Sherwood Award Fellow (graduate)

Department Artistic Department
Reports to
  • Patricia Garza, Artistic Development Program Manager
  • Miranda Wright, Sherwood Artistic Programs Coordinator
Work Schedule April 16 – September 30, 2018
10-15 hours/wk;
Must be available Fridays for Professional Development Sessions
Compensation $2,000
Application Due March 16, 2018 at 5:00pm PT

Fellowship Overview

Originally created in 1996 as an annual fund to support innovative, adventurous theatre artists from Los Angeles, the Sherwood Award was established in memory of Richard E. Sherwood. Sherwood was a patron of the arts with a special appreciation for the energy and talent of emerging artists who are vanguards in theatre. He was president of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and president and then chairman of Center Theatre Group’s Board of Directors from 1980 until his death in 1993. The award is endowed by the Sherwood family and honors Sherwood’s passionate commitment to theatre.

The Sherwood Fellow will support the Sherwood Artistic Programs Coordinator and Center Theatre Group's Artistic Development Program in the administration of the Sherwood Award. In preparation for assisting in the coordination of the Sherwood Award process, fellow will receive a mentorship in contemporary theatre and gain exposure to contemporary work being presented in Los Angeles.

The aim of Center Theatre Group's Artistic Development Program is to foster and develop a broad range of new theatrical work from artists within the diverse communities of Los Angeles as well as from across the nation and abroad. The Program harnesses the talents and efforts of Center Theatre Group's entire artistic staff and develops both new plays and musicals and commissions and develops company-created work and a wide array of non-script-based or devised work.

Center Theatre Group's Artistic Development Program utilizes commissions, readings and workshops, an annual L.A. Writers' Workshop for local playwrights, and partnerships with other theatre makers to encourage collaboration among artists, introduce audiences to new perspectives, and boost Los Angeles' international profile as a city of artistic

Primary Duties

  • Commit consistently to a 6-month fellowship for 10-15 hours per week; meet regularly with supervisors
  • Organize applicants for the Sherwood Award and track their work being presented in Los Angeles as well as assist with data management of the applications
  • Conduct research on candidates and provide weekly updates to members of the Sherwood project team
  • Assist Sherwood Artistic Programs Coordinator in the orientation sessions for potential applicants
  • Coordinate and assist the Sherwood Award search process including organizing the external and internal panel, marketing and outreach for applicants, and analyzing applications
  • Answer communication and liaise with Center Theatre Group's Media and Communications and Marketing departments regarding the award
  • Observe and participate in a variety of Artistic Development Program activities

Requirements and Desired Qualities

Student who has been out of undergraduate school for less than one year or current graduate student or Masters graduate who has been out of school for less than one year required. Applicant must be proactive, computer literate, organized, personable, have an interest in or knowledge of Los Angeles theatre, and be artistically curious. Applicant must have some knowledge or interest in theatre, and/or project/organizational management. Competitive applicants will demonstrate genuine interest in gaining knowledge about Los Angeles theatre, and articulate why this knowledge will help them in their chosen career path. Applicant must have reliable transportation.


Fellowship is compensated with a stipend of $2,000. Parking or a Metro pass will be provided for all fellows. This fellowship does not include medical benefits. Fellow will have access to staff complimentary tickets to shows at the three theatres as they are available.

Additional Application Requirements

Applicants must submit the standard Center Theatre Group Internship Application. In addition, all applicants must submit a PDF work resume (not an acting or design resume), a cover letter addressing why you are interested in this fellowship, a letter of recommendation, and address the below questions in their cover letter. Form letters will not be considered. Email all components as separate PDF documents to Camille Schenkkan at or via mail at 601 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Applications are due by 5:00pm PT on March 16, 2018, although a fellow may be selected prior to that date.

Questions to consider:

Please address the following questions in your cover letter.

  • What are your qualifications for this internship? Please include artistic and academic education, experience and personal characteristics that make you a strong candidate.
  • Describe an exemplary project management experience in which you were the lead. How can this fellowship help you further develop your project management skills?
  • What excites you about focusing on the Los Angeles theatre community, and what experience (if any) do you have with this community?
  • What new or recent theatre work have you seen that you found exciting? Please tell us about a theatre artist whose work inspires and/or intrigues you, and why.

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