supporting rehearsals and season planning, maintaining the STC script database, corresponding with literary agencies, and other administrative tasks. Candidates should submit a 300 – 500-word analysis of a Shakespeare play (in place of a writing sample) with their application.
The stage management fellow works closely with Equity and non-Equity stage managers, assisting in all aspects of stage management, from pre-production preparation into rehearsal and through the run of the show as part of the running crew. Fellows may have the opportunity to stage manage special events and are eligible to receive EMC points.
How to Apply
Acting fellowship candidates should submit a current headshot/resume to STCFellows@ShakespeareTheatre.org, or mail a hard copy to:
Shakespeare Theatre Company
516 Eighth Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
All Non-Acting Fellowships
Email STCFellows@ShakespeareTheatre.org a one-page statement of interest along with a resume.
Additional Application Materials Required
Candidates for Directing, Engagement and Education, Marketing and Communications, General Management and Special Events should include a three–five page writing sample in their application materials. Writing samples can be academic work, formal critiques, essays, press releases, grant evaluations/proposals, original lesson plans/curriculum or director’s notes. Candidates should avoid submitting creative writing samples such as script excerpts or poetry.
Candidates for Costume Production, Costume Design, Graphic Design and Stage Management should include portfolio samples (in place of a writing sample). These samples can include attachments to photos/files or links to online portfolios. Candidates should avoid submitting originals or large, hard-copy portfolio items.
To Submit an Application
Send supporting materials to:
Shakespeare Theatre Company
516 Eighth Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
Due to the high volume of applications, please do not call or email as STC Engagement and Education will not be able to return calls or emails in a timely manner. All candidates will receive an email verification of receipt. Please allow 1-2 weeks for processing.
Each summer, the Engagement and Education Department invites a number of college students to help facilitate its summer education program, Camp Shakespeare. Ideal for candidates interested in exploring careers in theatre education. Exceptional candidates will have prior experience working with youth, preferably in the arts. These summer education internships are full-time, short-term engagements that span from late-June to mid-August. Summer interns receive a weekly stipend, but are not provided with housing.
How long do your fellowships run?
Most fellowships run from August/September through the following May/June. Acting fellowships vary in length. Artistic and Stage Management fellowships may run closer to a full calendar year.
If a portfolio is required, may I send hard-copies?
Yes. However, do not send originals as they will not be returned. Candidates should also avoid sending large pieces. Electronic attachments and/or links to on-line portfolios are preferred.
How are fellows compensated? Is housing available?
Officially, fellows will receive no compensation. The stipend offered to fellows helps to defray the cost of living expenses incurred during their fellowship. No taxes are deducted from this amount, so fellows will be responsible for any taxes owed to the IRS. Housing is provided for all fellows. STC housing is fully-furnished, includes all utilities, and is located in a residential neighborhood of Capitol Hill within walking distance of the Administrative offices as well as the Metrorail system.
Can I hold another job during my fellowship?
Due to the rigorous work schedule in all departments, fellows should not depend on supplemental income from an additional job. However, some fellows have been able to find part-time work, including within our own house management and box office departments when their schedule allows.
How does the application process work?
Candidates will email a statement of interest and their resume and will receive a confirmation email upon receipt. If they are invited to interview, they will be contacted directly by the STC Engagement and Education department. We begin scheduling interviews in March or April. Hiring decisions are usually made in June. Once a position has been filled, all other candidates will be informed that the position has been filled.
Are in-person interviews scheduled?
Due to the high volume of applications, all scheduled interviews take place over the phone. Some departments may invite second interview candidates to an in-person or video conference interview, if necessary.
Do you accept recorded auditions for the acting fellowship?
Auditions are in-person (in NYC or DC) and invitation-only. Exceptions have been made in the past for international applicants. This may be discussed if and when candidates are invited to audition.
How competitive is admission to the fellowship programs?
Each year we receive roughly 600 to 1,000 applications for 17 fellowships and 6 Camp Shakespeare internships.
Do you offer summer internships?
Each summer, STC Engagement and Education invites a number of college students to help facilitate its summer education programs. Ideal for candidates interested in exploring careers in theatre education, these internships offer multiple opportunities to share the love and craft of theatre with young people and teens throughout the greater metropolitan area. Exceptional candidates will have prior experience working with youth, preferably in the arts. These summer education internships are full-time, short-term engagements that span from late-June to mid-August. Summer interns receive a weekly stipend, but are not provided with housing.
Who is eligible for a fellowship?
Typically our fellows have an undergraduate degree in theatre or are in the early stages of their professional careers. While qualification requirements differ from fellow to fellow, all of our fellows must show a desire to further their careers in theatre.
Are there fellowships available for high school students?
We do not offer fellowships to high school students due to the full-time schedule requirements. For the same reason, we are unable to engage high school students seeking to fulfill their “senior project” or “senior experiences” as the short-term nature of those engagements seldom correlate with our production schedule.
Do you offer for-credit fellowships?
Yes. We ask that all accepted candidates seeking academic credit make all arrangements with their school to award credit for participating in STC’s fellowship program. Fellow supervisors/mentors can provide support (signatures, evaluations, etc.) only after the candidate and their graduate program have reached an agreement.
Are international applicants considered for fellowships?
Yes. All international applicants should make any and all arrangements to secure a Visa prior to consideration. STC will not coordinate or make any arrangements to secure a Visa prior to selection/acceptance.
Alumni updates coming soon.
Fellowships are made possible in part by: Michael and Maureen McMurphy, in Memory of Patrick McMurphy