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:
The Artistic Fellows are mentored and trained in all aspects of A.C.T.’s Artistic Department. They will have the opportunity to work alongside a team of artistic professionals on a variety of projects, including new play development, literary management, casting, scheduling, creating dramaturgical materials, running mainstage events, and supporting visiting artists. Each Artistic Fellow will likely have the opportunity to serve as the assistant director for one of the shows in A.C.T.’s mainstage season. There are also often opportunities for the Artistic Fellows to intersect with productions in A.C.T.’s MFA and Young Conservatory programs as assistant directors or in other artistic capacities.
This Fellowship is valuable for those seeking careers as arts administrators and for prospective artistic directors, casting directors, literary managers, and producers. The ideal Artistic Fellow is a fast learner and an organized and efficient individual who is eager to take initiative and who is able to maintain sensitivity to the demands and complexities of the Artistic Department. Successful applicants are pragmatic and ambitious, have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and demonstrate some knowledge of theater history and production (and have an appetite to learn more). Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Filemaker Pro is helpful, but not required.
General & Company Management Fellowship
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 artist hospitality, event planning and execution, contract coordination, 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 and ability to lift 30 lbs is required.
Fellows of the Conservatory will have the opportunity to engage and learn in our multifaceted programs via two fellowship tracks – the Conservatory Specific Fellowship, and the Studio A.C.T. / Young Conservatory Fellowship.
The Conservatory Specific Fellow will primarily work with our Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A) program, San Francisco Semester (S.F.S.) program, and Summer Training Congress (S.T.C.) while the Studio A.C.T. / Young Conservatory Fellow focuses primarily with their two namesakes. Our Conservatory Fellows are mentored by our program directors and staff, developing insight into the provision of training to a variety of constituencies.
The Conservatory Fellows will have ample learning opportunities via collaborative work with our professional staff during daily operations in our office, and communications with student bases about programming. In addition, each fellow will undertake the following:
Conservatory Specific Fellow
o Preparing the weekly schedule for M.F.A. and SFS students and faculty
o Recruitment for M.F.A., SFS, and STC programs
o Maintaining M.F.A., S.T.C., and S.F.S. student databases and applications
Studio A.C.T. / Young Conservatory Fellow
o Registration and Enrollment during Studio A.C.T. & Y.C. class sessions
o Assisting with tuition and other enrollment tracking
o Marketing support for all programs as needed
o Maintaining Studio A.C.T. and Y.C. databases
Projects will grow in size and responsibility throughout the fellowship year, depending on each fellow’s interests and goals. Under the guidance and mentorship of Conservatory staff, such projects may include:
Conservatory Specific Fellow
o Industry showcase support and preparation
o Scheduling recruitment for various programs
o Assisting with S.F.S. productions
Studio A.C.T. / Young Conservatory Fellow
o Assisting with teaching in YC classes
o Assisting with YC auditions for cabaret, actors ensemble and productions
o Assisting in YC Summer Intern application process
The Conservatory Fellowships are 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-oriented; possess strong, interpersonal verbal and written communication skills, and has an 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 benefit fulfillment.
The Development Fellow will develop a thorough understanding of nonprofit and performing arts fundraising by participating in a diverse array of daily tasks and oversee long-term projects. 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, managing our VIP Lounge experience, 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.
Current placement of recent A.C.T. Development Fellows:
• Development Assistant, Signature Theater, New York, NY
• Development Assistant, Governor's School for the Arts Foundation, Greensborough, SC
• Development Coordinator, Saint Francis Foundation, San Francisco, CA
“My time at A.C.T. truly helped me grow, both personally and professionally, and completely fueled my passion for funding for the arts. The work and mentorship from my colleagues gave me the confidence to pursue this career path in nonprofit theater.” – Rachel Stuart, 2017–18 Development Fellow
Special Events Fellowship
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.
In addition to special event opportunities, as a member of the Development Department’s team, there will be multiple opportunities to learn about other aspects of fundraising.
School and Community Programs Fellowship
The School and Community Programs Fellow is trained and mentored by the staff of the School & Community Programs Department in the operations of A.C.T.’s theater arts school programs and A.C.T.’s community programs. The school programs include in-school residencies, workshops, student matinees, teacher professional development and more. The community programs include community engagement events for mainstage productions, community residencies, and the annual Every 28 Hours Black Arts Festival.
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 events.
Administrative opportunities may include supporting grant reporting, copying, filing, transcribing, word processing, correspondence, videotaping and/or photographing school 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 School and Community Programs 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.
The Marketing 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 ideal 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.
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.
Digital Content Fellowship
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, creating online collateral for social media channels, and finding new and innovative ways to build digital engagement on A.C.T. platforms. The Digital Content Fellow will also be trained by the Digital Content Manager to compile and analyze data related to digital campaigns.
This Fellowship is valuable for a recent graduate looking to gain experience in digital communications and analytics for a large nonprofit organization. The ideal Digital Content Fellow is extremely detail-oriented, has excellent organization and communication skills, and is efficient, flexible, and able to work well with others in a fast-paced environment. Familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop/InDesign), HTML and CSS are a plus, but not required. If applicable, please include links or PDFs of any graphic design, web design, or social media/digital content you have created.
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 writing and editing for 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.
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 Fellowship
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 initiative and maintains sensitivity to the demands and complexities of the professional rehearsal process.
Applicants should have previous stage-management experience and familiarity with Microsoft Office; experience in technical theater is beneficial. Work hours will be irregular, with early morning rehearsal calls and evening performances.
Production Management Fellowship
The Production Fellow is mentored and trained in the area of production management at 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 in a 1000 seat LORT A theater and a 283 seat LORT C theater. 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 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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