Alabama Shakespeare Festival Fellowship Program
Alabama Shakespeare Festival, a nationally acclaimed LORT theatre, introduces the ASF Fellowship Program as one of the key elements in its commitment to education. ASF seeks a diverse company of actors, stage managers, and designers to participate in a program focused on practical, experiential training designed to facilitate the transition into a professional career in the theatre.
These artists come from all over the country, are selected from a highly competitive pool, and are paid during their residency. The non-Equity Acting Fellows perform throughout our season and understudy our professional company. Training in text, voice, speech, auditioning, and stage combat to meet performance demands is given by resident and visiting artists.
Production Fellows work with their department of concentration (lighting, sound, costuming, scenic, paints, stage management) alongside seasoned professionals and have the opportunity to work on the Touring Company productions as designers and stage managers. The Design and Production Fellows get hands-on experience in our various shops and, in some instances, have the opportunity to design shows and assist our visiting designers.
Compensation: Each fellowship offers a weekly salary. Fully furnished apartments (within walking distance of the theatre) can be made available to participants for a modest monthly fee. EMC weeks can be made available.
Time commitment: 2020-2021 Fellowship details to be announced.
Auditions are held in Montgomery, AL, and NYC. Actors prepare two brief monologues (one from Shakespeare, one contemporary) and 16 bars of a song. Eight fellowships will be offered.
Interviews are held in Montgomery, AL, NYC, and if needed, via video conference. Applicants should be prepared to present and discuss resume, portfolio, photos, plots, etc. Six fellowships will be offered.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the application process?
Fellows will either audition or interview for a position. Following your audition/interview, our staff will thoroughly review all applications and select the most qualified applicants. If our staff has any further questions for you after the initial interview, we will contact you directly. Only applicants that are selected for a fellowship will be notified.
Who can apply for an Alabama Shakespeare Festival Fellowship?
The Fellowship Program is designed for early career individuals seeking further professional experience and training. All applicants must be at least 21 years old by the first day of the fellowship.
Do I have to have my BA/BFA to apply for a fellowship?
Although a BA/BFA is encouraged, it is not required. If you do not have a BA/BFA, we ask that you demonstrate equal professional experience.
Can I apply for more than one position?
We encourage you to select a focus when applying for a fellowship. If you have a secondary interest, please note that when you apply.
Are the fellowships full time?
Yes. All fellowships are full time. Being a fellow and holding a second job is not a possibility.
Should I apply if I am not available for the full period of time?
No. We are unable to accept fellows who are not available for the full fellowship.
If I don’t have a car, will I be able to get around?
All fellows are responsible for their own transportation. If you do not have a car, a company vehicle can be checked out.
Do you provide travel to and from the fellowship?
Will I be able to go home for the holidays?
If you are selected for a fellowship, time off can be discussed with your supervisor.