Available Fellowships


Available Fellowships

All fellowships require a season-long commitment (usually from September to June*). Details of the daily schedule of each fellow are determined on an individual basis, at the discretion of the respective departments.

The application deadline for 2017-18 Fellowships is March 31, 2017.
Successful applicants will be contacted by May 5, 2017.

*From time to time, new, additional, and/or short-term fellowships may become available. When available, those fellowships are posted here. Please pay special attention to these fellowship descriptions, deadlines, and application requirements.

 

Artistic and Administrative Fellowships

Please note: Artistic and administrative fellowships are full-time and for the duration of an entire season.

Artistic Fellows

Artistic Fellows support all aspects of the artistic department. Responsibilities include assisting in new play development, casting, scheduling, budgeting, board relations, literary management, and visiting artist support. Additional duties may involve assisting the dramaturgy department and serving as an assistant director for mainstage or conservatory shows, depending on interest, experience, and the needs of the department. This fellowship is valuable for those seeking careers as arts administrators and for prospective artistic directors, casting directors, and producers. The ideal candidate is a fast learner, an organized and efficient individual who is eager to take initiative and capable of maintaining sensitivity to the demands and complexities of the artistic department. Candidates must be sensible and ambitious and should demonstrate experience in theater production, a working knowledge of theater history, and excellent verbal and written communication skills. Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Filemaker Pro is helpful.

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General Management/Company Management Fellow

General Management/Company Management Fellows will support the General Management team in the daily operations of A.C.T. The fellow will gain an in-depth knowledge of the short and long-term management of a LORT A theater through his/her work on administrative and business operations, including company management, contract negotiation and maintenance, budgeting , and other special projects. Candidates must be well-organized, efficient, and personable. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook is required. This fellowship opportunity is valuable for candidates seeking careers in nonprofit arts management.

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Conservatory Fellowships

Conservatory Fellows

The Conservatory fellowship is geared to individuals with an interest in arts administration and management, specifically: actor training, theatre education, and creative production. 

The Conservatory fellows will have the opportunity to learn and participate in the inner workings of our multi-faceted Conservatory Department, which includes:

  • The MFA Program
  • The San Francisco Semester (SFS)
  • The Summer Training Congress (STC)
  • Studio ACT and
  • The Young Conservatory (YC)

 

The fellows will work with all program directors and the Conservatory Associates, to gain experience in providing training to a variety of constituencies.  Applicants should:

  • Have experience working in an office environment
  • Be organized and detail-oriented
  • Have strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Have interest in working with a wide student base with various needs and goals

 

Tasks may include:

  • Assisting with daily operations of the Conservatory Office
  • Attending and taking notes at MFA full faculty meetings
  • Assisting with recruitment for MFA, SFS and STC programs
  • Maintaining student databases for MFA, STC and SFS applications
  • Communicating with student bases about programming

 

Projects will grow in size and responsibility throughout the fellowship, depending on the fellow’s interests and goals. Such projects may include:

  • Industry showcase support and preparation
  • Faculty recruitment scheduling for various programs
  • Supporting the scheduling, support and management of various MFA and SFS productions

 

The Conservatory fellowship is best suited to someone who wants to explore a career in arts administration and management, specifically in the context of a theatre training and production.

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Development Fellowships

Development Fellows

A.C.T.’s Development Fellow assists the development department staff with various aspects of A.C.T.'s fundraising activities, including donor relations and special events. The Development Fellow will develop a thorough understanding of nonprofit and performing arts fundraising by taking charge of a diverse array of daily responsibilities and overseeing exciting long-term projects. Past fellow responsibilities have included, but are not limited to prospect research, onsite events management and coordination, in-kind donation solicitation and stewardship, facilitating MFA program fundraising projects, and some gift and data entry.  Candidates must be team-oriented and demonstrate excellent interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills.

Development Special Events Fellows

A.C.T.’s Development Fellow assists the development department staff with various aspects of A.C.T.'s fundraising activities, including donor relations and special events. The Development Fellow will develop a thorough understanding of nonprofit and performing arts fundraising by taking charge of a diverse array of daily responsibilities and overseeing exciting long-term projects. Past fellow responsibilities have included, but are not limited to prospect research, onsite events management and coordination, in-kind donation solicitation and stewardship, facilitating MFA program fundraising projects, and some gift and data entry. Candidates must be team-oriented and demonstrate excellent interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills.

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Marketing Fellowships

Graphic Design Fellows

Graphic Design Fellows assist the organization's in-house design team. Our three-member team is passionate about design, and committed to creating concept-driven, imaginative, and relevant collateral (including direct mail, print and digital advertising, in-house publications, etc.) that live up to A.C.T.'s high standards of creativity. There is a strong emphasis on adapting and creating ads for our mainstage shows and conservatory programs for both national and regional publications. Other projects include conceptualizing and executing brochures, posters, signage, event promotions, and more. Specific responsibilities may involve any of the following: designing ads for the San Francisco ChronicleBay Area News GroupAmerican Theatre, and other major publications; designing original art for our Young Conservatory and Master of Fine Arts Program performances and classes; creating signage for our box office and theater lobby; adapting existing designs for various formats; photo manipulation; and production. Qualified candidates should have a degree, or be working toward a degree, in graphic design; proficiency in CS5 and Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign (Mac platform); strong conceptual skills, sophisticated design sensibilities, and creative typographic solutions; the ability to offer a variety of design options; be efficient and flexible, and able to work well with others in a fast-paced environment; and demonstrate organization, attention to detail, and problem-solving and time-management skills.

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Marketing/Public Relations Fellows

Marketing/Public Relations Fellows work closely with the marketing and communications staff, learning the essentials of arts marketing and public relations. Candidates must be extremely detail-oriented with proven general office skills, including a working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience in Adobe InDesign as well as proofreading and editing copy is highly desirable. Fellows are included as full members of the marketing and communications team and are involved in all aspects of A.C.T. marketing/PR campaigns, including internal and external promotions, media relations, marketing partnerships, budget and sales meetings, and creative development of all campaigns. Fellows must be outgoing, have excellent interpersonal skills, and be willing to be active participants. Successful fellows are also creative problem-solvers with strong organizational skills and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. A background in theater is preferred but not necessary.

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Publications Fellows

Publications Fellows will assist the publications manager with A.C.T.'s dramaturgical and institutional publications. Performing administrative and editorial tasks is a significant part of the fellowship (including copying, transcribing, fact checking, collecting and managing artist bios), but primary duties will include researching, writing, and editing articles for Words on Plays, a dramaturgical magazine published for each mainstage show. Fellows can also expect journalistic assignments for mainstage programs. The publications fellow should love language, writing, and editing; be responsible and detail-oriented; and work well with a variety of creative people at all levels of the organization and in a busy, deadline-oriented atmosphere. Excellent writing, editing, proofreading, and organizational skills are essential. Interest in and experience with dramatic literature and theater production is, naturally, a plus—as is a background in publishing and design and experience with Adobe Creative Suite (specifically InDesign).

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Education Fellowships

Education & Community Programs Fellows

Education Fellows will assist the staff of the Education & Community Programs Department with coordinating and supporting A.C.T.'s growing theater arts education programs. Duties will include researching and creating study guides for mainstage, second-stage, and conservatory productions; helping to write and assemble the departmental newsletter; and, depending on skill level and experience, spending time in the classroom assisting teaching artists in A.C.T.'s school and community residencies and arts education workshops. Performing administrative tasks is a significant part of the fellowship, which may include grant reporting, copying, filing, transcribing, word processing, correspondence, videotaping and/or photographing education events, scheduling workshops with teachers and teaching artists and assisting with school district events, audience engagement activities, student performances, student matinees, and board committee meetings, some of which take place on evenings and weekends. Applicants should enjoy teaching and be detail-oriented and able to work well with a diverse variety of creative people of all ages and at all levels of the organization. Applicants should also be comfortable working in a busy, fast-paced atmosphere and in school and community settings that serve diverse populations. Candidates should demonstrate interest and experience in arts education management/administration, teaching artistry, working with children and young adults, social justice, and theater. Patience, good humor, and excellent written and verbal communication, organizational, and people skills are essential.

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Production Fellowships

Please note: Production fellowships are full-time and for the duration of an entire season. We do not currently have any summer positions available.

Production Fellows

Production Fellows will work with the production management team in support of A.C.T.'s mainstage, second-stage, and conservatory productions. The fellow will have a broad range of experiences in the varied technical departments, including being the Stage Manager for several Conservatory productions, and the Assistant Production Manager for various A.C.T. events. Candidates must be able to multitask, be highly organized, show initiative, and exhibit an ability to work as part of a team. A background in stage management is required, and technical training in set construction, scenic painting, props, lighting, or sound is very helpful. Work hours will be irregular and include evening and weekend calls.

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Costume Department Fellows

Costume Department Fellows will gain experience in all aspects of design interpretation (build/pull/purchase), production (draping/cutting/fitting), finishing (dyeing/distressing/labeling), maintenance (cleaning/repairing), show paperwork (dressing lists/budgets/bibles) and eventual rental from our stock (theater/photo styling/film).  Within the department Fellows may be given special projects of building costume pieces, repairing/refurbishing vintage costumes or pulling together unified looks for student productions and non theatrical paying customers in our rental business. Candidates should have a willingness to learn from our seasoned shop staff as well as visiting designers and act with professionalism towards our daily costume rental customers. Experience in a costume shop or a theater degree is helpful but not required. Fellows will work a daily schedule with occasional irregular hours for rehearsals and previews.  This fellowship is well suited for recent graduates looking to further their education before an MFA program or deciding on a specific career path in either costume design costume production.

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Stage Management Fellows

Stage Management Fellows become integral members of the stage management team by working alongside A.C.T. stage management staff on specifically assigned mainstage productions. Participants will also be given the opportunity to stage-manage productions with the A.C.T. Conservatory and workshops. A.C.T. is interested in developing the basic skills and attitudes of fellows who seek professional careers in theater stage management. Fellows must be highly motivated, demonstrate high energy and initiative, and maintain sensitivity to the demands and complexities of the rehearsal process. Previous stage management experience and familiarity with Microsoft Office is required, and a background in acting and technical theater is helpful. Work hours will be irregular, with early morning rehearsal calls and evening performances.

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