Fellowships at The Kennedy Center

Applications for the 2022-23 William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellowships at the Kennedy Center are being accepted Feb. 28 - Mar. 14, 2022!

William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellowships at The Kennedy Center, now in its 19th year, seek to provide emerging theater artists with a wide variety of experiences bridging their academic training with the professional theater community. Kennedy Center Fellows are placed on projects with professional companies in Washington, D.C., including The Shakespeare Theatre, Folger Theatre, Studio Theatre, Theatre J. Arena Stage and others, and with partner theaters across the country.

Applicants with strong cross-disciplinary or theatre-in-education interests will be considered. For the 2022-2023 pilot Fellowship in Arts Leadership and Administration, applicants should have an interest in exploring Arts Leadership and Administration, drawing on the expertise of Kennedy Center Leadership, and a partnership with the League of Resident Theatres (LORT.) See specific application criteria below.

Fellows at The Kennedy Center receive a salary of $750 per week and reimbursement for moving expenses to and from the Fellowship (up to $500 each way).

Up to four candidates will be selected for the Fellowship beginning in Fall 2022. Students and graduates of UNCSA’s high school program are not eligible.

Application Criteria for 2022-23

The Kenan Fellowships at The Kennedy Center are open to graduates and current students of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) undergraduate and graduate degree programs from the Schools of Drama and Design & Production. A pilot Fellowship in Arts Leadership and Administration is open to grads from all programs.  All applicants must be members of the classes of 2017-2022.

Candidates must demonstrate strong communication, time management and organizational skills in order to maintain a complex schedule; a desire to learn and grow as an artist and individual; curiosity and interest in the Washington, D.C. theatre community; must be self-motivated; and be highly collaborative.

Required Application Materials

Attach a single PDF, that includes the following, to your online application.

  • Cover Letter: No longer than one page that addresses the following: 
    • Why are you interested in the fellowship?
    • What do you hope to learn or achieve from this experience?
    • What are your artistic goals for the future?
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • List of References: Names and contact information of three current references, with at least one from UNCSA faculty
  • Link to Portfolio (required only for designers, directors or stage managers):
    • Designers: a representative portfolio of your design work
    • Directors: a representative portfolio of directing projects
    • Stage Managers: a representative sampling of your paperwork

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