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La Jolla Playhouse Announces BIPOC Fellowships

2 new fellowships in directing and stage management will begin next year.

LA JOLLA, CALIF.: La Jolla Playhouse has announced two new fellowships in directing and stage management for theatre workers who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color. The two-year fellowships include full salary and benefits and offer recipients the opportunity to gain artistic and administrative experience, including interactions with all departments, guest artists, and community members.

“The Playhouse is deeply committed to playing an active role in building the next generation of BIPOC theatremakers,” artistic director Christopher Ashley said in a statement. “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.”

Fellows will play an active role in the Playhouse’s day-to-day activities and will participate in new-play development activities, including Page to Stage and the DNA New Work Series. They will also have the opportunity to participate in the immersive and site-responsive Without Walls (WOW) program, the Performance Outreach Program (POP) Tour, and the BIPOC Affinity Group and Accountability and Inclusion Initiative, a staff-led initiative to help dismantle systemic inequities within Playhouse structures, policies, and practices to create impactful solutions for a safe, equitable, and anti-racist community.

“We are so pleased to launch this new program that allows fellows to become an integral part of the Playhouse’s full-time staff, while providing the necessary resources to support them during their tenure in San Diego,” said managing director Debby Buchholz in a statement.

The application window for both fellowships is open through June 30. Recipients will be notified on Sept. 1, with a jan. 1, 2023 start date. More information is available here.

La Jolla Playhouse is internationally renowned for the development of new plays and musicals, including mounting 108 world premieres, commissioning 60 new works, and sending 33 productions to Broadway to create what’s new and next in the American theatre.

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