Alabama Shakespeare Festival Fellowship Program
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, a nationally acclaimed LORT theatre and one of the largest Shakespeare festivals in the world, introduces the ASF Fellowship Program as one of the key elements in its commitment to education. Annually, 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.
Typically, the non-Equity Acting Fellowship Company will perform in one or two touring productions as well as perform in ASF productions and serve as understudies. Training in text, voice, speech, auditioning, and stage combat to meet performance demands will be given by resident and visiting artists.
Production Fellows will work with their department of concentration (lighting, sound, costuming, scenic, paints, and stage management) alongside seasoned professionals to help see each show during their time here to completion. In addition, they will have the opportunity to work on the Touring Company production(s) as designers and stage managers.
Compensation: Each fellowship offers a weekly salary of $455. Fully furnished apartments (within walking distance of the theatre) can be made available to participants for a modest monthly fee. EMC weeks available.
Time commitment: November – May
Acting Fellowships – 8 Fellowships Available
The Acting Fellows will perform in our non-equity touring show(s). They will also fill roles in our repertory season as well as understudy various roles throughout their time here. When the acting fellows are not rehearsing or performing there will be a variety of training opportunities. EMC weeks available.
We do not currently have any Acting Fellow openings. Please check back in spring 2019.
Production Fellowships – 6 Fellowships Available
The Lighting Fellow will assist the Master Electrician with various responsibilities for each of the shows during their time at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. The fellow will also have the opportunity to design the lights for one of the touring productions. The Lighting Fellow may also be asked to assist lighting designers throughout the season.
The Scenic Fellow will assist the Technical Director for each of the shows during their time at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. They will spend most of their time in the scene shop helping to build the sets for our productions. The fellow may also assist the Scenic Designer as needed during the season. Depending on the fellow’s expertise, the scenic fellow may serve as the scenic designer for one of the touring productions.
The Sound Fellow will assist the Head of Sound with various responsibilities for each of the shows during their time at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. The fellow will also have the opportunity to design the sound for one of the touring productions. The Sound Fellow may also assist sound designers throughout the season, or serve as an A2 for one of our productions.
The Costume Fellow will assist the Director of Costumes for each of the shows during their time at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. The fellow may assist the Costume Designers during the season. Opportunities may be made available to work with fittings, alterations, and wardrobe. The Costume Fellow will also serve as the costume designer for one of the touring productions.
The Paints Fellow will assist the Scenic Artist in executing elevations for all of the productions during their time at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. This may include painting scenic pieces, drops, stage floors, and props. Depending on the fellow’s expertise, the paints fellow may serve as the scenic designer or paint charge for one of the touring productions.
The Stage Management fellow will assist the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Stage Managers throughout their time here. They will also serve as the Stage Manager for the touring production(s). They will also serve as one of the production assistants for a rep mainstage production. Please note, the Stage Management Fellowship will begin the last week of October.
We do not currently have any production fellow openings. Please check back in spring 2019.
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.