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City accepting theater fellowship applications

The City of Yuma is now accepting theater fellowship applications through July 13 from persons seeking to direct the next winter dinner theater production at the Yuma Art Center galleries.

Now in its second year, the theater fellowship program gives a theater artist an opportunity to develop their directorial practice by directing a full-length performance with technical and administrative support from the Yuma Art Center. The selected fellow will direct a full-length production for the Yuma Art Center's annual dinner theater production in February 2019. The fellow leads evening and weekend rehearsals from October through January and regular production meetings.

The production will take place in the Yuma Art Center’s central gallery, which will have a temporary stage built with custom lighting and set design. Depending on the staging needs, the gallery will comfortably seat 120 audience members per performance who will have dinner prior to the production and dessert and coffee during intermission.

Now in its ninth year, the annual dinner theater production regularly sells out; the 2018 production expanded the number of shows and sold out every performance.

What the theater fellow will receive:

  • A $2,000 stipend.
  • Administrative support to include marketing, ticketing, production royalties and scripts.
  • Technical production support to include lighting, sound, set, properties and costumes.
  • Temporary housing assistance (if needed).

What the theater fellow will provide:

  • Direct a full-length play.
  • Lead 3-4 weekly rehearsals starting in October.
  • Engage the local community with additional workshops and educational opportunities.
  • Assist with programming related to performance.
  • Attend staff and production meetings.

Applicants must submit a proposal in the form of a one-page document by July 13, 2018 to with the subject line of “Theater Fellowship Application.” The proposal should include a brief description of the production as well as a brief description of the applicant’s specific direction and design for the production. Along with the proposal, applicants must submit an artistic resume and two professional references. The Division of Arts and Culture will select the fellowship recipient through a competitive application process.

Please take into consideration the production preference is a comedy, melodrama, mystery or related genre to fit within the nature of a dinner theater setting. Also note that the cast will consist of volunteer performers from throughout the Yuma community and the rehearsal schedule will be set based on the availability of the director and cast selected. Because of this, shows with small cast sizes are preferred.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum of 2 years professional theater experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in directing, theater, performance studies or related field.
  • Knowledge of contemporary theater, theater education and dinner theater practices.
  • Willingness to engage and work with local artists.
  • Ability to work independently and with staff, volunteers and representatives of local organizations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and public presentations.
  • Ability to develop and direct a full-length production under the guidance of the Division of Arts and Culture.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.