Available Fellowships 2019–20


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.

Open 2019–20 Fellowships:

Graphic Design Fellowship

The Graphic Design Fellow is mentored and trained by A.C.T.’s in-house design team. Our graphics 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.

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Wigs Fellowship

The A.C.T. Wig Shop is in charge of any wigs, makeup or 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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