APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN

Joseph Haj and West Side Story

Deadline: 01/20/18

The second of two Charles Abbott Fellowships being offered this season will be with Joseph Haj, artistic director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN on his production of the musical West Side Story.

The Charles Abbott Fellow will be the second assistant on this production and will have the opportunity to participate in the entire production process including conceptual meetings, design discussions, and casting sessions, in addition to first rehearsal through opening night. There will be an emphasis on artistic leadership throughout the Fellow’s time at Guthrie Theater. Fellowship Finalist are chosen by a committee of SDC member directors and choreographers. All early-career directors and director/choreographers are eligible for this opportunity; SDC affiliation is not necessary.

Fellowship Information

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. Mentors for The Charles Abbott Fellowship have historically been the artistic directors or resident directors of the host theatre. 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.

All early-career directors and director/choreographers are eligible for this opportunity. SDC affiliation is not necessary. 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.

The Charles Abbott Fellowship will come with a $3000 stipend.

Eligibility Requirements

All early-career directors and director/choreographers are eligible for this opportunity. SDC affiliation is not necessary.

Show Information

The Charles Abbott Fellow in 2018 will be assisting the artistic director of Guthrie Theater, Joseph Haj on West Side Story.

Theatre Information

818 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
612.225.6000 (administration)

Dates

First rehearsal: May 15, 2018
Opening: June 22, 2018

Housing and travel are not provided, but SDCF will help facilitate finding accommodations.

Application Process

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: 
    • As a director, how do you approach work on a book musical in contrast to how you approach a dance musical? 
    • As a director, how would you define artistic leadership in a regional theater? And how do you demonstrate artistic leadership within your work?

Please send applications as a SINGLE PDF titled “[YourName]_CharlesAbbottFellowship_JoesephHaj” to fellowships@sdcfoundation.org by January 20, 2017, at 12pm EST.