Available Fellowships 2018–19
All A.C.T. fellowships require a season-long commitment (typically from September to June). Details of each fellow’s daily schedule are determined on an individual basis, in consultation with the fellow and the respective department.
Please note: Artistic and administrative fellowships are full-time and for the duration of an entire season.
The Artistic Fellow is mentored and trained in all aspects of the Artistic Department. They will have the opportunity to work alongside a team of artistic professionals on a variety of projects, including new play development, casting, scheduling, literary management, the running of mainstage events, and visiting artist support. Additional opportunities may involve working alongside the dramaturgy department and serving as an assistant director for mainstage or conservatory shows, depending on interest, experience, and the needs of the department.
This Fellowship is valuable for those seeking careers as arts administrators and for prospective artistic directors, casting directors, and producers. The ideal Artistic Fellow is a fast learner and an organized and efficient individual who is eager to take initiative and willing to maintain sensitivity to the demands and complexities of the Artistic Department. Successful applicants are pragmatic and ambitious and demonstrate experience in and eagerness to learn more about theater production and theater history, as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills. Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Filemaker Pro is helpful.
Community Producing Fellow
The Community Producing Fellow is a unique opportunity to be mentored and trained by professional staff in both the Artistic and Education & Community Programs departments. Learning opportunities include assisting with the producing of community engagement events for mainstage productions and the annual New Strands Festival, assistant teaching in a school and/or community residency, and supporting the overall development and producing of the annual Every 28 Hours Black Arts Festival.
This Fellowship is valuable for those seeking careers in producing, teaching, directing, and community engagement. The ideal Community Producing Fellow is a fast-learner, clear communicator, and collaborative leader, with strong organizational and writing skills and the ability to compassionately work with diverse groups of people. Successful applicants will have a desire to engage with students and community members of all ages and backgrounds, flexibility and ability to multitask, and positive energy. Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, InDesign and Outlook is helpful.
General Management/Company Management Fellow
The General Management/Company Management Fellow works alongside the General Management team in the daily operations of A.C.T. The Fellow will gain an in-depth knowledge of the short- and long-term management of a LORT A theater through their participation in administrative and business operations, including company management, contract negotiation and maintenance, budgeting, and other special projects.
This Fellowship is valuable for candidates seeking careers in nonprofit arts management. The ideal General Management/Company Management Fellow is well-organized, efficient, and personable. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook is required. Hours are irregular and may include evening and weekend calls. Being a team player is a must. Driver’s license is preferred.
Conservatory Fellows will have the opportunity to learn and participate in the inner workings of our multifaceted Conservatory Department, which includes:
- Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) Program
- San Francisco Semester (SFS)
- Summer Training Congress (STC)
- Studio A.C.T.
- Young Conservatory (YC)
Conservatory Fellows are mentored and trained by Conservatory program directors and staff, gaining experience in providing training to a variety of constituencies.
Learning opportunities include working alongside professional staff on:
- Daily operations of the Conservatory Office
- Preparing the weekly schedule for M.F.A. and SFS students and faculty
- Registration and enrollment during YC and Studio class sessions
- Recruitment for M.F.A., SFS, and STC programs
- Maintaining student databases for M.F.A., STC, and SFS applications, as well as databases for YC and Studio A.C.T.
- Communicating with student bases about programming
Projects will grow in size and responsibility throughout the Fellowship, depending on the fellow’s interests and goals, under the guidance and mentorship of Conservatory staff. Such projects may include:
- Industry showcase support and preparation
- Faculty recruitment scheduling for various programs
- Assisting with SFS productions and/or teaching in YC classes
- Assisting in YC Summer Intern application process
The Conservatory Fellowship is best suited to individuals interested in a career in arts administration and management, specifically in the context of theater training and production. The ideal Conservatory Fellow:
- Has experience working in an office environment
- Is organized and detail orientedHas strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, and
- Has interest in working with a wide student base with various needs and goals
A.C.T.’s Development Fellow is mentored and trained by Development Department staff in various aspects of A.C.T.’s fundraising activities, including donor relations and events related to membership fulfillment.
The Development Fellow will develop a thorough understanding of nonprofit and performing arts fundraising by participating in a diverse array of daily tasks. Past learning opportunities have included, but are not limited to, assisting with three to four major annual fundraising campaigns, donation acknowledgment and benefit fulfillment, data entry in a robust fundraising database and ticketing software, in-kind donation solicitation and stewardship, and assisting with M.F.A. Program fundraising projects.
There is an opportunity to sit in on and participate in fundraising strategy meetings. We ask our fellows to see A.C.T. performances and read the season’s plays in order to be well versed when speaking to donors.
The ideal Development Fellow will be team oriented and demonstrate excellent interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills.
Special Events Fellow
The Special Events Fellow is mentored and trained by the Special Events staff in various aspects of A.C.T.’s fundraising and membership fulfillment events.The Special Events Fellow will develop a deep understanding of special events at all stages—from concept through planning, event realization, and wrap up—by actively participating in each stage of the process.
Learning opportunities may include, but are not limited to, assisting with the creation of printed materials, tracking RSVPs, proofreading, and coordinating event logistics, and assisting with event set up and break down. There is an opportunity to participate in event planning meetings with internal staff as well as event chairs.
Fellows are encouraged to attend A.C.T. performances and have access to the organization’s many ancillary activities.
The ideal Special Events Fellow will have strong MS Office Suite skills, be available for occasional weekend or evening events, and have a can-do attitude and a sense of humor.
Education & Community Programs Fellows
The Education Fellow is trained and mentored by the staff of the Education & Community Programs Department in the operations of A.C.T.’s theater arts education programs, which include in-school residencies and workshops, student matinees, teacher professional development, community engagement events, and more.
Learning opportunities include researching and creating study guides for Master of Fine Arts Program productions; helping to write and assemble the departmental newsletter; and spending time in the classroom assisting teaching artists in A.C.T.’s school and community residencies and arts education workshops.
Administrative opportunities may include supporting grant reporting, copying, filing, transcribing, word processing, correspondence, videotaping and/or photographing education events, scheduling workshops with teachers and teaching artists and assisting with school district events, audience engagement activities, student performances, student matinees, and board committee meetings, some of which take place on evenings and weekends.
The ideal Education Fellow enjoys teaching and working with youth and community members in diverse settings. Applicants should also be comfortable engaging with a variety of creative people at all levels of a busy, fast-paced arts nonprofit atmosphere. Applicants should demonstrate interest and experience in arts education management/administration, teaching artistry, working with children and young adults, social justice, and theater. Successful Fellows also possess patience, professionalism, good humor, and excellent written and verbal communication, organizational, and people skills.
Marketing/Public Relations Fellow
The Marketing/Public Relations Fellow is mentored and trained by A.C.T.’s marketing and communications team, learning the essentials of arts marketing and public relations. Fellows are involved in all aspects of A.C.T. marketing/PR campaigns, including internal and external promotions, media relations, marketing partnerships, budget and sales meetings, and creative development of all campaigns.
The idea Marketing/Public Relations Fellow is outgoing, has excellent interpersonal skills, and is willing to be an active participant. Successful Fellows are also creative problem-solvers with strong organizational skills, have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and are extremely detail-oriented with developed general office skills, including a working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience in Adobe InDesign as well as proofreading and editing copy is highly beneficial. A background in theater is preferred but not necessary.
The Publications Fellow is mentored and trained by the Publications team in the creation of A.C.T.’s dramaturgical and institutional publications. Learning opportunities include administrative and editorial tasks (including copying, transcribing, fact checking, and collecting and managing artist bios), as well as researching, writing, and editing articles for Words on Plays, our dramaturgical magazine and educational guide published for each mainstage show, and taking a lead role on the A.C.T. blog. Fellows can also expect journalistic opportunities writing for mainstage programs.
The ideal Publications Fellow loves language, writing, and editing; is responsible and detail-oriented; and works well with a variety of creative people at all levels of the organization and in a busy, deadline-oriented atmosphere. Successful applicants will demonstrate excellent writing, editing, proofreading, and organizational skills. Interest in and experience with dramatic literature and theater production is a plus—as is a background in desktop publishing, design, and blogging.
Graphic Design Fellow
The Graphic Design Fellow is mentored and trained by A.C.T.’s in-house design team. Our three-member team is passionate about design and committed to creating concept-driven, imaginative, and relevant collateral (including direct mail, print and digital advertising, in-house publications, etc.) that live up to A.C.T.’s high standards of creativity. There is a strong emphasis on adapting and creating ads for our mainstage shows and conservatory programs for both national and regional publications.
Other projects include conceptualizing and executing brochures, posters, signage, event promotions, and more. Specific learning opportunities may involve any of the following: designing ads for the San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Area News Group, American Theatre, and other major publications; designing original art for our Young Conservatory and Master of Fine Arts Program performances and classes; creating signage for our box office and theater lobby; adapting existing designs for various formats; photo manipulation; and production.
The ideal Graphic Design Fellow will have a degree, or be working toward a degree, in graphic design; have proficiency in Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign (Mac platform); have strong conceptual skills, sophisticated design sensibilities, and creative typographic solutions and the ability to offer a variety of design options; be efficient and flexible and able to work well with others in a fast-paced environment; and demonstrate organization, attention to detail, and problem-solving and time-management skills.
The Digital Content Fellow is mentored and trained by the Digital Content Manager and other members of the Marketing Department in updating and maintaining A.C.T.’s website, creating and sending email campaigns for different departments within the organization, creating online collateral for social media channels, and finding new and innovative ways to drive traffic to the A.C.T. website. The Digital Content Fellow will also be trained by the Digital Content Manager to organize and compile web traffic reports, AdWords reports, and other analytics data.
This Fellowship is valuable for a student or recent graduate looking to gain experience in managing a website and creating online collateral for a large nonprofit organization. The ideal Digital Content Fellow has excellent organization and communication skills and is efficient, flexible, and able to work well with others in a fast-paced environment. Applicants should be proficient in Adobe Photoshop (Illustrator/InDesign is a plus), with a working knowledge of HTML and CSS. Please provide links to samples of websites you’ve created or worked on, along with any pertinent information (such as what kind of work you did on the website, how or when it was designed, etc.). Please also include links or PDFs of any graphic design or website design work.
The Costume Fellow will be mentored and trained in all aspects of design interpretation (building/pulling/purchasing), production (draping/cutting/fitting), finishing (dyeing/distressing/labeling), maintenance (cleaning/repairing), show paperwork (dressing lists/budgets/bibles), and eventual rental from our stock (theater/photo styling/film).
Within the department and under the guidance and mentorship of professional staff, Fellows may be given special projects of building costume pieces, repairing/refurbishing vintage costumes, or pulling together unified looks for student productions and nontheatrical paying customers in our rental business. The Fellow’s daily attendance schedule will mirror the costume shop hours with occasional irregular hours (nights and/or weekends) for rehearsals, tech/dress, and previews.
This Fellowship is well suited for recent college graduates looking to further their education before an M.F.A. program or deciding on a specific career path in either costume design or costume production. The ideal Costume Fellow has a willingness to learn from our seasoned shop staff as well as visiting designers and the ability to act with professionalism towards our daily costume rental customers. Experience in a costume shop or a theater degree is helpful but not required.
Stage Management Fellow
Stage-Management Fellows are mentored and trained by members of A.C.T.’s stage-management team, working alongside professional stage-management staff on specifically assigned mainstage productions. Fellows will also be given the opportunity, under the mentorship and guidance of professional stage-management staff, to stage-manage productions within the A.C.T. Conservatory and new-play workshops.
This Fellowship is valuable for individuals seeking to develop the basic skills and attitudes necessary for a successful professional career in theater stage-management. The ideal Stage Management Fellow is highly motivated, demonstrates high energy and initiative, and maintains sensitivity to the demands and complexities of the professional rehearsal process. Successful applicants will have previous stage-management experience and familiarity with Microsoft Office; a background in acting and technical theater is helpful. Work hours will be irregular, with early morning rehearsal calls and evening performances.
The Production Fellow is mentored and trained in the area of production management at a LORT A regional theater with a top-level conservatory actor training program. They will have the opportunity to work alongside a team of professional production managers on a variety of productions, events, and projects. The Production Fellow will gain practical skills, study the fundamentals of management and leadership, and develop a strong professional network to springboard into a professional life in the theater.
The ideal Production Fellow is highly motivated, self-driven, able to multitask, and highly organized and has significant experience in at least one technical area, such as lighting, props, stage-management or scenic construction. Hours are irregular and may include evening and weekend calls. Being a team player is a must. Driver’s license is preferred.
The A.C.T. Wig Shop builds and styles handmade wigs and facial hair for each season’s productions, including mainstage and M.F.A. productions. The Wigs Fellow will have the opportunity to learn the construction of facial hair and wigs, sets and styling, and how a professional shop is run. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to work alongside a professional crew and learn how to be a swing. Throughout the season the Fellow should anticipate learning in a hands-on, fast-paced environment. They will be in a working shop practicing ventilating skills, cap construction, and repairs. The Fellow will participate in a stage makeup course taught in the fall, assisting and learning stage makeup techniques. A fellow in this shop will learn the ins and outs of what it takes to get a theatrical production from designs to the stage with learning opportunities that include researching period hair and makeup, hairstyling, hair cutting, and shop maintenance and organization.
This Fellowship is valuable for a person who plans to pursue a theatrical career in wigs, hair, and makeup. The ideal Wigs Fellow is self-motivated, works well under pressure, and is detail oriented and organized. Previous experience in theater is required. A cosmetology, barber’s license, or makeup accreditation is recommended.
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