Artist Fellowships

Purpose & Description

To help fill an industry-wide lack in arts leadership opportunities, Park Square is piloting a theatre fellowship program in 2019. Park Square will select eight early career artists from a state-wide, open application process which seeks to elevate a cohort of diverse artistic voices for stage. This fellowship is designed to support early- and mid-career artists and to address an imbalance of representation in professional theatre and to increase access to professional experiences for IPOC, LGBTQIA+ and woman+ peoples. Fellows will deepen and develop new skills over their year in residence by participating in projects which will connect them to Park Square and the St. Paul/larger Twin Cities community.

For the fellowship, there are four assistant directing tracks and four assistant designer tracks available (design may be in any theatrical design medium: set, costume, lights, props, sound, or projections). Each fellow will assist on two shows from early stages through final production, and will support their voice at in production meetings, planning, rehearsals, and direct collaboration with lead production staff and the Artistic Director.

Collectively, the fellows will form a self-directed cohort of emerging leaders and may participate in the various department functions at Park Square in areas such as casting, season planning, carpentry, electrics, wardrobe or run crew experience, and budgeting to HR and marketing. Additionally, there will be opportunities to meet with artistic leaders at Park Square’s partner theatres. To involve the fellow cohort with the wider community, staff support and dedicated resources will be provided to help each fellow create a signature community engagement experience.

At the end of the fellowship year, the cohort will create an Evening Cabaret Performance to serve as a portfolio and showcase. Twin Cities Artistic Leaders will be invited in a culminating event co-hosted with the MN Theatre Alliance.

Assistant Directing Fellows and Assistant Design Fellows will receive $4,000 for the year. Payments will made in two-installments, mid-way through the year and at the culmination of the project.

Park Square’s community partners in this program include Springboard for the Arts, the MN Theatre Alliance, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Theatre Mu, the History Theatre, PRIME Productions, and the East Side Freedom Library.

This is a new program and 2019 is the pilot year. Feedback will be considered for the planning of future iterations and development of the program.


Applicants must to 18 years of age or older. Full-time students at any level are not eligible. Applicants must be eligible to receive taxable income in the state of Minnesota throughout the fellowship year and must have been living or working in Minnesota for at least two years. This fellowship is designed to serve IPOC, woman+ and LGBTQIA+ peoples.


Submissions for the 2019 fellowships are now passed. Fellows will be announced March 1, 2019. Check back on this website in December 2019 for information on the next fellowship round.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and culture heritage fund.

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