Allen Lee Hughes BIPOC Fellowship Program

Please consult the program website to confirm details, including applicable deadlines.

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Program Purpose and Description: 

Named for the Tony Award-nominated lighting designer, the Allen Hughes Fellowship is designed to increase the participation of people of color in professional theater. The goal of Arena Stage's fellowship and internship program is to cultivate the next generation of theater professionals by providing the highest standard of training through immersion in the art and business of producing theater. _____________________________________________________________
The program offers personalized training and in-depth, hands-on experience with seasoned professionals in artistic and technical production, arts administration, arts education and community outreach.
All fellowship and internship programs are also supplemented with: Mentorship from a senior staff member; Professional development workshops; and Monthly meetings with directors, designers and senior staff administrators who provide insight into the overall management of the theater. _____________________________________________________________
The fellowship, which requires a 35-week commitment takes place at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. This theater stands as a flagship in American theater, with a legacy of world-class productions in all genres, from American classics to new American plays. One of the first not-for-profit theaters in the U.S. and a pioneer of regional theater movement, it was the first regional theater to transfer a production to Broadway, first invited by State Department to tour behind the Iron Curtain, and first to receive a Tony Award.

Supported Fields: 

Fellowship positions vary depending on the season, and include arts administration (marketing, graphic design, audience development, and finance); technical production (costuming, lighting, and stage management); and directing, casting, and company management.

Program Benefits: 

Compensation: A weekly stipend of $400 and a health, dental and vision insurance package. Housing is not provided.

Applicant Profile: 

Fellowships are designed for recent graduates (undergraduate or graduate) and career changers interested in pursuing a career in the professional theater. Successful candidates for both programs are highly motivated individuals who have arts-related experience and training, as well as a passion for the exploration of the human condition through the dramatic forms.


Graduating senior or alumnus.


Seasonal fellowships are full-time and require a commitment of 35 weeks generally between August and May. Specific dates depend on departmental needs.


Any nationality.

Program Deadline: 

Usually in January.

How To Apply: 

Information on this program is offered for the benefit of our students. The Fellowships Office does not usually work with applicants to this program. However, SF State applicants to this program may contact the Fellowships Office to learn about exceptions to this policy.

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Fellowships Office

Dr. Joy Viveros

Phone: 415.405.2128
Reception: Grad Stop, ADM 250 
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132