Literary Fellowship, Arena Stage

Washington, D.C.

Arena Stage is looking for candidates for THEIR Allen Lee Hughes Literary Fellowship for next season.


Arena Stage is the voice of American theater resident in our nation’s capital. Focused on American artists, our productions are innovative and representative of stories from across the country. We nurture new plays and reimagine classics. We celebrate our democracy and diversity through a multitude of voices in our productions and community engagement programs to inspire people to action. We produce all that is passionate, exuberant, profound, entertaining, deep and dangerous in the American spirit.

Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship and Internship Program

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. 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.

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 the following:

  • Mentorship from a senior staff member
  • Professional development workshops
  • Monthly meetings with directors, designers and senior staff administrators who provide insight into the overall management of the theater

Position Description: 

Literary Fellow works closely with the Literary Manager on script submissions, script reading, and reporting, production dramaturgy research, facilitating post-show discussions, and script tracking for new play development. Other activities may include staffing special artistic events and workshops, being on-book as needed, and general office support. This position requires a flexible schedule for occasional evening and weekend hours. Candidates with a strong background in dramaturgy, and/or producing theater are preferred. Computer skills in Word and Excel are required

 Fellowships are designed for recent graduates (undergraduate or graduate) and career changers interested in pursuing a career in the professional theater. 

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

Compensation: Weekly stipend of $400.00 and health, dental and vision insurance package.

How to apply:

  1. Upload Cover letter
  2. Upload Resume
  3. Diversity Statement (included in the questionnaire)
  4. Upload Unofficial Transcript
  5. Upload Writing Sample

Applicants from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.


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