Fellowship Opportunity for Edison Tech Alumni, Ages 18 – 29


 A 19‐week, 200‐hour fellowship provides six Edison Career & Technology High School alumni with a rare opportunity to acquire and practice skill sets needed for success in the non‐performance side of the Theatre Arts field.

StageCraft is an on-ramp for pursuing career paths in the non-performing theater arts, a field that rapidly is losing expertise as experienced technicians age out of the industry. Fellows become acquainted with front-of-house, back-of-house, creative, curatorial, and administrative activities and responsibilities, which include, among other foci: ushering, box office, directing, casting, dramaturgy, lights and sound, scenic design, wardrobe management, and hair and make-up design.

The curriculum includes classroom instruction, required reading, and facilitated visits to local professional and community-based theater companies, as well as opportunities to attend performances and interact with on-site theater professionals. In addition, Fellows are mentored by Writers & Books staff in resume writing, marketing, graphic design, and arts administration. The fellowship culminates in a staged reading of Monologues on Clarissa Street, the play that serves as the project’s focal point.

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  • Edison Tech alumni, ages 18 – 29
  • Self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Alaskan Native, Desi, Asian, Pacific Islander, Chicanx, Latinx, Person of Color) or Arab American
  • Greater Rochester resident
  • Not enrolled in a degree-granting program, March 27 – August 19, 2024
  • Access to laptop, tablet, or similar device

Deadline to apply: March 1, 2024

How to apply: Complete a confidential application form here. Portal opens on 2/15/2024. The first 60 applications submitted will be considered.

Fellowship Benefits

  • Receive a $2,000 stipend to assist with transportation, childcare, time away from your job, etc.
  • Gain practical strategies from experts for pursuing a career in the theater industry.
  • Learn transferable skill sets.
  • Enjoy live theater and engage with literary and critical texts.
  • Participate in a peer cohort that will continue beyond 2024.

Fellowship Timeline 

February 15: Application portal opens.

March 1, 11 pm: Deadline to apply. Note: Portal closes after 60 applications are received.

March 10 – 13: Finalists interviewed by appointment.

March 15: Six fellows selected (minimum of three self-identify as women).

March 27 – 30: Four‐day intensive (32 hours) with  the Artistic Director at Writers & Books.

April 5 – August 9: 18 Friday evenings/Saturdays (128 total hours).

August 14 – 17 and August 19: Five‐day intensive with the Artistic Director, including culminating performance (40 hours).

Project Leadership

Gary DeWitt Marshall has over two decades of experience in live theater, film, and television as an actor, award-winning director, and producer. An Edison Tech graduate, he earned his BA from Hobart & William Smith Colleges and his MAT in Theater Education from the University of South Carolina. Currently, he is an Instructor of Theatre & Performance at the College of Charleston and Director-in-Residence at Queen Street PlayHouse, Charleston, SC.

Alison Meyers, Executive Director of Writers & Books, is a veteran nonprofit leader with previous appointments at Cave Canem Foundation, NY (Executive Director, 2006 – 2016), Hill-Stead Museum, CT (Poetry Director and Director of Marketing, 2000 -2006), and Oberlin, OH, Consumers Co-op (General Manager). A consultant for literary arts nonprofits and Treasurer of the  Board of Kweli, Alison is a Pushcart Prize‐nominated poet, fiction writer, and essayist whose work may be found in journals and anthologies and at