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.

Forbes Center fellowships begin August 21, 2017 and run through May 6, 2018

All fellowships require a season-long commitment. 

Forbes Center fellows will receive a stipend paid biweekly including holidays. Fellows will not work more than 40 hours per week. 

About the Forbes Center, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, 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, master'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 multicultural 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, Shenandoah National Park 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 Technical and Operations 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, 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, 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.

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 Technical and Operations 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 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.

Technical and Operations Management Fellow


The technical and operations management fellowship provides the opportunity to learn aspects of the technical work at a professional performing arts center in a university setting. Mentored by the Production Services Manager and the Technical and Operations Coordinator, the fellow will set up and operate sound, lighting and staging equipment for a variety of professional and university productions. 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. 

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:

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.

Resume: Please include email and permanent contact information.

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. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. 

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. 

Important Information


Questions:  Email to: Shawn Tucker at tuckersl@jmu.edu

Compensation:  Each fellow receives a $8,500 stipend for the duration of the contract paid biweekly by automatic deposit. 

Housing and Transportation Housing is not provided. Fellows can bring a car it they choose to, however, they will have to pay a small parking fee if they wish to park on campus. Bus transportation is also available around the city and campus.

Fellows are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from Harrisonburg.

Timeline: August 21, 2017 to May 6, 2018. A season-long commitment is required. 

Academic Credit: There is no academic credit given for fellowships. Fellowships are not designed for current undergraduate students, but rather recent graduates or early career professionals. 

Work Hours: Work hours will be irregular, and include rotating early morning, afternoon, evening and weekend calls. 

Holidays: The Forbes Center is officials closed for key holidays when fellows are not required to work.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. 

 

 

 

 

 


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