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FORBES CENTER FELLOWSHIPS

FELLOWSHIP OVERVIEW

The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts fellowships provide advanced, hands-on training in production management, stage management, lighting/electrics and sound for recent college graduates and early career professionals.    

Fellows are a vital part of the day-to-day operations of the professional performing arts center. Under the mentorship of staff members, fellows work side by side on over 200 performances per year and are given a springboard to a career in the performing arts. Visit www.jmuforbescenter.com

Forbes Center fellowships begin August 22, 2016 and run through May 7, 2017

All Fellowships require a season-long commitment. 

Forbes Center fellows will receive a weekly stipend of $130.00 and are provided with housing support in Harrisonburg, VA.  

About the Forbes Center and the area:

The Forbes Center opened in 2010 and quickly established itself as the premier destination for world-class theatre, dance and music entertainment in the Shenandoah Valley. The venue hosts internationally recognized professional artists, renowned faculty members and emerging young talent from JMU’s School of Music and School of Theatre and Dance. The 175,000 square foot facility houses five performance spaces. The Mainstage Theatre features a flexible thrust stage, a fly space for full–length backdrops and set pieces, as well as state–of–the–art lighting and sound. The Concert Hall is utilized for a variety of music productions and the acoustically perfect space is supported by a professional audio system. The smaller Recital Hall is perfect for intimate solo performances. The Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre is utilized for a variety of professional and student dance performances and features a maple dance floor as well as mirrors for rehearsals. The fully configurable black box style Studio Theatre is a dynamic space that can be adjusted to fit the needs of the production.

James Madison University is a public, comprehensive university with 20,000 students. The university offers programs on the bachelor's, mater's and doctoral levels. JMU is located approximately 2 hours south of Washington D.C. and is easily reached via multiple airports including:

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD) - 15 miles

Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) - 46 miles

Dulles International Airport (IAD) - 118 miles

Harrisonburg is a vibrant multi-cultural community of approximately 50,000 residents. Food trucks, microbreweries, farmers markets and diverse restaurants call the city home. The city's location in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley provides access to multiple outdoor activities including access to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and nearby George Washington National Forest. Nearby cities provide additional access to the arts and entertainment including the American Shakespeare Center and numerous music and arts festivals.  

FELLOWSHIP DESCRIPTIONS

Production Management Fellow

The production management fellowship offers training in technical production management at a professional performing arts center in a university setting. Mentored by the Production Services Manager and the Assistant Production Coordinator, the fellow will participate in the process of scheduling, creating and updating the production calendar, assisting with load-ins and load-outs for touring professional productions, providing technical support for special events at the Center, preparing production staff payroll, tracking expenses, and other duties as assigned. Ideal candidates will have a broad knowledge and experience in technical theatre, as well as solid organizational and computer skills. Familiarity with Google calendar and Microsoft Office is preferred. Candidates must be able to multitask, be highly organized, show initiative, take direction well, and work well as part of a team as well as independently. All fellows work in their chosen concentration plus as technical production support for over 200 performances a year. Daily activities may include show prep, show running, hospitality assistance, general maintenance and basic support for production office operations. Work hours will be irregular and will include early morning, evening and weekend calls.

Stage Management Fellow

The stage management fellowship provides a unique opportunity to learn all aspects of the work of stage managers at a professional performing arts center in a university setting. Mentored by the Production Services Manager and the Assistant Production Coordinator the fellow will stage manage student recitals, School of Music ensemble performances, opera programs, partnership events and serve as assistant for touring professional events. The fellow will take part in the rehearsal process, technical rehearsals and take notes. This demanding fellowship requires strong organizational and verbal skills, computer skills, and stage management experience. Candidates must be able to multi-task, be highly organized, show initiative, take direction well, work independently when necessary, and exhibit an ability to work as part of a team. All fellows work in their chosen concentration plus as technical production support for over 200 performances a year. Daily activities may include show prep, show running, hospitality assistance, general maintenance and basic support for production office operations. Work hours will be irregular and will include early morning, evening and weekend calls.

Lighting/Electrics Fellow

The lighting/electrics fellowship provides a hands-on learning experience at a professional performing arts center in a university setting. Mentored by the Production Services Manager and the Assistant Production Coordinator, the lighting/electrics fellow will work in all areas of electrics including hanging, focusing and running of shows. Opportunities exist to design for School of Music ensemble performances, select Masterpiece events, opera programs and partnership events. Candidates should have a working knowledge of lighting software, ETC lighting boards, Lightwright, and Vector Works. Some design experience is preferred but not required. Candidates must be able to multitask, be highly organized, show initiative, take direction well, work independently when necessary, and exhibit an ability to work as part of a team. All fellows work in their chosen concentration plus as technical production support for over 200 performances a year. Daily activities may include show prep, show running, hospitality assistance, general maintenance, and basic support for production office operations. An undergraduate degree in the arts is preferred. Work hours will be irregular and will include early morning, evening and weekend calls. 

Sound Fellow

The sound fellowship offers training in audio production at a professional level. Mentored by the Forbes Center’s Recording Engineer/Sound Designer, the fellow will learn about recording, editing, and mixing classical, jazz and opera performances using Pro Tools HD, as well as live sound reinforcement, sound design for theatrical productions, equipment maintenance, and troubleshooting. The sound apprentice will be exposed to many different levels of production. Ideal candidates will have a strong musical ability, interest and experience working with acoustic instruments, and especially strong interest in sound engineering. The fellow will record student and faculty recitals, run the house sound for some Concert Hall performances and events, and serve as assistant for touring professional shows appearing at the Center. Candidates must be able to multi-task, be highly organized, have a strong work ethic dedicated to high quality results, and exhibit an ability to work as part of a team. All fellows work in their chosen concentration plus as technical production support for over 200 performances a year. Daily activities may include show prep, show running, hospitality assistance, general maintenance, and basic support for production office operations. An undergraduate degree in the arts is preferred. Work hours will be irregular and will include early morning, evening and weekend calls. 

HOW TO APPLY

Completed applications are accepted by email only. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All application components submitted by email should be in Microsoft Word and/or Adobe PDF file formats. Please double check your application before submitting to make sure that all of the following information has been included. 

  1. Personal Statement: One page maximum including the following: The fellowship you are applying for and why; what you expect from a Forbes Center fellowship; your career objectives; your academic credentials and performing arts experience (if not included in your resume); and the qualities that you will bring to a Forbes Center fellowship. 
  2. Resume: Please include email and permanent contact information. 
  3. Three references: Please include names and contact information. You may also include letters of recommendation if you wish.   

Please email your completed application to: tuckersl@jmu.edu. No phone calls please. 

The priority application deadline is: July 1, 2016. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. Applications will be considered after July 1, 2016 only if there are remaining slots in the program. Applicants will be informed no later than July 15th if they are accepted as Forbes Center fellows. 

Please do not call or email to check on the status of your application. However, if you have relocated, your situation has changed, or you’ve accepted employment elsewhere, we would appreciate an email. 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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