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A six-month fellowship designed for early-career directors.

Encouraging the next generation of directors through professional development, networking, and in-depth training alongside veterans of theater industry. Activities will be tailored to the needs and goals of each fellow, and may include the following:

  • Assistant direct the mainstage Shakespeare in the Park production 
  • Assistant direct summer touring production
  • Direct a staged reading as part of the next Confluence New Play Festival
  • Regular meetings and mentorship with staff and artistic teams
  • Other responsibilities as they align with the Festival’s work and the director’s stated goals.

Each Directing Fellow receives a $6,000 stipend.


How to Apply – Applications now closed.

(1 ) Submit a two-page cover letter. This letter should also express the artist’s journey up to this point and how the Fellowship fits as a possible next step.

Example questions to consider for cover letter: What has been your educational journey in general and how it relates to theater? What have been the most important artistic experiences in your life up to this point? What artistic experiences are you hoping to have in the future? What if any is your relationship to St. Louis? What if any is your relationship and experience with Shakespeare?

(2) Submit a one page resume with:

  • Related directing experience
  • Related experience leading a team(s)
  • Related experience supporting a wide range of diverse teams and collaborators

(3) Provide two to three professional recommendations. 

(Optional) Applicants may submit a portfolio, website or sample of work as available but not required. 

Questions? Contact Adam Flores, Manager of Community Engagement and Education at adam@stlshakes.org.  


Endowed by Rich and Kathleen Waidmann

Directing Fellows