La Jolla Playhouse Announces New Fellowship Program For BIPOC Directors, Stage Managers | Playbill

Industry News La Jolla Playhouse Announces New Fellowship Program For BIPOC Directors, Stage Managers

The two-year fellowships include a full salary, benefits, and a slot on the creative team of a full production.

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre c/o La Jolla Playhouse

La Jolla Playhouse has announced two new fellowship positions for BIPOC theatre makers: a Directing Fellow and a Stage Management Fellow. Both fellowships will take place over a two-year span, and include full salary and benefits. The fellowship program is designed to be customized to the recipient’s needs and passions, and will culminate in a slot directing or stage managing a show during the Playhouse’s subscription season.

“The Playhouse is deeply committed to playing an active role in building the next generation of BIPOC theatre-makers," says Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. "As a central component of our Anti-Racism Action Plan, this new program offers fellows the opportunity to become fully embedded participants in our artistic process, helping us make a meaningful contribution to changing the national theatre landscape."

​The fellows will participate in new play development programs, including Page to Stage and the DNA New Work Series​; the ​immersive and site-responsive Without Walls (WOW) program​; the Performance Outreach Program (POP) Tour​; Learning & Engagement activities; as well as participation in the Playhouse’s BIPOC Affinity Group and Accountability and Inclusion Alliance (AIA), a staff-led initiative to help dismantle systemic inequities within Playhouse structures, while establishing policies and practices to create impactful solutions for a safe, equitable and anti-racist community.

The application window is open through June 30, with recipients set to be notified September 1 ​for a January 1, 2023 start date. For more information, visit


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