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Arena Stage Hughes Fellowship

Please consult the program website to confirm program details, including applicable deadlines.

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Program Purpose

Named for the Tony Award-nominated lighting designer, the Allen Hughes Fellowship is designed to increase the participation of people of color in professional theatre. Dedicated to providing the highest standard of training, it aims to break the cycle of exclusion and disengagement that has created a severe shortage of trained minority arts administrators, artisans and technicians.

Program Description

The fellowship, which requires a 38-44 week commitment takes place at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. This theatre stands as a flagship in American theater, with a legacy of world-class productions in all genres, from American classics to new American plays. One of the first not-for-profit theaters in the U.S. and a pioneer of regional theater movement, it was the first regional theater to transfer a production to Broadway, first invited by State Department to tour behind the Iron Curtain, and first to receive a Tony Award.

Fellowship areas include arts administration – including marketing, graphic design, audience development, and finance; technical production – including costuming, lighting, and stage management; and directing, casting, and company management.


A weekly stipend is provided, but the program is unable to provide participants with housing.

Applicant Profile

The program designed for undergraduate or graduate students, recent graduates and 'career changers' interested in pursuing a career in the professional theater. Applicants must have arts-related experience or training, strong writing skills, and a passion for exploring the human condition through dramatic forms. Minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.


Graduating senior or alumnus.


Any nationality.


Usually April 1.

How To Apply



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