Established by a wide group of friends and colleagues of Charles Abbott to honor him upon his retirement as Artistic Director of Maine State Music Theatre, the goal of the Charles Abbott Fellowship is to help early-career directors and director-choreographers of promise develop their skills in directing musical theatre by allowing them access to the entire rehearsal process as a master artist directs a classic American musical in a regional theatre of national recognition. This Fellowship will continue to present a new generation of gifted artists with a remarkable education in – and unique understanding of – the directorial skills necessary to create musical theatre, the workings of regional theatre, and the leadership of those artists shaping the regional arts landscape.
The Charles Abbott Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in the entire production process including conceptual meetings, design discussions, and casting sessions, when possible, in addition to first rehearsal through opening night. The application process is open and selection is by a committee of professional directors and choreographers.
In 2016, the Charles Abbott Fellowship will come with a $3000 stipend.
All early-career directors and director/choreographers are eligible for this opportunity. SDC affiliation is not necessary.
The Charles Abbott Fellow in 2016 will be assisting Charles Abbott.
Directed by Charles Abbott
Choreographed by Michelle Gaudette
Producing Artistic Director: Bernard Havard
Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA
Possible pre-production in July
First rehearsal: August 16
Opening: September 14
Housing and travel information
Housing and travel are not provided, but SDCF will help facilitate finding accommodations.
To be considered for the Charles Abbott Fellowship, applicants must submit the following materials:
- One 1-page resume
- One 1-page response to the questions:
1.What do you feel are the challenges and opportunities-from a directing standpoint-of staging a revival of a classic American musical? (You may use an example of a musical other than the one for the Fellowship.) 250 word limit
2.What is the value of regional theatre? What has it done? What can it do? What do you want it to do? 250 word limit
Please send applications as a SINGLE PDF titled “[YourName].CharlesAbbottFellowship” to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday May 23, 2016 at 12pm EST.