Fellowships are the most prestigious awards granted through the FAIR program at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Fellowships are designed to provide Fellows with rare access to the unique resources that can only be found at OSF - the largest, oldest repertory theater in the United States. Fellows are granted direct access to the Senior Management of the festival with the intention of providing an opportunity for Fellows to share their acquired skills while further developing and expanding their network of professional peers in theater.

Paul Nicholson Arts Management Fellowship
Paul Nicklson

Paul Nicholson Arts Management Fellowship

The Paul Nicholson Fellowship in Arts Management was created to honor the 33 year career of OSF Executive Director Emeritus, Paul Nicholson. This seven (7) month Fellowship is designed to provide a career-enrichment opportunity to an outstanding professional that is poised to use the experience to launch a career in arts management and/or is positioned to use this experience to bolster an existing career as an arts leader.

The chosen Fellow will work with the festival’s current Executive Director, Cynthia Rider and will be tasked to coordinate and lead complex projects that include multiple administrative departments. The ideal candidate must have a demonstrated capacity for administrative leadership, must have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, and must have a demonstrated interest in leading an arts organization. Paul Nicholson was a thoughtful arts manager who believed in the transformative role of theater. This Fellowship honors those values and hopes to find a candidate committed to putting those values into action. Experience working on large scale and complex projects is a plus. Prior theater experience is not required.

The Fellowship will begin March 31, 2015 and will conclude on Nov 8, 2015. The recipient will receive a $10,000 stipend, complimentary furnished housing, and round-trip domestic airfare.

In order to apply for this award, please complete the online application form no later than Feb 2, 2015.

Phil Killian Directing Fellowship

Inspired by the legacy of American theater Director, Phil Killian, whose work has left an enduring impact on OSF, this four (4) month Directing Fellowship was developed for early career directors to have an opportunity to work on large scale classical theater productions and Shakespeare in particular. The Killian Directing Fellow will have the opportunity to assistant direct on two large-scale theater productions, one of which will be with OSF Artistic Director, Bill Rauch. Additionally, the Directing Fellow will direct a public reading of a new play or adaptation during the OSF season for which they are chosen. Only one such Directing Fellowship is offered each year. Selection is determined by a national advisory committee. Complimentary housing, round trip airfare, and a $6,000 stipend are provided.

Previous Phil Killian Directing Fellows include: Bill Fennelly (Associate Producing Artistic Director at The Acting Company); Michael Barakiva (Director of Bridget Carpenter’s UP for OSF’s 2006 season); Davis McCallum (Director of The Belle’s Stratagem for OSF in 2005); David Kennedy (Artistic Associate at the Dallas Theatre Center); and Wendy C. Goldberg (Artistic Director of the O’Neill Playwrights Conference). Shana Cooper, the 2009 Fellow, returned to OSF in 2011 to direct Love's Labor's Lost, and returned in 2013 to direct The Unfortunates. The 2011 Fellow was Sarah Rasmussen who returned to OSF in 2014 to direct Two Gentleman of Verona. The 2012 Fellow was Nelson T. Eusebio III, who assisted Bill Rauch on Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella and Libby Appel on Seagull. He is the co-artistic director and co-founder of Creative Destruction (www.CreativeD.org), a NYC-based theater collective. Dawn Monique Williams, the 2013 Fellow, was awarded a TCG U Leadership Grant and returned to OSF in 2014 as an Artistic Associate to work directly with Artistic Director, Bill Rauch. The 2014 Fellow was Tom Ridgley, a Drama Desk-nominated director, educator and co-founder of Waterwell (www.waterwell.org). At OSF, he assisted Tony Taccone on The Tempest and Shishir Kurup on Water by the Spoonful. In 2015, we are thrilled to welcome our newest Fellowship recipient, Mei Ann Teo, who will be assisting Bill Rauch on Fingersmith and Stan Lai on Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land.


Candidates for this Directing Fellowship must have directed at least three Equity or Equity Guest Contract productions, and show an aptitude or interest in directing classical theater. Candidates must be able to commit full time to the Directing Fellowship.

Additionally, if you’re selected you may be required to begin your Directing Fellowship as early as January and complete your Directing Fellowship as late as August. For this reason, you have a higher probability of being selected for the Killian Directing Fellowship if you are available January to August.

The application deadline for the Directing Fellowship is July 1st every year for the following season. So, if you are interested in receiving a Directing Fellowship during our 2016 season, your application is due July 1, 2015.

Richard L. Hay Scenic Design Fellowship

Richard L. Hay joined OSF as a young scenic designer in 1950. He has continuously worked at OSF and currently holds the position of Senior Scenic and Theater Designer. At OSF, Richard has designed more than 227 productions. Additionally, he is also the principal influence and designer of all of the festival’s existing theater spaces. The Richard L. Hay Fellowship has been established to honor his legacy, which has spanned over 60 years at OSF.

This is a four-month fellowship that is designed to provide professional development to early career scenic designers. The Hay Fellow will have the opportunity to assistant design at least one Shakespeare and one other large scale work at OSF. Only one such fellowship is offered each year. Complimentary housing, round trip airfare, and a $5,000 stipend are provided.


Candidates for this Fellowship must have designed a minimum of three non-academic theater productions and/or live events, and has a demonstrated aptitude and talent for scenic design. Equivalent work in film, television and/or other relevant industry may also be considered. Candidates must be able to commit full time to the position.

Additionally, if you’re selected you may be required to begin your tenure as early as October. For this reason, you are best poised to be selected if you are available October to April. 

The application deadline is July 1st every year for the following season. So, if you are interested in receiving a Fellowship during our 2016 season, your application is due July 1, 2015.

Producing Fellowship

Candidates for this Fellowship must have demonstrated experience with either producing, program management, and/or event planning.  Equivalent work in film, television, arts institutions, nonprofit organizations, community organizing and/or other relevant industry may also be considered. Ideal candidates have strong administrative skills, are detail oriented, enjoy theater making, and have a genuine interest to work with playwrights and directors. Candidates with experience producing a variety of work is a plus. Candidates must be able to commit full time to the position. 

The Fellowship will begin on March 30, 2015 and will conclude on August 3, 2015. The Fellow will receive a $5,000 stipend, complimentary round-trip airfare, and complimentary furnished housing.

Lighting Design Fellowship
The Lighting Design Fellowship is for both emerging and working lighting/video designers who are looking to either launch a career or to reinvigorate an existing career as a lighting and/or video projections designer.  

The selected Fellow will have the opportunity to work with and assist some of the best Broadway and Regional Theatre Lighting Designers. The Fellowship puts
designers at the tech table to observe and assist the lighting designers as they create the lighting vocabulary of the play. 

This is a four month Fellowship, which will either take place from Jan through April or April through July/early August. The exact dates vary each season and will be
determined by the needs of the department.  

Successful applicants will have a love of lighting and a curious mind. You will learn to keep track of multiple shows in rep working with Vectorworks, Spot Light, and Lightwright.
to create and document lighting design drawings and paperwork. Therefore, basic knowledge of these programs is required. Additionally, the Lighting Design
Fellow will work with the designer and the lighting crew to focus the shows and to keep track of work notes and changes throughout the tech process. Fellows
also track moving lights and follow spots for the shows.

In addition to being familiar with the processes listed above, candidates must have worked as a lighting designer on at least three non-academic productions. Candidates must
also be able to commit full time to the Fellowship. 

The selected Fellow will receive complimentary airfare, complimentary housing, and a $5,000 stipend to
cover expenses.