APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN
The first of two Charles Abbott Fellowships being offered this season will be with Curt Columbus, artistic director of Trinity Repertory Company in Providence RI on his production of the musical Ragtime at Trinity Rep.
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. Fellowship recipients 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.
The second fellowship opportunity will be announced at the end of 2017 and will take place in the Spring of 2018.
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.
All early-career directors and director/choreographers are eligible for this opportunity. SDC affiliation is not necessary.
201 Washington Street
Providence, RI 029039
First rehearsal: March 27, 2018
Opening: April 30, 2018
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:
- As a director, what do you feel are the challenges and opportunities of staging a revival of a classic American musical? 250 word limit
- What is the value of regional theatre? What has its impact been? What impact do you want it to have? 250 word limit
Please send applications as a SINGLE PDF titled “[YourName]_CharlesAbbottFellowship_CurtColumbus” to email@example.com by December 12, 2017, at 12pm EST.