Alliance Theatre Announces BIPOC Stage Management Fellowship

March 15, 2021

The Atlanta, GA-based Alliance Theatre is pleased to announce the inception of its stage management fellowship. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2021. The Awarded Fellow will be announced on May 15, 2021. The Fellowship Period runs from Aug. 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022.


The stage manager is the actor’s advocate, show’s guardian, and production’s liaison for all aspects of the production. They ensure the director’s vision is realized while creating a safe working environment for all. Too often, the stage manager is a white person even on a production where the majority of the cast and creative team are Black, Indigenous, or persons of color (BIPOC). After a year of intentionally listening to the needs of our BIPOC artist community, a through line surfaced: “I wish there were more stage managers sitting at the table who looked like me.”

To help correct this imbalance, the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA is creating a Fellowship Program for those with recent MFA degrees in Stage Management. One person per season will be selected to spend a year in residence working in the Stage Management department.


Candidates must 1) identify as a BIPOC theater maker, 2) be an MFA in Stage Management student in their final year or have graduated from an MFA in Stage Management program in the past three years, and 3) be willing to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia for the fellowship.

Please fill out this form to apply.


A diverse panel of professional stage managers and theater leaders will select the final candidate. The panelists will also serve as a resource to the Fellow during their time in residence.


The selected Fellow will spend a season in residence working as a stage manager at the Alliance Theatre. They will work as a stage manager or assistant stage manager on our Hertz Stage (LORT D) and/or Coca-Cola Stage (LORT B). At least one Coca-Cola Stage production will likely be a commercially enhanced, world premiere musical with a Broadway creative team. Their commercially enhanced musicals have involved Broadway theater makers like Casey Nicholaw and Jerry Mitchell. Industry leaders, including our Artistic Director Susan Booth and regional theater artistic directors (Michael John Garcés, Kent Gash), often direct our Hertz Stage productions. This structure will expand the Fellow’s network in the local and national theater communities. The Fellow will be on a minimum of 40-week Equity (LORT) contract with contributions made to Health and Pension.

Additionally, the Fellow will be introduced to other theaters in Atlanta, adding to its collective stage manager pool should they choose Atlanta as their producing home. The Fellow will develop a network of mentors inside and outside the Alliance while building a resume of top-of-field work experience.

The Fellow will be on a 40-week LORT contract with contributions to Health and Pension, and a $3,000 relocation stipend.

The deadline to apply is March 31, 2021. Awarded Fellow Announced on May 15, 2021. The Fellowship Period runs from Aug. 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022.

For questions, please contact [ Campbell:Liz Campbell:link] and Daviorr Snipes.

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