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 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. In doing so, the Fellowship will 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. One Charles Abbott Fellowship will be awarded each year for at least five years. Each Fellow will be mentored by a leading director in the field who will share information, insights and resources. The Fellow shall have the opportunity to participate in the entire production process, from conceptual meetings, design discussions, casting sessions, rehearsals, previews, etc. The mentor is responsible for including the Fellow in the production process. To provide financial assistance to the Fellow, SDCF will offer a monetary stipend to the Fellow during the rehearsal period. Application process is open, and selection process is by committee of professional directors and choreographers.  AWARD: $2,500 stipend  APPLYAll directors and director/choreographers are eligible for this opportunity.  SDC affiliation is not necessary.