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Shakespeare Theatre Company is dedicated to supporting the future generation of theatre practitioners and administrative and management staff. Each season, STC offers approximately 20 fellowship positions ranging in focus from Stage Management and Acting to Development and Education. Our fellows are an integral part of STC’s staff, working alongside renowned designers, actors, artists and administrative staff. STC’s highly-competitive Professional Fellowship program allows young theatre-makers the opportunity to learn from and contribute to the running of the nation’s leading classical theatre.
Download the 2017-2018 Fellowship Application. Applications are due April 1, 2017.
Fellowship Fast Facts:
- Ten-month, 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
- Artistic Administration
- Company Management
- Theatre Management
- Graphic Design
- Marketing and Communications
- Stage Management
Fellowships are made possible in part by Michael and Maureen McMurphy, in memory of Patrick McMurphy.
STC’s professional fellowships are season-long, full-time commitments lasting approximately 10 months. Schedules are rigorous—administrative fellows work 40 hours a week as well as additional weekend and evening hours where needed, and production and artistic fellows work 40-60 hours a week.
STC and D.C.
STC is a beloved theatrical fixture in Washington, D.C., and as an STC fellow, you’ll also be at the center of D.C.’s dynamic theatre community and vibrant artistic scene, with access to industry tickets and theatre professional across D.C.
As a cultural destination with political clout, D.C. is filled with young professionals and was named the #1 “Coolest City” by Forbes in 2014. D.C. boasts unique neighborhoods and nightlife as well as a foodie revolution—not to mention tons of free museums and historic site visits.
Still a college student and can’t make a full-time commitment? Learn about the College Apprentice Program.
Meet the Current Fellows
The company management fellow assists in the daily operations of production administration through union adherence and guest artist hospitality. Major responsibilities of this hands-on fellowship 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.
The development fellow works in all aspects of donor relations and fundraising. The fellowship focuses on research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual, corporate, government and foundation donors as well as assistance in planning and execution of special events such as Opening Nights, Meet the Cast events, the Annual Gala, National Council events, and more. Fellows work closely with the Chief Development Officer and other senior development staff. Responsibilities include: writing, research, meeting planning, event assistance, donor database (Tessitura) and daily office tasks. Successful candidates will have excellent writing skills and strong verbal communication ability. Occasional evening and weekend work is required.
The education fellow supports the implementation of school, community, training and audience enrichment programs. Duties include: scheduling and facilitating workshops, assisting both in-school and after-school classes and residencies, developing teacher and student curriculum guides, coordinating special events and assisting with the daily administrative needs of the Education Department. Successful candidates will have experience in both theatre and education. Occasional evening and weekend work is required.
The graphic design fellow receives hands-on training in conceptualizing, creating and preparing pieces for print. The graphic design fellow supports the design team in various ways, including carrying out full 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; a portfolio and/or examples of work that demonstrate understanding of layout, typography, color and design are required.
The public relations/marketing fellow supports the daily operations of the Marketing Department. The fellow may assist in audience development, subscription and single ticket marketing, press, publications, research and special projects depending on the needs of the season. Special requirements include strong written and verbal communication skills as well as strong organizational skills.
Theatre management fellowships are ideal for persons interested in the overall workings of a theatre as management interacts with all departments including artistic, production, education, marketing, development and business. The 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/analysis, coordinating staff/Board committee meetings and special projects aligned with the candidate’s individual focus.
The costume 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, first hand and stitcher), a crafts department, and a management team. 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 or examples of work are desirable.
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.
The Shakespeare Theatre Company provides a unique opportunity for early career actors to perform in our full season of plays. Acting Fellows compose the non-Equity ensemble for most or all of our mainstage plays, serve as understudies and receive training in text, voice, speech, Alexander Technique and stage combat. Acting fellows are selected from yearly auditions in New York and Washington, D.C. (as well as its partnership with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival). The Acting Fellowship is geared toward early-career actors with at least a bachelor’s degree or similar training in theatre.
The artistic fellow assists the Associate Artistic Director, Resident Assistant Director, and Literary Associate on casting, script preparation, production research and other duties related to the smooth operation of the Artistic Department. While there is no directing involved in this fellowship, the Artistic fellow may be asked to assist in the rehearsal process as needed. The Artistic Fellowship is best suited for candidates with a strong interest in artistic management, dramaturgy, and classical theatre.
The directing fellow assists the creative teams of mainstage productions over the course of the season, which may include serving as a lead Assistant Director or as a Second Assistant. Duties include aiding the director with all aspects of the rehearsal and production process including but not limited to research, text analysis, recording blocking, rehearsing understudies and maintaining a production once it has opened. As a member of the theatre’s resident artistic staff, the Directing Fellow facilitates communication between the theatre staff and the production team and may also have administrative responsibilities related to the operation of the Artistic Department. Candidates should have a degree in theatre, experience as an assistant director on professional productions, a working knowledge of Shakespeare and other classics, and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
How to Apply
Acting Fellowship candidates should submit only current headshot/resume to:
Shakespeare Theatre Company
516 Eighth Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
All Non-Acting Fellowships
Candidates should submit a completed application form, current resume, three references and a cover letter.
Cover letters should include:
- Title of the fellowship for which you are applying
- Dates of Availability
- Why you’re interested in a fellowship at this time
- Why you’ve chosen the Shakespeare Theatre Company specifically
- Descriptions of qualities, skills and interests that make you the best candidate for your fellowship
- Personal career goals and explanation of how a STC fellowship will help you achieve those goals
Additional Application Materials Required
Candidates for Artistic, Directing, Development, Education, Marketing/Communications and Theatre Management should include a 3-5 page writing sample or excerpt 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, Graphic Design and Stage Management should include portfolio samples (in place of a writing sample). These samples can include attachments to photos/files or lines to online portfolios. Candidates should avoid submitting originals or large, hard-copy portfolio items.
To Submit an Application
Send completed application and 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 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 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?
All professional fellowships run ten months in length, from August or September through the following June or July.
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?
Fellows receive $150 weekly to help defray the cost of living expenses. No taxes are deducted from this amount. 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 take part-time shifts in house management, box office, or teleservices when their schedule allows.
How does the application process work?
Candidates will receive a confirmation e-mail upon receipt of all application materials. If you are invited to interview, you will be contacted directly by the Associate Director of Education. We begin scheduling interviews in February. Hiring decisions are usually made by May. 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. Specific departments may invite second interview candidates to an in-person interview if necessary.
Do you accept videotaped auditions for the acting fellowship?
No. All auditions for the acting fellowship are invite-only and in-person.
How competitive is admission to the fellowship programs?
Each year we receive roughly 600 to 1,000 applications for approximately 20 fellowships.
Do you offer summer internships?
Each summer, STC 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. To apply, use the same criteria as you would for a full-season fellowship, but specify that you are applying specifically for a summer internship in your cover letter.
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?
Unfortunately, no. The rigorous demands and work schedule of a professional theatre does not provide sufficient supervision and/or training for high school students. Middle and high school students are encouraged to explore theatre arts through various education programs such as classes and Camp Shakespeare.
Do you offer for-credit fellowships?
Yes. Accepted candidates seeking academic credit must make all arrangements with their school to award credit for participating in STC’s fellowship program.
Are international applicants considered for fellowships?
Yes. However, international applicants should make any and all arrangements to secure a J-1 Visa prior to consideration. STC will not coordinate or make any arrangements to secure a J-1 Visa.
When are applications due?
Application materials are due April 1. We typically begin to accept applications in January.
Following their fellowships, alumni have gone onto work and study with prestigious organizations such as:
- Arena Stage
- Carnegie Mellon School of Drama
- Cirque du Soleil
- The Goodman Theatre
- The Kennedy Center
- New York City Ballet
- New York University
- Playwrights Horizons
- Signature Theatre Company
- Yale School of Drama
What Former Fellows have to say:
Anne S. Kohn
Managing Director at Bristol Riverside Theatre
STC General Management Fellow 2009-2010 Season
“My fellowship at STC was the perfect bridge between my master’s degree and the next step in my career. It allowed me to be part of the inner workings of one of the nation’s largest and most renowned regional theatres while building my skills and peer network.”
Corporate and Foundations Relations Manager at Everyman Theatre, Baltimore
STC Education Fellow 2006-2007 Season, STC Training Programs Coordinator 2007-2008 Season
“My STC fellowship gave me the opportunity to work alongside and learn from an incredibly talented group of theatre educators and administrators in a highly professional environment.“
Actor, New York City
STC Acting Fellow 2009-2010 Season
“STC was instrumental in helping me to work at the Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park, as well as my current job at the Pearl. The skills I developed while being immersed in Shakespeare’s language for a year gave me the confidence to audition and perform complicated text.”
Assistant Company Manager at Sesame Street Live: Make A New Friend National Tour
STC Company Management Fellow 2012-2013 Season, STC Production Management Fellow 2013-2014 Season
“Through my two fellowships, I’ve witnessed the work of every single department. STC staff are the most hardworking, caring, and kindest individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Whether I was escorting Supreme Court Justices, meeting Patti LuPone, eating dinner with Jerry Stiller, greeting the incredible cast of Black Watch, or assisting Stacy Keach, I knew that I had their trust and support every step of the way.”
Fellowships are made possible in part by: Michael and Maureen McMurphy, in Memory of Patrick McMurphy