NewYorkRep Announces 2019 Education Fellows
NewYorkRep is proud to announce our inaugural Education Fellows for the 2019 season: Sarah Stowell and Gabrielle Smith.
The purpose of the Fellowship is to immerse and equip the fellows with a new community of artists and leaders, knowledge of working in the theatre industry, and a toolbox to create new plays and musicals that inspire social change.
NewYorkRep believes that the single most strategic way to ensure a strong future for American Theatre is to invest in the next generation of theatre-makers who want to make socially relevant work that promotes empathy, compassion and inclusion.
The Education Fellowship is structured around the career goals and passions of the fellow. NewYorkRep offers an immersive learning experience and fellows are linchpins in the organization. They may engage with the board and attend board meetings, participate in development labs with commissioned artists, assist in executing the company’s initiatives alongside staff, and receive mentorship from senior staff, artistic associates and members of the board.
Sarah Stowell is a college sophomore with a directing focus. She recently assistant directed productions of The Foreignerand The Merchant of Veniceat the Utah Shakespeare Festival. At the University of Kansas, she served as Choreographer on A Man of No Importance, Assistant Director on She Kills Monsters, and Assistant Choreographer on Spring Awakening. She recently served as Associate Director for NewYorkRep on developmental workshops of A Bad Nightand the new musical, Goodbye New York. Sarah said that in addition to continuing her work as a director, she is eager to learn about artistic leadership and what it takes to run a theatre company, as well as developing and creating new work.
Gabrielle Smith is from Lansing, KS, and is pursuing a degree in theatre performance at the University of Kansas Department of Theatre and Dance. She recently performed in La Cage Aux Folleswith the Kansas Repertory Theatre, and appeared in KU productions of Metamorphoses, Henry’s Law, and the developmental reading of A Bad Night. She also choreographed She Kills Monstersat KU. She is the recipient of the 2018-2019 Friends of the Theatre Scholarship. Gabrielle said, “It is an absolute honor to be a part of NewYorkRep and to further my studies/career in theatre as an Education Fellow! I’m eager to be included in the creation of such meaningful work.”
Producing Artistic Director Markus Potterbelieves that the Education Fellowship “is unique in that the organization aims to fit the experience of the fellow to their career goals. If the fellow is pursuing directing, they might work as an assistant director on readings, workshops, and productions. If a fellow is pursuing a career in artistic leadership, they work alongside senior staff members to learn about the organizational structure and day-to-day operations.”
Executive Director Gayle Waxenberg states that “we are forever learners, and in addition to giving back to the younger generation, we will also benefit from the fresh ideas of emerging artists as they become important members of the NewYorkRep team.”
Associate Artistic Director Joel Kirk states that “mentorship is key to a successful career in the theatre. It is our responsibility to create a place in our organization for aspiring theatre-makers so they can get firsthand access and exposure to the industry.”