By Carey Purcell
05 Nov 2013
Managed by Columbia University School of the Arts, the T. Fellowship is designed to support the development of emerging theatrical producers and sustain the traditions of creative producing.
Each fellow will receive a stipend of $10,000 with a $20,000 budget for the development of a new theatrical production.
"The T Fellowship exposes the fellows to the best contemporary producing practices, but doesn't teach those practices as the only or most effective way to produce theater," press notes state. "The philosophy is that which is good for the art form is good for business. The Fellowship emphasizes that the creative producer's role is to be the instigator, the collaborator, and the leader who gets art on the stage and to the public. The T Fellowship neither wishes to turn back the clock to 1950 nor settle for the status quo. The T Fellowship is looking to empower new producers to reinvent the wheel themselves, on their own terms, following their own tastes, in their own style."
Selection is based on an application, essays and interviews, and each selected T Fellow will participate in two distinct tracks with different focuses. The first track exposes the fellows to the widest possible range of contemporary theatrical producing practices while providing opportunities to discuss the shifting role of the creative producer. During this phase, the fellows can audit Columbia University courses and/or be placed in "the field" with working professionals. The internship placement and course selection vary depending on what skills the fellow most needs to develop.
The second track focuses on the fellow’s project. As part of the application process, each fellow pitches one or more projects for consideration. One project will be the focus of the fellow's producing efforts during the fellowship year, during which the mentors and advisors retain an "advice and consent" role in the selection of the project ; however, the goal is for the fellows to exercise maximum freedom in all creative areas. The T Fellowship provides a budget to support the project's development and presentation.
Advisors and staff for the T. Fellowship program include Victoria Bailey (executive director, Theatre Development Fund), Steven Chaikelson (head of the MFA Theatre Management & Producing Concentration at the School of the Arts), Ed Wilson (co-founder) and Orin Wolf (president, NETworks).
Aaron Glick has produced PigPen Theatre Company's The Old Man and the Old Moon (Off-Broadway and in Chicago with The Writers' Theatre), This One Girl's Story at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party at Theatre Row, Hedwig and the Angry Inch at The Producer's Club and Hair at Marymount Manhattan College. A graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, Glick works with producer David Stone and 321 Theatrical Management on such shows as Three Days of Rain (with Julia Roberts), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Broadway and national tours), Wicked (Broadway and international), Next to Normal and the upcoming new musical If/Then.
Previous recipients of the T. Fellowship include John Pinckard and Orin Wolf.
The T Fellowship honors the legacy of Broadway producer T. Edward Hambleton.
More information can be found by visiting tfellowship.com.