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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 indsutry. Work is specific to each fellow, but includes the following opportunities;

  • Assistant Direct Shakespeare in the Park 
  • Assistant Direct TourCo 
  • Direct a staged reading as part of the Confluence New Play Festival
  • Regular meetings and mentorship with staff and artistic teams
  • Workshops with Festival youth programs
  • Other responsibilities as they align with the Festival’s work and the director’s stated goals.

Each Directing Fellow receives a $6,000 stipend.


Endowed by Rich and Kathleen Waidmann

Directing Fellows